Jane Kershaw, owner and founder of Hope Breastfeeding Support.
I am the oldest of 12 children, born and raised in Miami, Florida. I attended and graduated from Miami-Dade University with a degree in Nursing, and later from Trevecca Nazarene University with a degree in Management and Human Relations. I have always wanted to be a nurse from the age of 4. I wanted to take care of people and improve their lives.
I became interested in the obstetrics field when I became pregnant with my first child in nursing school. My first encounter with “natural” birthing and feeding was through classes I took as a student and while pregnant. I attended my first La Leche League meeting as a pregnant student nurse. With little support, I birthed my first child without drugs and breastfed her while returning to school at 8 weeks postpartum. She was breastfed until 10 ½ months – a pretty good feat in the days when I was the only one breastfeeding at the hospital where I delivered!
I received my ICEA, and later, ASPO certification as a childbirth educator in the early 70’s. I worked to get fathers accepted in the labor and delivery suites, introduced Lamaze education to the Macon, Georgia area and in Dayton, Ohio. I also taught in Louisville, Kentucky and later Nashville, Tennessee. One of my aspirations was to become a midwife, something that never came to fruition. However, in 1986, I was selected to start training as a Lactation Consultant and to open a lactation service at what was then known as West Side Hospital. It was an amazing experience to be on the ground floor of something new and innovative – providing lactation care from birth and onward. I served as Coordinator of the Lactation Service at Tristar Centennial Women’s Hospital until late 2015 when I retired. I also served two years as president of Tennessee Lactation Consultants Association, retiring in 2015.
I have 5 children and 7 grandchildren (soon to be 8) and two great-grandchildren, so far. I have enjoyed helping many of my family members with breastfeeding. This has helped me gain insight into the personal as well as the professional aspect of breastfeeding difficulties.
Besides supporting mothers and families with breastfeeding, I enjoy singing in my church choir, The Church at Grace Park in White House, Tennessee, oil painting, Zumba, sewing, cooking, reading and gardening. Now that I am retired, I expect to get to spend more time with my hobbies, volunteering and seeing my grandbabies!
Holly Sparkman, associate staff with Hope Breastfeeding Support.
Holly is mother to 5 children whom she home-schools and works as needed for Hope Breastfeeding Support and A Mother’s Place. Holly is a Registered Nurse with a BSN from Harding University. She has participated in medical missions to Haiti and Nigeria. Holly has more than 10 years experience as an IBCLC working in both in and outpatient settings as well as home visits. She is a gifted teacher and has taught Prenatal Breastfeeding Classes for several years for A Mother’s Place. Holly begins work with Hope Breastfeeding Support on May 1, 2017.
Chelsea Carver, intern with Hope Breastfeeding Support.
Chelsea is mother to 2 children. Chelsea is currently training with Global Outreach Development as mother-child health worker specializing in lactation. She has been mentoring with Jane since May of 2016. Chelsea is a Certified Lactation Counselor and teaches Prenatal Breastfeeding Classes with Nova Birth Services. She is currently studying for her IBCLC. Chelsea hopes to minister to and serve the underserved population in developing nations where failure to breastfeed can be a death sentence to the young child, including training local health care workers in lactation support.