Sunday, August 16, 2015

Instructor Feature - An Interview with Leslye Adelman

We thought that you might want to know a little bit more about our instructors and staff here at A Mother's Haven Boutique & Educational Center, so we're doing interviews with them to learn more about who they really are!

Our first interview is with Leslye Adelman - if you've done some prenatal workshops here or had any breastfeeding issues, you probably know Leslye. She teaches the Prepared Childbirth One-Day Intensives, the Breastfeeding 101 prenatal workshops, and the Caring For Your Newborn prenatal workshops. She also facilitates our weekly Breastfeeding Support Group, and is available for private Lactation Consults.

AMH: Leslye, you have such a following here at A Mother’s Haven. What would you say your philosophy is on parenting, breastfeeding, pregnancy, etc?
Leslye: With breastfeeding, I try to encourage moms not to give up and get the right kind of help whether it’s from myself or someone else, as well as to reach out to family and friends for support. As far as parenting and pregnancy, I’ll tell them to take it one day at a time.

AMH: How would you describe yourself in 5 words or less?
Leslye: Passionate about life and sharing knowledge... wait, that‘s 6 words.

AMH: What inspires you? What drives you?
Leslye: Seeing success with a mom and a family unit after struggling with any particular obstacle is the ultimate satisfaction.

AMH: What products or resources do you recommend to your clients/students?
Leslye: I’m mostly into organic and environmentally friendly products. I like Gaia Wipes because they’re really soft and gentle for infants. If a woman is having issues with breastfeeding, I tend to recommend Motherlove Herbal products under the guidance of a lactation consultant.

AMH: What is the one thing people will be surprised to learn about you?
Leslye: People are often surprised to hear I’m over 60 years old. (You wouldn't think it, given her purple-streaked hair and spunky personality!)

AMH: Do you have a favorite hobby or pasttime?
Leslye: I love reading but don’t get to do it as often as I’d like. I’m also on the board of a local food pantry and very active in my Synagogue (Temple Beth Hillel in Valley Village).

AMH: Do you have a favorite place to travel?
Leslye: I haven’t had a chance to travel in a while, but my dream place to go to is Israel.

AMH: Lastly, what's your advice for new and expecting moms?
Leslye: I tell them, When you wake up in the morning, take a deep breath and enjoy every minute of every day.

Leslye Adelman, LCCE, IBCLC, CLC, has a B.S. in Physical Therapy and an M.S. in Special Education. After a wonderfully memorable birth experience and a not so wonderful (but extremely unforgettable) breastfeeding experience, her love of teaching led her back to school where she trained at UCLA as a Childbirth Educator and a Lactation Consultant. Today, as the mom of 3 adult children, and with over 30 years experience in the field of pregnancy, labor, postpartum, and parenting, she has a breadth of education and expertise to offer.  Leslye’s classes at A Mother's Haven are all encompassing and intended to to give the expecting mom the tools and knowledge she’ll need to get through labor and those first few weeks postpartum.

You can learn more on our website about the prenatal workshops that Leslye teaches, as well as the Breastfeeding Support Group that she leads.

Check out some of our other Featured Instructor and Staff interviews:

Synthia Praglin - teaches Mothers' Gathering

Lauren Ryan - teaches Supported Birth and Caring For Your Newborn

Danielle Vorzimer - teaches Mothers' Gathering

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