Friday, November 7, 2008

Breastfeeding Expert Named Advisor to Union Institute & University’s Maternal Child Health: Lactation Consulting Program


Union Institute & University (UI&U) has named breastfeeding and lactation consulting expert Anna Cadwell Blair, Ph.D., CLC, as advisor of the university’s maternal child health: lactation consulting program. Dr. Blair is known internationally for her work on breastfeeding and is the co-author of Maternal & Infant Assessment for Breastfeeding and Human Lactation, now in its second edition, and Reclaiming Breastfeeding for the U.S. Prior to her appointment as advisor, she served as an adjunct professor for Union’s master of arts in health and wellness program.

“We are very fortunate to have Dr. Blair expand her role here at Union,” said Dr. Carolyn Turner, Dean of the Cincinnati Undergraduate Center. “Our learners now have the opportunity to be guided through the program by an internationally known expert.”

Dr. Blair operates a clinical practice at the Massachusetts-based Center for Breastfeeding, part of Healthy Children, a non-profit research and educational institution dedicated to improving child health outcomes through partnerships with public, private and non-profit agencies. She is a frequent speaker at national and international conferences on children’s rights, children’s health, maternity practices and post partum support. Dr. Blair earned a master’s degree in organizational behavior from Vermont College, and a Ph.D. in health communication from Union Institute &University. Her mother, Dr. Karin Cadwell, her father, and her sister, are also Union graduates.

Union’s bachelor’s degree in maternal child health: lactation consulting prepares learners for a career as a lactation professional. Graduates of the program will be qualified to professionally counsel expectant mothers and mothers of young infants about best practices for the care and feeding of the young infant, and may also be qualified to provide instruction for and/or make presentations to the medical profession (especially in a hospital setting), and community, governmental, and non-profit agencies. The program also prepares graduates to sit for the International Board Certification for Lactation Consultants (IBCLC) examination offered by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners. The flexible program is ideal for busy adults, as most of the courses can be taken online and the seminars are held all over the country.

Union will host an information session about the bachelor’s degree in maternal child heath: lactation consulting, from 6-8 p.m., Thursday, November 13, at Union Institute & University, 440 East McMillan St., Walnut Hills. Dr. Blair and maternal child health faculty will be available to discuss the program, the International Board certification process, and career opportunities in this growing field. Parking is free, refreshments will be served. To reserve a space or for information contact: Michelle Chevalier at 513-487-1219, or email

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