Asia Sartor – 2016 Hellen Sullivan Scholarship Recipient
TXBC is proud to announce that Asia Sartor is the 2016 Hellen Sullivan Scholarship recipient. Asia currently works as a breastfeeding peer counselor with City of Austin WIC where she provides prenatal breastfeeding education, postpartum breastfeeding support (including latch assist, issuance of pumps, weight checks, education and referral), and weekly in clinic breastfeeding classes.
The City of Austin has allowed her to pilot a program she helped create with Travis County Correctional Facility and WIC where she teaches a breastfeeding/pumping/infant feeding program for incarcerated mothers to be. Some will deliver while incarcerated and they now have access to breast pumps and are allowed to directly breastfeed their babies during two daily visitations. Travis County is one of maybe three programs in the nation that has anything close to this on a county level! It is a huge step in the right direction, and she is incredibly proud to be a part of it!
Along with her job and classes, she is a very active member in her local coalition, Central Texas Breastfeeding Coalition. She has helped with organizing events, such as the miracle milk stroll, latch-ons, and with tee shirt development and sales. This past legislative session, she was at the Capitol visiting with legislatures on behalf of the coalition and breastfeeding moms of Texas. She attends all of the meetings and do her best to advocate for breastfeeding moms.
Asia has completed 14 health science credits with Austin Community College. She has over 100 hours of breastfeeding specific education obtained through state trainings, conferences and online modules. She spent the first 6 months of her job as a peer counselor at Mom’s Place, where she observed highly experienced lactation consultants working with moms where she observed highly experienced lactation consultants working with moms.
After passing the IBLCE exam, she plans to continue working in public health as an IBCLC. She will be applying to the nursing program at ACC in the spring. Once she completes the ADN/RN program, she plans to do the bridging program with Frontier Nursing University to complete an MSN and sit to become a CNM. She wants to devote her career to providing care to women who do not always have access to health care – to empower and support women who might feel powerless. This is why she knows public health is for her and why she believes one of the most empowering things a mother can do is breastfeed her child. This certification will make it possible for her to pass that knowledge on to the women who need it.
Update: Asia took and passed the IBCLE exam in April, 2016. She now works at Mom’s Place as a lactation consultant.