Featured Presenter - Episode 11
Elizabeth Montez, Anishinaabe - Little Traverse Bay Band Odawa & Latinx Diaspora
I’m Elizabeth. I’m a lactation professional (Indigenous Breastfeeding Counselor, Lactation & Postpartum Educator - Life After Baby, IBCLC candidate), a postpartum doula, a perinatal mental health advocate, a retired professional chef and eternal food justice advocate. I’m the mother of two sparkling human beings, the spouse of my high school sweetheart.
I’m a member of the urban Native American and Latinx diaspora, a proud descendent of the Anishinaabe people of Little Traverse Bay Band of Odawa Indians. My shift from seed-to-table cooking to birth and lactation work was born from my personal struggles through my first child’s first year. After battling birth trauma, low milk supply, a failure to thrive diagnose, a hidden tongue tie, triple feeding, barriers to care, and ensuing postpartum mood disruptions, I realized that birthing people and their families deserve better. Humans are not meant to do this in isolation, or even in partnerships.
Part of my current personal journey is actively decolonizing my life, and I feel that restoring supportive community to families is a key part of that. Every time folks come together in collaboration and support, we create strong medicine and restore the connection and strength that our families need to thrive. I'm over the moon to join the team at Journey Midwives to provide Supportive Pregnancy Care and lactation support to the incredible birthing families in our community. This work weaves us back together, and I'm honored to be a thread in this beautiful tapestry of humanity.