Deirdre McLary is the founder of Breastfeeding Arts. After moving to Rockland County in 2002 she started Nyack Birth Services to meet the needs of local expectant families by providing doula care and childbirth education. In 2009 Deirdre became an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) and added lactation as a new focus to her practice. She partnered with her long time La Leche League Leader partner and friend, Lenora Mesibov, and Breastfeeding Arts was born. She continues to offer childbirth and newborn education, doula care and classes for new parents. She sees Breastfeeding Arts is a full service perinatal “concierge” business – offering area parents a wide variety of care to meet their expectant and first year needs.
Deirdre has been working with families in Rockland County and the NY Metropolitan area since 1997. Her start came through her personal journey after the cesarean section of her first born, and working with ICAN (International Cesarean Awareness Network). This led her to doula work and the exciting development of a then innovative and new birth community, The Metropolitan Doula Group. MDG is now a well known NY Metro Area birth professional resource, and has over 1000 members among its community to share in local birth wisdom and networking. Deirdre is proud to have been a board member at the very beginning of its growth. When she and her family moved to Rockland, she started RiverDoulas – a doula certification program for local women looking for mentorship, learning, development and growth in their pursuit of a doula career.
Deirdre is committed to the on going pursuit of growth and the continuing education of her skills and practice. She attends conferences and workshops regularly. She is a board certified lactation consultant (IBCLC), labor support and post partum doula, La Leche League leader, childbirth educator, and new parent mentor and teacher. She has studied with, held leadership positions in, and/or certified with many national and international birth and breastfeeding organizations – ICAN, MDG, RiverDoulas, LLL, Lamaze, Birthing From Within, DONA, ALACE, IBLCE, and worked as a homebirth midwifery assistant through her studies with The National College of Midwifery.
Deirdre is deeply committed to raising childbirth, breastfeeding and parenting awareness throughout the area and seeks to open hearts and minds to compassionate, holistic options for anyone who seeks them. She lives in Upper Nyack with her husband and three children.
Lenora Mesibov has been helping families in Rockland and Bergen counties since 1994. She is focused on attachment parenting through birth, breastfeeding and beyond and believes a strong healthy start is best for baby and mother. Lenora is committed to providing holistic, heartfelt support for families in the NY Metropolitan are.
Lenora is a board certified lactation consultant (IBCLC), a La Leche League Leader, new parent mentor, Girl Scout Leader for two troops and a costume designer for a local children’s theater. She lives in Tappan, NY with her husband, three children, one cat, two turtles and about 20 fish.