Who are we?
We’re a team of lactation consultants who practice from a “Parent’s are a baby’s first experts.” perspective, and provide gentle, neutral, non-judgemental care to today’s consented families.
While Laura Gruber, founding IBCLC of Breastfeeding Housecalls & Lactation Clinic (BHLC), had been serving San Antonio and surrounding areas alone since 2010, in 2017 BHLC became a group-practice with a cumulative 30+ years of clinical lactation experience, and 60+ years of mother-baby healthcare experience.
Laura had a vision to create a team of lactation consultants with approaches similar to hers, who could respond quickly both to San Antonio’s growing babies-and to her city’s growing population. Her core belief that all families need quality breastfeeding care where they physically and emotionally are is what led her to expanding a resource beyond just what one woman could provide.
Similar to her, each IBCLC on the team naturally practices from a consultant standpoint, meaning that they’ll listen and watch first, and provide solutions for all possibilities once they understand all aspects of a situation. BHLC lactation consultants are hired for their ability to provide neutral, non-judgemental, compassionate care, regardless of a family’s feeding choice or situation.
We have an awareness of the issues surrounding health disparities and we work daily toward achieving health equity
Having been a Latina mom who received WIC and Medicaid, Laura was able to experience the disparities in access to healthcare, and identify solutions to provide equitable breastfeeding support. Interestingly though, Laura has never believed that “equitable” equals free, since it was free clinics that were too busy to provide care for her time-sensitive issues-making it feel even less possible for her to receive the same care that every mother deserves.
To help all moms access the same great care, BHLC offers a generous sliding scale, and BHLC remains reasonably-priced (considering that our staff usually spends two of three times as much time with families than free clinics spend) and as a result, we’re able to extend the same care to all families regardless of their ability to pay for their breastfeeding care.
And in terms of racial equity and diversity...
Laura understands privilege (and lack of it). Having been able to borrow and look through many lenses, she understands issue of equity and inequality surrounding race, religioun, LGBQTIA identification, and physical, mental & intellectual ability differences.
As a result Laura has only considered staff members who she feels are able to practice not just from an equality standpoint, but from an equity standpoint-which means providing care in ways that are relatable and comfortable for the client to receive, rather than providing care that is comfortable for the provider to provide.
What have we done to provide care that is relatable and best understood by the families we support?
We have taken the time to receive training on privilege, consent, cultural sensitivity, on culturally diverse issues surrounding birth, breastfeeding and women’s issues; we have interpreters at our immediate disposal for the languages we serve the most (English, Spanish, Arabic, Hebrew and Hindi), we welcome family members in our consults, and we ask about, embrace and include family and cultural traditions in to our care plans.
If you’re a provider of any kind, please spend time on BHLC’s racial equity and diversity page, and if you know of a resource you would like to add, please
let us know!
Want to know us more about us as people?
You can read more here!