Friday, October 19, 2007

Whoop!

The IBLCE posted exam results this morning (just pass/fail, the official notification, including scores, get mailed today) and I passed the exam! That means I am now an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). The pathway I followed to take the exam required me to:

Have a bachelor's degree; take background courses in sociology, psychology, human anatomy and physiology, nutrition, child development and medical terminology; spend over 2000 hours counseling families about breastfeeding issues (over 1250 of which had to be one on one sessions); and accumulate over 150 hours of continuing education specific to lactation

Once I could document all that, I was approved by the examining board to sit the exam. Unfortunately the exam is only offered once a year and this year I happened to have a baby 10 days before the exam! We all traveled to Houston, where they set up a separate room for my family to stay in and a proctor came with me every time I had to nurse to be sure I wasn't looking at notes or talking about anything breastfeeding related. While the test didn't seem terribly scary to me, I have been a tad concerned that perhaps mommy brain made me answer the questions in the wrong place on the answer sheet or something else that would've made me fail.

3 comments:

Traca said...

Congratulations! I'm so proud that you finished - I never wanted to dedicate that much time to it. I still think about it quite often though. Maybe one of these days!

Brandy said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!! All your hard work has finally paid off! Great work!

Stephanie said...

Way to go, girl!! I never had any doubt that you'd achieve your goal...it was just a matter of keeping up with your amazing progress along the way!

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