Hi. My name is Dolly Smith. I am a registered nurse, with my Master’s degree in Maternal-Child Nursing.
I have 30 years experience working with moms, babies and families. I have been internationally board certified as a lactation consultant (IBCLC) since 1995.
I have worked in several patient care aspects of health care including hospitals, clinics and home health. I have worked in the community for both non-profit and for-profit companies. I am the owner of After the Stork, based in Seattle, WA.
I am a mom, an educator and a provider of lactation services. I also belong to Beyond Birth Seattle where I co-lead conference development for professionals in lactation.
My BSN is from Loretto Heights College, Denver, CO and my MS in Nursing is from the University of Hawaii – Manoa.
I am the youngest of seven children and was raised in Albuquerque, NM. I spent 5 years in Colorado going to college and working. In 1984, I moved to Honolulu, HI to work at Kapiolani Women and Children’s Medical Center. After completing my master’s degree in Maternal-Child Nursing, I worked at Kaiser Permanente – Hawaii.
In 1999, I moved to Seattle, WA. I worked as a postpartum doula for several years in addition to providing lactation support and classes.
In 2000 I began teaching for Childbirth Education Association of Seattle (CEAS) now known as Great Start – Birth and Family Education of Parent Trust for Washington Children. I continue to teach the Breastfeeding classes and the Baby Care for Adopting Families classes at several of their sites.
Currently I am working in a Per Diem position with Lactation Services at Seattle Children’s.
In 2003 my husband and I adopted our daughter, Mei Le, from China. In addition to launching me into the world of parenthood, this also helped me realize a calling to help adopting families. I now specialize in supporting adoption nursing and offer home visits for adopting families.
I live in Seattle, WA in the Bryant/Ravenna neighborhood and participate in various volunteer activities at our local public schools and our church, Queen Anne Lutheran. My personal philosophy in life boils down to, “treat everyone the way you would like to be treated.”
I look forward to meeting you and assisting you during your journey.