MARIANNE BROPHY - BIO
Marianne Brophy is a lactation consultant (IBCLC, 1990) working with breastfeeding families, peer supporters, doulas, and health care professionals. She has a private practice and facilitates a busy family resource centre-based breastfeeding and postpartum group. She is the recipient of the 2017 Catalyst of Change Award from the BC Association of Family Resource Programs.
She is a part-time instructor in the UBC Faculty of Medicine Midwifery Program. She is co-author of Breastfeeding: Making a Difference Courses for Health Professionals and “train the trainer” courses for clinical educators in Canada. She taught the breastfeeding component for the BC Aboriginal Doula Pilot Program.
As a Baby-Friendly Initiative Consultant and Lead Assessor, Marianne supports systems level transformation and the implementation of evidence-based best practice. She leads hospital and community health facility Baby Friendly Initiative (BFI) accreditation teams nationally, and is a past chair of the board of the Breastfeeding Committee for Canada (BCC) and representative to the WHO/UNICEF Network for Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) Coordinators in Industrialized Countries.
Marianne’s passion is providing accessible information to enhance confidence and self- efficacy in breastfeeding women and their care providers, thus promoting optimal breastfeeding and health outcomes for all families.