As described by the publisher, Jones & Bartlett Learning, Legal and Ethical Issues for the IBCLC is the “only text that covers the day-to-day legal and ethical challenges faced by the International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) in the workplace — in any work setting or residence.” Since lactation management crosses many disciplines in the health care arena, most International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLCs) carry other licenses and titles. Consequently, what they can and cannot do while performing their lactation consultant role is of vital importance, yet it is information that is often difficult for consultants to locate.
The book (http://www.jblearning.com/catalog/9781449615031/) serves as a much-needed practical resource that provides guidance on what is proper, legal and ethical IBCLC behavior. It also reflects the 2011 Code of Professional Conduct and discusses how to devise appropriate, safe, legal and ethical plans of action in breastfeeding consultation.
An internationally board certified lactation consultant since 1999, Liz joined PAH in May of 2010. As her new book title and credentials suggests, Liz has an interesting professional background which uniquely qualifies her to expound upon legal issues. Before launching a career in community education and lactation consultation, Liz had a legal career working her way up from paralegal to law clerk and then becoming an attorney practicing civil law in 1983. In 1989 Liz switched gears and served as the assistant district attorney in Philadelphia’s Municipal and Juvenile Court. She has also served as a Counselor and community educator for the Mt. Airy/Chestnut Hill Nursing Mother’s Association and an arbitrator for the Court of Common Pleas of Montgomery County. In her current role over the past 13 years, Liz has lectured all across the US on the legal and ethics issues of breastfeeding and IBCLCs.