Join Us! Become a counseling volunteer and offer information and support to other breastfeeding moms in the Philadelphia area! We offer our training course twice a year– once in the Spring and once in the Fall.
The NMAC Counselor Training is a 9-week course with 5 in-person classes.
The Spring Training Class runs March 1st–April 26th, 2018.
Class dates for the Spring session are:
March 1st, March 15th, March 29th, April 12th, and April 26th
You must be to attend all five in-person classes and have internet access to complete the course. Classes meet in the Willowood Building at Abington Memorial Hospital Medical Center complex on Maryland Road in Willow Grove on Thursday evenings from 7:00-10:00PM.
The NMAC Counselor Training Class, taught by IBCLCs, is designed to prepare students to counsel with one of our five local NMAC Chapters. NMAC Counselors must have breastfed or pumped for 6 months before taking the course. Non-NMAC breastfeeding counselors as well as medical professionals are welcome to take our course for an additional fee.
Required Class Text: Breastfeeding Answers Made Simple: A Guide for Helping Mothers by Nancy Mohrbacher. We strongly recommend you purchase the book on your own (e.g. through Amazon) so you will have it as a resource after class. If you will be counseling with a local NMAC Chapter, we have a limited number of books to load. You must return the book at the end of the course to receive your training certificate.
NMAC Counselor requirements:
After you finish the course, NMAC Counselors are expected to participate in the following ways.
- Counsel assigned moms via phone and email on a regular basis. Moms are referred to us from local hospitals, breastfeeding classes, and through our Helpline.
- Attend Chapter Counselor Meetings, Moms’ Meetings, and two continuing education Study Nights per year.
- Help with Chapter fundraising efforts.
- Take on a Chapter job and/or volunteer to head up special Chapter projects.
To download a copy of the Registration and Volunteer Information forms please click below. Both forms must be filled out and returned to NMAC on or before 2/15/18.
NMAC-Spring-2018-Training-Registration (Word Doc)
Please email us at NMACnursingmoms@gmail.com with any questions.