Natosha Sage-El

Educational/Professional Background: 
I graduated from MSU with a BA in Interdisciplinary Social Science. I work for WIC as a Breastfeeding Peer Counselor and for Next Generation Lactation Clinic as a Certified Lactation Counselor. I also am the administrative assistant and an instructor for Expectant Parents Organization. I am the Outreach Coordinator here at Willow Tree Family Center as well as help facilitate multiple groups like the Black Breastfeeding Sisterhood, Newborn Group, etc... I help at Capital Area Baby Café as well as sit on the Capital Area Perinatal Wellness Coalition and the Capital Area Breastfeeding Coalition. I am a board member on the Michigan Breastfeeding Network as well. I also am currently working towards because an IBCLC.
Family Story: 
I have two boys, Hugh who was born in 2014 and Cullen who was born in 2015. In all my free time (LOL) we enjoy going to MSU sports events with their dad and their older brothers. We also like to stay active in our community and attending various community events and traveling. To my sons, Willow Tree is home so we also enjoy spending time there as much as we can. Before my first son was born, I was so lucky to have found Willow Tree Family Center and do childbirth classes here. Unfortunately, I had unplanned cesarean births with both of my boys which was not at all what I had wanted. Breastfeeding went pretty smooth with both my boys and so far I have been breastfeeding for over 4 years! After having my first child, Willow Tree became a lifeline for me and my family. I suffered from Postpartum Mood Disorders and have been very involved in the Shades of Motherhood group. I believe in families being able to make educated choices during their pregnancy and the birthing process. I also believe in families continually finding support and resources to help them through their journey. Here at Willow Tree Family Center I think we do exactly that!