Meet the BirthSwell Team

Jeanette McCulloch, BirthSwell Lead Strategist

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Jeanette McCulloch brings together strategic communications skills with practical experience providing birth and breastfeeding services and a proven record of maternal/infant health advocacy.

Jeanette worked for more than a decade on women’s health policy and other issues though public interest and public relations campaigns. As an account supervisor with Valerie Denney Communications, she oversaw communications strategies for local Chicago-based community organizations, statewide legislative and PR campaigns, and national advocacy efforts. Her primary issue areas included low-income access to health care, environmental justice, criminal justice and grassroots community organizing.

Since the birth of her two children, both born with midwives, Jeanette has focused her efforts on supporting families in the childbearing year. In addition to role at BirthSwell, she is an IBCLC and serves on the board of Citizens for Midwifery.

Jeanette has led numerous trainings and message development sessions for nonprofit organizations, including birth advocacy efforts. She has co-published (with Amber McCann) in the Journal of Human Lactation on the topic of establishing an online and social media presence for your IBCLC practice, and co-authored abstracts and posters for the APHA and ACOG on birth consumers’ use of social media and communications needs. She blogs on birth and breastfeeding research, use of social media, and consumer activism.

She lives in Ithaca, New York with her partner Tanya and two children. When she’s not engaging with the BirthSwell community, she unplugs with her family and enjoys hiking the gorges and kayaking the waters of the Fingerlakes.

Aniella Kulik, Social Media Specialist

Aniella Kulik

Aniella Kulik has worked at BirthSwell for six years and loves being involved in advocating maternity rights. She has also worked a copy editor at the Ithaca Times and an archivist/office assistant at the Danby Town Hall. She has personal experience blogging and coding, and enjoys getting to know social media inside out. Her experience in editing, managing website content, and her interest in social justice are what first attracted her to an internship with BirthSwell. Aniella believes in the importance of social media in spreading information about birthing, lactation, and feminism to a wider demographic of people.

She has a BA degree in Celtic Ethnomusicology from the University of Vermont.

BirthSwell Collaborators

Adriana-Lozada

Adriana Lozada - Strategic Graphic Design

As both a birth professional and graphic designer, Adriana brings a deep knowledge of your target audience to every project. As a result she crafts logos and visuals that connect and communicate while saving time and budget. Adriana provides design concepts for websites, visuals, print materials, and other design projects. You can see her design work at International Lactation Consultant Association, in the overhaul of the BirthSwell logo and iconography, and on her own birth services website.

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Amber McCann, IBCLC - Strategy, Project Management, and Execution

BirthSwell regularly collaborates with Amber McCann, IBCLC. Amber is a nationally recognized expert on communicating with families during the childbearing year and brings critical strategy, project management, and execution skills. She also is a key influencer in the lactation world and brings a powerful network that helps expand the reach of our work. Amber is currently taking a medical leave. We support her in her healing journey and looking forward to collaborating with on future projects.

About co-founder Hillary Boucher

Hillary Boucher is the much-beloved co-founder of BirthSwell. Her creativity, love for social media as an organizing tool, and commitment to birthing and breastfeeding families helped make our organization what it is today. Hillary has since moved on to The Community Roundtable, where, in her role as Director of Networks, she facilitates a peer network of online community managers. She consults with BirthSwell on an as-needed basis. Those of us at BirthSwell who live in Ithaca are always happy to run into her at the Farmers Market or the local food co-op.