Keri-Ann Berga, RN, BScN, IBCLC
My passion in nursing has always been within the realm of perinatal care – particularly within breastfeeding, labour & delivery, postpartum and neonatalogy. I first attended St. Lawrence College and graduated with an RN diploma, with distinction. Soon after, I knew there was much more to learn in my field. With my own very young family, I began to pursue my nursing degree from the University of Ottawa on a part-time basis and graduated in 2009 with a BScN, Summa cum Laude distinction, with a perinatal concentration.
I have worked clinically in the NICU, postpartum, paediatrics and surgery. Within the past few years, I began a very rewarding career at Belleville General Hospital as a Clinical Nurse Educator for their maternal-child program. In July 2010, I wrote the International Board of Lactation Consultants Examination & received notification of the successful completion of the exam in October 2010. I’m also currently pursuing a MScN degree from the University of Ottawa on a part-time basis and plan to once again continue research within the realm of supporting new moms & breastfeeding. I am also currently enrolled in the CAPPA Childbirth Educator Program (CBE). SO, as you can probably guess, I truly love to work with new moms. As a mom of 3 young boys (who cumulatively were breastfed for over 3 years!) I personally and professionally realize how much support is vital for new families. My goal is to provide support, home visits, education, resources and referrals to appropriate services. I truly wish that I had the type of services that Bella Vida offers when I had my children, and this is what has inspired me to offer this support to others. Empowerment is the greatest gift we can give to new families – we need to know what choices are available, and how to navigate through the journey to parenthood. It’s not always easy, but with a helping hand and a little guidance we can all support each other.
In Kingston and area, I’m proud that we now have Bella Vida to complement the services in our community. Resources such as Bella Vida, KFL&A Public Health, local midwives, physicians, obstetricians, family health teams, child birth organizations are here to help YOU when you need it most.
My goal and vision for this site and the services Bella Vida provides is to assist you in finding the unique care & support that ALL moms, babies and families deserve. We will provide you with all the evidence-based information you need to make informed decisions about you and your baby’s care.
We truly believe it takes a village to raise a child and I feel honoured that we may be a part of the village.