Shari Criso is a Registered Nurse, Certified Nurse Midwife, International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, nationally recognized parenting educator, entrepreneur, and most importantly, loving wife & proud mother of two amazing breastfed daughters.
Educating, empowering, and supporting couples throughout pregnancy and new parenthood has been Shari’s passion and focus since she started her professional career back in 1991. Shari began as a Labor and Delivery nurse caring for thousands of mothers and infants, but soon realized she wanted to provide more personal, one to one care for her patients, so she returned to school where she earned her Master’s Degree in Nursing and her Certification in Midwifery. Within one year, she established her own thriving medical/midwifery practice, providing full obstetrical and gynecological care, and went on to deliver over 600 babies during her 7 years in private practice!
Soon after experiencing the birth of her first daughter, Shari realized there were few places a new parent can go to for helpful advice and high quality customer service, so she became a Board Certified Lactation Consultant and created a specialty store where her new and expectant patients could go to find all the products, services, and expert advice they needed under one roof. The Birth Boutique was born!
Over the following 9 years, The Birth Boutique has grown into a 5,000 sq ft facility, including a full learning center supporting new parents through pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding and new parenting. It is known throughout the entire New Jersey and New York area as “the place to go if you are having a baby”!
Shari developed her own unique curriculum of live parenting classes combining over 20 years of medical expertise with her own personal experiences, and all she has learned from working intimately with thousands of new mothers. Shari’s husband Joe now teaches with her and adds his own content which gives voice to Dads and the important role they play in having a baby and supporting their partners through the entire process. With the addition of My Baby Experts, Shari’s national brand which produces her educational DVD programs and dozens of videos published on her video blog and some of the top brands on the web, Shari has quickly become a “go-to” expert for the media. She has made several appearances with FOX, NBC, ParentsTV and VH1. She has also become a lead breastfeeding/baby expert for BabiesRus online and Babycenter.com!
To support her growing national audience of new & expectant parents, Shari filmed her signature class, “Simply Breastfeeding: The Criso Breastfeeding Method” into a popular DVD program, and turned her breastfeeding for working moms class, “Breastpumps and Briefcases”, into a very practical audio CD program, so her unique and comforting style of parenting education can be available to everyone!
This August, in honor of World Breastfeeding Week and with the help of some amazing Corporate Partners, Shari built this website to stream her entire 1.5 hour “Simply Breastfeeding” DVD program, as she strongly feels that all new parents deserve access to quality education regardless of where they live! With the promotional support of her corporate partners, dozens of mommy bloggers, numerous class graduates, the media, and some amazing social media tools like Facebook & Twitter, new parents everywhere now have immediate access to her class in their home, the Hospital, or wherever & whenever they need it most for preparation and re-assurance!
As an outreach to her growing community of online followers, Shari now offers a free weekly live web TV show called “My Baby Experts” every Tuesday night from 9-10 pm Eastern, where hundreds of new parents across the country (and even as far as Japan and Brazil!) submit questions, listen to Shari (and other top experts she interviews) answer them live, socialize with other new parents, and qualify to win thousands of dollars of amazing prizes every show ‘Season’! She has been running this show live every week since September 2010, and all of her previous episodes are interviews are available on replay on her Ustream.tv channel.
Her latest venture is creating the 1st video program of its kind to teach new parents how to cloth diaper. Having taught over 450 couples in NJ how to successfully cloth diaper their babies, Shari realized its time to make her same simple and effective approach available to parents everywhere. It will be launched the same week as her participation in the worldwide Great Cloth Diaper Change event in April 2011.