Barbara Popper

Massachusetts United States
(b. - d. 2013)

Barbara (Krouner) Popper of Needham, Massachusetts passed away on November 3, 2013, following a very courageous battle with lung cancer. She is survived by her husband Steven, their four children, and nine grandchildren. Barbara was a long time La Leche League Leader. Massachusetts LLL Leader Ann White commented: “Along with LLL Leaders Cathy Romeo, author of ‘Ended Beginnings,’ and Nancy Wainer, author of ‘Silent Knife,’ they often presented panels at Area Conferences and shared their enthusiasm and knowledge to support women who want to breastfeed their babies.” They were among the first lactation consultants in the beginning years of the lactation field.

Barbara entered the advocacy arena when she found herself in the hospital with one of her four children. The hospital’s restrictive visitation policies did not make sense and treated parents as adversaries, rather than allies in their children’s care. To promote the parent’s role in the care of their hospitalized children, she started Children In Hospitals (CIH), a non-profit, volunteer educational and advocacy organization. CIH conducted a survey of visitation policies at other hospitals, and used the information to advocate for 24-hour family visitation policies at Massachusetts hospitals. Families have Barbara to thank for being able to room in with their hospitalized children. In 1971, Barbara founded Children in Hospitals, a non-profit organization that advocated for the rights of parents with hospitalized children. She continued this work as a Project Director for The Federation for Children with Special Needs. In 2010, Barbara received the US Department of Health and Human Services, Maternal and Child Health Bureau Director’s Award for her more than 40 years of commitment to promoting the health of women and children.