Andrea L. Braden

MD, IBCLC Co-Founder/ CEO Lybbie

Dr. Braden (formerly known as Dr. Joyner) graduated from the University of South Alabama School of Medicine in 2007 and completed residency training in Obstetrics & Gynecology at the University of Connecticut in 2011.


Since graduation she has practiced as an Academic Specialist in General Obstetrics & Gynecology.  Her career focus has centered around the postpartum period, with a particular emphasis in breastfeeding medicine, perinatal mood disorders, transgender healthcare, and female sexual dysfunction.  Additionally, she is a board-certified lactation consultant, a member of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) Breastfeeding Expert Work Group, and a graduate of the Inaugural Women’s Wellness through Equality and Leadership (WEL) program, for which she was selected to serve as a representative of ACOG.


Dr. Braden has been the recipient of multiple research grants from the Emory/Georgia Tech Coulter Translational Fund and the Georgia Research Alliance to support her work in improving breast pump technology. She is Co-Founder & CEO of the lactation intervention start-up company, Lybbie. She also currently serves as a co-investigator with researchers from the Grady Trauma Project on 2 NIH-funded studies that seek to understand the ties between trauma exposure and pregnancy outcomes in African-American patients who receive care at Grady Memorial Hospital. Furthermore, Dr. Braden is one of the founding physicians for Grady Memorial Hospital’s Gender Center–a multi-disciplinary clinic that addresses the specific health care needs of the trans population. In 2019, she was named as one of the American Medical Association’s Inspiration Award honorees in recognition of her time, wisdom, and support throughout the professional careers of fellow physicians, residents, and students. When she is not working, Dr. Braden can be found loving on her 3 adorable children, devouring a good book, playing piano while singing her heart out, volunteering at her children’s school, planning trips to warm, exotic places, and baking up yummy treats at home.