Presentation Information

Lesley Everest

CALM Communication

  • Speaker: Lesley Everest , Doula
  • Presentation Type:
  • Duration: 60 Mins
  • Credits: 1 CERP, 1 Nursing CEU, 0.1 Midwifery CEU
Abstract:

The CALM Communication workshop is designed to nourish practitioner skills that can support the nervous system co-regulation of the breast/chestfeeding parent/baby dyad, thereby enhancing the efficacy of information exchange at a vulnerable time.

When a parent is experiencing breast or chestfeeding difficulties, it can be emotionally distressing. This distress can be exacerbated by a history of trauma, a challenging birth/NICU experience, or a perinatal mood or anxiety disorder. Babies and their parent/s are learning contingent communication with each other, often in spite of uncomfortable challenges.

In the time lactation professionals spend with a new family, they have the opportunity to provide a stabilizing presence that may create reparative experiences for some of the stress-based breaches in the vital attachment mechanisms babies need to develop with their parent/s for optimal, life long health.

The art of information sharing is not only about the skilled assessments professionals make and the work done with infant feeding challenges, but also about how to create safe space for a client’s/patient’s truth to unfold in a supportive way.