GOLD Learning Speakers


Elizabeth Johnson, MA

  • Speaker Type: GOLD Lactation 2018
  • Country: USA

Elizabeth M. Johnson, MA is the founder of Spark Equity, LLC a boutique training and consulting firm in Durham, NC. Spark Equity specializes in helping people understand how sexual abuse affects sexual and reproductive health. Building on her career in coaching, crisis counseling and 20 years in training and education, Elizabeth works with clients to:
-minimize stress
-acquire specialized knowledge
-gain greater competence with sensitive subjects
-implement practical, time-saving strategies

Elizabeth is one of only five trainers worldwide certified to deliver content based on the book, When Survivors Give Birth: How Child Sexual Abuse Affects Women in Pregnancy, Childbirth and Postpartum by Doulas of North America co-founder Penny Simkin. 

Elizabeth talks to hundreds of survivors every year through her research and the free, weekly support group she offers for sexual abuse survivors in Durham, NC. She holds a Masters of Arts degree in Womens Studies from Southern Connecticut State University and lives with her family in Durham, NC. 

In 2017, 400+ people attended Elizabeth’s trainings or groups. She’s thrilled to be part of GOLD 2018!

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When Breast Isn't Best: Challenges and Opportunities In Breastfeeding for Sexual Abuse Survivors
The benefits of breastfeeding are well known. Less known is how pervasive and long-lasting the effects of sexual abuse can be. As many as 1 in 3 women are survivors of contact sexual abuse. And, unfortunately, sexual abuse is rarely over when it's over. Most new parents state that they want to at least “try” breastfeeding. And yet everyone knows someone for whom breastfeeding “didn’t work”. While informed care can sometimes help families stick with breastfeeding, even well-intended support can be triggering. Providers who deal with new families must have a working knowledge of sexual abuse as well as a trauma-informed approach in order to effectively support breastfeeding families. Learn how abuse can impact ability and desire to breastfeed, red flags that could indicate a history of sexual abuse and practical tools to support all families in a sensitive way.
Accreditation, Main Category
Presentations: 29  |  Hours / CE Credits: 25  |  Viewing Time: 8 Weeks
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