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Lesley Everest, Doula

  • Speaker Type: Communications Skills Lecture Package 2020
  • Country: Canada

Lesley Everest has been practising as a birth, postpartum, and end-of-life doula in Montreal over the last 26 years. She is the founder of MotherWit Doula Care and MotherWit Doula Training. Lesley's professional background in many forms of somatic/emotional support therapies and inter-spiritual ministry informs her work as a teacher of human resilience , as do the births and parenting of her own four kids, and her experience of healing from cancer. She has learned over the years that a good birth and early parenting experience is less about goals being met and more about feeling safe and respected. Lesley believes that the journey into family-hood matters for all members, serving as a transformational event that has the power to shape early parenting and the next generations. Lesley's diplomatic and collaborative nature has made her a sought after speaker in the North American birth and parenting conference circuits, as well as a facilitator of workshops geared towards soft skills building for medical care providers. Lesley is resourced by long walks in nature, late night dancing with friends to ‘80’s music, and visits to the spa.

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CALM Communication
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.
Presentations: 5  |  Hours / CE Credits: 5  |  Viewing Time: 6 Weeks
Hours / CE Credits: 1 (details)  |  Categories: Counseling Skills