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Rachel M. Davis, MPH, RDN, LDN, IBCLC, RLC

  • Speaker Type: GOLD Learning Day 2021 (Summer)
  • Country: United States

Rachel M. Davis serves as a Registered Dietitian and International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. Her remarkable passion for nutrition began after recognizing and becoming saddened by the fact that many individuals were suffering from ailments that likely could have been prevented. Rachel received a Bachelor of Science in Nutritional Sciences from Penn State University. She began her career over 10 years ago providing maternal and pediatric nutrition counseling through the WIC and SNAP programs, hospitals and outpatient clinical settings.

Further curiosity in preventative measures for optimal health sparked her interest in learning more about lactation and the periods of infancy and young childhood. Rachel returned to school in 2012 and earned a Master's in Public Health from the Department of Maternal and Child Health at the UNC Chapel Hill, where she also completed her lactation training through the Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute.

In 2014, she moved to Charlotte and continued to provide nutrition and feeding education and support services on a local and regional level. Rachel began to feel that although the experiences she gained were extremely valuable, there were still gaps in service and many families in the community that still needed support.

Rachel now serves as the owner of Harmony Nutrition & Lactation, LLC, where she supports parents of color and helps them feel comfortable with nourishing themselves and their little ones. Rachel is particularly passionate about decreasing racial health disparities and achieving health equity among all people. She helped create and was the Program Director for the first two cohorts of the Lactation Consultant Training Program at Johnson C Smith University, the first Pathway 2 training program implemented at a historically black college/university in an effort to help diversify the field of lactation. And she also serves as the Executive Director and Cofounder of Queen City Cocoa B.E.A.N.S., a nonprofit organization that assists new and expectant families of color in improving their overall quality of health and achieving a more balanced lifestyle through nutrition and lactation education and support.

Rachel is committed to life-long learning and providing excellent quality of care. She feels her roles are highly rewarding and loves being able to motivate and assist individuals and families in improving their overall health and well-being.

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Motivational Interviewing in the Early Days of Feeding
The purpose of this presentation is to help lactation consultants improve counseling skills with parents through the use of motivational interviewing. We will define motivational interviewing and discuss brief history. Then we will discuss behavior and what drives individuals to change or adopt certain behaviors. We will discuss the importance of the parent-provider relationship in communicating and supporting parents to discover answers within themselves and realize that they are truly the experts. And finally we will review the steps to MI and learn how to apply them in different breast/chest feeding scenarios.
Presentations: 3  |  Hours / CE Credits: 3  |  Viewing Time: 6 Weeks
Hours / CE Credits: 1 (details)  |  Categories: Breastfeeding Support, Counseling Skills