Meeting Trauma in the new mother with Presence
Classes resume in September 2021.
When you assist mothers with their lactation issues, you engage in an intimate interaction. You can have a profoundly beneficial influence on mothers. You can reduce their stress levels and mitigate the development of trauma, when you embody a calm and mindful presence that is authentically welcoming.
With the instruction I offer, you learn experientially how to anchor into your own calm core. You learn tools to interact with mothers from this core, how to listen and speak from this core, and you learn tools with which you can help mothers access and anchor their own calm and confidence.
Trauma experts teach us that trauma lives in the body as an imprint in the nervous system. We can think of chronic stress as a form of trauma. Stress, too, prevents us from relaxing and feeling well. It keeps us in the flight-or-flight response, and sets us up for illness, mental and physical.
When we transition away from the fight-or-flight response and settle into an innate, core state of rest-and-restore, we immediately sense the softening and release of this imprint. We can cultivate a state of mind that is resilient and well resourced.
Trauma therapies use various methods that achieve this transition.
In my training as a hypnotherapist, and in my work with mothers in the postpartum, I have had the opportunity to refine and simplify a selection of methods and tools that I am excited to share and teach, especially with healthcare providers who work with mothers and families.
These tools build and enhance your true therapeutic presence. You learn how to transmit confidence and support while also holding your best healthy boundaries.
September 9, 16, 23
Thursdays, 4 pm PST
Meeting Trauma with Presence
September 10, 17, 24
Friday, 4 pm PST
Meeting Trauma with Presence
You are joining a small group of professional lactation specialists. You will receive individual attention and friendly peer support, a coursebook with instructions and scripts, recordings for personal use and to share with mothers, a certificate of completion, and optional weekly support meetings.Reserve your Spot here
Anyone who works with mothers should enroll in Hilary’s courses; her books are library essentials. After the first online session, I had a different approach in my interactions with moms. When beginning a lactation conversation, first taking time to practice relaxation as a professional – and then leading the mother to calm—provided a deeper understanding of the situation at hand. Embracing the importance of touch for moms and babies together, I now mindfully approach mothers in the hospital or group setting to encourage connection at the heart. Nurturing ourselves and our babies is so important, and Hilary gently demonstrates how to help a mom in need transform her experiences to healing places. Such important work.
Kristi Davis, MSN, RN, IBCLC
Hilary Jacobson’s “Mother Food” was one of my first and still one of my favorite books as a lactation consultant in private practice. When I was part of her “Healing Breastfeeding Grief” group in February 2021 I felt “covered in a warm blanket.” This is how Hilary believes all mothers should feel, and as a nurse/lactation consultant working with new mothers, this is how we should be guided to help mothers feel. Her voice is wonderfully soothing, her ability to reflect back on what you are expressing to her and her ability to help you learn techniques for self-soothing and healing are incomparable. We must remember that our actions and words influence parents when they are at their most vulnerable and we must have the tools to be calm, thoughtful and respectful of every parent’s journey. Truth, honesty, sincerity, wisdom. This is Hilary. I highly recommend enrolling in her course, you will feel her love of caregiving the caregiver from the moment the class begins.
Debra Brender, RN, IBCLC
Hilary’s class was life-changing for me. As an IBCLC, I am now able to guide mothers through a therapeutic lens. I am better able to step back and truly be present with a mother, to hear her on another level, and know her experience is a sacred one.
Amanda Howell, IBCLC
What I found most valuable was the meditation. It reminds me to sit with my emotions and thoughts. I can also use this technique with my moms who are really struggling.
Ashli Burney, Community-Based Doula