According to the International Lactation Consultant Association (ILCA), IBCLC Day "was developed to recognize the important role of the International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) and the specialized knowledge each has to make a difference in the lives of breastfeeding families."
Talking about feelings is a skill that serves people well at all stages of their life. LCCE Mallory Emerson introduces us to the January Brilliant Activites for Birth Educators idea that helps facilitate conversations from the heart about the emotions surrounding pregnancy, birth, and parenting.
The grief of losing a child during pregnancy or after birth runs deep and hard for the person who is or was pregnant. It is important to also recognize that the nonpregnant person also has experienced a loss & has to deal with their own grief, as well as supporting the emotions of their partner.
September’s Brilliant Activities for Birth Educators offers a great introductory mindfulness activity that childbirth educators can do with their class families. Mindfulness can be a helpful tool that parents can easily add to their toolbox.
A study published in May 2017 examined the impact of a childbirth education course based on mindfulness principles on the pain experienced during childbirth and the ability to handle that pain on a physiological level as well as adjust to the postpartum period.