Are you a mom-to-be expecting your first?
The postpartum period is important to talk about during pregnancy. It is a unique time for everyone and there is a lot to process, especially in those first couple of weeks! As a mama of 2, I am well acquainted with both the highs and the lows, which is why I love to support new mamas along their journey. Writing can be a powerful tool in helping you through this amazing transition.
First time mama, this journal is my gift to you. Print it before baby arrives and have it ready in those early days as your own person space for reflection. I wish I had something like this when my first came along, which is why I wanted to create something to share with all of you out there!
photo credit: BJ Kivell Photography
Laura's passion for the environment, global health, and maternal and newborn care led her down her path to become a Naturopathic Doctor and International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). After completing a Bachelors degree in psychology, she went on study Natruopathic Medicine at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM) in Toronto. It was during that time she was introduced to Dr. Jack Newman's International Breastfeeding Centre and the amazing work they do to help families achieve their breastfeeding goals. Realizing Lactation medicine was the missing piece she was looking for in her training and understanding the value of qualified lactation support, she decided to enrol and complete the necessary steps to become an IBCLC.
Laura sees herself as a community mobilizer and humanitarian. While at CCNM, she was very fortunate to complete a clinical externship in Haiti at a birth centre through Naturopaths Without Borders. It was there that her desire to serve moms and babies grew, and where she saw the power of breastfeeding in decreasing infant morbidity and mortality. The clinical focus in her private practise is with women in the postpartum period, supporting their transition into motherhood, guiding them with feeding support, and promoting infant mental health. She has worked in Thailand as a private consultant and with the Bangkok Child Protection project, a UNHCR funded initiative through Jesuit Refugee Services, where she provided case work support, needs assessments, and health education to unaccompanied minors.
Laura currently calls Toronto home where she lives with her husband and their two young children. She sees patients part-time and develops online resources for new parents.