As a perinatal professional, Laurel has focused her three-decade career on offering the latest evidence-based information to help update professionals and families on practices, policies, and the hot topics in fertility, pregnancy, childbirth, lactation, and parenting. She spends the majority of her time as an International Keynote Speaker at conferences and offering perinatal workshops to nurses, doctors, midwives, public health, WIC, and community support professionals. Laurel customizes the curriculum to meet the needs of the professionals she is educating.
She has a unique interest in epigenetics and the microbiome, cannabis and human milk feeding, the influence of the prenatal period and attachment on long-term development, human milk and brain development, milk expression research, community counseling skills, and the long-term impact of skin to skincare and biological nurturing. Laurel offers engaging, interactive, thought-provoking, and visually stimulating presentations that get her invited back to conferences and events again and again.
She knows that every educational experience is an opportunity to spark lactation passion and help unite science and the heart. Laurel is a seasoned presenter and comfortable leading small interactive workshops, as well as presenting to large audiences. Her facilitation skills focus on community and deep understanding. You can see where Laurel has been and where she is going at this link: https://motherjourney.com/about-me.html
Laurel Wilson, IBCLC, RLC, BSc, CLE, CCCE, CLD is a TEDx and international speaker, perinatal expert, consultant, educator, and author. Laurel is the co-author of two books, The Attachment Pregnancy and The Greatest Pregnancy Ever. Her passion is blending today's recent scientific findings with the mind/body/spirit wisdom to help professionals and families realize the magnitude and importance of the perinatal period. Spending 17 years as Executive Director for Lactation Programs for the Childbirth and Postpartum Professionals Association formed the foundation of her inquiry into the science of human milk. She served on the board the United States Breastfeeding Committee from 2016-2019 and currently acts as an advisor for Health and Kindred Media.
Laurel has been joyfully married to her husband for nearly three decades and has two wonderful grown sons, whose difficult births led her on a path towards helping emerging families create positive experiences.
"Just listened to Laurel present on marijuana use and safety in the Gold Conference, and I have to just say, "Way to represent CAPPA!". Her presentation just shined above the rest (and I have seen a dozen already). Her visuals were wonderful, her vocal clarity spot on (and it must have been no picnic to pronounce some of those medical terms) and her tone was non-judgmental and kind, which is hard to do with a controversial topic."
"Laurel offers a variety of interesting presentations that captivate and entertain, as well as educate her audience. Laurel was flexible and patient during the planning process and had all of the information required for continuing education immediately available. She has a warm, inviting personality that involves the group while welcoming responses and questions."