With over twenty years experience working with women in the childbearing year and perinatal professionals, Laurel Wilson, IBCLC, CLE, CCE, CLD takes a creative approach to working with the pregnant family. Using journaling, birth art, visualization, experiential exercises, and the yogic tradition, Laurel helps women connect with their inner resources to discover their true beliefs about themselves, their relationships, and their abilities to birth and parent their children.
Laurel is Executive Director of Lactation Programs and Faculty for CAPPA, Childbirth and Postpartum Professional Association. She acts as the Customer Advocate for InJoy Birth and Parenting, teaching webinars and producing podcasts for professionals. She served as the Program Coordinator for Swedish Medical Center and Presbytarian St. Luke's Medical Center in Colorado, which combined serve nearly 4000 expectant families a year. She owns MotherJourney Childbirth Services--training childbirth, lactation, and postpartum professionals, as well as expectant families on integrative and holistic information as it pertains to today's Millennial family. She has her degree in Maternal Child Health: Lactation Consulting and is an internationally board certified lactation consultant. She also co-created BOND University which trains and certifies Perinatal Bonding Facilitators.
Laurel has received her training with Union Institute and University, Healthy Children, DONA, ALACE, CAPPA, Birthworks, Whole Birth Yoga, and Prenatal Parenting. She strives to provide the latest techniques, research, and programs to her clients by attending yearly conferences and workshops in the birth and lactation field. Laurel loves to blend today's recent scientific findings with the mind/body/spirit wisdom she has gleaned throughout the years.
Laurel is certified as a lactation counselor, childbirth educator, labor doula, lactation educator, Prenatal Parenting™ Instructor, and pre-and postpartum fitness educator. Offering education and movement classes to families in private and hospital settings, Laurel has created teaching strategies that facilitate better understanding of the change processes during the childbearing year. Laurel has been joyfully married to her husband for more than 20 years and has two amazing sons, whose difficult births led her on a path towards helping emerging families create positive experiences. She believes that the journey into motherhood is a life-changing rite of passage that should be deeply honored and celebrated.