I am a midwifery student, with a maternity and community nursing background. I decided to take Mercedes' courses on infant feeding and breast/chest health, because in my education and practice I had found there is a lot of conflicting, confusing and harmful advice provided to new parents regarding feeding their babies. I read the course description describing evidence based approaches to feeding, signed up and hoped for the best.
The best is what I got! I was completely moved by this course and Mercedes dedication to supporting individuals, families and communities in their feeding journeys. Her ability to deliver evidence based feeding education with humor, anecdotes, case studies, and to faciliate the use of class participant knowledge base for learning opportunities is marvelous. Mercedes is not only an experienced and skilled clinician with a somewhat alarming memory for anatomy and physiology- she is also a talented adult educator whose curriculum design displays thoughtfulness for adult learners who must both learn new content and unlearn un-informed habits. The integration of up to date pain science theory and a bio-psychosocial approach to assessment and care was unprecedented in years of formal health care provider education in my experience and it has completely changed my practice and benefited many of my clients since. I am not exaggerating when I describe this course as life changing.
As a LGBTQ person, I also appreciated the attention to chest feeding and language, as well as the the acknowledgement/support for diverse family structures within the course content. The learning environment was supportive, calm, and positive. We had fun, and learned. I highly recommend this course to other midwifery and nursing professionals who want to improve their practice.