Cultural Sensitivity Begins with a Listening Presence to the Breastfeeding Mother
By Chris Auer
9-10-18, 1PM, EST
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This webinar applies the principles of cultural awareness with the skills of reflective listening to establish the framework for how these create a healing capacity of Presence to help mothers and families move forward on their parenting journey.
A. Define what it means to be “Present” in a therapeutic relationship
1. Definition, description and images of Presence and non-presence
B. Describe 3 aspects of holistic care of a mother
1. Bedside Presence
2. Clinical Presence
3. Healing Presence
C. Name 2 scenarios where Implicit Bias can be operative and negatively impact our practice and Presence with a mother
1. We are All shaped by our personal history, consciously and unconsciously, our culture, and family of origin
2. potential examples from practice: LGBTQ, teen mom of 4, staff nurse who didn’t breastfeed
D. Describe 2 examples of cultural practices that are not the norm for the majority of Americans that could contribute to misunderstandings between providers and mothers
1. laying flat for the Indian mom after birth
2. being cared for in the first 6 months by the females in the family, vs the US With its emphasis on maternal care prenatal and left on your own 2wks after delivery
3 The silence the Swedes are comfortable with in conversation
E. Describe 3 factors associated with maternal/patient satisfaction that parallel being Present
1. Listened to “carefully”
2. Sense of a partnership with their caregivers
3. Feeling respected and shown courtesy
Chris Auer is a registered nurse and lactation consultant who has worked in the world of mother-baby care at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center for over 40 years, including 25 years as a board-certified lactation consultant. She has listened attentively to the stories of mothers and her fellow healthcare team. She conveys her insights into ways parenting is deeply influenced both consciously and unconsciously, by a mother’s history, family, culture, and temperament. She is also the author of Under One Sky: Intimate Encounters with Moms and Babies by a Breastfeeding Consultant and Nurse.
Under One Sky recounts poignant encounters surrounding birth, breastfeeding, and the life circumstances of families from over 77 countries. As a lactation consultant, Chris Auer met with thousands of women as they began their mothering and breastfeeding journey, women from places as diverse as The Congo, Ecuador, Italy, and Nepal, as well as American women from all walks of life. The babies range from healthy, full-term to extremely premature. The mothers range from 12 to 52. Chris Auer has worked passionately to champion mothers on this segment of their life journey. In the retelling of their stories, we see the importance of meeting mothers where they are in the moment, with an accepting, listening presence. Under One Sky is beyond a memoir; it’s a mosaic of their stories and reveals a poignant picture of our connectedness.