A Conversation with Meredith Fein Lichtenberg, CCCE, IBCLC, JD

photo for websiteMeredith Fein Lichtenberg has been an influential mentor and workshop leader for our childbirth education trainees for over a decade. She has served on the Board of Directors for CEA/MNY for a number of years.

Her work as an cooperative childbirth educator, International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC), postpartum doula and writer, has not just helped a generation of New York City parents come of age but made her one of the most valuable local resources for teachers-in-training.

Meredith’s breadth of knowledge is paired with a strong personal interest in women’s changing identity through the childbirth years. The combination makes for a nuanced and enlightened understanding of how we grow into parents and find our way in these new roles.

On Saturday, May 16th, she will lead our workshop, Maternal Postpartum Issues in Brooklyn. Here is some advice she has for new teachers on how to help ground new parents during the transitional first few days after birth.

5 Things Educators Can Teach Before Birth to Help New Parents Adjust After Birth

1. Distinguish between “normal” and “easy.” In the rest of life we do things as a challenge just for the challenge, there’s a lot in new parenting that’s like that. The point is not to make everything easy and knowing that in advance helps them.

2. And yet, it’s so worth having creature comforts lined up to make everything that can be easy, easy.

3. A little preparation goes a long way. Packing the diaper bag in advance, having some food in the kitchen made already, knowing what books or websites are go-tos and which should be avoided, having notes from your prenatal class on hand.

4. The company of other new parents is vital even if you’re not a someone that usually joins in.

5.  A little reassurance goes  very long way. A check-in with your childbirth educator or a doula or IBCLC is so helpful. It is also important to note that submitting for insurance reimbursement can be a nightmare. I think it helps people to know this in advance and sadly, at the moment, I think it’s best to tell students to expect to pay for their support out of pocket. You will probably not get reimbursed if you want the leisurely, thorough care of a good IBCLC doing a nice long home visit. Childbirth educators can be in the role of telling students that it is worth it to spend money on these things.

Maternal Postpartum Issues

May 16, 2015
10am – 4pm
Location: Birth Day Presence, 182 8th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215
Click here to register