Laurie doesn’t know how she found APPPAH’s PPNE program, but I suspect it found her. She was so excited to have found the PPNE certificate and, as a recent graduate, is already using the information to create programs to bring to the children of her community. Where she lives in Quebec, Canada, there are no sex education programs and children are given very little information about birth and babies. She has already started to teach the pilot classes she created in the schools with very good feedback.
In the program she’s created for children ages 6 through high school, she’s incorporating the principles of PPN that she learned in APPPAH’s certificate program. She feels it is important to normalize birth in and out of hospitals and with a variety of birth assistants, including midwives and doulas. She finds that young children so easily accept the core concepts of the consciousness of babies, such as the idea that babies have likes and dislikes in the womb.
She shared a story about how one of the children in her program found out that her mother was expecting a baby shortly after the program had ended. Immediately, she told her mother that it was important to sing to the baby because babies like it. She sees such beauty knowing that these children will grow up understanding that babies are conscious. These children won’t have to struggle with understanding what babies really need as their parents may have or as the adults she sees.
She sees the huge gap in understanding the consciousness of babies even among midwives and doulas in her community, who she thought would be more in the know. In addition, she has also really been surprised by the lack of resources written in French, the language spoken primarily in her community. She has plans to create books written in French for those in her community who are interested in learning more, including children’s books incorporating the PPN principles. So she’s setting out with her new PPNE certification to create change for the professionals and families in her community!
Laurie sees such a need for this information. She told the story of a family with a new baby who recently came to her house for dinner. The baby was only about 4 months old. When it was time to eat, the mother took the car seat with the baby in it and put him in the other room away from everyone. He was fussing, as one might expect, and the baby’s mother was ignoring him. Laurie, loving babies and being young and without any babies of her own yet, went to pick him up. She held him and allowed him to join in the conversation with everyone else. He was clearly happy to be a part of the group! When she needed to eat, Laurie placed him back in the car seat, but right next to her so he could still be in the room with everyone. The baby’s mother moved him back into the other room by himself. Situations like this over and over show her how important it is to spread the PPN information to parents and professionals in her community.
Taking the PPNE certificate program has given her tools to teach a subject that she is very passionate about. She’s always had the notion that babies were conscious, but having an association, courses, and community to support her to teach others has been amazing. She encouraged anyone who is working on the program to keep with it!
Laurie writes a blog in English and in French. You can find out more about Laurie and her work here: