Just a quick post to let you know that we are running another Peer Counsellor training course starting at the end of February, in Dunedin.
The Breastfeeding Peer Counsellor training programme is an initiative designed to train women who are, or have in the past, breastfed a baby, and who are keen to support and share knowledge with other breastfeeding women in their community.
The training course takes place over 5 or 6 weekly sessions, usually timed to fit in around school drop off and pick up time. Topics covered include communication and listening skills, the normal course of breastfeeding, common problems, sharing information vs giving advice, record keeping etc. Babies and young pre-school children are welcome to attend with their mothers during the training course.
Course attendees all receive a copy of The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding, and a resource pack of information sheets and breastfeeding related papers. At the end of the course each attendee receives a certificate stating that they have completed a Breastfeeding Peer Counsellor Training Course. Once training is complete, the trainer supports the Peer Counsellors via email and phone, and regular update meetings (usually bi-monthly) to discuss the type of contact the Peer Counsellors are having with mothers, any problems or issues encountered, support to set up groups, continuous training through discussion and learning topics.
If you would like to be considered for a place, please let me know. This is the last course scheduled in Dunedin currently, so it could be your last chance for a while if you live in that area.