Laurel Wilson, BSc, IBCLC, RLC, CCCE, CLE®, CLD, CPPFE, CPPI owns MotherJourney in Morrison, Colorado and is a member of the Kindred World board of directors, the parent nonprofit of Kindred Media. She has her degree in Maternal and Child Health - Lactation Consulting. With over twenty six years of experience working with women in the childbearing year and perinatal professionals, Laurel takes a creative approach to working with the pregnant family and perinatal professionals. She is co-author of best-selling books, The Greatest Pregnancy Ever: The Keys to the MotherBaby Bond and The Attachment Pregnancy: The Ultimate Guide to Bonding with Your Baby. She is also a contributing author to Round the Circle: Experienced Doulas Share What They Learned the Hard Way and original editor of the CAPPA Lactation Educator Manual. She currently travels the world presenting on such hot topics as Social Media and the Pregnant Family, Epigenetics and the Microbiome and First Foods, and Cannabis and Perinatal Health.
Laurel has received her training with Union Institute and University, Regis University, University of Arizona, Healthy Children, DONA, ALACE, CAPPA, Birthworks, Whole Birth Yoga and Prenatal Parenting, and Walden University. She has passed the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners. She strives to provide the latest techniques, research and programs to her clients by attending yearly conferences and workshops in the birth and lactation field.
Laurel is a board certified as a lactation consultant, childbirth educator, labor doula, lactation educator™, Prenatal ParentingTM Instructor, and Pre and Postpartum fitness educator. She served as the CAPPA Executive Director of Lactation Programs for 16 years and is now on the Senior Advisory Board. She served on the board for the United State Breastfeeding Committee from 2016-2019 and currently serves on InJoy Health's Review Board.
Laurel is a lactation and perinatal health speaker, sharing her knowledge at professional conferences around the world on subjects ranging from hot topics in breastfeeding to epigenetics and the prenatal environment. She has trained hundreds of professionals in the 20 Hour Lactation Educator™ Course for CAPPA and lectured thousands of health professionals in maternal child health topics. Additionally, she taught perinatal classes to families in private and hospital settings and coordinated hospital education programs. Laurel has created teaching strategies that facilitate better understanding of the change processes during the childbearing year. Laurel has been joyfully married to her husband for 29 years and has two amazing sons, whose difficult births led her on a path towards helping emerging families create positive experiences. She believes that the journey towards and into parenthood is a life changing rite of passage that should be deeply honored and celebrated.