We proudly announce the scholarship grants awarded by the European Institute for Perinatal Mental Health for the Breastfeeding and Mental Health Training course (October 2019 – June 2020).
Although we initially offered 5 full scholarships, we have received so many applications we have decided to grant a total of 12, as we are certain so many of you deserved them.
We are grateful for such a grand response to our training and we are moved by the incredible effort, commitment and love that you and so many professionals have shown in the support of mothers, babies and families so they may enjoy breastfeeding.
Joyce Wanderi. Kenya. Lactation Counselor and Perinatal Loss Counselor
My Parents Light Initiative works to enlighten parents attending mother and children health services on mood and anxiety disorders that affect breastfeeding.
Each year I have participated in World Breastfeeding Week to raise awareness on these disorders that affect lactation.
I have received an award on prevention and support of maternal mental illnesses for families.
Silvia Nicoara. Romania. Breastfeeding Consultant
I am an online and face to face breastfeeding volunteer. I ve started an online breastfeeding suport group in România that now is offering help to thousands of moms.
I want to take this training to refine my counseling skills with PTSD Mothers after difficult labours, refugees and abuse victims.
Linos Muvhu. Zimbabwe. Family Therapist
Our organisation Society for Pre and Post Natal Services (SPANS) is a non profit organisation. We are the host of an approved International Conference on Maternal Mental Health in Africa (ICAMMHA) and we are currently mobilising support to host our 2nd conference in Zimbabwe. We are currently, educating and knowledge sharing of The Thompson Method in Zimbabwe working with women attending postnatal visits at Ruwa Clinic in Goromonzi District in Mashonaland East Province in Zimbabwe and we are looking forward to scaling up this method.
Esme Hough. South Africa. IBLCE
I’ve been a La Leche leader for 33 years.
My aim is to support breastfeeding diads and do outreach on social media to offer support for breastfeeding parents with mental health issues.
Ari Fatun. Indonesia. Birth doula And childbirth educator
Breastfeeding and mental health are issues that increasing in around the world, so does in Indonesia where I live. I collaborate with the government health center (Puskesmas in Indonesian language) for giving services in childbirth education. Many expectant mothers who come in the class is from middle to lower economic background. Middle to upper economic background have lot of choices for choosing the provider, but for the middle to lower there are not many choices.
Josiah Okesola. Nigeria. Mental Health Nursing
I am working on a Train the Trainers program for empowering professional nurses in the maternal/child health and mental health field to scale down media advocacy activities and public health education.
This training would allow me to further expand my mental health activities in the area of Breastfeeding and to advance my cause as a Health Influencer empowering breastfeeding mothers using local languages and digital media tools.
Kundai Muringi. Zimbabwe. Perinatal Mental Health Worker
I am currently working as a Postpartum Mental Health Volunteer with Perinatal Mental Health support (PSI international)
I would like to learn more and be able to give greater and more informed assistance to families. I appreciate every opportunity to provide better support.
Vicky Scheepers. South Africa. Breastfeeding counselor. Birth&perinatal bereavement doula.
I have an absolute passion for breastfeeding and want to learn more about mental health issues in the perinatal period, spread more awareness and provide support. I work offering support groups and informational classes on a voluntary basis.
Luz Nallely. United States. Lactation consultant, Childbirth educator, Infant feeding specialist
Paige Jackson. United States. Maternal/Child Health Advocate, Student Midwife, Doula, Lactation Counselor and Childbirth Educator.
“As a student midwife, I am passionate about educating others on the many benefits of breastfeeding. I’ve seen through observation and from my own personal experience that not all breastfeeding journeys are the same. I’ve seen that there are many different factors that can hinder a successful breastfeeding relationship. My goal is to use this opportunity to learn more about the role mental health can play in that hindrance. I am excited take the information learned through this training course back to my community and to be a greater resource for mothers during their breastfeeding experience.”
Priscilla Njojo. Kenya. Nurse and volunteer in a slum on maternal and child health
Hannah Grace. India. Nurse & Midwife & lactation Educator