Geraldine Cahill has been a passionate breastfeeding advocate since 1993 when she qualified as a Cuidiú Breastfeeding Counsellor. She went on to become an antenatal teacher in 1998 and became passionate about interactive adult education as a way of empowering parents to gain knowledge about birth and breastfeeding. Geraldine has since returned to college (2007 -2010) to further study Adult Education theory and also to complete a Train the Trainer degree. Geraldine integrates teaching with her lactation consultancy practice. She teaches new parents breastfeeding classes, tutors new breastfeeding counsellors and new antenatal educators and has been involved in creating and updating the training programmes for Cuidiú in their antenatal, breastfeeding and postnatal sections of their organisation.
She provides interactive, fun workshops that help Breastfeeding advocates to create effective breastfeeding classes that will empower women to breastfeed successfully. The workshops explore learning styles, learning domains, aims and learning outcomes as well as other relevant adult education theoretical content.
Geraldine Cahill has been an IBCLC since 2007, working in Ireland in Private Practice and providing breastfeeding education for parents. She has been a Breastfeeding Counsellor with a parent to parent support group – Cuidiú – since 1993 and subsequently also became an Antenatal Educator with the same organisation. She is now a tutor in both Breastfeeding and Antenatal Education and has a huge interest in Adult Education theories and practice.
Geraldine Cahill is married with 4 children, now all adult at 20, 23, 26 and 27.
She became interested in Breastfeeding and Childbirth through the experience of birthing and breastfeeding her own children.
She has been a Voluntary Breastfeeding Counsellor since 1993 and has been teaching childbirth education classes since 1998 when she qualified as a teacher with the NCT in the UK,. She teaches under the auspices of Cuidiú-Irish Childbirth Trust an organisation that supports choices for parents in all areas; She has been a member since 1988 and has just finished a 4 year term as National President in 2014.
She has been an IBCLC since 2007 and works in private practice; she re-certified in 2012. She does home visits for both prenatal and postnatal consults.
She trained as a Trainer of Trainers in 2000 with the Best Services Program for lactation (she updated that training in 2012 with a further course with National University of Galway) and is currently a Breastfeeding Tutor with Cuidiú – training other mothers to be Breastfeeding Counsellors in order to support breastfeeding in their communities. She is also a tutor in Childbirth education and helped write the curriculum and create the programme for a brand new programme running in Ireland.
She has a huge interest in adult education and the forms that it can take and the development of curricula that suit adult learning needs. She achieved a BA in Community and Adult Education in 2010 and continues to develop her interest in the area of Adult Education.
Counselling skills are the backbone of our work in lactation. This presentation is interactive and will help you to hone your skills.
Do you have an Overall Aim when you go to visit a breastfeeding dyad, do you have specific learning outcomes for the visit. Learn how working with aims and learning outcomes can improve your practice and help both you and the parents you work with to overcome difficulties by focusing on what is important for the parents.
Taking into account both your own learning style preference and the learning styles of the parents you meet when you are doing your everyday work is important so that parents can get the most out of the time you spend with them.
Understanding Adult Education Theories will allow you to integrate this into your practice, either for helping on a one to one basis at a consult or at a group class. Understanding how adults learn will help you decide on the best curriculum and how to effectively teach during ‘teachable moments’ with clients.
Interactive learning, small and large groupwork.
Learn how to create a class plan that is effective and that you can evaluate.
Interactive session that looks at learning styles, learning outcomes and interactive learning methods.