Christy Jo Hendricks, IBCLC, is an international speaker, health educator, inventor, and author. She instructs in ways that simplify learning and keep audiences engaged. Her lactation career, spanning over two decades, has allowed her to serve families in hospital settings, through public health programs, at WIC clinics, during weekly community groups and in private practice.
Christy Jo has a vision to support and enable individuals who desire to
pursue the IBCLC credential. She created and facilitated an IBCLC prep
course that earned state-wide recognition. She also teaches the Certified
Lactation Educator (CLE©) Course. These programs have successfully
prepared hundreds of students to become Lactation Consultants.
She has been awarded the Presidential Volunteer Award, Who’s Who
among Teachers, Phyllis Klaus Award for Positive Impact on Parent/Infant Bond, Above and Beyond Award for Innovative Practice by the Department of Public Health and Lactation Faculty of the Year from CAPPA. She has also been recognized for her publications.
Christy Jo became certified as a childbirth educator and a birth doula to
provide additional, trained support to low-income families. This role has
allowed her to be present throughout a person’s perinatal journey. She
enjoys supporting families and mentoring other professionals in related
She resides with her family in southern California where she continues to
serve her community as an IBCLC, health educator, Certified Lactation
Educator CLE©, Certified Childbirth Educator, birth doula and faculty for Childbirth and Postpartum Professional Association (CAPPA).
Christy Jo Hendricks, IBCLC, RLC, CLE, CCCE is an international speaker, author, inventor and educator. She has made a career of teaching lactation in ways that simplify learning. She has been awarded the US Presidential Volunteer Award, the Phyllis Klaus Founder’s Award for her contribution to the Mother/Baby bond and the Above and Beyond Award for innovative projects that exemplify the mission of Public Health. She has also been named Lactation Educator Faculty of the Year from CAPPA and has earned their Visionary Award. Christy Jo created a popular Lactation Preparation Course, which has been used to train hundreds of students to become Lactation Consultants and the popular breastmilk versus artificial human milk tower comparison. She has invented many teaching tools for visual learners. She resides with her family in California where she continues to serve her community as a Lactation Consultant, Health Educator for the Department of Public Health, and faculty for the CAPPA CLE© and Childbirth Educator Programs.
Christy Jo Hendricks brings over 25 years of teaching experience to the classroom. She is an Internationally Board-Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC), International speaker, published author, Certified Lactation Educator, Certified Childbirth Educator and Certified Birth Doula. She has a passion for facilitating and protecting the mother/baby bond. Her contribution to this field has been recognized by the United States Presidential Volunteer Award and the Phyllis Klaus Founder’s Award for Promoting the Mother/Baby Bond. Christy Jo’s life-long goal has been to help others reach theirs. Her informative, yet entertaining teaching style makes learning enjoyable and retention easy.
Get that idea of creating a prenatal breastfeeding class out of your head and make it a reality! You have wisdom to share, but how do you share it in a way that captures parents’ attention and appeals to different learning styles? In this interactive presentation, I’ll guide you through the process of creating a prenatal breastfeeding class. Join in as we work with tools and handouts that will help you create a prenatal breastfeeding class that meets the goal of setting parents up for breastfeeding success!
As educators and health organizations, we mostly target prenatal women with the breastfeeding message and then are surprised at the push-back we receive from those who do not embrace breastfeeding. In order to tip the scale in breastfeeding acceptance, we must broaden our audience.
This presentation will focus on reaching a larger audience. We must project our message to the masses. It is crucial to share breastfeeding education to society, early and frequently. Breastfeeding education should begin in the school system and be geared for each age appropriately.
We must offer education in a way that each person and organization understands how it applies to them and their situation. For instance, employers will be more likely to embrace the employee that breastfeeds if they understand the far-reaching effects of breastfeeding. The lawmakers will be more likely to approve lactation laws if they comprehend the need for legislation. Partners will offer appropriate support if they receive the same education that is often reserved for the pregnant woman. This presentation will give suggestions of how to reach family, communities, professionals, and lawmakers with the breastfeeding message. When societies embrace breastfeeding, they will embrace breastfeeding women and see it as the norm.
Motivational Interviewing (MI) is a proven, successful method of guiding clients to experience real change. It is based in the belief that all individuals understand their own situation best and it is imperative to collaborate with them in their care plan. This presentation will explain how clinicians and counselors can help facilitate behavioral change by using the spirit, principles and techniques of MI. This topic is suited for all professionals who desire to learn counseling skills and techniques to guide clients to reach their desired outcomes.
This talk uses humor and scenarios to point out the necessity that those entrusted with a family’s care be professional, inclusive and open in order to provide the best support possible. We explore connections we should make as lactation professionals and emphasize the importance of referring to the client’s care team. When lactation consultants create strong relationships with other professionals in the community, they are able to make appropriate referrals avoid burn-out.
This topic explores the many ways to communicate successfully with prenatal and postpartum individuals. The talk highlights open-ended questions, affirmations, education and the anticipated results of three-step counseling. The presentation also explains how to recognize “change talk” and what words may signal an “open door” to further opportunities for sharing. Circle Charts and Participant Centered Education are discussed in detail. This talks prepares the counselor to share information in an open-minded, non-judgmental way that results in profitable teaching and learning for the counselor and perinatal person. These skills are presented in a fun, unique way and provide more tools for the lactation educator’s tool box.