Tuesday, 16 January 2018
About 9 PLUS 3 -- St. Louis MO RN IBCLC Lactation Consultant
Written by Nancy   
Sunday, 26 February 2012 20:00


About: Nancy R. Cooksey, BSN, RN, IBCLC -- St. Louis MO RN Lactation Consultant

Nancy's education of expectant parents and parents of babies under 3 months and lactation counseling is informed by her over 20 year cumulative experience as an ICEA ICCE childbirth educator and IBCLC lactation consultant at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, house calls to mothers of breastfeeding babies, 13 years instructing Washington University medical students as they educated and supported women at the bedside in the perinatal, assessment, labor/delivery and postpartum units, and over 10 years leading discussion groups for mothers of breastfeeding babies under 3 months.

Nancy is the author of "An Open School for Parents: Parent and Child St. Louis" (Mar/April 1982 JOGN Nursing Vol 11 No 2),  "Pica and Olfactory Craving of Pregnancy: How Deep Are the Secrets?" (Birth 22:3, Sept 1995) and "Bridging the Gap Between Textbook and Maternity Patients: A Nurse-Developed Teaching Model for First-Year Medical Students" (Birth 37:4 Dec 2010). She was a member of the first International People to People Breastfeeding and Human Lactation delegations to Russia and Romania.

Nancy started 9 PLUS 3 in 2012 in order to provide expectant mothers and their families with individualized education and informational support during 9 months of pregnancy and the important 3 months postpartum.

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Nancy's philosophy of care is reflected in her article:


"Mothering the mother," as applied to expectant mothers and mothers of new babies, is a phrase of uncertain origin.  The words refer to a principle of care that one might say is as powerful as the medical axiom primum non nocere (first, do no harm).

What is mothering the mother? This can be described as shepherding, providing anticipatory guidance and education, listening and conveying an understanding of the rewards and stresses of motherhood.

Who does the mothering?  The list is long and begins with a woman's husband, partner, relatives, and friends old and new. The list continues and can include, but is not limited to, others who provide supportive guidance and education to women: obstetricians, pediatricians, nurse practitioners, certified nurse midwives, clergy, psychologists, social workers, psychiatrists, childbirth educators, lactation consultants, doulas,  maternity nurses, nutritionists, massage therapists and prenatal/postpartum yoga/exercise instructors.

What are the hoped for outcomes of mothering the mother? One anticipated outcome is that the mother, as the recipient, feels an increased sense of confidence in developing her own, unique mothering style and skills.

Expectant and new mothers are excellent seekers of information, good at problem solving, and marvelously good at discovering the individual traits of their babies from the day of birth.  However, it is the nature of pregnancy, labor, giving birth and the first 3 months postpartum that fatigue, uncertainty, information overload and pressure of impending return to work cause women to temporarily forget their strengths.  It is exactly during this childbearing year when women especially need the aforementioned shepherding, anticipatory guidance, education, and listening.  (NRC)


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