Keynote Speaker & Presenter
Nicolle offers a vibrant, engaging & dynamic Keynote experience, often funny, always IMPACTFUL.
Nicolle has a unique way of combining truth & humor and with over 25 years of performing professionally as an actor, she brings expertise in vocal training (BFA in Theatre University of Victoria), comedic timing, infectious and immediate ability to captivate your audience.
Mamahood: A New Frontier
Because your first trip to motherhood can feel like your visiting another world
Keynote Speaker, Nicolle Nattrass, seen recently featured at the 2020 BC Perinatal Services, Healthy Mother & Healthy Babies Conference is changing the conversation around Maternal Mental health issues & bringing awareness to all helping professionals who provide care for them. She is proud to be part of the Canadian Perinatal Mental Health Collaborative that is calling for a National strategy for perinatal mental health. Recently she participated in CPMHC’s social media campaign with a short video.
Keynote Mamahood; A New Frontier
Hyatt Regency Hotel, Vancouver BC
BC Perinatal Services Conference 2020
Nicolle Nattrass is a Jessie Award-nominated playwright and actress – and mother – who courageously shares her journey of becoming a new mother at the age of 40. From initial idyllic dreams of motherhood and the pressure to choose a stylish diaper bag, to her real struggle to become the “perfect mom,” her years of sleep deprivation, and her own eye-opening Post-Partum experience.
Both funny and profoundly moving.
Her theatrical play, Mamahood: Bursting into Light has been performed across Canada with the support & endorsement from Pacific Post-Partum Support Society.
She has now adapted the theatrical presentation into a powerful Keynote Presentation in order to reach more women and the professionals who provide care for them.
FEATURED PRESS: Gabriola Sounder Press Article
“A one hour keynote address that took the audience through her poignant, relatable and often emotional experience of pregnancy, labour and becoming a mother for the first time. Mamahood touched on themes of expectation, trauma, transition and post-partum mood changes. “
Sarah Holmes, Gabriola Sounder
““This keynote is so well done – opens a real/relevant dialogue – I hope it sees lots more interest. It is truly brilliant playwriting – loves the added quirky sound bites. “
Michelle Backe, 2019
“In a time when the stigma around mental health issues prevents many from speaking out, her journey is like so many stories that I hear from mothers who think they are “the only one”. She is not only breaking down stigma and barriers she is also doing it in an honest, emotional and sometimes hilarious performance. I recommend this to all new moms, dads, parents, grandparents and anyone who has a “mom”, it validates the experience of motherhood in a way that truly shows the ups and downs as well as the amazing journey that we all embark on when we become parents, she shares with us the joys and the sorrows and ultimately the healing of some of those really difficult parts.”
Sheila Duffy, Executive Director,
Pacific Post-Partum Support Society
This Keynote is 60 minutes in length with Talk-back/ Q & A afterwards. A perfect opportunity to host a talk-back panel with doctors, mid-wives and health care professionals and connect community directly to needed resources.
Attendees will leave this session with:
- Greater skills to discuss and address maternal mental health issues
- Clarity about signs and symptoms of post-partum depression, anxiety and PPTSD
- A list of resources that support wellness
- Reduced stigma and judgement
- Feeling inspired to take action and speak out
- An understanding of barriers and an “insider’s” perspective
- Ideas how to help someone accept assistance
- OPTIONAL Question & Answer period
Ideal for events with themes of birth, self-care, pre-natal, post-partum care, pregnancy, health and
mental wellness, public health, counseling & psychiatry.
Ideal audience: Doctors, counselors, mothers, grandparents, co-parents, healthcare professionals, nurses, public health care educators, social workers, doulas, midwives & foster parents.
“An estimated 1 out of every 6 women and 1 out of every 10 men experiences troubling depression or anxiety after the birth or adoption of a child. This is referred to as postpartum depression and anxiety (PPD/A) and can be a tremendously stressful time for the family. PPD/A is often characterized by despondency, emotional instability, anger, guilt, tearfulness, worrying, anxious thoughts or images, feelings of inadequacy and the inability to cope. It may occur shortly after the arrival of a new baby or many months later.”
From website, Pacific Post-Partum Support Society
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Creative Journaling for Family Self-Care
With courage, Nicolle shares her personal story about facing what no parent wants to face, witnessing the affects of trauma in your own child. After a severe & traumatic car accident that involved her whole family, Nicolle realized the impact of using Creative Journaling to make sense and help her son (who was 4 and half at the time) process the trauma as well as helping with transitions into difficult events like trips to the dentist, anxiety about first school days etc. To read more about her story, you can find it in her new book here.
This Keynote empowers parents, caregivers & anyone who cares for tender hearts Practical tips on how to improve family communication, attachments and why creating a soft place to land within your family can help heal.
Webinar available now, Journaling for Family Self-Care
Creative Journaling for
Video Peak of 2015 PowHertalks Keynote
Nicolle is proud to be one of the top 50 experts on Journaling and contributing author in the book, (2021) “Tranformational Journaling for Coaches, Therapists and Clients, A Complete Guide to the Benefits of Personal Writing” edited by Lynda Monk and Eric Maisel