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.
“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
Creative Journaling for Self-Care
Previously Featured at:
2019 Vancouver Health Show
2020 Victoria Health Show
2020 Women’s Expo
Nicolle shares the healing impact of journaling on our mental health with humor and practical, accessible tools for all.
Sharing her message as a Keynote began when she was invited to share in PowHERtalks in 2015.
View~ PowHertalks Keynote
Exhibitor: Creative Journaling for Self-Care
Royal Road University Employee Wellness Fair
Just the Two of Us
( a soft place to land for tender hearts)
Nicolle is in process of creating a new Keynote presentation to support awareness of PTSD in children sharing her experience as a parent helping her child & family to recover from a serious motor vehicle incident.