Nicolle offers a vibrant, engaging & dynamic Keynote experience.
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. For Acting credits & Bio.
Mamahood: A New Frontier
Because your first trip to motherhood can feel like your visiting another world
Nicolle Nattrass is changing the conversation around Maternal Mental health issues for mothers & bringing awareness to all helping professionals who provide care for them.
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 (35- 50 minutes) in order to reach more women and the professionals who provide care for them.
“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.”
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.
“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
For more info & to request a PRESS KIT- contact Nicolle directly.
Upcoming Keynote Speaker Events
May 25/2019 at 2pm
Gabriola Island Community Hall
Sponsored by the Gabriola Health Care Foundation and the Gabriola Health and Wellness Collaborative. Child care is provided during this event.
Connecting to Our Story within~ Keynote~
Nicolle’s powerful Keynote, Connecting to our Story within shares the impact of journaling on our brains, health and wellness.This Keynote speaks to anyone and everyone who has picked up a pen and paper to write. Nicolle shares why journaling is an essential tool in our mental health.
Delivered as part of PowHERtalks Nov 14/ 2015 in Sechelt BC. To listen to her Keynote at PowHertalks Keynote
A Parent’s Journey~ Keynote
Nicolle is in process of creating a new Keynote presentation to support awareness of PTSD in children and to advocate for treatment opportunities in BC.
More information coming soon.