WisdomWay™ path represents a caregiving training dedicated to precision, a full presence, and compassionate service.
The WisdomWay™ method is built on the 4 Domains of Mindful Caregiving:
SKILLS & KNOWLEDGE: Not only what we need to know as a professional or personal caregiver, but how we use our skills and knowledge in empowering ways.
RIGHT RELATIONSHIP: When and how to step into the roles that will be of most benefit with awareness of what is needed, our role and scope, and holding in awareness the contributions of others.
PARTNERING: Maintaining skillful connection, collaborations and mindful communication with others, facilitating change processes instead of directing them.
COMPASSION: Practicing skills of compassion and exploring obstacles, such as bias.
We train together but also sustain together using these skills that ready us to be the change-makers, the paradigm shifters, the healers and the helpers.
At its center, the profession of healing is the fulfillment of our wish to serve, to give…and to be restored.
WHO founded the WisdomWay™?
Karen Laing is a mother, lactation consultant, midwife and educator and the founder and president of Birthways and WisdomWay™ Institute. She was trained at Duke Integrative Medicine as an Integrative Health Coach and is a Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction instructor.
Since 1994, Karen has cared for families in a variety of ways. She has worked as a midwife and lactation consultant, served as a perinatal educator, and has trained and mentored hundreds of providers. She served on the board of the National Association of Postpartum Care Services, where she helped to establish the first national standards for postpartum doulas. She is a blogger, a presenter at national conferences, and has led mindfulness retreats for parents and for professional caregivers.
Karen believes that we have a basic goodness and desire to be in caring relationships with one another and that the skills of awareness and self-compassion, when tended, make us more resilient and effective in those relationships.
From being with friends in their final days, serving as a professional and family caregiver, and teaching and mentoring, she has cultivated ways to be a midwife to others. In her view, both care-giver and care-receiver hold the potential for healing and transformation when given these opportunities.