I help parents – and the professionals who work with them – understand that they’re doing the most important work ever… raising the next generation.

25+ Years as a Professional Educator & Thousands (yes, that’s an “s”) of Students/Families

Podcast Interviews

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Conference Keynotes

Interpersonal Neurobiology, Trauma Informed Care, Familial Connection and their impact on pregnancy.


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What Happens In Vagus, Stays in Vagus! How the 10th cranial nerve is affected by stress and ways to increase co-regulation for birth – and life.

The Regulation Response: Your Brain in Pregnancy & Beyond How to work with the neurobiological changes that occur during pregnancy, birth, and new parenthood.

Brain Matters: Different Pathways to Bonding Understanding the role evolution plays in the changing brain structure of parents and how to work together despite those differences.

Signature Keynotes:

Interpersonal Neurobiology, Resonance, & Trauma Informed Care: A Trifecta of Tools for Prevention and Healing Using these tools to better support emerging families all along the peripartum period can prevent trauma and promote physical and emotional well-being for generations to come.

The Power (and SCIENCE!) of Connection and the Impact on Pregnancy, Birth, & Parenthood The neurobiology of connection and co-regulation for birthing families and those who work with them.

What’s So Bad About “Mommy Brain?” The Negative Implications of Ignoring the Upside The neurobiology of parenthood and how to work with our brains not against them to create and support families that thrive.

Barb has presented for various organizations including:

  • ICEA’s International Journal of Childbirth Education
  • Journal for Nurses in Staff Development
  • Canadian Journal Birth Issue: Current Options in Pregnancy, Birth and Parenting
  • Literary Mama
  • Red Tricycle
  • Just BE Parenting

About Barb

Barb Buckner Suárez, LCCE, FACCE, IPNB, RHP

Barb Buckner Suárez is a Lamaze Certified Health Educator and a Fellow in the Academy of Certified Childbirth Educators who’s had the honor of supporting thousands of families in her 25+ years of working in the peripartum field.

She holds a masters level certificate in Interpersonal Neurobiology and has become a certified Resonant Healing Practitioner using neurobiology, resonance and empathy as healing modalities for trauma.

Her work spans the entire parenthood experience from making the initial decision to say yes to pregnancy, preparing for labor and birth, managing expectations of the 4th Trimester and beyond, and babyproofing the couple relationship amidst the normal challenges and changes that happen when you start a family.

Barb believes that parenthood – raising the next generation – is the most important work ever and seeks to support parents, and the birth professionals committed to caring for them, every step of the way.

She presents on many topics, but her expertise is on the intersection of neurobiology and how it impacts the life-changing experiences of pregnancy, labor & birth, and parenthood. Barb knows that when parents, and the professionals who work with them, understand how the brain changes and adapts during these experiences, they feel empowered to act in ways that support these changes. She’s invested in shifting the paradigm of birth in our culture, so families can thrive for generations to come.

Barb lives in Portland, Oregon where she and her husband work together to launch their four children into adulthood and take their dog, Chico, on as many adventures as possible.

What you can expect from Barb if you book her to be your next speaker:

Barb is a passionate, dynamic speaker committed to her message and mission. She has been a professional educator for over two decades and understands how to keep an audience’s attention from start to finish! Barb thrives on making sure her presentations are tailored to her specific audience and she’s ready to do the work to ensure her content is customized for your group and event needs, goals, and objectives. When you book me to be your next speaker you can expect to receive 5 star reviews like this one:

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