Author: Nicole de Oliveira Bernardes

About Nicole de Oliveira Bernardes

Nicole de Oliveira Bernardes (PhD, PT) served as an Associate Professor and a Coordinator of Research Committee (Campus Betim) of the Physical Therapy Department at Pontifical Catholic University of Minas Gerais – PUC Minas, Brazil, where she teaches Women’s Health for Physiotherapists undergraduate students and supervises their clinical internship. She also served as an Associate Professor at a Graduate Program in the Faculty of Medical Sciences of Minas Gerais – FCMMG, Brazil, where she used to teach Women’s Health for Physiotherapists in a specialization/post-diploma course. She joined the University of British Columbia – UBC School of Nursing in 2018 as a Visiting Associate Professor, and nowadays, she is an Associate Researcher in the lactation research team at School of Nursing – UBC. She received her bachelors’ degree in Physiotherapy in 1998 from Faculty of Medical Sciences of Minas Gerais – FCMMG, Brazil; her master’s degree in 2003 from Campinas State University – UNICAMP, and her Ph.D. in 2009 from Campinas State University – UNICAMP. Her MSc and Ph.D. were in Tocogynecology, working with female chronic pelvic pain and intravaginal electrical stimulation in a multi-professional and interdisciplinary environment. She brings an international women’s health perspective from 19 years of teaching and 23 years practicing, where she nurtured a culture of co-operation and knowledgeable thinking, developing academic research and learning educational tools. Her experience provided opportunities to teach, mentor, and supervise graduate students and also chances for national and international research events, research rounds, publications, presentations and a variety of exposure to teaching/learning opportunities working and learning with and from women.

Author Interest in Contributing to the Text

When Suzanne invited me to write a chapter on her book, I got very excited about the possibility of participating and contributing to a great lactation and health promotion project. She gave me the chance to speak to a global audience on such essential and up-to-date topics, like breastfeeding as a method for promoting health. Breastfeeding and women’s health are areas of passion for me and sharing my lactation-related knowledge and experience as a healthcare professional in an industrialized country was a gift received from Suzanne.