Embracing the Miracle
As nurses, midwives, physicians, doulas and childbirth educators, we have the unique job of knowing the best way to protect the baby physically, but do we know what to do emotionally and spiritually for this new human?
If the focus of birth were on acknowledging the baby as a conscious participant and the one in charge of the birth process, would our birth practices be different?
Evidence is presented demonstrating the baby thinks, feels, and remembers everything about the birth experience and how this influences the development of brain structure, sense of self, consciousness, learning ability and spirituality. We will examine how common birth practices either enhance or deter the birth process and the effect on attachment. We will “rethink” birth from this biophysiologic perspective and examine core beliefs. Be ready to have an educational and enjoyable time with an open heart & mind.
The Science and Soul of Birth And the First Hour
Many women are choosing a more natural way of giving birth. Science and pre and perinatal psychology is catching up with our instinctive mothering.
Be prepared when women in your community request practices that reflect the new biology, epigenetics, energy medicine and learn keys to assist your clients to understand the importance of remaining in a calm bliss-filled environment during birth and immediately after. Skin to skin contact is more than bonding—it is a biological imperative which changes the psychology of the human being when it is not protected and promoted. Learn why.
At the end of the workshops the participant will be able to:
- Explain how the brain processes repeated stress or trauma.
- Describe the ecstatic hormones and their impact on birth & bonding.
- Explain the four primitive birth reflexes expressed by the fetus.
- List four biological needs of the fetus & newborn and discuss which habitat is needed to activate the specific behaviors in each.
- Describe why it is the behavior of the baby that determines the behavior of the mother and not the other way around.
- Demonstrate the ability to center, ground, connect & expand energy.
6 contact hours have been applied for through OMC. The course has had prior approval from midwifery associations in Florida and Canada. The certificates can be used by doulas and CBEs for DONA, CAPPA and other organizations.
This workshops is ideal for all mother baby professionals.
Experience why Barbara Harper is a renowned and sought after speaker, researcher, writer and clinician.
Barbara Harper’s personal mission is to change the way we welcome babies into the world. Barbara has been providing education, training programs, and consultations for parents and practitioners alike for the past three decades. She founded Waterbirth International in 1988 in order to make water birth an available option for all women. Her book and DVD, “Gentle Birth Choices” is required reading in doula and midwifery courses and has been translated into seven languages. She lives in Boca Raton, FL.
What people are saying about these workshops:
“This evidence based workshop was just what I needed to revive my CNM practice.”
Janice Taleff, CNM ~ Duke Maternal Fetal Medicine, NC
“Barbara is a charismatic and gifted teacher who has a wealth of knowledge, including tons of research….she does it all!”
Donna Walls, RN ~ L&D nurse, Dayton, Ohio
WHEN: Tue, June 12th, 2012
WHERE: The Portland MamaBaby Center [map]
Registration is available online through Barbara Harper’s webpage, Waterbirth.org or you can download the information and the registration form for the Portland Embracing the Miracle class here on Portland MamaBaby’s website.
Oh, and Mezza is just next door and the food is amazing, so don’t even worry about lunch, just plan to eat next door. The owner there is extra nice to us and they will be happy to have us there for lunch, I assure you! They have gluten free and vegetarian options, as well. There is also an excellent authentic Mexican restaurant just a few doors down the other direction, and you’re welcome to bring a bag lunch and stay at the center and eat and talk with each other, too!
…all I can say, after seeing how excited people are about this new class that Barbara is teaching in Portland at the MamaBaby Center is you better sign up early because space is limited and everyone I know is planning to go to this class (including our midwife, Tia Rich!)