Category Archives: Birth Psychology

November BirthChat – Birth Mandalas with Amy Swagman of The Mandala Journey

On November 21st, Amy Swagman will join us to facilitate the creation of birth mandalas. BirthChat is still offered free of charge, but space is limited, so please reserve your spot!

Upcoming Class: The Baby’s Perspective of Birth – Dec. 10-12, 2010 Erie, CO

Dr. med. Angelika Schultz

Medical Doctor from Germany

Craniosacral Therapist and Teacher

Pre- and Perinatal Therapy phone:
303-828-4330

Craniosacral Therapy for Musicians email:
angelika.schultz@comcast.net

The Baby’s Perspective of Birth –

Baby Body Language for Doulas and Midwives

a workshop with Dr. Angelika Schultz

December 10th – 12th 2010

This class is designed for doulas and midwives to learn more about the
baby’s perspective of being born. Birth is not only a key life experience
that the mother will remember all her life – the baby will as well.
Neuroscientists discovered that we will never build as many connections
between nerve cells throughout our entire life than we do in the weeks
around our own birth.

Our way into this world matters. And as a birth professional you can make a
difference by being conscious and aware about the baby’s perspective of
birth.

During the workshop you will learn about:

* The baby’s point of view

* How a baby tells her story

* What you can do to make the birth experience a wonderful one for
baby, mom and dad

* What an epidural means for the baby and what your options are to
make it easier

* How a c-section feels from the baby’s perspective, how to support
the family to integrate this experience, and suggestions for how to
experience the aspects that they missed during the actual birth

* Exercises to get a better feeling for the baby’s world, and
practices to enhance your body awareness and your ability in
self-regulation, which are useful in difficult birth situations or in
listening to a crying

baby telling his story

* Things you can teach parents to make their new life with the baby
easier

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Orgasmic Birth’s Producer in Denver for Class and Free Talk

If you’re in need of further doula training, or are interested in hearing Debra Pascali-Bonaro speak on having a “Safe, Satisfying and Pleasurable Birth Experience” you are in luck!! Belly Bliss has two special offerings you need to know about.

Check out Orgasmic Birth, the movie or read the book.

The Family Journey Presents Storytelling and Art, with Stephanie Rayburn?

If you’d enjoy a couple of quiet hours to listen and sketch, please join us!

Stephanie Rayburn, Birthing From Within Mentor, will tell the story of La Loba, a metaphor for picking up the pieces of ourselves after being scattered. After the story, participants will have the opportunity to use art as a means of self-discovery.

When: Monday, May 24th 6:30-8:30pm

Where: Lighthouse Chiropractic, 2601 S. Lemay Ave #15 Fort Collins, CO 80525

Who: Mothers and Fathers interested in exploring this theme through art. (Because we want to maintain a clear space for all to create, we ask that children not attend. If you are interested in attending, but are the parent of a newborn, please contact us and we’ll work to create a solution that meets everyone’s needs.)

Cost: $10 per participant. This fee covers all materials and you will leave with your creation.

How: Email Stephanie (mentor@birthpassages.com) to reserve your spot. Space is limited, so RSVP soon!

May BirthChat – Post-Baby Sexual Intimacy

This BirthChat focuses on the sexual relationship between partners during pregnancy and after baby arrives. Husbands and partners are STRONGLY encouraged and WELCOME to attend. Lorin Spangler-Young and Rich Young, teachers of the Bradley Method will facilitate the discussion. Please feel free to bring questions and thoughts.

Free Childcare will be provided! Please RSVP to Keri at birthadvocate @ msn . com by 5/11 if you’d like to utilize this service. Limited slots available, please respond ASAP.

Date: Monday, May 17, 2010
Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Location: The Tap Room @ Catalyst, 3501 S. Shields Fort Collins

Birthing Beautiful Ideas: Have a “healthy fear” of VBAC, but be informed

Check out Kristen’s “Letter to a VBAC-ing Stranger“. She makes excellent points about the many factors that go into deciding whether a VBAC is the right option for each woman. I love that she recommends approaching the issue with a “healthy fear” – after all, this is not a decision to be made lightly. However, she does not advocate approaching it with pessimism, inappropriate scare tactics, or incorrect information. Thank you, Kristen!

2010 Colorado FatherLove Tour For Parents and Birth Professionals

The Family Journey is becoming increasingly connected with other Colorado grassroots birth organizations. We are excited to share some of their very important events here:

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Long gone are the days when a father paced back and forth in a smoky hospital waiting room while his wife gave birth elsewhere, in a room full of strangers. This was the stereotype during the mid-twentieth century. Today, nearly 90% of fathers are present at the birth of their children. A lot is known about the changes a woman goes through as she becomes a mother, but what about the changes of a man into a dad?

London-based author Patrick Houser has much to say about becoming a dad. Houser will visit Colorado April 29 – May 8, 2010 on a state-wide tour, stopping in Denver, Salida, Grand Junction and Durango. His workshops, presentations and classes are designed to educate parents, birth professionals and healthcare providers on the importance of the father’s role in pregnancy, birth and early parenting. Says Houser, “The transition to fatherhood is one of the most significant and challenging experiences a man will ever face. In order to have a satisfying and successful experience, fathers must feel safe, supported and confident. To optimize the possibilities for our families, we need to provide appropriate educational, physical and emotional support for ‘father love’.”

And supporting ‘father love’ is Houser’s mission. Houser’s workshops and presentations engage participants in both new and timeless information: the idea that fathers go through significant hormonal changes in much the same way as their wives, that they too need support during these transitions in order to best support their families, and that they must attend to how they themselves were fathered.

Patrick pioneered conscious birthing with his son’s waterbirth in 1980–the first in the US–and went on to work as a social architect in the world of birth advocacy for 25 years. In 2006, he co-founded Fathers-To-Be International and works internationally with expectant and new dads, birthcare professionals and educators. He is the author of Fathers-To-Be Handbook: A Roadmap for the Transition to Fatherhood.

Birth professionals, healthcare providers, mothers, fathers and parents-to-be are all invited to attend any workshop or speaking engagement. Continuing Education credits are available for birth professionals. (4 L-CERPs have been approved through IBLCE. 4 CEU reciprocity has been offered and verified through NARM, DONA, CAPPA and ACBE.)

2010 Colorado FatherLove Tour Dates

Denver:

Birth Professional Workshop

Topic: Supporting Fathers in Pregnancy, Birth, Breastfeeding and Early Parenting

Date: April 29, 2010, 1 – 5:15 PM (Registration opens at 12:30 PM)

Location: St. Anthony Central Hospital, 4231 W. 16th Avenue, Denver, CO

Registration: At the Door, $45 general admission or $85 admission with CERPs or CEUs.

Register online for a DISCOUNT of $5 general admission/$10 admission with CERPs or CEUs. Online registration is available at www.wisdomwithinyourbody.org/fatherlovedenver and ENDS April 28th.

Community Presentation

Topic: When Dads Have Babies: The Science of FatherLove

Date: April 29, 2010, 7 – 8 PM

Location: St. Anthony Central Hospital, 4231 W. 16th Avenue, Denver, CO

Registration: Free and Open to the public. Walk-Ins Welcome. Donations appreciated.

Salida:

Birth Professional Workshop

Topic: Including Fathers in our Perinatal and Breastfeeding Language

Date: April 30, 2010, 10:30 AM – Noon (Registration opens at 10 AM)

Location: 2010 Reproductive Wellness Symposium, Salida Café and Roastery Community Room, 300 W. Sackett Ave., Salida, CO

Registration: $10 general admission/$50 admission with CERPs or CEUs. Register early for the full symposium weekend, or at the door for this individual workshop.

Full Symposium Weekend registration costs are $65 general admission/$105 admission with CERPs or CEUs. Early registration ends April 27, 2010. Register online at www.wisdomwithinyourbody.org.

Community Class

Topic: Proud Papas – Creating Community-Supported Fathers’ Groups

Date: May 1, 2010, 3 – 4 PM

Location: 2010 Reproductive Wellness Symposium, Salida Café and Roastery Community Room, 300 W. Sackett Ave., Salida, CO

Registration: Free and Open to the Public. Walk-Ins Welcome. Donations appreciated.

Birth Professional Workshop

Topic: Supporting Fathers in Pregnancy, Birth, Breastfeeding and Early Parenting

Date: May 2, 2010, 1 – 5:15 PM (Registration opens at 12:30 PM)

Location: 2010 Reproductive Wellness Symposium, Salida Café and Roastery Community Room, 300 W. Sackett Ave., Salida, CO

Registration: $20 general admission/$60 admission with CERPs or CEUs. Register early for the full symposium weekend, or at the door for this individual workshop.

Full Symposium registration $65 general admission/$105 admission with CERPs or CEUs. Early registration ends April 27, 2010. Register online at www.wisdomwithinyourbody.org.

Grand Junction:

Community Presentation

Topic: When Dads Have Babies: The Science of FatherLove

Date: May 5, 2010, 7 – 8:30 PM

Location: Coffee Muggers, 644 Main St, Grand Junction, CO

Registration: Free and Open to the Public, Walk-Ins Welcome. Donations appreciated.

Birth Professional Workshop

Topic: Supporting Fathers in Pregnancy, Birth, Breastfeeding and Early Parenting

Date: May 6, 1 – 5:15 PM (Registration opens at 12:30 PM)

Location: Koinonia Church, 730 25 Road, Grand Junction, CO

Registration: At the Door, $45 general admission/$70 admission with CERPs or CEUs.

Register online for a DISCOUNT of $5 general admission/$10 admission with CERPs or CEUs. Online registration is available at www.wisdomwithinyourbody.org/fatherlovejunction and ENDS May 5th.

Durango, CO:

Birth Professional Workshop

Topic: Supporting Fathers in Pregnancy, Birth, Breastfeeding and Early Parenting

Date: May 7, 1 – 5:15 PM (Registration opens at 12:30 PM)

Location: Serving Life Chiropractic, 1040 Main Ave. upstairs, Durango, CO

Registration: At the Door, $45 general admission/$70 admission with CERPs or CEUs.

Register online for a DISCOUNT of $5 general admission/$10 admission with CERPs or CEUs. Online registration is available at www.wisdomwithinyourbody.org/fatherlovedurango and ENDS May 6th.

Community Presentation

Topic: When Dads Have Babies: The Science of Father Love

Date: May 8, 10:30 – Noon

Location: The Durango Pregnancy Expo, Serving Life Chiropractic, 1040 Main Ave. upstairs, Durango, CO

Registration: $10; Contact Serving Life Chiropractic to register over the phone: 970-422-2032

Houser’s visit is hosted by a cooperative effort of Wisdom Within, Fathers-To-Be International, A Bump in the Road, Mountain Midwifery Center and BirthSmart.

Thanks, and we look forward to seeing you at one of these events!