Join us for a full day of continuing education for birth professionals as we delve deeper into the topics of breastfeeding, healing birth trauma, and therapeutic touch for labor. Treat yourself to a day spent in the company of peers and earn 7.5 CAPPA CEUs.

Breastfeeding for Birth Professionals

Are you ready to learn more tools to help a nursing relationship get off to a smooth and enjoyable start? As a birth or postpartum doula, nurse, midwife, or other professional working with new moms, you are in the perfect position to support a new mother in establishing breastfeeding. WellPregnancy guest instructor Jessica Lang Kosa, PhD, IBCLC, CAPPA Faculty, will share the latest information about the newborn’s amazing abilities to initiate breastfeeding. Understand how to educate parents and hospital staff about newborn self-attachment, how to set the stage for “breast crawl” and initial attachment, and how to assist when necessary with minimal intrusion. Learn the latest research on the impact of birth interventions on breastfeeding, and strategies for establishing breastfeeding after a C-section or difficult birth. Review troubleshooting of common problems in early breastfeeding, focusing on nipple pain, engorgement, and milk supply. Gain more strategies for teaching good latch, balancing supply and demand, and comfort measures for relief of sore nipples or engorged breasts. Review a straightforward breakdown of causes of low milk supply, how to help and when to refer. 3 CAPPA CEUs awarded

Healing Birth Trauma 

We’ll support each other as we explore the ways in which birth trauma manifests for the women we serve, and seek to understand the ways in which we can shift the culture of healing around trauma experienced through childbirth. We’ll discuss our exposure to and experience with trauma in the birth setting, and explore the healing power of some of the tools that can be used in supporting women who have experienced a traumatic birth.  In addition, self care and self healing will be discussed. WellPregnancy’s guest instructor, Kristen Avonti, is an educator, healer, herbalist, midwifery assistant and mother of three. Her deep passion for healing and sharing her healing wisdom drives both her clinical practice and the educational center she runs. 2 CAPPA CEUs awarded.

Therapeutic Touch Techniques

Want to incorporate more therapeutic touch techniques into your work with laboring women or your childbirth classes? WellPregnancy’s guest instructor Heather Birch, LMT, specializes in pregnancy and labor massage at her practice, Insight Therapeutic Massage in Concord and Epsom, NH, and is a doula and the mother of seven. Heather is excited to share with other birth professionals the secrets of using touch in labor.

This hands on workshop will include plenty of time for practicing a variety of techniques! Participants will learn the benefits of therapeutic touch, what points to avoid in pregnancy which may be stimulated in labor, and information on oils and the use of tools. Protective body mechanics will also be discussed. Increase your confidence and refine your techniques! 2.5 CAPPA CEUs awarded.

Join us March 15 (snow date March 22) from 9 to 5 in Westford, MA for a full day of workshops. Cost for all three workshops, including  7.5 CAPPA CEUs, is $120 when you register by February 15, or $135 afterwards. Breastfeeding from 9-12 and 3 CAPPA CEUs is $65 by February 15, or $75 afterwards. Healing birth trauma from 12:30 to 2:30 and 2 CAPPA CEUs is $30 by February 15, or $35 afterwards. Therapeutic touch for labor from 2:30 to 5 is $35 by February 15, or $40 afterwards. To register please send your name and cell phone number to Julie at WellPregnancy.com. Please send your tuition through Paypal to Julie at WellPregnancy.com. If you prefer to send a check, please note that in your email and check writing info will be emailed to you. No refunds will be given except in the event of workshop cancellation, but you may transfer your registration to another student. If you miss the workshop to attend a birth, you may transfer your tuition to another WellPregnancy workshop or training. In the event of severe winter weather on March 15, we will meet on March 22.