Join us Nov. 2 for a full day of continuing education for birth professionals as we delve deeper into the topics of herbal support for pregnancy, birth and beyond, healing birth trauma, and working with premie families. Treat yourself to a day of learning spent in the company of peers and earn 7 CAPPA CEUs.

Herbal Support for Pregnancy, Birth and Beyond

Deepen your understanding of the many ways in which herbal preparations can support a women throughout pregnancy, birth and the postpartum period. This afternoon workshop will focus primarily on the use of nourishing tonic herbs and preparations intended to provide supportive or comfort care. We’ll discuss ways in which herbs are, with discretion, used during labor and birth. 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. Through a blending of the art and science of herbal medicine, students will acquire a basic understanding of the support herbalism may offer through presentation, discussion and hands on medicine making demonstrations.Scope of practice for the birth professional and herbalist will be emphasized.* 3 CAPPA CEUs available.

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.

Understanding the Needs of Preemie Families with Jenny Everett King, CCCE, doula, birth photographer, and mother of four, one of whom was born at 31 weeks gestation 

Develop a deeper knowledge of the most effective ways to support families who find themselves in special needs situations, and learn how to address the complicated emotions that may accompany a NICU stay. This workshop will address the needs of parents and babies who experience preterm birth, and is designed to help birth workers understand the details of prematurity, including lactation support when baby is unable to breastfeed and the benefits of skin-to-skin care for preemies. We will also discuss options for preventing preterm birth and the unique needs of mothers who find themselves putting extra effort into carrying to term. WellPregnancy’s guest instructor, Jenny Everett King, blogs at CrossroadsBirth.com.

Join us November 2 from 9:30to 5:30 in Westford, MA for a full day of workshops. Cost for all three workshops, including  7 CAPPA CEUs, is $100 when you register by Sept. 30, or $110 afterwards. Herbal Support for Pregnancy, Birth and Beyond from 9:30 to 12:30 and 3 CAPPA CEUs is $45 by Sept. 30, or $55 afterwards. Healing Birth Trauma and from 1 to 3 and 2 CAPPA CEUs is $30 by Sept. 30 or $40 afterwards and Understanding the Needs of Premie Families from 3:30 to 5:30 and 2 CAPPA CEUs is $30 by Sept. 30, 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 instructor emergency, every attempt will be made to provide a substitute workshop on a relevant perinatal topic, or refunds will be provided.

*This section will cover a discussion of herbs that birthing women have sometimes heard of using to induce labor or encourage a “speedy” labor. The focus of this discussion will be on providing the birth professionals present with a strong understanding of the realistic and appropriate uses of these herbs as well as the concerns over their use. With many birthing women encountering a wide array of information and misinformation regarding the use of herbs in birth, this discussion will aim to support birth professionals and clients in accessing a fully informed understanding of the use of herbs in birth. It is not, however intended to be a clinical “how-to” of using herbs in birth.