Join us for a day of hands on, engaging learning with other birth professionals on Jan. 5 (snow date Jan. 26) in Westford, MA. Learn ways to incorporate more therapeutic touch techniques into your work with Heather Birch, LMT. Deepen your understanding of herbs for pregnancy and beyond with Kristen Avonti. Practice rebozo techniques with Bethany Metzger. Earn 7.5 CEUs and get inspired!

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 available.

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.

Get Comfortable with Rebozos!

Learn to teach families how to use rebozos during pregnancy and labor. WellPregnancy’s guest instructor Bethany Metzger is a CAPPA trained childbirth educator, certified birth doula, yoga instructor specializing in prenatal yoga and creator of the Healthy Pregnancy Program at The Sanctuary in Plymouth, MA. She will help you add another tool to your tool box by becoming familiar with many rebozo techniques for relaxation, back pain, and second stage. This hands on workshop will give plenty of time to practice a variety of techniques. 2 CAPPA CEUs available.

Registration

Join us January 5 (snow date January 26) from 9:30 to 5:30 in Westford, MA for this fun, inspiring day and earn 7.5 CAPPA CEUs. Tuition, which includes CEUs, is $100 when you register by Dec. 18, or $110 afterwards. You may register for just the therapeutic touch workshop (9:30-12, 2.5 CEUs) for $35 by Dec. 18 ($40 afterwards). The afternoon workshops on herbs and rebozos (12:30-5:30, 5 CEUs) are only are $75 before December 18, and $80 afterwards. To register please send your name, 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.

*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.