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Education for midwives, birth professionals, families, and the public has long been a passion and integral part of my life. Awareness of a full spectrum of possibilities empowers us to make the best decisions for ourselves, our clients, and our families. Knowledge is power.

In continuing the legacy of teaching, I honor and offer gratitude to all my teachers over the years who helped me expand my own mind and hone my own skills to better serve my community. May these offerings expand your own thinking and understanding of possibilities in the realms of reproduction, health, community, and empowerment. 

In-Person Workshop Offerings


Weekend Intensive in Ottawa: TWO Workshops, ONE Weekend! 

Register for one workshop, or both for a $15 discount! 

Both of these workshops are open to all interested community participants, including midwives, doulas, community advocates, and anyone else with a dedication to helping folks through reproductive losses. No experience necessary

Supporting the Spectrum of Loss: Building Full Spectrum Doula Skills

"Full Spectrum" Doulas support not only birthing and postpartum families, but families and individuals experiencing a wide range of reproductive experiences, using doula skills to show up for these intense events with compassion, knowledge, and support. Working from a reproductive justice framework and a full spectrum lens, this workshop aims to expose full spectrum doulas and community members to a deeper understanding of loss support. 

This workshop will focus on building skills that cross the needs for folks experiencing reproductive losses, including abortion, miscarriage, stillbirth, ectopic pregnancy, molar pregnancy, infertility, and more. Participants will come away with enhanced knowledge on the practicalities of each of these losses, how individuals might experience them, most helpful ways to show up as a doula or support person, and how to care for oneself while holding space for others. 

Join us and build community to better support our loved ones in all their reproductive experiences and possibilities! Feel fearless and skilled in being present for these pivotal events. 

Ottawa Birth and Wellness Centre (Ottawa, ON)
Saturday, March 25, 2016
9:00am-4:00pm EST (hour break for lunch)
**SOLD OUT**

Open to all interested community participants, including midwives, doulas, community advocates, and anyone else with a dedication to helping folks through reproductive losses. No experience necessary

Please find registration links below

Midwifery Management of Miscarriage

All too often in our society miscarriages are regarded as secret, silent experiences. Rarely do individuals experiencing miscarriage receive the holistic, compassionate, and skilled support they may need at this tender time. Even reproductive health workers in our communities are often at a loss as to how to present a full range of management options, local resources and support, and compassionate, knowledgeable care to folks having a miscarriage. 

Let's change that. Let's expand our knowledge around miscarriage, and how to support it. Working from a reproductive justice framework and a full spectrum lens, this workshop aims to expose midwives, full spectrum doulas and other community members to a deeper understanding of miscarriage support. Come learn how midwives and other reproductive healthcare workers all over the world care for clients experiencing miscarriages, what a full range of management options might include (expectant management, herbs and essential oils, medication, manual vacuum aspiration, D&C, and more), how to manage incomplete miscarriages, excessive bleeding, and pain management, emotional and spiritual connection and counselling for clients,  post-loss healing with holistic modalities, and questions about ongoing fertility after miscarriage(s). 

Ottawa Birth and Wellness Centre (Ottawa, ON)
Sunday, March 26, 2016
9:00am-4:00pm EST (hour break for lunch)
$65  **4 spots remaining**

Appropriate for midwives, doulas, community advocates, and anyone else with a dedication to helping folks through miscarriage(s). No experience necessary

 

Online Workshop Offerings


Queen Anne's Lace as Herbal Fertility Management  : ONLINE

Come learn about Queen Anne’s Lace (Daucus Carota), a wildflower, and its unique properties as an implantation inhibitor to prevent pregnancy. Nature’s Morning After Pill! 

Online via Videoconference
April 1, 2017 OR June 17, 2017
9:00am-12:00noon EST
$30 (limited scholarships available)

This workshop covers: how to properly identify Queen Anne’s Lace, how to harvest Queen Anne’s Lace, including drying and storing methods for long-term use, properties of Queen Anne’s Lace, how it interacts with the reproductive system (and side effects and contraindications), numerous methods of preparation, recipes, dosages for different uses, and how to identify Queen Anne’s Lace in your area, its usual habitats and ranges.

All participants will receive an informational E-Booklet. Class will be recorded and participants who have to miss the live session will receive a recorded session via email to review. 


Menstrual Extraction: A Theoretical and Practical Workshop : ONLINE

Menstrual Extraction was developed in the 1970s as a form of menstrual regulation. Using a gentle, homemade suction device, menstrual blood is extracted from the uterus over the period of an hour, bypassing menstruation for a given cycle. 

In this workshop we will learn about: the history and theory behind menstrual extraction, the safety and practicality of menstrual extraction, constructing a menstrual extraction device, common questions, troubleshooting, and stories of use, modern applications of menstrual extraction, including avoiding pregnancy, trans healthcare, endometriosis, and simply not wanting to bleed during a given cycle, watch instructional videos, and more. 

Online via Videoconference
April 2 AND April 16, 2017
12:00noon-3:00pm EST each day
$65 (scholarships available)

*Please note: this is a two-part series and attendance at both sessions in expected. If you are unable to attend one session, the class may be recorded for you if you let instructor know in advance. 


Past Workshop Offerings

If you are interested in bringing one of these in-person workshops to your area, contact me for more details and hosting information

Queen Anne’s Lace for Herbal Fertility Management A 2-3 hour workshop with optional additional group harvest. Explore the properties of Queen Anne’s Lace, a common wildflower, as a “morning-after pill” for natural contraception, proper identification of this common plant in contrast to many poisonous look-alikes, as well as ethical harvesting, preparations, dosages, and potential side effects. Throughly explore the handful of studies and resources written about Queen Anne’s Lace, and discuss how it could best fit into one’s own personal method of fertility management/birth control. In areas where Queen Anne’s Lace grows wild, and at the right time of year, this workshop can be accompanied by a group harvest to collect blooms and seeds for personal use. Print copy of booklet included. 6-12 participants $15-30 sliding scale


Queen Anne’s Lace for Herbal Fertility Management

A 2-3 hour workshop with optional additional group harvest. Explore the properties of Queen Anne’s Lace, a common wildflower, as a “morning-after pill” for natural contraception, proper identification of this common plant in contrast to many poisonous look-alikes, as well as ethical harvesting, preparations, dosages, and potential side effects. Throughly explore the handful of studies and resources written about Queen Anne’s Lace, and discuss how it could best fit into one’s own personal method of fertility management/birth control. In areas where Queen Anne’s Lace grows wild, and at the right time of year, this workshop can be accompanied by a group harvest to collect blooms and seeds for personal use. Print copy of booklet included.

6-12 participants
$15-30 sliding scale

Menstrual Extraction Skills and Practice A full-day workshop exploring the roots of the feminist practice of menstrual extraction, the modern uses of menstrual extraction in cisgender and transgender communities, menstrual extraction for early abortion practice, constructing a menstrual extraction device, troubleshooting and complications, further questions for explorations and study, and more.  Participants will learn how to give respectful pelvic exams, will have the chance to practice pelvic exams on presenter or other participant volunteers, to build their own menstrual extraction devices, and to perform a menstrual extraction on a volunteer, if one presents themselves at the right time in their cycle. Print materials and materials to build own menstrual extraction kit provided. 4-8 participants $60-100 sliding scale


Menstrual Extraction Skills and Practice

A full-day workshop exploring the roots of the feminist practice of menstrual extraction, the modern uses of menstrual extraction in cisgender and transgender communities, menstrual extraction for early abortion practice, constructing a menstrual extraction device, troubleshooting and complications, further questions for explorations and study, and more.  Participants will learn how to give respectful pelvic exams, will have the chance to practice pelvic exams on presenter or other participant volunteers, to build their own menstrual extraction devices, and to perform a menstrual extraction on a volunteer, if one presents themselves at the right time in their cycle. Print materials and materials to build own menstrual extraction kit provided.

4-8 participants
$60-100 sliding scale

Full Spectrum Doula Trainings Tailored to the needs of the individual community, I can teach a wide variety of full-spectrum doula topics, primarily focused on skills to understand and support pregnancy loss as a doula, including abortion, miscarriage, and stillbirth. Additional discussions on surrogacy and adoption, as applicable, can be explored. After extensive work co-developing teaching materials, handbooks, slideshows, and activities for full-weekend full-spectrum doula trainings with Full Spectrum Doulas of Seattle, WA and support work for Boston Doula Project in Boston, MA, I can teach half-day and multi-day workshops for doulas and other community advocates looking to enrich their practical skills for support to include a full spectrum of reproductive experiences, not just birth. Participants and costs to be determined by host organization.


Full Spectrum Doula Trainings

Tailored to the needs of the individual community, I can teach a wide variety of full-spectrum doula topics, primarily focused on skills to understand and support pregnancy loss as a doula, including abortion, miscarriage, and stillbirth. Additional discussions on surrogacy and adoption, as applicable, can be explored. After extensive work co-developing teaching materials, handbooks, slideshows, and activities for full-weekend full-spectrum doula trainings with Full Spectrum Doulas of Seattle, WA and support work for Boston Doula Project in Boston, MA, I can teach half-day and multi-day workshops for doulas and other community advocates looking to enrich their practical skills for support to include a full spectrum of reproductive experiences, not just birth.

Participants and costs to be determined by host organization.

The Midwife As Abortion Provider A two-hour workshop exploring the roots of abortion provision within midwifery care and scope of practice, how abortion care was taken away from midwives, and what could be done about re-integration in various jurisdictions. Discussion of national and international efforts for expanded scope of practice, and examples of midwives already in this role will be throughly explored. Also explored are the kinds of options midwives could have for practically providing abortion care in the home and clinic/hospital setting, holistic support including nutrition, spirituality, herbal healing, etc. Can be offered with less of a midwifery-specific focus as “Grassroots Support for Home Abortion Methods and Practice” for doula and other activist communities. Participants and cost to be determined by host organization.


The Midwife As
Abortion Provider

A two-hour workshop exploring the roots of abortion provision within midwifery care and scope of practice, how abortion care was taken away from midwives, and what could be done about re-integration in various jurisdictions. Discussion of national and international efforts for expanded scope of practice, and examples of midwives already in this role will be throughly explored. Also explored are the kinds of options midwives could have for practically providing abortion care in the home and clinic/hospital setting, holistic support including nutrition, spirituality, herbal healing, etc.

Can be offered with less of a midwifery-specific focus as “Grassroots Support for Home Abortion Methods and Practice” for doula and other activist communities.

Participants and cost to be determined by host organization.

Midwifery Management of Miscarriage Available as a one- or two-day workshop exploring the wide range of options for holistic management of miscarriage within midwifery care. Day One focuses on clinical skills and options including herbs, homeopathy, essential oils, medications, menstrual extraction, and manual vacuum aspiration for managing resolving and incomplete miscarriages, managing excessive bleeding, pain coping, and other common experiences alongside miscarriage. Day Two (optional) focuses on enhanced emotional and spiritual connection and counseling for clients, ritual and ceremony, post-loss healing with holistic modalities, and questions about ongoing fertility. Local, National, and International scope of practice and regulations within midwifery care will also be explored. 6-12 participants $65-100 sliding scale/ per day


Midwifery Management of Miscarriage

Available as a one- or two-day workshop exploring the wide range of options for holistic management of miscarriage within midwifery care. Day One focuses on clinical skills and options including herbs, homeopathy, essential oils, medications, menstrual extraction, and manual vacuum aspiration for managing resolving and incomplete miscarriages, managing excessive bleeding, pain coping, and other common experiences alongside miscarriage. Day Two (optional) focuses on enhanced emotional and spiritual connection and counseling for clients, ritual and ceremony, post-loss healing with holistic modalities, and questions about ongoing fertility. Local, National, and International scope of practice and regulations within midwifery care will also be explored.

6-12 participants
$65-100 sliding scale/ per day

Weekend Intensives Many of these topics can also be enriched, expanded, and explored in-depth, or combined, to make a weekend intensive for communities looking to expand their understanding of holistic care in reproductive health and midwifery work. Contact me for more details. 


Weekend Intensives

Many of these topics can also be enriched, expanded, and explored in-depth, or combined, to make a weekend intensive for communities looking to expand their understanding of holistic care in reproductive health and midwifery work.

Contact me for more details.