Workshops and Classes

“The Fourth Trimester” Class Series 

Placenta Encapsulation and Postpartum Care Certification Weekend Workshop

Comfort in Labor One-Day Class

Advanced Midwifery Skills Workshop


“The Fourth Trimester” Class Series
Four Saturdays – March 5, 12, 19, and 26, 2016
1 – 4 pm
$200 for all four classes, or $60 per class

The “Fourth Trimester” refers to the first three months after your baby is born, also called the postpartum period. It’s a time of major transition and adjustment, full of joyful moments as well as challenges. Discover how to get the best start to life with your new baby, and avoid the common pitfalls that can occur if you fail to prepare! You can take each session individually, or sign up for all 4 and save $40.

Session 1 – Planning for Postpartum

  • Setting yourself up for success
  • Create your postpartum support system
  • What things do you really need to buy?
  • Maintaining your romantic bond as a couple after baby arrives
  • Parenting styles, co-parenting, and integrating baby into your family

Session 2 – Recovering from Childbirth

  • How to make the transition easier
  • Natural home remedies that support postpartum healing
  • Emotional self-care and preventing postpartum mood disorders
  • Healing from a vaginal birth and Cesarean
  • A gentle movement routine that will help you bounce back quicker

Session 3 – Caring for Baby

  • Basic newborn care: diapering, feeding, bathing, transporting
  • Normal newborn behavior, appearance, and growth patterns
  • How skin-to-skin time benefits the whole family
  • Babywearing 101 and safe sleep habits
  • Common newborn procedures

Session 4 – All About Breastfeeding

  • Getting the best start to breastfeeding
  • What does a good latch look like?
  • Avoiding nipple pain and other common breastfeeding problems
  • Identifying hunger cues, and how to know if baby is getting enough milk
  • Returning to work, pumping, hand expression, and storage of milk



Placenta Encapsulation and Postpartum Care Workshop
Saturday, April 9 – Sunday, April 10, 2016
10 am – 6 pm both days

Come learn how to safely encapsulate a placenta and provide holistic postpartum care. You’ll get plenty of hands-on experience in this 16-hour in-person workshop. Doulas, midwives, nurses, childbirth educators, lactation counselors, prenatal yoga teachers, other healthcare and birth professionals, and parents-to-be are all welcome. The workshop is open to the general public and no previous healthcare or birth experience is required, although it is helpful.

Day 1 (Saturday) we will cover:

  • Benefits of placentophagy
  • Safe handling and preparation of the placenta
  • Supplies needed for encapsulation
  • Demonstration of all steps of placenta encapsulation process
  • Hands-on practice with a real placenta
  • Raw and steamed methods
  • Placenta printmaking (you get to keep the prints you make!)
  • Making cord keepsakes
  • Advanced placenta remedies – smoothies, tinctures and salves
  • Proper sanitation protocol
  • Anatomy and physiology of the placenta
  • Placental variations and abnormalities
  • Professional ethics for placenta encapsulators
  • Forms, contracts, and handling clients

Day 2 (Sunday) we will cover:

  • Normal postpartum transition and recovery
  • Postpartum belly binding
  • Herbal sitz baths
  • Moxibustion
  • Mother roasting
  • Nutritious and delicious foods for postpartum
  • Postpartum depression and other mood disorders
  • Safe aromatherapy use
  • Gentle movement for the first six weeks
  • Healing from a vaginal or Cesarean birth

The workshop fee is $300, which includes all the supplies, your manual, and certification. Class size will be limited to 8 attendees to ensure that everyone gets a chance to practice and ask questions. Additional assignments are to be completed after the workshop to receive certification, and include:

  • Completion of the two-day training
  • Completion of all required reading assignments
  • Compile a comprehensive list of postpartum resources available in your area
  • 2 short research papers
  • Multiple choice exam
  • 3 client evaluations
  • Signed agreement to adhere to professional ethics in the field of placenta preparation
  • Completion of Biologix bloodborne pathogens course and food handling safety course



Comfort in Labor Class
Saturday, April 23, 2016
9 am – 5 pm 

Discover how to have the best birth experience possible! This fun, interactive one-day workshop is full of useful information and techniques that will help you feel prepared, relaxed, and confident going into childbirth.

Some of the topics we will cover include:

  • Preparing mind, body and spirit for childbirth
  • Creating a calming birth environment, wherever you are
  • Your birth support team, and how they can help
  • Relaxation techniques and birth affirmations
  • Packing your birth bag
  • How to know if you’re in labor, and what to expect
  • Orgasmic birth – is that really a thing?!
  • Labor and birthing positions – what works best?
  • Comfort methods – aromatherapy, massage, counterpressure, water, Rebozo, meditation and visualization, breathing styles, mental techniques
  • Troubleshooting common labor scenarios – posterior babies, stalled labor, start and stop labor
  • Labor simulation – putting it all together



Advanced Midwifery Skills Workshop
With Augustine Colebrook, CPM, LM
Saturday, May 14 – Sunday, May 15, 2016

9 am – 5 pm 

Open to new and experienced midwives, midwifery students, and anyone with an interest in midwifery!

Advanced midwifery skills are necessary for today’s independent out-of-hospital midwife. Midwives’ statistics are being tracked, home and birth center births are on the rise and safe outcomes are everyone’s priority. It is a delicate balance to know when to utilize all your midwifery skill to get a baby born AND when to effect transport quickly. With hands-on skills training and an opportunity to explore case studies , you will come away with an extensive new skills set: better able to serve your clientele and better able to discern the path to good outcomes.

Day 1:
Venipuncture practice with phlebotomy skills & IV placement and administration
Shoulder dystocia prevention and management with hands on mannequin practice and role plays
Twins, breech, and external version techniques

Day 2:
Internal fetal head positioning and re-positioning and cervical lip diagnosis & treatment
Preventing tears, performing episiotomy, and repairing lacerations including labial, clitoral hood & 3rd degree extensions
Hemorrhage diagnosis & treatment, estimated blood loss and urinary catheter placement