Prenatal Diagnostic Tests

As the number of possible prenatal tests continues to climb, care providers must be able to discern which ones will lead to productive action and which ones will only worry and detract from the woman’s pregnancy experience.  This program enables participants to better advocate for clients by articulating which prenatal tests are reasonable, and which tests can cause more harm than good.

One of Gloria Lemay’s twelve Essentials of Maternal-Infant Care presentations for professionals and students who wish to expand their knowledge and skills, and delve into issues that arise repeatedly in clinical practice. This series is also valuable for parents who want to be fully informed about their choices in pregnancy and birth.

This session is 90 minutes in length.

Cost: $7.50

Certificate of Completion: $7.50 (completion of post-session questionnaire required).

Continuing Education Units are available for some professional groups.  To view a listing of CEU opportunities, click here.


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The Well-Woman Checkup

The Well Woman Checkup (Unedited Prerecorded Program)

What is the experienced care provider looking for when she’s doing those urine strips, palpating the uterus and taking blood pressure / pulse?  This presentation dissects the prenatal checkup and explores the rationale behind each routine test.

One of Gloria Lemay’s twelve Essentials of Maternal-Infant Care presentations for professionals and students who wish to expand their knowledge and skills, and delve into issues that arise repeatedly in clinical practice. This series is also valuable for parents who want to be fully informed about their choices in pregnancy and birth.

This session is 90 minutes in length.

Cost: $7.50

Certificate of Completion: $7.50 (completion of post-session questionnaire required).

Continuing Education Units are available for some professional groups.  To view a listing of CEU opportunities, click here.


 

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Nutrition for Two

Nutrition for Two (Recorded Program)

Women want to feed themselves and their babies in utero well, and they often make lifestyle changes in pregnancy that they would not have the discipline to make if they were not pregnant. This workshop focuses on how to help women achieve excellent nutrition through fun, inspiring and effective coaching.

One of Gloria Lemay’s twelve Essentials of Maternal-Infant Care presentations for professionals and students who wish to expand their knowledge and skills, and delve into issues that arise repeatedly in clinical practice.  Also valuable for parents who want to be fully informed about their choices in pregnancy and birth.

This session is 90 minutes in length.

Cost: $7.50

Certificate of Completion: $7.50 (completion of post-session questionnaire required).

Continuing Education Units are available for some professional groups.  To view a listing of CEU opportunities, click here.

 

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NLP: A Birth Model for Change

The current model of birth is as deep a belief structure as the structure of our very nature. Trusting your body, trusting your mind and trusting your baby are entirely new concepts in the birthing world today. Making changes at this very core level takes skill and dedication.

In this two-part workshop series, Kathy Welter-Nichols introduces participants to a number of new technologies and science models that support gentle birthing practices, and explain why fear is so deeply enhanced through suggestion during birth.

In these two experiential online workshops, Kathy:

  • Reviews the effects of adrenaline and stress hormones and how these triggered responses are the foundation for the setting and seeding of misdirection during birth through the simple use of language; she also explains the use of language as a positive influence on a mother’s sense of well- being and the resultant effect on the brain’s chemistry.
  • Demonstrates how fear and the suggestion of something going wrong interrupt the limbic brain function; and when the limbic brain function is clouded or in retreat, how the fight or flight responses in the reptilian brain take over and slow and delay labor.
  • Presents the latest evidence from leading scientists and biologists that support a change in the brain chemistry, and how this will change the person’s belief about that experience.
  • Explains why women fall captive to the idea of pain and suffering and loss through mere suggestion during the intense experience of pregnancy and labor.
  • Examines the affect of positive suggestion, and how helping a woman remain calm, focused, relaxed and in touch with her body and her baby, encourages the natural responses in the woman’s body to release her infant in shorter times with less intense discomfort.
  • Shows how by utilizing the concepts of “mirror neurons” to connect with the infant, the mother both participates and guides her infant through the birthing process.
  • Teaches care providers, mothers and fathers to release whatever might be blocking them from achieving their birth experience, their way.

Listen to Kathy Welter-Nichols’ NLP Beach Induction in mp3!

Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) refers to language (words, as well as other symbol systems, such as physical posture, gestures and related non-verbal forms of communication) as a function of the nervous system and its transformation into ‘subjective experience’. Put more simply, it focuses on the way we use our five senses to create an internal map of our reality, which we then use to navigate our way through the world. It is a basic premise of NLP that the quality of our ‘maps’ dictates the quality of our lives.

The findings of this workshop series are based in the training Kathy has provided for women and in her own in depth study of the triune brain system, archetypal studies, and the myths of our feminine and masculine that are playing out today in the birthing dramas we see on television and in the labor rooms in hospitals and birthing centers.

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Midwives, nurses, obstetricians and parents that Kathy has birthed with have seen the difference and remarked at the presence of the mother, the control she has during the birth experience and ultimately the incredible bonds that occur with both mother and infant un-medicated through relatively short labors. Science as the partner in birth takes on a whole new relevance in support of this model for change.

Time after time, mothers under this kind of guidance give birth with success and empowerment. If these techniques are that effective, why aren’t more women choosing this path to birth?

This presentation is 180 minutes in length (90 minutes for Part I, 90 minutes for Part II).

Cost: $15.00

Certificate of Completion: $7.50 (completion of post-session questionnaire required).

Continuing Education Units are available for some professional groups.  To view a listing of CEU opportunities, click here.

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Helping Children Find Resilience and Balance after Trauma

This presentation by Stephanie Mines, Ph.D., founder of the TARA Approach for the Resolution of Shock and Trauma, focuses on teaching language and energy medicine that can be used immediately and safely by parents and care providers.

The TARA Approach for children combines subtle, specific touch on meridian pathways with healing stories. A simple map of the body is provided with clearly identified locations that stimulate innate healing responses. Story structures designed to encourage neurological sequencing blend with this energy medicine treatment for the complete resolution of shock and trauma.

In this presentation Dr. Mines focuses on the following situations:

  • Babies’ experiences of prenatal and birth trauma;
  • Medical procedures;
  • Severe accidents;
  • Sexual abuse;
  • Adoption;
  • Divorce, separation; and
  • Loss

Dr. Mines is known for her remarkable capacity to evoke the healer and storyteller in everyone. She developed Jin Shin TARA, an acupressure like system that swiftly and gently sends messages of relaxation and balance to the nervous system. Stephanie’s storytelling protocols for children are now being tested in clinical trials and have been shown to be effective for children with cognitive struggles resulting from early shock. She is the author of The Dreaming Child: How Children Can Help Themselves Recover from Illness and Injury (Dom Project, 2003).

This presentation is 90 minutes in length.

Cost: $7.50

Certificate of Completion: $7.50 (completion of post-session questionnaire required).

Continuing Education Units are available for some professional groups.  To view a listing of CEU opportunities, click here.


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Stephanie Mines, PhD

Stephanie Mines, Ph.D.Stephanie Mines, Ph.D. is the Founder of the TARA Approach for the Resolution of Shock and Trauma and the Dom Project, a nonprofit organization serving people with AIDS around the world. She is a psychologist, writer and educator whose unique understanding comes from extensive work in the field as well as academic research. Several clinical trials are currently testing the efficacy of the TARA Approach for a variety of populations, including at-risk newborns and children with autism. Her stories of personal transformation lead listeners to become deeply committed to the healing journey. The TARA Approach blends Eastern and Western approaches to both prevent and treat overwhelming shock, including prenatal, perinatal and birth shock. Her latest book is WE ARE ALL IN SHOCK: How Overwhelming Experience Shatters You and What You Can Do About It (New Pages, 2003).  Stephanie is the mother of two daughters, both born at home, and a grandmother.  Her first home birth journey was published by Random House in 1977 as TWO BIRTHS.

Stephanie’s Website – The Tara Approach

Stephanie’s Presentation:
Helping Children Find Resilience and Balance After Trauma

The key to helping children find resilience and balance after trauma is to help them as soon as possible after the trauma or nervous system overload occurs. This supports them to not get stuck in compensatory behaviors. This presentation by Dr. Mines focuses on teaching language and energy medicine that can be used immediately and safely by parents and care providers.

The TARA Approach for children combines subtle, specific touch on meridian pathways with healing stories. A simple map of the body is provided with clearly identified locations that stimulate innate healing responses. Story structures designed to encourage neurological sequencing blend with this energy medicine treatment for the complete resolution of shock and trauma.

In this presentation Dr. Mines focuses on the following situations:

  • Babies’ experiences of prenatal and birth trauma;
  • Medical procedures;
  • Severe accidents;
  • Sexual abuse;
  • Adoption;
  • Divorce, separation; and
  • Loss

Dr. Mines is known for her remarkable capacity to evoke the healer and storyteller in everyone. She developed Jin Shin TARA, an acupressure like system that swiftly and gently sends messages of relaxation and balance to the nervous system. Stephanie’s storytelling protocols for children are now being tested in clinical trials and have been shown to be effective for children with cognitive struggles resulting from early shock. She is the author of The Dreaming Child: How Children Can Help Themselves Recover from Illness and Injury (Dom Project, 2003).

This presentation is 90 minutes in length.

Cost: $7.50

Certificate of Completion: $7.50 (completion of post-session questionnaire required).

Continuing Education Units are available for some professional groups.  To view a listing of CEU opportunities, click here.


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Activist Maddy Oden

maddy-oden.jpgMaddy has spent most of her life since 1966 organizing around community issues that are close to her heart and that she is very passionate about, such as civil rights, the South Africa anti-apartheid movement, Vietnam war,  wars in the Middle East, as well as inequities in schools and health, and the work force, the public school system, and most presently childbirth. Maddy believes that all the organizing and political involvement that she has done in the past laid the foundation for the formation of the Tatia Oden French Memorial Foundation and for her not-so-seemless movement down the roads she needed to go.

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Gentle Birth: The Science and the Wisdom

Sarah J Buckley, MD, family physician, mother of four and author of the internationally-acclaimed book Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering will present Gentle Birth: The Science and the Wisdom, a series of lectures on the natural processes of birth, and the impact of interventions in pregnancy and birth on mothers and babies.  These ground-breaking lectures, based on Sarah’s public talks and conference presentations in the US, Australia and New Zealand, are educational and informative for midwives, nurses, childbirth educators, doulas, natural health practitioners and others. This series is also valuable for parents who want to be fully informed about their choices in pregnancy and birth.  Each session is 90 minutes in length.

Cost: $7.50 per session.

Continuing Education Units available for some professionals.  Certificates of Completion (optional) : $7.50 per session (completion of post-session questionnaire required).  Click here for more information.

Presentations

Ultrasound Safety and Other ConsiderationsIn this workshop, Dr. Buckley discusses important questions about the safety of prenatal ultrasound based on scientific research, and suggests ways to maximize the benefits and minimize the harms from ultrasound.


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The Safety and Logic of Normal Birth. This workshop explores how the delicate and complex hormonal processes of labor provide safety, ease and pleasure, as well as long-term benefits, for mother and baby.


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Afterbirth: Cord Clamping and Other Third Stage IssuesFeaturing the normal processes that happen immediately after birth (third stage) for mother and baby, this presentation examines the impact of interventions such as cord clamping and Pitocin injections, and offers suggestions for optimizing this time for mother and baby.


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When Birth Goes Wrong: The Hormonal Impact of Interventions for Mother and Baby. Referencing the latest scientific research, this workshop focuses on how common birth practices can make birth more difficult and dangerous for mother and baby. The discussion also includes recommendations for enhancing safety and ease in birth. NOTE:  Dr. Buckley highly recommends viewing The Safety and Logic of Normal Birth prior to viewing this program.


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Epidurals: Impact on Mother and Baby. Dr. Buckley presents important evidence-based information for women and care providers about the effects of epidurals in labor and on the newborn.


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Thinking Twice About Cesarean Surgery. This workshop reveals the latest medical evidence about the risks, benefits and side effects of cesareans, including little-known research on the altered physiology (body processes) of cesarean newborns.


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Eileen Sullivan

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Eileen Sullivan has served women and families in the childbearing year for over two decades, as a childbirth educator, birth and postpartum doula, and breastfeeding educator. Trained as a doula by a traditional midwife, Eileen is an independent scholar who has also received training through DONA, the American Academy of Husband-Coached Childbirth, and Birthing From Within. Since she began apprenticing with birth in 1987, she has mentored countless families, as well as birth and postpartum doulas, aspiring midwives, breastfeeding counselors and childbirth educators. Eileen is a retired La Leche League leader, was an ICAN group leader, and served as the NC State Representative for CAPPA from 2001-2005. Ms. Sullivan currently acts as a mentor to new doulas through her local doula group, and is a holistic doula trainer and faculty member of The House of La Matrona in Asheville, NC.

Eileen began studying EFT, along with other meridian-based modalities, in 2001 and she has utilized the Emotional Freedom Techniques as a primary modality since 2004. She holds EFT-CC (Basic) and EFT-ADV (Advanced) practitioner certificates, and is actively pursuing additional certification through the World Center for EFT. An ordained minister, Ms. Sullivan provides EFT to clients in her area through individual office visits and group sessions, and works with clients and groups throughout the U.S. and Canada by phone. Eileen is also an instructor of EFT workshops for lay people, birth professionals, and therapists. Eileen specializes in EFT for women’s issues, including the use of EFT for infertility, the childbearing year, VBAC preparation, birth trauma and PTSD, sexual abuse and sexual health concerns.

Eileen’s practice is in Charlotte, NC, where she lives with her husband of 26 years and three of their four children.

Eileen’s Website

Eileen’s Presentations
Moving from Pain to Peace with EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) part of the Healing from Birth Trauma Series

Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) is a powerful and effective tool for resolving trauma and promoting healing at all levels: physical, emotional, mental and spiritual.  This unique form of “psychological acupuncture” uses the ancient Chinese meridian system – the energetic pathways in the body – to relieve psychological stress and physiological pain.  By tapping on meridian release points on the face and body, the body’s energy system is balanced and emotional conflicts are neutralized at their source.Mrs. Sullivan has used this modality for many years to successfully facilitate the resolution of birth trauma, and for VBAC preparation.  In this program, she demonstrates the use of EFT specifically for birth trauma.  This program is appropriate for birth practitioners, counselors/therapists, and women who have experienced a traumatic birth, and focuses on the following:

  • Learning to recognize birth trauma and its causes.
  • The foundations of EFT, including how our thoughts and emotions affect our bodies.
  • The short-cut EFT tapping procedure and some basic trouble-shooting, so that even beginners can achieve great results.
  • Important things to remember when working with mothers experiencing birth trauma.

…I ended up needing a crash cesarean section and did not have an epidural at the time, so they tried a general anesthetic.  I blacked out at first but when the OB began to cut into my belly, I remember everything from then on.  I was later diagnosed with PTSD.  The regimen for recovery was medication that made me even more tired and less reactive.  [Pregnant again], I was so scared of another c section, the thought made it hard for me to breathe.  I was having flashbacks and panic attacks so often I was afraid I would cause myself to miscarry. I found Eileen through my doula.  Our session began with us talking a bit about why I was there.  Even today I remember how difficult it was for me to tell my story.  It was something I was unable to speak of without bursting into tears.  We spent two and a half hours “tapping.”  I remember after a few rounds of EFT, I could actually visualize some of the birth without going into a severe panic attack.  I felt relief, as though a huge weight was being lifted off of me.  When we were done, I could breathe.  I could move past this tragedy and feel.  I could break down this ten inch titanium wall that sat between me and my son, and allow a bond to occur.  I had never felt so free… After our session I went back to my doula’s house to pick up my son and when I walked in the door, he ran to me!  As though he just knew something was different.  On any other day he would not run to me to be held.  I was in shock, but so very happy! I used EFT to resolve some other issues during the pregnancy, and my doula even used it with me during my labor.   I had a successful VBAC and I still use EFT to this day.
–  Chelle Clas (To read Chelle’s story in its entirety, click here)

EFT was originally developed to reduce the therapy process from months or years down to hours or even minutes.  Early practitioners noted that as emotional problems faded, physical health and personal performance also improved, sometimes dramatically.  Emotional Freedom Techniques is a tool that is gaining popularity, and is the subject of a growing number of scientific studies.  For more information on EFT, visit Eileen’s website and the World Center for EFT website.

PLEASE NOTE: During the recording, you may hear mention of Part II of the program, which was a practical session for participants and is not being offered for viewing due to confidentiality concerns.

This program is 90 minutes in length.

Cost: $7.50

Certificate of Completion: $7.50 (completion of post-session questionnaire required).

Continuing Education Units are available for some professional groups. To view a listing of CEU opportunities, click here.

 

 


 

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* Disclaimer:  This is not a certifying program in the practice and instruction of EFT.  The Conscious Woman Healing from Birth Trauma Series is intended to introduce participants to a variety of healing modalities that have been shown to, or show promise in, assisting with the healing of trauma.  We assume that all of our participants take personal responsibility for their own healing process and for their well-being at all times.  EFT has shown fabulous results with trauma resolution in a variety of settings; however, note that neither Eileen Sullivan nor Conscious Woman, Inc. will assume responsibility if this practice does not yield the results you wish.

James S. Turner, Esq.

James S. Turner, Esq. is the chair of Citizens for Health, a national nonprofit consumer advocacy group working to broaden health care options, create an integrative health system based on wellness, and advance the freedom to make health choices. One of the original Nader’s Raiders and long-time advocate of informed choice for safe food, drugs and other consumer products, he has authored two best-selling books, The Chemical Feast: The Nader Report on Food Protection at the Food and Drug Administration and Making Your Own Baby Food. As a partner in the Washington D.C. law firm of Swankin & Turner (organized in 1973), Jim represents businesses as well as individuals and consumer groups in a wide variety of regulatory matters concerning food, drug, health, environmental and product-safety matters. He has appeared before and/or advised the Food and Drug Administration, Environmental Protection Agency, Consumer Product Safety Commission and Federal Trade Commission, as well as the Department of Agriculture and the National Institutes of Health. He has served as Special Counsel to the Senate Select Committee on Food, Nutrition, and Health, and to the Senate Government Operations Subcommittee on Government Research. Jim helped organize the successful campaign to lobby Congress for passage of the Organic Food Production Act of 1990 and lead the legal team that in 1996 persuaded the FDA to reclassify acupuncture needles as safe and effective for legal U.S. importation and distribution. He is a graduate of the Moritz College of Law at The Ohio State University (1969), holds a B.A. in history and political science from Ohio State University College of Arts and Sciences (1962) and served as a gunnery and nuclear weapons handling officer on ships in the U.S. Navy from 1962 to 1966.

Jim’s Presentation:

Conscious Activism

Over the years, many activist templates have been developed in successful campaigns to influence social policy and public opinion. One of the most successful templates has been developed and utilized by James S. Turner, Esq. , one of the original Nader’s Raiders and author of The Chemical Feast: The Nader Report on Food Protection at the Food and Drug Administration (1970) , an example of the template, and Making Your Own Baby Food (1977), an integrated muckraking and activist self-help book for parents that draws on the template. The many successes that Jim has been involved in include passage of the Organic Food Protection Act of 1990, a four-year campaign on the dangers of artificial sweeteners (Nutrasweet, Saccharin, Aspartame, and Splenda), and the campaign to block Swine Flu vaccination (1976). He also led the legal and scientific team that persuaded the FDA to reclassify acupuncture needles as safe and effective for legal U.S. importation and distribution (1996).Learn to recognize the habitual structures in society which limit our ability to be effective, and the additional structures – often, if not usually overlooked -which enhance and empower effectiveness if you are congruent with their bedrock reality.  Explore the basis of and learn to use this activist template, the backbone of successful campaigns that resulted in intentional, positive social change.

The focus of this program is on the following:

  • How the habitual cultural structures have blocked marginalized groups from success over the years.
  • Five examples of how this process has been successfully applied and five campaigns that are currently facing similar challenges.
  • How you are grounded in conscious activism and how conscious activism is grounded in you.
  • Turning minority opinions into majority actions.
  • Practice, theory, strategies and tactics for: (1) the strong, adaptable and open-minded realist; (2) the stressed, burnt-out and overworked idealist and (3) the conscious pragmatist who skillfully integrates realism and idealism.
  • Introduction to a new modality for strategic planning that has been utilized in successful political campaigns and by others in need of identifying systemic strengths and weaknesses.

This program was originally offered as a 2.5 hour, invitation-only, highly-interactive online workshop for serious childbirth activists.   It has been cropped, but not fully edited, in order for observers to get the greatest benefit of Jim’s Turner’s workshop style.

Cost: $15.00

Continuing Education Units available for some professionals.  Certificate of Completion (optional) : $7.50 (completion of post-session questionnaire required).  Click here for more information.

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