Thursday, June 04, 2009

Calm Birth teacher training Fall 09 - San Francisco; 18 CEUs

Calm Birth: New Potential of Childbirth

Teacher Training Program

October 30 - November 1, 2009

Women’s Building, San Francisco, CA Room A

8:30am - noon and 1- 4:30 pm daily


Robert Bruce Newman

Mr. Newman has presented more than 100 trainings in US hospitals. He has presented the Calm Birth method at the University of Michigan Medical School and Bastyr University . Calm Birth is based on programs at the Harvard University Medical School and the University of Massachusetts Medical Center.

Christine Novak, RNC

Christine has 20 years experience as a labor and delivery nurse and childbirth educator. She is the recipient of the March of Dimes 2009 Best for Baby Award for her work in advancing the use of the Calm Birth method at Overlook Hospital in New Jersey.

Changes in the medical paradigm have encouraged the development of new childbirth methods. Based on meditation science that is a model for contemporary science, the Calm Birth method offers women an empowering vision of their body and potential in childbirth.

"Calm Birth is a sublime gift to all of us. It contains the blueprint for reconnecting with birth wisdom on all levels... doing the practices will transform the birth process and imprint a peaceful beginning in both mother and child.

The positive impact of this on society can't be overestimated."

Christiane Northrup, M.D., author, Mother-Daughter Wisdom

and Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom

"Calm Birth...based on the best principals of psychosomatic medicine...encourages and supports natural childbirth and helps to heal the side effects of medications and invasive procedures. An empowering alternative to the "medicalization of birth", the techniques liberate women to channel their innate wisdom into welcoming their newborn child in a truly life affirming way."

Thomas Verny, MD, DPsych, DHL, FRCPC, author, The Secret Life of Your Unborn Child and Tomorrow's Baby

Former founder and president of the Association of Pre- and Perinatal Psychology and Health.

Tuition: $450 18 CEU credit hours Pre-registration required.

For registration and information:

Christiane Northrup, MD, in her best-selling book Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom (2006), recommends two childbirth preparation programs, Bradley and Calm Birth.

She says of Calm Birth (p. 481):

"Calm Birth is a form of childbirth preparation that uses proven mind/body and breathing techniques to help create an atmosphere of calmness that decreases fear, pain, and complications for both pregnancy and childbirth. Many medical centers now use this program with good results. The three main methods Calm Birth teaches are the Practice of Opening (allowing the parents-to-be to experience a remarkable access to the development of their unborn child), Womb Breathing (where women learn to breathe into their energy bodies to reach full potential in childbirth and also to enrich the child), and Giving and Receiving (which teaches how to transform the energy of fear, anxiety, and tension into light in your own body - and breathe it out). The preface to the program states, "When pregnant women practice meditation, an empowering sense of safety and wholeness is generated from the inside. The Calm Birth method was developed to give women direct ways to raise the quality of health in childbirth whether or not medical interventions are applied". These methods have been shown to lower the impact of interventions and also lower medical costs and risks. This is a very powerful program, and I highly recommend it. The organization also offers a CD called Calm Birth, as well as a postnatal program called Calm Mother. For more information visit their website".

"Calm Birth is the childbirth method that society and I have waited for. It's been a long time coming, a very long time. I am a midwife and an educator, with a steady devotion to childbirth... Calm Birth does what is so deeply needed. It heals the Earth by healing birth." --Jeannine Parvati Baker, LM, childbirth educator, author, Prenatal Yoga and Natural Childbirth and Conscious Conception


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At 5:20 AM, Blogger the meditator said...

Hi .. I am a meditation instructor in Melbourne, Australia and a long time meditation practitioner who personally knows the benefits of such a practice before/during/after childbirth .. but I would love to further my practical knowledge in the area of meditation and childbirth. I just found your site .. are you still 'live' as there are no entries for a year. Do you offer classes online?

At 12:31 AM, Blogger Mommy Meditations said...

Meditation is a great tool for women dealing with postpartum depression and other stresses that can follow childbirth. Mommy Meditations, was developed with the help of Dr. Kerri Parks, ObGyn, who personally battled postpartum depression and the grief of losing her husband days before the birth of her fourth child. Mommy Meditations can help new moms recognize distress and ease into their postpartum bodies. Please check out the website and if you think it's something that could benefit your website visitors, please include it as a resource link.


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