I will be co-leading Birthing from Within’s signature Crossing the Threshold retreat in Las Vegas, February 1-3, 2019. Crossing the Threshold is a paradigm-shifting, heart-opening, burnout-busting workshop for anyone who works with or is interested in working with individuals and families in the childbearing year. My co-leaders will be BFW co-owner Erika Primozich and seasoned BFW facilitator Deidre Coutsoumpos. Join us! Contact me for a discount code that is valid until 1/20/19.
I am beyond thrilled to announce that I've been invited to present at the second Black Birth Matters conference! Black Birth Matters, which will take place in New Orleans on October 27, 2018, is the brainchild of the Birthmark Doula Collective, the New Orleans birth justice organization that was featured in the New York Times Magazine article about the crisis of maternal health disparities in the U.S. The conference theme is “Mind over Matter: Mental Health & Mothering,” with a focus on “holistic approaches to correct the poor maternal outcomes that plague Women of Color in the U.S.” My Birthing From Within colleague Deidre Coutsoumpos and I have designed a presentation that draws on a classic BFW process - the drawing and finger-tracing of labyrinths - and connects it specifically to the difficulties facing Women of Color in their childbearing years. Deidre and I are so excited to be participating in what we feel will be an historic event, and we hope to see you there!
I am now regularly teaching Babywearing 101 classes through NYU Langone! This is an intro class for expecting parents, covering safety, types of carriers, and tips and tricks. There will be plenty of time to ask questions, and to try on a variety of carriers with weighted dolls. If you have already purchased a carrier or received one as a gift, you’re welcome to bring that as well, and I can help you adjust it optimally. You do NOT have to be birthing at NYU Langone Medical Center in order to attend! The last 2018 date is October 24; the class will be scheduled every other month starting in January 2019.