News - Part 2

Supporting Women in Ecstatic Birth

The difference between a birth that feels traumatic as opposed to ecstatic is rarely in the specific details, but in how a birthing mom processes the experience, and we as practitioners have an opportunity to help ensure it’s positive. In this piece, Ella Browne Hay of Ecstatic Birth shares a few essential factors and ways…

We Have a Lot to Learn From the Wisdom of Midwives in Guatemala

From knowing how to turn a breech baby in minutes, to understanding how to limit postpartum bleeding by binding the uterus, it is clear that Mayan midwives carry the powerful wisdom of women. Birth Institute students and facilitators are immersed in learning ancient techniques for supporting women from these traditional maternal health advocates. Travel to…

Who do you hope to serve?

In the Holistic Midwifery leadership class this quarter, students were asked to reflect on who they hope to serve as midwives, and what they think it will take to make their vision a reality. Read midwifery student Rebecca Kolowé’s thoughtful response as she shares how she intends to be an equal partner with the underserved…

Five simple exercises to set mamas on a journey of self­-acceptance

Mindful awareness of physical and emotional attachment is the first step in both radical self-­acceptance and in creating a pregnancy, birth and mamahood narrative that is both healed and empowering. In this piece, yoga teacher and pregnancy coach Sandra Maurer provides us with five simple exercises we can use to support our clients on their journeys….

Linde Envisions Optimal Care for Women in South Africa

My name is Lindel Wilson and Midwifery and birth has revisited me at the age of 33. It has said “This time, I’m here to stay.” I am a massage and beauty therapist by profession, and my work has allowed me to travel the world. Along the way, I had been tempted to start many…

Our focus is not pathology, but connection

It was the winter of 2011. I was living and working in the rural village of Sebikotane, Senegal, developing a family planning and reproductive health class curriculum for high schoolers. I sought guidance from my mentor Oumou, who advised me to consider the pitfalls of knowledge transference in cross-cultural contexts. She illustrates her point with…

Play this game to teach your clients about informed consent

When it comes to the birth process, parents shouldn’t simply be told their rights, they must be shown how to apply them. In this piece, childbirth educator and postpartum doula Nicole Wheeler shares her unique tool for teaching parents about informed consent: a rousing game of BINGO. Do you feel called to support women to have…

Healthy Emotional Boundaries: Best Practices for Birth Workers

When we take care of ourselves physically and emotionally, we are better able to set healthy boundaries with our clients, which in turn allows us to serve them with the attention and compassion that they deserve. In this piece, Morgan Burgess explores the importance of creating healthy emotional boundaries with our clients, and shares a…

Tanya Malcolm

Upcoming Event with Tanya 3 Secret Powers for a Soulful Pregnancy & Birth Wednesday, December 3, 10:00-12:00 am MST Register Now for Free! During this presentation you will be introduced to pregnancy and birth empowerment tools from Tanya Malcolm’s prenatal program Soul Shine.  Adapted for the soulful, woman of color from the BOLD Method for Birth…

You are what you think – why mom’s beliefs about birth matter

A mother’s mental and emotional state plays a huge role in how the birth plays out: whether she experiences it as painful, what kinds of interventions take place, and how she shares about the experience with her community. In this piece, childbirth educator Esther Croft shares why the emotional state is so important, and how…

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