Sunday, 25 October 2009

Birthwork

This week I spent four days living in my van down in Byron Bay, doing a 3-day Birthwork Workshop. The workshop was phenomenal, and my head is spinning with all I’ve learned. I can’t wait to work with these new techniques.

The workshop was held in a massive Ger (traditional Mongolian Yurt) – it’s the biggest Ger I’ve ever seen, and so beautifully decorated with crystals and altars.

01 Yurt

This was the ceiling inside the Ger, which meant we had beautiful rainbow-speckled light and fresh breezes when they opened up the sunroof.

05 celing

We learned a lot of techniques about breathing and relaxation, as well as traditional Mexican Rebozo practice. I’ve done a lot of work with rebozos before, but I added a lot to my knowledge.

06 rebozo pelvic rock 

09 rebozo pelvic rock

This is a great one; I’m comfortably supporting the full weight of this woman – such a great trick for labour support!

14 rebozo labour support

I also learned a lot about the pelvis, and how to work with the bones and soft tissues to open up the space for the baby. I’m really excited about this stuff, since I focus a lot of my work on releasing past trauma, especially with abuse survivors.

15 Pelvic opening

We also practiced traditional Mexican closing ceremony for after the birth, which felt so divine :)

39 rebozo closing

I had a great time, and made a lot of friends. It was wonderful to connect with other midwives and birth attendants, and feel a part of that community, as someone who has something to offer.

Here’s the group portrait at the end:

43 the group

I also had a lot of fun hanging out around Byron with friends, and sleeping at the beach.

9 comments:

  1. Wonderful.
    My home birth changed my life and I am so heartened to see this work alive in the community so many more women can have healing, spiritual, empowering experiences with the birth of their babies.

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  2. Oh that looks like such a great experience. How I wish my poor sister in law had such beautiful birth attendants when my nephew was born. She had such a traumatic birth, now she is probably going to go straight for a c-section this time. Such a shame!

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  3. It was really nice to meet you and work with you :) Although i haven't had much time to reflect on the workshop, I do know for certain that it has changed me and the way that I will be midwifing in the future

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  4. fascinating. it is so inspiring that these techniques are being shared with you and other birth attendants. i truly believe that midwives practice spiritual work...guiding mum and bub through that transition. i teach pre-natal yoga and so while i help prepare a woman for birth it is women like you that really create the sacred space when she is birthing. do you have a website for the course you did? x

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  5. Wonderful. I hope that as many women as possible get to experience birthings with women such as you and the others at that workshop. I await the day when ALL women get to choose such empowering experiences.
    The rebozo looks fantastic. Thanks for sharing, as always!

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  6. What an wonderful experience....

    I love the picture of the roof.

    I'm soooo envious of you sleeping at the beach. It's been a bit cold and misty up here in the mountains.
    I'm missing the ocean. I'll be down the coast soon - my folks own a place down the south coast near the beach. I can hear the ocean when I'm in bed at night. It is such a beautiful sound.

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  7. I've always enjoyed the Midwifery Today conferences here. The leanring is wonderful when presented like that. What a beautiful space!

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Thanks for your lovely words, witty banter and entertaining discussion :)