Practical Birthing Wisdom:
Holistic Information for Birth Attendants



For Doulas, Educators, Therapists, Consultants, Herbalists…
all who work in the realms of birth

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Practical Birthing Wisdom:
A 4-day Program dedicated to Physiologic Birth

Now is the time…
For years many birth caregivers have promoted and encouraged choice in
childbirth and, ultimately, the return of birth to the family. Lately, women have been pushing us further and further to offer genuine choice and to end the clinical/medical control of women and birth. Now is the time to define and support a myriad of birth options.

Choice is paramount…
Every woman has the right to own and orchestrate her birth.

A woman has the right to choose a clinically managed birth if she desires and this is especially relevant in the high risk pregnancy or for any woman who feels safer and more empowered in a clinical setting. Likewise, every woman has the right to choose a Free Birth experience, an assisted birth or a non-assisted birth. She can choose a midwife-assisted birth or she can birth privately with a non-clinical witness in attendance. We have evolved past the point of denying a woman her choices…or shaming anyone for their choices.
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Instead, let’s learn the practical physiology of the Elder Midwives and the Grand Midwives who understood that birth is not inherently a medical experience.
Let’s share more Birthing Wisdom and less Risk Screening.

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Many mainstream medical and clinical practices, as well meaning as they may be, are not undergirded by physiology.
They have been passed along without question and taught to new students who then continue to pass along information that
becomes more and more unnatural and at odds with common sense as time passes. If we know our physiology and if we understand what the body is capable of doing we will not be tempted to interfere…and labor will most likely progress normally.
Letting go of well-intentioned practices that no longer serve is relevant.
Equally relevant is the ability to understand what is in the mind of the caregiver (doc, midwife) when they suggest these interferences.
We will look at pregnancy, birth and postpartum through the eyes of normal, non-
clinical birth experiences.

We will receive practical, physiologic information that can inform:
Free birthing families who wish to deeply understand physiology
Birth Attendants who wish to sit with unassisted families
Caregivers who wish to practice more organically
Doulas who want to inform women of hospital choices

Knowing physiology, and how it fits together in birth, gives us the confidence to hold space and not interfere.
It will bring more credibility to physiologic birth and may even free more women to birth without medical/clinical constraints.

So, we have four days…let’s learn physiology!

Visit our Calendar for scheduled classes

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Thursday:

A Mystically Intelligent Approach to Physiology
Our approach to physiology and the A&P of four
major body systems that impact childbirth:

Endocrine
Cardio-vascular
Urinary
Reproductive

Covered in these topics…
Hormones that support pregnancy
Blood pressure
Components of Blood
Blood volume expansion
Physiologic anemia of pregnancy
Carbohydrate shift in pregnancy
Physiologic swelling vs pathologic swelling
Varicose veins and hemorrhoids?
Risk Screening: Keeping Women Normal

Friday:

The Physiology of Pregnancy:
Prenatal Care: How much is necessary
Understanding labwork and testing
Rh negative sensitization
Pre-eclampsia and why is it on the rise in resourced women?
Is Gestational Diabetes real?
ROM and PROM: Rupture of Membranes and Premature
and Prolonged Rupture of Membranes
Induction of labor and fetal testing

Saturday:

The Physiology of Birth:
Physiologic vs. Managed Care in labor
Fetal Monitoring: Pros and Cons
Interpreting FHT patterns
What constitutes fetal distress?
Vaginal Exams: Station and Sutures…What can you learn
The Bones of the Pelvis and the Position and Presentation of the Baby
Cardinal Movements of Birth (quick review)
The Two Stages of Second Stage: Extension and Expulsion
Vertical Birth and Common Sense
What about tears? Should anyone touch the perineum during labor?
What about meconium…what’s going on?

Sunday:

Immediate Postpartum and the Newborn:
The Separation Equation and the Fruits of Labor:
How to know where the placenta is at every moment
Effective natural means to stop bleeding
The Physiology of why babies breathe?
What if a baby doesn’t breathe…natural resuscitation methods
Healing and assessing tears in the postpartum
Instinctual Breastfeeding and the Breast crawl
The Physiology of Neonatal Jaundice and Vit K
Structural disorders of the genital tract as a result of birth:
Cystocele, Rectocele, Incontinence, Fistula

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As you can see, we have chosen to cover many topics in four days.
The idea is to give you a point of reference for each topic and focus on the big picture rather than go into great depth and detail about each item.

I will point you in the right direction
to further your knowledge of each topic.

My goal in this program is to present an intuitive and clinical
understanding that much of what is done in our current birthing culture
is counterintuitive to physiology and to common sense.
Authentic, organic physiology undergirds the return of birth to the family
and points us in the direction of a new template
with which to serve birthing families.

The Cost of the program is $495 US

Contact Whapio for information
belovedpilgrim@yahoo.com

We would love to bring this program to your area. Email Whapio to schedule one.

Practical Birthing Wisdom Retreat:
Sharing the Wisdom of the Elder Midwives
and the Grand Midwives of the South

In Santa Cruz, CA
Thursday – Sunday
September 6th – 9th
Cost $525

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On this Retreat we’ll be spending 4 days delving into the organic and authentic physiology of birth!
If you are a Doula, Midwife, Educator or Birth Consultant and wish to take your practice to the next level, this is for you.
At The Matrona we see birth as a physiologic and transformational event and we suggest that a diligent and conscientious study of physiology is relevant for every birth caregiver.

We are aware that some aspects of clinical care are often counterintuitive to physiology and we suggest that clinical care is not a necessary option for the vast majority of normal women nor do all birthing women need clinical practitioners.
In this four day program we will immerse in the A&P of birth, from pregnancy through postpartum. We’ll explore normal physiology and variations of normal in the practical ways that the Elder Midwives and Grand Midwives of the South approached childbirth.

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Our Philosophy:

It is relevant to understand how birth organically unfolds in order to question and debunk many birthing practices that have simply been handed down for years without authentic physiological undergirding or attention to common sense. Here are some of the current practices that are actually contraindicated in normal healthy birthing women…

Confining women to bed
Denying women to ability to eat
Routine fetal monitoring
Routine vaginal exams

Lack of choice of laboring and birthing positions

Managed pushing

Misunderstanding of fetal distress
Disturbing the actual emergence of the baby

Suctioning the baby
Immediate cutting of the cord
Removing the baby from the mother’s arms
Disturbing placental separation
Mismanaging third stage
Rampant use of Pitocin and other drugs
Vitamin K shots and newborn vaccinations
We already know that this clinical management of birth
is often contrary to a fulfilling and safe birth for most women.

In this class we’ll go deeper as we discuss the entire gamut of care
received by the pregnant woman…from pregnancy to postpartum.

We’ll explore topics such as:
Pre-eclampsia
Rh sensitization
Gestational Diabetes

Blood volume expansion and Anemia

Post-mature babies
Meconium in Labor
Interpreting FHT patterns
Natural means to stop bleeding
Natural infant resuscitation methods

Neonatal jaundice

Structural concerns of the genital tract

and more…

(See our complete Schedule and Curriculum below…)
We will also understand what is in the mind of the primary caregiver during pregnancy and birth in order to better facilitate women using informed consent and choices that promote wellbeing in their quest for a transformative and physiologic birth.
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Curriculum and Schedule:

Thursday:

A Mystically Intelligent Approach to Physiology
Our approach to physiology and the A&P of four
major body systems that impact childbirth:

Endocrine
Cardio-vascular
Urinary
Reproductive
Covered in these topics…
Hormones that support pregnancy

Blood pressure
Components of Blood
Blood volume expansion
Physiologic anemia of pregnancy
Carbohydrate shift in pregnancy and diabetes
Physiologic swelling vs pathologic swelling
Varicose veins and hemorrhoids?

The Bones of the Pelvis and the Position and Presentation

Risk Screening: Keeping Women Normal

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Friday:

The Physiology of Pregnancy
Prenatal Care: How much is necessary
Understanding what labwork and testing is about

Rh negative sensitization

Pre-eclampsia and why is it on the rise in resourced women?
ROM and PROM: Rupture of Membranes and Premature

and Prolonged Rupture of Membranes
Induction of labor and fetal testing

The Cardinal Spiraling Movements of Birth (quick review)
Vaginal Exams: Station and Sutures…What can you learn

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Saturday:

The Physiology of Birth
Physiologic vs. Managed Care in labor
Fetal Monitoring: Pros and Cons
How we know that baby is okay without FHTs

Interpreting FHT patterns
Misunderstanding of fetal distress

The Two Stages of Second Stage: Extension and Expulsion

Vertical Birth and Common Sense
Prolonged Labor…what can we offer
What about tearing and touching the perineum
If meconium occurs…what then
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Sunday:

Immediate Postpartum and the Newborn
The Separation Equation and the Fruits of Labor:
How to know where the placenta is at every moment
Effective natural means to stop bleeding
The Physiology of why babies breathe?
If baby doesn’t breathe…natural resuscitation methods
Healing and assessing tears in the postpartum
Instinctual Breastfeeding and the Breast crawl
The Physiology of Neonatal Jaundice and Vit K
Structural disorders of the genital tract as a result of birth:
Cystocele, Rectocele, Incontinence, Fistula
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Certification:

Each participant will receive a certificate for
30 hours of study in Holistic Childbirth.

The knowledge and wisdom shared in this program will
enhance any Doula practice and we also offer an
Advanced Doula Certificate to participants.

The Matrona has been a CEU provider with California (we are not
currently registered) and we suggest you apply individually for CEUs through this program.
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Registration:

The cost of the program is $525.
We use PayPal for registration and deposits.
We request a $50 to hold your space sent through PayPal
Goods and Services to matronafoundation@gmail.com.
*Be sure to put your name and email and the location
of the program you are registering for (Santa Cruz) on your PayPal registration.*

You will receive a confirmation from PayPal immediately
and one from The Matrona when payment is processed.
Then, you will hear from Whapio about two weeks before
the program with a Welcome Letter and logistics.

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Location and Lodging:

The Program will be held at Om Oasis, tucked away in the forest sanctuary of the Santa Cruz Mountains.
On site lodging is available in yurts, cabins and cottages on this beautiful and peaceful property.
For more information or to reserve a lodging space

www.omoasisretreat.com
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For more information about this program and our curriculum,
please contact Whapio at belovedpilgrim@yahoo.com.

For local information you may contact Ashley at ashleyshantishea@gmail.com
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This is an excellent opportunity to step up your knowledge base, revitalize your practice, ponder our role in meaningful birth changes and experience a wonderful and sacred experience with like-minded women.

We hope you join us!