Do you feel called to return to your roots and do the work that your ancestors did, as keepers of sacred birth rites?  Are you ready to remember your traditions and reclaim birth rights for yourself and your community? If the answer is yes, then this training is for you.


ROOTS (Remembering Our Own Traditions Sacredly) Returning to the ancestral wisdom of those who have come before us, this training integrates the knowledge and understanding from a variety of cultures in the practices of tradition, ritual and intuition with evidence-based information on anatomy, psychology and socioeconomic influences on birth. This training is designed to give the skills and tools to reclaim birth rites for many whose traditions have been homogenized and/or forgotten.  This course is taught by an African American trainer, because representation matters. We must see ourselves in each other so that healing and remembrance can begin.
 

Before signing up for our Birthkeeper trainings, you are required to sign up for Community Commitment dues.

Next available course dates for FULL SPECTRUM training: Oakland, CA  June 13-21, 2020 9am-5pm each day.  Click here to sign up for early bird registration at 10% off.​ (Early bird special lasts until May 1, 2020).

For questions or more information please contact the Program Director of the Culturally Diverse Birthkeeper Training Program at jazz@cornerstonedoulatrainings.com

Culturally Diverse (POC only) Birthkeeper Trainings

About this course:

What makes us unique?

ROOTS (Remembering Our Own Traditions Sacredly) Returning to the ancestral wisdom of those who have come before us, this training integrates the knowledge and understanding from a variety of cultures in the practices of tradition, ritual and intuition with evidence-based information on anatomy, psychology and socioeconomic influences on birth. This training is designed to give the skills and tools to reclaim birth rites for many whose traditions have been homogenized and/or forgotten.  This course is taught by an African American trainer, because representation matters. We must see ourselves in each other so that healing and remembrance can begin. 

 

* PLEASE NOTE: This is a birthkeeper training specifically created to hold and honor a sacred and safe space for people who SELF identify as culturally diverse: African, Latin and Asian diasporas, Indigenous, Arab, non-white, non-pseudo privileged, non-purveyors of cultural appropriation.  The full spectrum birthkeepers training course meets the requirement for full spectrum birthkeeper certification. Students are also required to take the Business Essentials for Birthworkers​: Birthing Your Business online course towards certification completion.

 

Cornerstone Doulas and Birthkeepers are internationally recognized as leaders in birth justice and advocacy.  Cornerstone Doulas and Birhkeepers provide continuous unbiased, client-centered support throughout the reproductive lifespan. This support focuses on the whole person, family and community and encompasses emotional, physical, psychosocial, and educational support techniques. Cornerstone doulas and birthkeepers employ individualized supportive communication, culturally responsive care, hands-on therapeutic techniques and an equitable approach with all clients.

 

Course Overview:

 

Returning to the sharing of traditions in ceremony and ritual, this course is taught quarterly in a 9 day comprehensive full spectrum birthkeepers  intensive. Students will come together from all over the world to share, learn and grow in community. A communal altar will be built to honor all ancestors guiding the remembrance of traditions lost, stolen, hidden or forgotten.  Evidence based information will be taught, cultural traditions will be shared, hands on skills will be learned and practiced, panels of local birthkeepers and midwives will come in to share their experiences doing this sacred and needed work.  A special day of receiving and practicing self care and meeting and connecting with mentors in included in the course. We have heard the African proverb that says, “It takes a village to raise a child”. It also takes a village to take care of each other.  We will learn how to reclaim our rites as we remember our traditions, birthing change now and for generations to come.

Course outline:

Brief overview of topics covered. Our courses go into so much more. 

Topics covered in the Labor & Birth section:​

  • Creating sacred space

  • Birthkeepers circle: Sharing our individual and collective birth story – our story is our medicine 

  • Roles of the birthkeeper and frame of practice

  • Prenatal and postpartum visits - what to go over and how to conduct them.

  • Anatomy and physiology of labor and birth

  • Emotional support techniques for every phase of labor

  • Supportive and therapeutic communication techniques

  • Physical support techniques for every phase of labor, including:

  • Breathing, vocalization, labor positions, counter pressure, optimal fetal positioning, movement, affirmations, touch including how to use a rebozo – Mexican prayer shawl 

  • Socio, economic and political influences on black and brown birthing people 

  • History of black midwives in the American South, a.k.a. Granny Midwives

  • The parteira and curandeira _ Latin indigenous midwife and healer & her sacred birth practices

  • The Village model of care – It takes a village, how we must all care for each other as we care for ourselves – self care, community care, raising our babies

  • Trauma informed care – responding to: generational traumas, sexual traumas, cultural traumas 

  • Labor and birth interventions – how to prepare your clients and yourselves for interventions

  • Boundaries: affirming your needs and the needs of your clients with various cultural and relationship dynamics

  • Biases – we all have them. Acknowledging and managing our biases for effectual service

  • Reproductive justice for black and brown indigenous birthing people – advocacy and activism

  • Community building, sharing resources and growing together

Topics covered in the Postpartum section:

The postpartum period, also known as the fourth trimester, is a sacred and transformative time of healing, bonding, transition and integration.  The first 30 - 40 days after delivery is honored in many cultures with the daily care and nourishment of the tribe, village and family of the birthing person. In this section we explore a variety of cultural traditions for the postpartum period through food, physical, emotional and informational support. Students will be prepared to support families of diverse cultural backgrounds in honoring their traditions of healing and bonding, while living in today’s current society.​

  • Postpartum birthkeepers roles and frame of practice

  • Holding space for the birthing person, baby and new family

  • Postpartum traditions from African, Latin, Asian and Indigenous cultures

  • Common postpartum needs with cultural considerations

  • Common complaints and remedies for discomforts in the postpartum period

  • How to support a client post cesarean

  • Village Model of care – “It takes a village to raise a child”, creating village support for baby & birthing person

  • Newborn baby care & common newborn issues

  • Sleeping arrangements: co–sleeping, bed safety

  • Physiologically and psychologically nurturing sleep support techniques

  • Newborn psychological needs

  • Postpartum mood disorder spectrum and community resources

  • Creating a client centered plan in the event of a postpartum mental health crisis

  • Day and night birthkeeper work

  • Interviewing and determining if you're a good fit.

  • Boundaries - taking care of yourself and your clients.

  • Self-care & Burnout prevention

  • Trauma informed care – the tools for healing and processing birth & life experiences

  • Therapeutic communication techniques

  • Full 4 hour intensive breastfeeding support module led is included in this training.

  • Postpartum closing ceremonies – honoring the sacred healing time of new parents and baby

 

Topics covered in the Full spectrum section:

 

Full spectrum support of the reproductive, birthing and parenting journey is all encompassing.  In order to meet people where they are at along the spectrum we must first know what the spectrum is and how we can support our clients along the way.  In the times of our grandmothers, many things were not written down in books but were intuitive. Drawing upon our ancestral wisdom, using our intuition and accessing modern day resources we reclaim the tools needed to support our community members through life, loss, challenges and triumphs along the journey of reproduction, birth and parenthood.  As we help others heal we also heal ourselves.

 

  • Defining Full Spectrum Birthkeeping Support

  • Reproductive options

  • Fertility and Conception

  • Family Planning

  • Miscarriage and healing

  • Abortion: medical and ceremonial 

  • Stillbirth & honoring rights

  • Grief and loss

  • Adoption

  • Surrogacy

  • Prison Industrial Complex

  • Harm reduction

  • Trauma informed care

  • Rights informed advocacy 

  • Reproductive justice

  • Boundaries & Self care

  • Herbs & Food Medicine

  • Community Resources

  • Includes panel discussion with local Full-Spectrum Birthkeepers

 

Day of Self Care and Mentoring:

 

It is important to take care of ourselves and have others in our village who can take care of us. Birthwork is deep and complex, so taking care of ourselves must be daily ritual.  In this day long nourishment of self care, students will RECEIVE care for their minds, bodies, souls and hearts. The morning will include a grounding session of yoga, meditation and Tai Chi followed by community supported services of: massage, body work, Reiki & energy work, somatic therapy, Crystal and sound healing and more! Lunch will be eaten together in commUNITY.  The afternoon will be a fun Meet Your Mentor Mixer where students and mentors will connect and bond for motivation and inspiration in a cultivated experience. 

 

This training takes place three times per year in Oakland, CA.

Dates, locations and fees:

Our trainings take place every three months in Oakland, CA and Portland, OR. 

Next available training dates:

OAKLAND: 

June 13-21. (June 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20 & 21)

Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.  

Energy Exchange/Investment: $2,222.00 

Early bird tickets are $1999 until May 1, 2020.

Course is taught by Queen Jazz-Ylaine Baptiste

Payment plans are available.

Next available course dates will be posted when these courses are full to capacity.
 

For questions or more information contact the Program Director: Culturally Diverse Birthkeepers Training Program at jazz@cornerstonedoulatrainings.com

Certification:

Certification is not required to practice. If you'd like to become certified through Cornerstone, these are our requirements:

Labor & Birth Birthkeeper certification requirements:

 

  • Sign up for Community Commitment dues.

  • Attend this Labor & Birth Training

  • Attend Postpartum Doula or Birthkeeper Training

  • Attend Business 101 for Birthworkers online

Complete our certification packet (can download in our store) that includes auditing a CBE course, required reading, essays, creating a resource list, a hospital tour and glossary assignment.​

Postpartum Birthkeeper certification requirements:

  • Infant CPR and First Aid certification

Certification awarded after attending full training, plus showing proof of CPR/First aid certification.

 

These courses meet the labor and birth doula training certification requirement and postpartum doula training certification requirements.​ For more info on certification and if it's for you, please read our Statement on Certification.

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