Birth is unique, powerful, transitional. Birth provides the couple and the woman a passage into motherhood. It rebirths her as a woman and offers a foundation and source of strength and empowerment for the rest of her/their life. In this course, we rediscover birth by diving into the physical, emotional and spiritual realms of pregnancy, birth and creation. We explore how we can empower women throughout this process and how we can connect again to our roots and source.
THIS RETREAT IS RECOMMENDED FOR:
OBJECTIVES OF THIS COURSE:
TOPICS COVERED DURING THIS RETREAT:
During the first week:
HISTORY AND POLITICS OF CHILDBIRTH AND MIDWIFERY
- Culture of childbirth: exploration through birth art and social anthropology
- History and Politics of childbirth and Midwifery: The fight for humanized birth
- Birth and Spirit
- Midwives: who are they?
- Becoming a Midwife: individual consultations available for help determining which path is right for you.
- The social versus the technocratic model of birth
- Birth Settings: homebirth, hospital, birth center
THE WONDER OF CREATION AND PREGNANCY
- Our menstrual cycle and fertility awareness
- Preconception time and the importance of nutrition
-Learning how to date a pregnancy
-Basic anatomy and physiology of pregnancy - pelvic assessment
-Common discomforts of pregnancy and their treatments
-Walking through the ten lunar months of pregnancy
-Determining Fetal Position in pregnant women (hands-on)
-Components of the prenatal visit: taking blood pressure, measuring fundal height, and determining fetal heart rate by doppler and fetoscope - theory + hands-on + discussion: medical versus traditional model!
-Conducting a health history and prenatal intake
-Traditional Mayan Midwifery techniques by local indigenous Guatemalan midwives
During the Second Week:
OUR BODY OUR BIRTH
- Informed choice and consent: exploration of 10 pregnancy topics with the BRAIN-acronym.
- Cultural conditioning
THE FLOWER OF BIRTH
- The holistic stages of birth versus birth as a series of medical events
- The art of touch
-Birthing support techniques, positions, and techniques to encourage fetal rotation (spinning babies)
-Holding a sacred space for the birthing woman and her family
- Traditional birth practices from all around the world
-Common complications of labor and understanding reasons for transfer to hospital
-Advocacy for humanized birth on a global level
THE FOURTH TRIMESTER
-Introduction to the postpartum period: physiological and mental health care, spiritual transmission, intergenerational work
- Obstetrical violence against women + PTSD
-The dance of breastfeeding
-Sexuality after pregnancy
-Closing ceremony including traditional Mayan sauna and blessing of the hands
7.30 am: breakfast
8.30 am: Midwifery theoretical teachings
10.30 am: break
11.00 am: Teachings / Guest lecture
12.30 pm: lunch - 2.5 h break
2.30 pm: Midwifery hands-on practice
5.30 pm: break
6.30 pm: dinner
8.00 pm: optional evening activity (movie, discussion circle, sauna, fire circle )
$1295 (accommodation not included)
You will spend 13 nights in the stunning Eco-Bambu Guest House in Tzununa, a small village at Lake Atitlan. Daily, you will receive 3 organic meals made with fresh, local products from their Atitlan Organic Farm.
You can chose your type of accommodation through this link in the section below.
Bambu Guest House: https://www.bambuguesthouse.com/
ABOUT THIS RETREAT:
Discovering Birth:An Immersive Midwifery Retreat
Lake Atitlan, Guatemala