DONA Certification I am so proud to have completed my birth doula training and certification through DONA, the gold standard for doula certification programs, with San Diego midwife legend, Gerri Ryan. It was a life-changing experience for me, to feel like I finally found "my people," who are passionate about helping women feel supported in their birth experiences.
Spinning Babies for Birth Workers What is Spinning Babies? It's a series of methods to assist with optimal fetal positioning. It's also what has transformed both of my own labors from a long road to a belly birth to unmedicated, physiological births. It works, and this knowledge is a necessity for birth workers to understand how to help facilitate a smooth birth in labor patterns that are puzzling. Before resorting to interventions, it's always possible to try balancing the body through positioning. With every mama, I call upon my Spinning Babies training prenatally and during the birth for comfort.
Birth Education Center Preferred Doula I have been hand-selected to represent the Birth Education Center as a skilled Preferred Doula. I have completed the Doula Finishing Series, which includes five classes on topics such as comfort measures, VBAC support, and professional doula etiquette. I have also observed an entire Hypnobirthing series so that I can incorporate the techniques and better support couples who go through the class series. I also have first-hand experience using Hypnobirthing principles with my own second birth, after observing the class.
Elimination Communication - Did you know that in 1957, 92% of babies were potty-trained by 18 months? I am a Certified Go Diaper Free Coach and hold classes and support groups for EC (elimination communication) and potty learning. By observing your baby's cues, it is possible to allow him/her to retain the innate awareness of elimination needs that he/she was born with. This awareness allows her to be free from diapers at an early age and to go through less diapers everyday until then. For more information, visit my website www.godiaperfreewithmonet.com and listen to the episode that I was interviewed on for the awesome Birth Kweens podcast.
Rebozo Certification - The rebozo is a traditional Mexican midwifery tool that serves us in many ways during the prenatal period and in labor! It can be used as a tool for body balancing (supporting Spinning Babies Techniques), comfort strategies, and during the pushing phase. I'm grateful to have the certification and personal experience to use the rebozo throughout the birthing person's experience of pregnancy and labor.