HomeBirth Focusd Childbirth Education Classes–in Oakland

HomeBirth Focused Childbirth Education Classes

in Oakland

Instructor: Esther Healey, Licensed Midwife

When: Thursdays (5 classes)

Time: 7-10 pm

Where: Oakland, near Lake Merritt

Fee: 8% of homebirth midwifery services fee ($400 max, $150 min)

Class Start Dates for 2012: June 21 (EDDs end of July – Sept) & Sept 20 (EDDs end of Oct – Dec)

To Register or for more info, contact:

The class is a balance of:

-Experiential learning of techniques you may use in labor

-Exposure to births from videos

-Informational coverage of:

*the “stages” of labor and what labor may look like

*what changes are made in the body during labor and postpartum

*what the baby goes through to be born

-Deeper discussions of common questions around standards of care (GBS, Vitamin K, Non Stress Tests, etc.)

-Opportunities to begin processing fears using specific techniques

-Setting intension for birth and postpartum

-What happens if complications arise and transfer of care is necessary (non urgent, urgent, emergency)

-Immediate postpartum and postpartum needs and expectations

-Expectations for newborn babies – what their needs are, and how can we as parents support them

-Breastfeeding techniques and expectations

-and, of course, more

Esther Healey, CPM, LM
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Waking the Womb Consciousness ~ Journeying with Inanna’s Descent before the Solstice

We live in a culture that is fundamentally unfriendly if not outright hostile to anything that has to do with women’s bodies, especially our reproductive organs.  Boobs are fine for advertising, but breastfeeding photos are banned on Facebook.  Vaginas are great as objects of pleasure, but having a say over our reproductive capacities and sexual pleasure makes us sluts.  These are wide generalizations, but they permeate the world we are living in, and encourage a disconnect within our body and soul, especially from our our pelvis/yoni/womb.  Yet we are not solely creatures of intellect.  It is through the body that we experience life, and like any mammal, our body has the basic capacity to navigate the world and know what is good/healthy/safe for it.  When we do not allow, either out of habit, fear or both, our consciousness to reside in the womb, as well as in the heart and mind (and let me remind you that we now know there are brain cells in your heart AND gut), we cannot fully access our capacity to navigate our world.  However, when we are awake in both the heart and womb, our mind becomes the beautiful servant of this unity.

So how do we awaken Her?  What does it take to move from an overly-intellectual, disembodied existence to a more balanced union of body/heart/mind?  We begin by bringing our attention to the body.  We treat her for what she is, soul manifest as flesh and blood.  We do not view needs for rest/activity/food/play as agenda items or as something to be overridden with caffeine, technology or a will of steel.  When the body is tended to as we would tend to any temple or church, our spirit can wake up and speak to us through this bodily manifestation.

Inanna: Embracing the Shadow, by Hrana Janto

When we are moving towards greater light and awareness, we must ensure that we bring forward with us the parts of ourselves previously unseen, unheard, unfelt.  Without this integration, these parts will dog us as shadow, crying out for wholeness and witness.  With integration, the dark, wounded places become our strengths and allies, our personal wisdom that no one can take away from us.

As humans we have the gifts of story and myth, containing wisdom to help us navigate both the inner and outer worlds.  From Sumer we have the stories of Inanna, goddess of heaven and earth; one of her most potent myths is a story about waking and witnessing the darkness.  As we move towards the wonderful light of Summer Solstice, the longest day of the year, we can deepen and widen our capacity to hold this light within ourselves by journeying with Inanna into the well of our own wombs.  Our ‘sunlight’ conscious can shed light and love onto the dark parts, freeing up stagnant energy.

On June 4th you will have an opportunity to journey with Inanna at the first of my monthly women’s circles, Resonant Field:

Are you looking to connect more deeply with your own feminine wisdom (or know a woman in your life who would)?  Would you like to share mindful space with other women?  These free monthly gatherings offer a simple, pleasurable way to connect and deepen your relationship to your body and soul, other resonant women and the Divine Feminine.  Each month will be loosely based around a theme, incorporating stillness/meditation, visualization, breath, journaling, feminine archetypes and other healing resources for an evening of sacred play!

  • Open to all interested women, straight/queer/trans, all spiritual and cultural backgrounds, and mothers with babes-in-arms.
  • Held the first Monday evening of the month, private location upon RSVP.  Please arrive 6:45, circle begins at 7 PM.
  • This circle is my community offering, and free of charge.  Please share your gratitude by telling others.
  • Please eat dinner beforehand; ok to bring a snack and I will provide tea, fruit and chocolate.
  • Bring a journal, pen and water bottle.
  • Floor pillows and a few chairs available to those who need; if you have a particular cushion, etc, feel free to bring it.
  • Please RSVP with phone # for both Yes and Maybes, as sometimes I am on-call for a birth and need to be able to contact you:  anahata.bhakti@gmail.com or (510) 473-6724

Community Offering: Resonant Field, a monthly women’s body wisdom circle

Are you looking to connect more deeply with your own feminine wisdom?  Would you like to share mindful space with other women?  These free monthly gatherings offer a simple, pleasurable way to connect and deepen your relationship to your body and soul, other resonant women and the Divine Feminine.  Each month will be loosely based around a theme, incorporating stillness/meditation, visualization, breath, journaling, feminine archetypes and other healing resources for an evening of sacred play!

  • Open to all interested women, straight/queer/trans, all spiritual and cultural backgrounds, and mothers with babes-in-arms.
  • Held the first Monday evening of the month, private location upon RSVP.  Please arrive 6:45, circle begins at 7 PM.
  • This circle is my community offering, and free of charge.  Please share your gratitude by telling others.
  • Please eat dinner beforehand; ok to bring a snack and I will provide tea, fruit and chocolate.
  • Bring a journal, pen and water bottle.
  • Floor pillows and a few chairs available to those who need; if you have a particular cushion, etc, feel free to bring it.

Please RSVP with phone # for both Yes and Maybes, as sometimes I am on-call for a birth and need to be able to contact you:  anahata.bhakti@gmail.com or (510) 473-6724

June 4th:  Waking the Womb Consciousness:  Journeying with Inanna’s Descent before the Solstice

Themes for July 2 and August 6th TBA.

Mini-Workshop: Breath of Fire–Hands of Gold with Claudia Weitkemper & Kip More

IPSALU TANTRA KRIYA YOGA

 

  Breath of Fire – Hands of Gold

 Release, what no longer serves your highest good, with the Fire Breath. The Fire Breath is one of the most powerful practices to release what is no longer needed, and creates space for what truly nourishes your body and soul. Explore through dyad work your truth and what really rekindles your whole being. Let yourself joyously and lovingly be nourished through touch, words and play.

with Claudia Weitkemper & Kip More

 Ipsalu Tantra Teachers

SaturdayApril 28th, 6pm–8:30pm 2012

 Studio Vara

850 Talbot Avenue, Albany, California

 

You can choose to live in bliss every moment.

The technology for transformation is available today.”

                                                  –Bodhi Avinasha

For more information/registration contact Claudia @ 510-978-3444

 $ 45

Workshops: Postnatal Sexuality & Well-Being, March 16/23/30, Sintra & April 13/20/27, Lisboa

Postnatal Sexuality & Well-Being

There is something obscure which is complete before heaven and earth arose;

tranquil, quiet,

standing alone without change,

moving around without peril.

It could be the mother of everything.

I don’t know its name,

and call it Tao.

Lao Tzu


SINTRA:  Tuesdays, March 16th, 23rd, 30th 10:30 to 13:30, lovely private home

LISBOA: Tuesdays, April 13, 20th, 27th

11:00 to 14:00, Casa Semente, Alvalade

For mothers & babies.

In English, with Portuguese translation avail.

Light  snacks and nourishing herbals teas; feel free to bring personal food

65 euros (financial support available for those in need; please contact!)

New motherhood offers deep joys and deep challenges.

Even as we may be filled with more love than we have ever felt, our sense of self, our relationship to our bodies and our capacity to integrate this transformation may feel adrift at sea.

This workshop provides an opportunity to:

•Create community with like-minded mothers

•Speak your experience, ask questions and deepen your natural ability to intuitively navigate parenting and relationship (to body, self, partner, society).

•Learn simple techniques from sacred sexual practices to nourish the sensual body and enhance sexual energy and experience, including how to share this information with

a partner.

•Gather resources to empower your sense

of self as both mother and lover.

•Have fun!


*This workshop is expressly designed for mothers to be able to bring their babies.*

Pre-registration required: http://www.bhaktibirth.com

anahata.bhakti@gmail.com 932 604 707