Jewish Mother’s Day – Anniversary of the Passing of our great matriarch Rachel

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by Wendy Kenin @greendoula

So after the Jewish New Year holiday series, what next? The only holiday during the month of Cheshvan is Shabbat – but that’s the most important of all of them! During Cheshvan, the month when we are reading in the Torah from Bereshit about the beginning years of the world again, we can pay special attention to the yarzeit of Rachel Imeinu, our matriarch Mama Rachel, whose husband the patriarch Jacob laid to rest on Cheshvan 11 in the year 2208 (1553 BCE) next to the road in Beit Lechem after she died giving birth to Benjamin her second son. This year Cheshvan 11 falls on November 3-4, 2014.

Rachel’s Tomb, considered the third holiest site to the Jewish people, is visited by thousands of people every year, but particularly on her yarzeit. Rachel “Our Mother”, who lived for many years barren while her sister bore children to her husband, whose cry HaShem responds to by promising that her children the Jewish people will return home, is understood to hear the prayers of her people and to advocate for them.

While Kever Rachel has been the subject of art over the centuries, today it is enveloped in a military compound as it has been subjected to religious war and turmoil. Access to this sacred site had been obstructed at various times over the centuries and so the militarism of the site is for the purpose of maintaining access for Jewish people as well as for preserving the site’s integrity and keeping Rachel, Our Mother safe. Considering this past summer’s news of the destruction of the Tombs of Yonah and of Daniel in Iraq by Muslim extremists after they had survived all these centuries, the military protection of Rachel’s Tomb looks better than ever.

Even if you can’t make it to Kever Rachel in person to honor her during the anniversary of her tragic death, this day has been dubbed “Jewish Mother’s Day” and you can observe her yarzeit from wherever you are. Certain customs to consider include learning Torah with others, giving charity in honor of the deceased, and blessing and sharing food with others. Herein lies more possibility for raising the spirits of the Jewish people, in the merit of and with love for our precious matriarch Rachel Imeinu, the embodiment of Jewish grace.

Judaism revers women and mothers. We exercise our elevated female role throughout the Jewish calendar cycle – from special mitzvot for women relating to Shabbat, to celebrating the new month each Rosh Chodesh, to resting while the Chanukah candles are lit. Cheshvan 11 offers the Jewish people another occasion to focus on the special strengths of women while also honoring our matriarch Rachel in her sacred resting place in the Holy Land during her yarzeit. We can do this individually or in groups, and I recommend doing it in groups!

Unity is a mandate. While we may have work to do individually internally and externally, Judaism offers structures throughout the annual calendar to stay connected in community and never to isolate ourselves. Being present for a minyan, or participating in simchas can bring greater blessings. Staying engaged in earthly activities with other Jewish people in the physical world, particularly focused on Torah learnings, is our way. We convene throughout festivals, sabbaths, rituals, and even on our very special Jewish Mother’s Day.

This blog entry is an excerpt from an October 12, 2014 article titled, “Sacred Sites and Sacred Rights: Earth-Connected Spirituality from the Jewish New Year through ‘Jewish Mother’s Day.'” Read the article in it’s entirety on Times of Israel here.

Jewish Women’s Mitzvah Class – Separating the Challah

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Rosh Chodesh Elul 5774
August 27, 2014 7:30 PM
East Bay, CA

Doula Devorah Leah Romano will guide us to make dough and “separate the challah” with the appropriate blessing according to Jewish law. We are Jewish women raising Jewish families, and practicing how it’s done! Participants will be asked to bring their own ingredients and extra-large bowls.

Of course, we’ll do some Jewish learning too! Rebbetzin Romano will share the secrets of challah baking as elucidated in the kabbalistic book for women “Ohel Rochel.”

Please bring your own ingredients:
3/4 cups sugar or honey
3/4 cups oil
1 1/2 tbsp salt
4 1/2 tbsp yeast
3 1/2 cups water (or half eggs,half water)
5 pounds flour
clean dish towel
measuring cup and measuring spoons
large mixing bowl (Ikea sells a sturdy inexpensive one!)

Please RSVP to receive location information. ImeinuDoulas@gmail.com

This event is taking place in anticipation of Rosh Chodesh Elul! Suggested donation: $10.

For updates please follow this event on facebook here.

Building Health in the Postpartum Period

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by Hilah Zohar, Holistic Practitioner

Most cultures around the world have the tradition and understand the importance of the postpartum 4th trimester. In the Chinese tradition this is called the Sitting Moon period which lasts from 30-40 days. In the Jewish tradition it is known as Kimpetorin and lasts from 30-60 days. This is the time to heal and restore. We know if the new mother is cared for in the first month, even if she was not healthy before, her health will be rebuilt.

In this special window of time the mother has healing restorative treatments preformed. This also helps prevent postpartum depression that is so prevalent in our present day culture.

I will explain some of these treatments and what I offer.

Mother Roasting

After giving birth it is essential that the new mom is kept warm for the first 6 weeks. She has lost blood, energy and heat and is depleted. To aid in her recovery and restore energy I do what is called “Mother Roasting”. It is keeping the mother warm specifically using moxa. Moxa is the herb mugwort, it is rolled in a stick and lit. It is held over the skin at certain points on the lower abdomen, lower back and on legs till the area is warmed. The treatment should be repeated often and is experienced as very comfortable, relaxing and revitalizing.

Moxa’s warmth penetrates deeply and is an effective treatment to warm the uterus and softens lumps. It has been shown to help dry up lochia, prevent or treat hemorrhage, shrink the uterus back to normal size and stimulate milk production, it replenishes the mother’s energy and encourages healing.

Chinese Medicinal Herbal Teas

Chinese medicinal teas are used in assisting women in their post partum recovery. For the first week after delivery the mother is given a formula to support milk production and help remove old blood from the uterus, this shortens the length of time that the mother bleeds. Then for the following three weeks the formula is changed to strengthen, build and fortify her
system.

Post Partum Massage

Massage is an important healing tool in post partum care. It helps realign the pelvis, spine, neck and shoulders to relieve soreness, stiffness and pain after birth and from nursing.

Visceral Manipulation

Pregnancy, childbirth and your growing uterus creates extra pressure and displaces vital organs. Visceral Manipulation is a gentle non invasive touch that encourages normal mobility, tone and motion of organs and connective tissue, improving functioning of individual organs and organ systems. Visceral Manipulation has been used in many traditional cultures to facilitate the new mothers healing.

Sitz Baths

Sitz Baths sooth, reduce swelling and heal the micro tears and burning sensation upon urinating that happens after childbirth. Heat increases circulation, which allows the fluids sitting in the tissues to be carried away, while fresh oxygenated blood brings nutrients and speeds healing. A blend of herbs is used in creating the sitz brew.

Experts Pregnancy Panel for the Natural Minded Mama

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Imeinu Pregnancy Panel

Experts Pregnancy Panel for the Natural Minded Mamma

Presented by Imeinu Birth Collective

Organized by Imeinu Doulas Steering Group

Wed, June 11, 2014 7:30 – 9:30pm

Agenda

 

Welcome from our Founder; Wendy Kenin –  Imeinu Birth Collective Mission

Moderator: Shoshana Friedman-Hawk – Panelist Introductions

Panelists: On how their services support pregnancy, labor & early post postpartum

Midwife Lindy Johnson, CNM Alta Bates Hospital

Dr Aumatma Shah, Naturopathic Doctor & Homeopathy, Fertile Vitality Clinic

Allison Palandrani, PT, DPT Pelvic Health and Rehabilitation Center

Karen Josephs DC, Family Chiropractic

Shoshana Uribe  M.S., L.Ac., Manzanita Wellness

Introduction of Imeinu Doulas Steering Group, including IBCLC Lactation Consultants, Therapeutic Postpartum Practitioners, Birth & Postpartum Doulas & Childbirth Educators

Hilah Zohar, on Postpartum Therapeutic Care

Dahlia Frydman, on Lactation Consultation

Audience Q & A

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Bios:

Midwife Lindy Johnson, CNM Alta Bates Hospital

As a midwife of many years at Alta Bates, I am happy to report that natural childbirth is alive and well in the hospital. Choosing a midwife is essential to get the guidance and support you need. I started my practice in home birth and then added hospital birth, bringing the same confidence and commitment to protecting the normal process. I am now doing deliveries just at Alta Bates.  Women come to me from all walks of life. What they and there families share is a desire to be with a provider who will be with them however the journey unfolds, and a belief in birth itself. 510-644-0104 http://www.midwiferyworks.com/

Dr Aumatma Shah, Naturopathic Doctor & Homeopathy, Fertile Vitality Clinic

Dr. Aum is a Naturopathic Doctor and Fertility/ Women’s Health Specialist. Her three month program to Fertility Success leads couples into their first trimester of pregnancy, having generally lesser symptoms and issues– even in older, “high risk” women. The importance of maintaining optimal blood sugar levels, nutrient levels, and other factors are crucial to a healthy pregnancy and a healthy postpartum. Working with diet, nutrition, and homeopathy, Dr. Aum helps women stay healthy through pregnancy towards healthy birth and beyond! Also, Dr. Aum offers lifestyle counseling that can help setup the whole family for an easeful transition when the baby arrives. Dr. Aum is a graduate of UBCNM and has been in practice for close to 10 years. She finds joy in helping create healthy families so that they can enjoy life and fulfill their fullest purpose together. 415-275-1733 http://www.aumatma.com/

 

Karen Josephs DC, Family Chiropractor

Dr. Karen is a family chiropractor, practicing in the East Bay since 1999, and more recently Marin County. She specializes in pediatric chiropractic, pregnancy care and expert wellness care for newborns to elders. She is certified in the Webster Turning protocol, NSA, BGI, BEST and advanced muscle and lymphatic release work. She travels anywhere in the Bay area for home or hospital visits up to 8-weeks postpartum. She is also a trained doula and has attended dozens of births. She lives in San Rafael with her 6-year old daughter and hosts new mama’s groups and alternative parenting support gatherings in her office in Lucas Valley. 415-295-5290 lucasvalleywellness.com

Allison Palandrani, PT, DPT Pelvic Health and Rehabilitation Center

Allison received a bachelor’s degree in exercise science from Sonoma State University and a clinical doctorate in physical therapy from the University of Southern California. She is a physical therapist specializing in pelvic floor dysfunction and treatment at the Pelvic Health and Rehabilitation Center in San Francisco. Allison is an active member of the International Pelvic Pain Society and is involved with community outreach and education in the Bay Area. 510-922-9836 www.pelvicpainrehab.com

Shoshana Uribe, L.Ac. Manzanita Wellness Clinic

Offering support on your journey to greater health and well-being…. Approaching you as a whole person, using acupuncture, herbs, nutrition, massage, and other traditional healing wisdom. I work with a wide variety of diverse health concerns, including but not limited to: women’s health (including fertility/pregnancy/birth/post-partum), holistic pediatrics, digestion/nutrition, musculoskeletal issues, and easing challenges of life transitions by focusing on body, mind, and spirit. Both private and community sessions available. Spanish speakers are welcome. My practice is inspired by the body’s ability to heal and by a strong belief in our interconnectedness with the earth and each other. 510-459-9320 www.manzanitawellness.com

 

Representatives from Imeinu Doulas Steering Group

 

Shoshana Friedman-Hawk, Birth and Postpartum Doula

I firmly believe that as a Doula my role is to support both the birthing mother and her partner in having the birth that they desire. Through education and information, so that they can make informed choices. Through emotional support, so that they have the confidence to believe in themselves and the choices they make. Through physical comfort measures, so that the experience of childbirth can be more fully enjoyed. http://www.encirclingmothers.com/

 

Wendy Kenin, Birth Doula and Imeinu Founder

Wendy Kenin founded Imeinu Birth Collective in 2008 so that she could attend births at night while working and raising her four children during the day. With a passion for attending to the laboring mother, Wendy offers an informed and holistic approach to planning for birth and life transitions. Wendy prides herself in supporting homebirth, birth center, and hospital births while always providing a family-centered, homebirth environment whatever the setting. A certified domestic violence counselor, supporting women and families during birth is one aspect of her advocacy for women’s wellness and social change. Wendy blogs and provides social media “grassroots communications” coaching as Greendoula.

 

Hilah Zohar, Holistic Practitioner

Hilah has been a Birth Doula and Senior Prenatal and Postpartum Bodyworker with Imeinu Birth Collective for the past 5 years. She is pleased to be able to provide specialized personal postpartum healing care in the 4th trimester for new mothers. Hilah’s menu of special services help new moms get back into pre-pregnancy shape, back on their feet faster and regain their strength and energy for years to come. A graduate of San Francisco College of Acupuncture, Hilah has apprenticed and worked with many prominent practitioners. She has been a practitioner of Chinese Medicine Techniques and Herbal Remedies, Moxibustion, Swedish Massage, Lymphatic Massage Therapy and Visceral Manipulation for three decades. She attends women at any life stage, including but not limited to prenatal, birth, and postpartum. www.hilahzohar.com

 

Dahlia Frydman, IBCLC, ACHI Master Doula, NRP, PpD, Sleep Specialist

Mother, birth specialist, Licensed IBCLC Lactation Consultant, Sleep Specialist, naturalist and educator. Accredited by ACHI; Master Doula, Midwifery Assistant & NRP Certified. Practicing in Los Angeles since 2002. “From my perspective birth is a time of great trust and respect of nature’s wisdom, we allow the process to unfold. It is one of the most sacred and awe inspiring experiences of life. Attending to the mother to- be is a privilege and a joy I continually give thanks for.” 510-255-5885 http://www.youridealbirth.com/

 

Lori Jaffe

Lori Jaffe, a DONAtrainedBirth and Postpartum Doula, has facilitated diverse and empowering births in homes, birth centers and hospitals, throughout San Francisco and the East Bay. Lori’s comprehensive knowledge stems from her work as an administrator in the postpartum unit at Berkeley’s Alta Bates hospital. The mother of 3 children, Lori is also a substitute preschool teacher, co-owner of Oakland’s legendary Grand Bakery and is a trained massage therapist. https://imeinu.wordpress.com/doulas/

 

Barbara Wener, Birth and Postpartum Doula

A Labor & Postpartum Doula, Baby Planner and Placenta Specialist, Barbara lives in Concord and serves the San Francisco East Bay, Napa/Sonoma, and Marin. http://www.dodabarbara.com/

This event was coordinated by the Imeinu Steering Group members

Dahlia Frydman

Shoshana Friedman-Hawk

Hilah Zohar

Lori Jaffe

Barbara Wener

Wendy Kenin, Founder

Imeinu Birth Collective

imeinudoulas@gmail.com

https://imeinu.wordpress.com/

(510) 629-9346

How Dilated Am I? Assessing Dilation in Labor WITHOUT an Internal Exam

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by Sarah Vine

It’s the magic question weighing on most laboring mothers’ minds: (as well as the minds of her partner or birth attendants!) How much longer? Is there any way to tell how far along I am in the birthing process? I’ve seen mothers beg for an internal exam and then be gutted about the answer (What? ONLY 4cm STILL!?) and suddenly *poof* she looses her resolve. It’s akin to having a test and finding out you’ve failed it, in front of your loved ones as well as complete strangers. Everyone knows this feeling is not conducive to labor – suddenly doubt and fear slide in and the laboring mother feels tense. Her oxytocin levels (our body’s natural pain-killer and labor inducer) take a nose dive and immediately she feels much more pain and she starts to run away from the contractions.

Happily, there are a number of external cues that can help you and birth partners get clued in to how much labor is advancing. Some are more subtle than others, but if you are ignoring the clock and keeping focused on staying in tune with your body, you will see them. Listen, embrace, wait.  Enjoy the way it responds! It is amazing what it can do, this body that God gave you.

1. Sound. The way you talk changes from stage to stage in labor. With the first contractions, you can speak during them if you try, or if something surprises you, or if someone says something you strongly disagree with. You may be getting into breathing and moving and ignoring people – but if you really want to you can raise your head and speak in a normal voice. When the contraction disappears you can chat and laugh at people’s jokes and move about getting preparations done. During established labor, There is very little you can do to speak during a contraction. You feel like resting in between, you are not bothered what people are doing around you. As you near transition and birth, you seem to go to ‘another’ level of awareness – it’s almost like a spiritual hideaway. You may share this with someone else, staring into their eyes with each surge, or you may close them and go into yourself. In between surges you stay in this place. It is imperative for birth assistants and partners to stay quiet and support the sanctity of this space: there are no more jokes, and should be as little small talk as possible. Suddenly, the sounds start to change involuntarily: you may have been vocalizing before (moaning, talking and expressing your discomfort, singing, etc) or you may have been silent. Listen – there are deep gutteral sounds along with everything you have heard before, just slipping in there. You are about to start pushing.

2. Smell. There is a smell to birth, that hits towards the end of dilation, during intense labor, just before birth. It is a cross between mown hay and semen and dampness. It has a fresh, yet enclosed quality, and is pervasive. The Navelgazing Midwife has also observed this scent and writes about it here.

3. IrrationalityI love this clue – it often is a sign of transition. It always makes me smile, and I always warn women about this phenomenon so that when we hit it during labor I can remind them that what they’ve just said is irrational, and that I told her this would happen, and here it is! Relax, it means we’re nearing the end. Sometimes a mother will say she wants to go home, she is done now she’ll come back and do this later, she wants to put on her trousers and coat and go out the door. A mother who wants a natural birth and has been coping brilliantly will suddenly say she was crazy and needs pain killers right now, or that she didn’t want another baby anyways, who said they wanted a baby? Some will just curl up and say they’re going to sleep now. If she does this, that’s okay. The contractions may die down, get farther apart, and maybe she (and the baby) will get a few minutes of sleep. This slowed down transition sometimes freaks out doctors or hospital midwives and pitocin is offered – try to see if you can put them off for half an hour. Send every one out, lie on your left side propped up by pillows and have a little nap before pushing; it is such a wonderful gift.

4. Feel. Here come some of the more fun tools that you might not have heard of before! Think about the shape of the uterus. Before labor, the muscle of the uterus is thick evenly around all sides, above, below, behind. As the cervix starts thinning and dilating, all that muscle has to go somewhere – it bunches up at that top. The top of the uterus thickens dramatically the more the cervix opens. During a contraction, at the beginning of labor, check how many fingers you can fit between the fundus (top of your bump) and the bra line – you will be able to fit 5 fingers. As the top of the fundus rises higher during labor, you will fit fewer and fewer fingers. When you can fit 3 fingers, I usually tell mothers they can think about going into hospital as they will find they are around 5cm dilated. At 1 finger, you are fully dilated. (Awesome, huh! Here is a blog post by a woman who describes in great detail checking her own cervix just before she went into labor.)

5. Look. There is something called the ‘bottom line’, which is shadow that extends from the anus up towards the back along the crease of the buttocks. It begins as 1cm and lengthens to 10cm, and it’s length correlates with cervical dilation. Why not look down there before inviting a stranger to put their fingers up inside you? It makes sense to me. Here is current research verifying the existence of the bottom line, and in their trial it was measurable and had acceptable accuracy for 76% of women checked.

6. Gooey Stuff. Also known as bloody show; there is usually one at around 2-3 cm dilation, and it can happen during the beginning of labor or a few days before hand. Sometimes it’s hard to know what is or isn’t a show, since during the days before labor the amount of vaginal mucus increases in preparation and this can be confusing. A show is up to a couple of tablespoons in quantity, so quite a lot. It can be clear, but is usually streaked with pink, brown, or bright blood. If there is more than a couple of tablespoons of blood then you do need to go straight into hospital to make sure the placenta is not detaching, but if there is just a bit and then it stops, then it is just show. There is a SECOND show at around 8cm dilation. This second show means that birth is near.

7. Opening of the Back. This is just at the spot where your birth partner has been doing lower back massage, at the area above the tailbone. It is a little smaller than palm sized, rather kite-shaped area that bulges out during pushing. At this point you’ve waited too long to go into hospital, and you need to refer to my last post, 4 rules of what to do when delivering a baby!

8. Check yourself. Okay, so technically this one is an internal check, but it done by YOU. You don’t have to announce the results or write them down: it is not an exam. To me it’s obvious that as the owner of your body, you have more of a right than anyone else to feel comfortable with it and understand how it works. It is best to get to know what your own cervix feels like from early on in your pregnancy, if not before, and then to keep a regular check on what feels normal. If you do this through out your pregnancy you will keep your flexibility into the 9th month. This is also an excellent time to remind you to not neglect perineal massage since you’re already down there! Check out the website My Beautiful Cervix to see photos and descriptions of what a cervix should feel like. At 1 cm you can fit the tip of one finger inside. Use a ruler to practice discerning how many centimeters dilation feels like, measuring with your pointer and middle finger. This visual aid is also a cute way to imagine dilation. NOTE: Always, always, always wash your hands thoroughly beforehand, up to the elbows, for 4 minutes at least. Do not assess your own dilation after your waters have gone.

For more labor tips and information about external assessment of dilation, I recommend finding a copy of Anada Lowe’s book, The Doula Guide to Birth, Secrets Every Pregnant Woman Should Know.  This is one book packed with practical and useful information!

This post first appeared at Helping Mothers Give Birth Joyfully Without Fear: A doula in California blog by Sarah Vine.

Sitz Herbs in the Doula’s Birth Bag; One Midwife’s Perspective

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by Deborah Simone, Midwife

All of us have been taught that after the birth of a baby we should put an ice pack on the Mama’s bottom. But truth be told, this is a fairly new Western medical practice, that once closely examined, turns out to be lacking in value & is actually somewhat harmful.

In Chinese medicine, the teaching is to heat the mothers after the birth. Many indigenous cultures also have some form of Mother Roasting- keeping the mother & baby very warm, feeding them hot soups or gruels and keeping the Mother/Baby dyad secluded for some weeks after the birth. When we look at these practices from an anthropological perscpective, we recognize that they must impart some benefit to the individuals, as well as the community, or they would not have become codified into the culture.

While many of us birth workers are aware of these practices and may even incorporate them into our postpartum protocols, most of us still continue to put ice packs on Mamas’ bottoms, without applying our critical analysis to this one small piece of the process.

While applying ice to cool a hot nerve, or for use as a numbing agent has some value, it has no business on woman’s yoni after birth. Instead, following the Chinese way of applying a hot tea of soothing herbs is much more beneficial & effective. Heat increases circulation, which allows the fluids sitting in the tissues to be carried away, while fresh oxygenated blood brings nutrients and speeds healing. If we accept that blood placed in a freezer will solidify, what do we think happens to tissues full of fluids when we keep icing them? Far from being beneficial or even benign, this procedure keeps Mama bottoms from healing as well or quickly as they might otherwise.

At a homebirth, we delay assessing the perineum in the two hours post birth. (This assumes no excessive bleeding that needs to be dealt with). During that time we are placing fresh hot compresses on the Mama’s bottom every 10 to 15 minutes. What we have discovered since implementing this procedure is, that by two hours, much of the swelling is gone and often a tear that looked like it would require stitches will lie together so nicely, it is hard to see, even when the Mama’s legs are splayed open during the exam.

Obviously incorporating the use of these herbs is well within the Doula scope of practice, but will require a bit of adaptation, especially for hospital births. It would be very easy to put together a postpartum packet for a small fee for the clients: 1.5 cups of the herbs, 1 muslin tea bag and 1 dozen wash-clothes (to be cut up).

I can see a couple of possibilities for the preparation of the herbs. Doulas who meet their laboring clients at hospital could prep the herbs at their own home, cut up the wash-clothes and bring the herb tea already hot, in a thermos to the hospital. A second batch would be made for the client once she returned home and kept hot in a crock pot.

If the Doula is with her client at home prior to birth, herbs could be prepped there, as well as setting up everything for the client’s return home.

It is understood that at hospital, the assessment of tissues after birth is not going to be delayed for two hours, and in fact, probably not at all. We can barely get them to wait 3 minutes to cut the cord! But this does not mean the tea would be any less effective. Once the doctor or Midwife has finished suturing, the Doula would simply remind the nurse that, in her birth plan, the Mother declined to use ice pacs in favor of hot compresses and begin applying them, while the Mama is helping her baby find the breast. This is also a great way for the Doula to be close to Mother/Baby, able to unobtrusively observe, offer suggestions and assist with promoting latch.

Supplies & Instructions

The herbs: Uva Ursi, Yarrow, Plantain leaf, Sage leaf, Witch hazel leaf, Comfrey leaf & root

Sea salt

1 dozen wash-clothes: 4 cut in 1/2, the remainder cut into quarters.

1 muslin tea bag with draw string

16-20 oz Thermos

Client’s home set up:

Crock pot

1 clean long-neck bottle w/a funnel (like a Martinelli’s bottle)

Peri Bottle (Mama brings home from hospital)

Container with lid for discarding used rags

Place 1/2 herbs into muslin tea bag, tie w/a bow (you will need to undo it to make the 2nd batch)

Bring 1qt water to boil, turn heat to lowest possible setting, add tea bag. Cover and allow to steep for several hours. Fill thermos, and bring it with the eight 1/2 wash-clothes to hospital. After repairs are done, fold the clothes in thirds length-wise and pour tea long-ways down the center. Make it wet, but not dripping. Test on Mama’s thigh as tolerance is individual. Lay over her yoni, discard and change every 10-15 mins. This will take you thru the first two hours postpartum, after which the Mother/Baby will be ready to go to sleep.

Before going to hospital, empty the tea bag, rinse and hang somewhere to dry. When meeting the Mother/Baby at home for your 1st postpartum visit, refill the tea bag with the rest of the herbs, place it in her crock pot, cover with boiling water. Set the crock on Keep Warm. Instruct client to leave tea bag in pot and simply add water as level drops. The crock and the rest of the cut wash-clothes go in the bathroom.

Fill the Martinelli’s bottle with the tea. Explain to the Mama that she should use this to fill her peri bottle 1/3, then add hot water, to make a warm wash for cleansing after pee or poo. After she goes to toilet, she should take a rag, fold it into thirds length-wise, dip into the crock, using the lid to press out excess tea. She places this on her bottom for 2+/- minutes, discards & repeats the process one or two more times. The rags can be washed as often as necessary, but must not be re-dipped. The Mama will do this for between 3 and 10 days, depending on her tear & individual constitution with regards to healing time.

Rebozo Workshop with Gena Kirby Aug 25, 2013 Berkeley

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Register: http:/bit.ly/rebozoworkshop

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/395057493932677

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Contacts:
Wendy Kenin, Founder, Imeinu Doulas 510-504-4937
Samsarah Morgan, Founder, Birth Professionals of the Bay Area 510-496-3491

Video Testimonials of the Workshop from Berkeley Participants

Photos in Imeinu’s  Flickr Set:

Berkeley Ca Rebozo Workshop with Gena Kirby

Social image set on Imeinu’s facebook page:

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