Volume 1, Issue 3
Hope you are enjoying some time with your family and friends and keeping a good balance with work and your business. 159 people, took trainings in July and we just keep growing by leaps and bounds. There are 25 trainings on the calendar for the month of August.
We are busy getting ready for Conference – Share The Vision 2016. The deadline to register and pay your balances off is August 24th, 2016. If you are looking for a roommate at the Crowne Plaza – reach out to Lauren McKee (816 460-6621) at the hotel and she will take care of that for you. Also, don’t forget to buy your booster or ad for the program. Wouldn’t it be nice to recognize someone or just send them some love, you can do it on the website or contact Denise or I.
Don’t forget to renew your membership – it expires one year after the first day of your first training. Don’t miss out on all of the benefits from ProDoula and the exciting and important things that go on in the Facebook groups. If your membership has expired, you will be removed from all groups and the ProDoula website after 90 days.
Keep up all the great work you are doing and keep sharing those accomplishments – we are so proud of you and are looking forward to celebrating those successes at Conference.
“In order to succeed, we must first believe that we can.”
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Dr. Cindy Laudan-Ho DTCM, RAc, PPPS – Hidden Valley Health Center
Placentophagy is a normal practice within traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). Considered a herb known as zi he che, it is found in texts used singularly or in combination with different medicinal formulas.
According to the Chinese Herbal Medicine Materia Medica (Bensky, Clavey and Stöger 806), human placenta has characteristics such as warming the kidney yang Qi, tonifying Qi of the lung and kidney meridians and strengthening blood and essence. Blood and essence are naturally depleted during pregnancy and child birth. Our body’s Qi also naturally declines through the process of labor.
According to TCM, placentophagy has key properties to help in the recovery by nourishing your body’s Qi and blood post-partum. Symptoms such as emaciation, insufficient lactation, pallor features, post-partum depression and night sweats can be alleviated.
Breast milk is made from Qi and blood. If these are deficient, milk supply with be low or non-existent. Qi and blood deficiency also leads to hair, skin and nail changes, decreased mental functioning (you may have troubles focusing or concentrating), sleep disturbances, digestion problems, emotional imbalances, etc. Keeping your body strong in both Qi and blood will not only help with postpartum, it will also keep you healthy for future pregnancies and everyday life (Qiu Mao-liang, 331).
The TCM saying states “Qi moves blood; blood moves Qi”. This balance and harmony between the two, like yin and yang, are required for our bodies to function properly. Emotions during pregnancy and labor, such as worry and nervousness, can disturb our flow of Qi through the liver meridian. Our liver meridian controls blood and is an important factor in our emotions as its proper circulation will balance them out (Deadman, Al-Khafaji and Baker 472).
As women naturally menstruate and have some form of bleeding post-partum, it is common for women to suffer from liver blood deficiency. Therefore, consuming your placenta after delivery can aid in post-partum depression as it strengthens the liver meridians Qi and blood.
In TCM, our Kidneys are related to our essence (which comes from the union of egg and sperm). This essence matures with us as we grow, and naturally declines as we age. When kidney Qi is strong, fertility, pregnancy, child birth and postpartum healing are more efficient. If a woman does not go into her pregnancy with an already existing strong kidney essence, it is especially important for her to consume her placenta postpartum as recovery will be more difficult.
Long term consequences of kidney deficiency will become an issue if left untreated. It is also believed in TCM, that a mother’s uterus postpartum is cold. The placenta naturally tonifies kidney yang qi, thereby warming the uterus.
Is your client still wondering if placentophagy is for them? My theory is that it is worth trying it versus not trying and not having another opportunity. It is important to note that every woman’s body produces different amounts of hormones, and how healthy your body was before, during and after pregnancy can alter the transitions each woman sees.
In my experience with my patients, consuming their placenta greatly increases their postpartum recovery. Having this extra support is a wonderful compliment to the acupuncture and moxibustion treatments I also do on my postpartum moms. I have yet to see a mom who wasn’t satisfied with her increased energy while sleep deprived with a newborn! I receive so much gratitude from the families I have worked with, which makes me appreciate the skills I have acquired and my ability to help others.
I came into TCM wanting to treat the root condition of my patients, to truly make a difference in their lives. I’ve never wanted to be a band aid. Taking the postpartum placenta encapsulation course with ProDoula was a huge endorsement to my existing practice as it introduced me to more midwives and doulas than I had worked with before.
I am more frequently called to births for pain management and/or last minute turning of the baby, and then I am gifted with the amazing opportunity to continue working with the new parents via placenta encapsulation and at home acupuncture. ProDoula supports my beliefs on the importance of preparing the encapsulation in the client’s home. Not only for the safety and cleanliness, but also because I do not expect new mother’s to drive to my clinic for their postpartum treatments. Working in their home provides me with an opportunity to do both.
Within this community, I am able to support more families than I could have done on my own. I am so grateful to be able to work with each and every one of you.
Bensky, Dan, Steven Clavey, and Erich Stöger. Chinese Herbal Medicine: Materia Medica. Seattle, WA: Eastland, 2004. Print 806-807.
Chiu, Mao-liang, and Liang-yu Li. Chinese Acupuncture and Moxibustion. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone, 1993. Print 331.
Deadman, Peter, Mazin Al-Khafaji, and Kevin Baker. A Manual of Acupuncture. Hove, East Sussex, England: Journal of Chinese Medicine Publications, 2007. Print 472.
Enning, Cornelia, and Cheryl K. Smith. Placenta: The Gift of Life: The Role of the Placenta in Different Cultures, and How to Prepare and Use It as Medicine. Eugene, Or.: Motherbaby, 2007. Print.
Professionalism. Compassion. Motivation. Encouragement. Relevance. Positioned to succeed.
These words sum up how ProDoula presented itself to me and what ProDoula led me to as I trained for certification.
As a veteran certified doula of 14 years I was at a crossroads of potential growth in my doula endeavors. By stepping up my game I could make this parttime venture a fulltime sustainable career. I could choose to stay where I was, or grow.
I went to an Advanced Business Training and met ProDoula’s Randy Patterson. She spoke from her heart, raw stuff. She talked to us about how this heart work could be sustainable work. What did I learn?
Professionalism and compassion – they are not incompatible, and in our business they are necessities. I also came away with encouragement, strategies and tools to implement to grow – not just my business, but as a confident businesswoman as well.
My personal business plans were formulating and the path was going only forward and up. I had the feeling that I wanted to do more. In my doula community I had always encouraged and supported other doulas in their work. Many local doulas did not see that the passion they felt to serve birthing families could also sustain their own income needs. They were working, but burning out.
I wanted to grow my personal business and also provide opportunities for others to find a sustainable path in birth work.
My vision grew, and my solo doula practice became a doula agency, and the opportunity to serve more birthing families in our community, and a way to provide opportunities for others interested in doula work to succeed.
I attended both labor and postpartum doula trainings as I began my preparation to be certified with ProDoula.
Why did I choose ProDoula?
On the web-site I found “The goal of ProDoula is to elevate the role of doulas to a professional level in the eyes of expectant parents, medical professionals, and doulas themselves…”. “A ProDoula will provide judgment free support to mothers and families.” These words showed me birth workers striving to provide compassionate support to birthing women and families, while promoting sustainability in career.
Compassion and ingredients for sustainability, that was what I wanted, and what I found in ProDoula.
The labor and postpartum trainings provided impeccable training materials, and insightful information for supporting new mothers and families, how to attune to their individual needs, and how to provide nonjudgmental care.
In Labor training, besides everything a doula needs to know about birth and supporting a birthing mother, we discussed the importance of positive communication with care providers. The material was relevant and comprehensive.
In Postpartum training we discussed the needs of a new family, infant care, feeding, sleeping, soothing techniques, and techniques and ideas that can be implemented to help the new family feel confident and comfortable. We learned to listen and be aware of signals that might mean the new family could benefit from professional health or community service referrals. Attunement was stressed again – to the new family, their goals and needs, and providing support in a way that complimented those goals and needs. Beyond the in person trainings, additional research, study and writings were included in the certification process.
After both trainings it was made very clear that our trainer was available to us at any time moving forward as a source of continued encouragement, ideas and information. The trainer gave us contact information and encouraged us to follow up with her even after we completed our certification. We were given access to a group of other doulas working towards or that had completed certification so that we could share and grow together.
How to provide compassionate nonjudgmental care. Up to date relevant business growing practices. Professional presence. Solid foundation with encouragement to soar. That is what you attain through ProDoula training and certification. I would encourage anyone interested in doula work, whether new or veteran, to contact ProDoula and start building a solid future.
Stacy K. Ash,
owner of Heartland Doulas
Labor & Postpartum Trainer – Owner Toronto Family Doulas
What is the most embarrassing thing that’s happened at a training?
This is a hard one as I’m not easily embarrassed! I can tell you my funniest moment. I was at a labor training and was trying to describe the moment of walking into a birth (I arrive quietly, take off my coat, put my bag down and slip into the birth and observe) and multiple times said: ‘I arrive at the birth, take off my clothes…’ I made sure to emphasize that the professional doula definitely remains clothed while on the job!
Share with us the moment you realized the importance of doula work.
Really early in my career I supported a family having a second baby and their toddler had passed about a year before. Both parents were really struggling and the dad, especially, had been very absent during this pregnancy and wasn’t guaranteed to be at the birth. Hiring a doula took a lot of pressure off of him and allowed him to grieve and find a way to be there for his wife and new son. That birth was so amazing and healing for that family and simply by providing non-judgmental support and meeting them both where they were at, I was able to be a part of it.
Share with us an epiphany you had at your own doula training.
It boils down to #iamenough. My first training was postpartum and I was talking about how important the listening and DISC skills are to our work. So much of postpartum work is that emotional piece and there was something about teaching it for the first time that really drove home for me that I am enough. As a person, as a doula, a business owner, a trainer. That moment will always stay with me.
Mac n’ cheese! (Bonus points if accompanied by a craft beer)
I don’t have a favourite. I love seeing colours together, how they complement each other, how I can match them, how they look in my space. I do tend to like them bright and bold.
Must have item when traveling to a training.
Good coffee and a portable pour-over drip coffee maker.
As a trainer you spend a lot of time on airplanes traveling from training to training. What is your favorite thing to do when sitting on a plane?
Tuck my bags under the seat, double-check if there is a charger and wifi on the plane and put in my seatbelt. I often make small talk with my neighbour until we get up in the air, and then I get down to work!
14 year old son of Denise Foreman – ProDoula Trainer and ProDoula Executive Coordinator of Training
How long has your mom been a doula?
What is the best part about your mom being a doula?
The best part about my mom being a doula is knowing that she’s helping women bring people into the world.
What are/were the downsides to your mom being a doula?
She’s gone a lot.
What is something you do when your mom is gone for a long time at a birth?
We go to Burger King or go buy junk food at the grocery store and go out to watch what my mom calls “stupid boy movies” like X Men.
ProDoula is proud to honor Ashley Stebbins as the 1st American 4 Star Award Winner. Ashley has successfully completed certification in all four of our certification programs and joins Meaghan Grant as the 2nd ever 4 Star Award Winner.
Ashley is the owner of Music City Doulas and is certified as a labor doula, postpartum doula, postpartum placenta specialist and ProDoula certified childbirth educator!