Scotland

To explore how to use stories to prepare for and heal from birth – and make meaning of other parts of your life – expecting and new parents can reach out to a Birthing From Within mentor or doula, and birth professionals can register for Birthing From Within training.   Stories called me to Scotland. Legends of ancient…

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threshold

Birthing From Within wouldn’t exist without community. I’ve found that community is the thread that holds us together and helps us find our way back home. Regardless of where we are on our paths – experienced mentor or brand-new – we all benefit from the community that Birthing From Within offers us, and we can…

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limmud festival

I was introduced to the art of storytelling about eight years ago through the Birthing From Within childbirth educator and doula training programs. I could not have predicted then that the storytelling skills I was learning would eventually provide a pathway for cultural and ancestral connection to my Jewish ethnicity and identity. In 2016, I…

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threshold

As I drove to join a group of other birth workers at the Crossing the Threshold workshop in Seattle in October, I found myself feeling apprehensive about what lay ahead. This was partly because I lacked a clear understanding of exactly what we would be doing over the weekend. The introductory emails had been missing…

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ghost ranch birth story listening retreat shadows

In November 2018, a group of amazing birth workers gathered at Ghost Ranch, in Abiquiu, New Mexico to journey deep into the world of Birth Story Listening with our fearless guides Pam England, Nikki Shaheed, and Nicole Tricarico. We came from all corners of the USA and around the world.  We brought with us expertise…

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black birth matters 2018

On October 27, 2018, my fellow facilitator Koyuki Smith and I presented a Birthing From Within workshop at the Black Birth Matters conference, organized by the Birthmark Doula Collective in New Orleans. The theme of the conference was “Mind over Matter: Mental Health and Mothering.” The title of our presentation was “Learning Through Listening: Using…

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decolonize birth conference

Two weekends ago, I attended the third annual Decolonize Birth conference in Brooklyn, NY. Decolonize Birth is run by Ancient Song Doula Services, a community-based full-spectrum doula collective and training organization founded by Chanel Porchia-Albert. This year’s conference title was “Addressing the Criminalization of Black and Brown People within the Healthcare System.” I was only…

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