Workshops and Community Events

Over the past 10 years Birthing Hands has been a pivotal source of community programs, classes workshops and events focused on global and traditional birthing issues, pre-conception, pregnancy birth, post partum, parenting, and reproductive rights trainings for the local birthing community. 

Our 2016 schedule is being developed but here are a few of what’s planned for this year:  

January

Expect the Unexpected 4-day workshop with Vicki Penwell, CPM

This four-day intensive seminar gives interactive and hands-on training for credentialed midwives on successfully handing complications in the antepartum, intrapartum, postpartum and newborn periods, including  pharmacology, emergency skills, and working collaboratively to optimize home to hospital transports.

April

Matriz y Concha: A Lifelong Self Womb Care with Panquetzani Tichil
An intensive 2-day workshop on teaching womb wellness practices for enhancing your feminine vitality with the women our local community. This hands-on course offers you practical tools for reproductive health inspired  by Mesoamerican, Mexican Traditional Medicine (MTM) and modern holistic teachings.

Why Not Home Washington DC Premiere
“Why not Home” tells the stories of doctors, nurses, and midwives who have attended hundreds of hospital births, yet chose to have their children at home. Through the experiences of these women, both at home and in the hospital, we gain unique insights into risk, safety, and the experience of home birth childbirth in America.

June

Traditional Chinese Medicine Perspectives on Well Women, Preconception, Conception, Pregnancy, Birth and Postpartum - Diane Gioioso, Certified by National Council of Colleges of  Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM)

This 3-part class is an introduction to basic Chinese medical understanding of gynecology and obstetrics.  It also will draw from the practical knowledge of Chinese midwifery.

October

An Afternoon with Nicole Jean Baptiste, Oral Historian

Listen to audio clips collected for Nicole's thesis, A Long Line of  Healers: Tracking the Evolution of Birthing Practices Among Women of African Descent and its Connection to the History of Traditional Midwifery in the American South. These are Black women’s voices speaking on intergenerational experiences with and issues surrounding childbirth and their relationship to the history and legacy of traditional birthing practitioners in the American South. 

November

Home Birth Doula Skills Workshop with Claudia Booker, CPM

This 12-hour hands-on workshop is designed to prepare birth doulas with the tools and skills to provide extended labor support services to home birthing families and the strategies to work cooperatively with the home birth midwifery team.

December

Midwife Birth Assistant Workshop with Claudia Booker, CPM

This 21/2-day hands-on workshop is designed to prepare advanced level birth doulas with the tools and skills to serve as an assistant to a home birth midwife at a 36 week prenatal home visit, home birth and the strategies to work cooperatively with the home birth midwifery team, Experience in breastfeeding support, childbirth education and other birth skills are important.

December or  January 2017

Movie-A-Thon:  5 Movies $10.00  --- Let It Snow! 

Spend the entire day, or come and go as you please.  Enjoy five movies that focus on global and traditional birthing issues, pre-conception, pregnancy, birth, post partum, parenting, and reproductive rights trainings for the local birthing community.  Brief discussions and activities on local birth resources will be featured in between the films.