April is Cesarean Awareness Month and have we got a birth story for you! Join us tonight with our guest Tara Wineki-Smith who will be sharing her Vaginal Birth After Cesarean story.
Karen Brody is a writer and women’s well-being and leadership advocate. Her book, DARING TO REST: Reclaim Your Power with Yoga Nidra Rest Meditation, has been called a “masterpiece,” “simply brilliant,” and a 40-day program that “makes yoga nidra relevant and accessible to 21st-century women, who may need this practice more than any previous generation.” She is the founder of DaringtoRest.com, a website focused on training visionaries interested in sharing the message of Daring to Rest™ with women. Karen is also a playwright, and Birth, her theater-for-social-change play, has been seen in over 75 cities around the world, and raised over $1,000,000 to improve maternity care. She is the mother of two boys and met her husband in the Peace Corps. She resides in Washington, DC, but considers the world home.
Holly Milkowski has been a Director for Intact Houston and Intact Texas as well as author of the breastfeeding blog Mama’s Milk, No Chaser since 2014. After receiving a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication/Journalism from U of H, she started a family – which includes her two unschooled sons, ages 5 and 2, her husband of seven years, and her two rescue dogs. Holly is also involved in animal rights activism, promotion of childbirth education, and helps direct Intact Vegan Network.
Amber Clark has worked with Intact Houston since 2016. She has a bachelor’s degree in Education and in Nursing and enjoys spending time with her husband and four young children. She is a licensed childbirth educator and nurse for Jackie Griggs CNM at Midwife in the Heights and is extremely passionate about all things birth related. She has dedicated her career in nursing to educating all parents on making informed decisions in the care of their sons and daughters
We’re celebrating World Doula Week by covering all things doula. Benefits, advantages and a bit about exactly what doulas do. We also cover a bit about our practices to inspire aspiring doulas!
March is Birth Psychology Month and Barbara Decker, Certified Prenatal Bonding (BA) Facilitator and Advisor Prenatal Pregnancy (CAPPA), educated us about the fascinating topic of Birth Psychology.
How would YOU, as a kid, have liked an environment that permitted playing with fire? Hammering? Sawing? Being able to explore, take risks as YOU see fit? Want this experience for your child, an adventure under watchful, trained eyes? It’s called an Adventure Playground and our community has 1 of 6 in the country!
Afua Hassan, Midwife, at The Birthing Place, joins us for Black History Month. We talk about some of our Houston midwives – Alberta Jordan, Margaret Smith, Mercy Inyang, Ayanna Ade – and the contributions they have made to midwifery and to our heritage.
Kristin Britt shares the story of Alice’s birth.
LaShonta Edwards, A Mother’s Sanctuary: Post-Partum
It’s supposed to be the happiest of times, but for up to 10% of pregnant women and 15% of postpartum women, the joy is lost in a haze of depression and anxiety. Families often suffer in shame and silence. A Mother’s Sanctuary is working to support these families in our community.
Karen H. Strange is a Certified Professional Midwife and an American Academy of Pediatrics/Neonatal Resuscitation Program Instructor, since 1992.
She is founder of the Integrative Resuscitation of the Newborn workshop, which includes the physiology of newborn transition, the evidence-based studies having to do with neonatal resuscitation, and the “when, why and how” to do neonatal resuscitation in a non-traumatizing way. She incorporates the baby’s experience of birth and tools for healing when things do not go as planned. She has taught over 8,500 people worldwide.