Food As Medicine (FAM) 2020 Event in New Jersey

By Cathy Daub, PT CD, CCE (BWI) | January 30, 2020

“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”  Hippocrates SOLD OUT!  120 people attend our very successful Food As Medicine event held in NJ on January 25, 2020.   People attended from all walks of life, wanting to know more about how to improve their health through the food they eat.  The message […]

Journey Into the World of Nurturescience!

By Cathy Daub, PT CD, CCE (BWI) | January 30, 2020

Journey Into the World of Nurturescience! Become Registered As A Kangaroula! March 21-22, 2020 in Medford, NJ (12 miles from Philadelphia)  “Behavior is Place Dependent.”  “What is an innate fetal agenda?”  “What are primal behaviors?”  “What does brain regulation and dysregulation look like?” “ What happens to a baby when there is an allostatic load?”  […]

Babies, Birth, Bonding, and Beyond – What’s Love Got to do With it?

By Dear-Healey, Ph.D., PPNE, CCE(BWI), Doula(BWI), TICP | December 30, 2019

What does love have to do with babies, birth, bonding, and the rest of our lives? The answer is, quite a lot. In fact, love has the potential for impacting how we are conceived, how we experience pregnancy and birth, as well our ability to engage in successful relationships. Moreover, our capacity for love, or […]

Birth in Today’s Media: Finding Help Without the Hype

By Allison Hayek | December 19, 2019

“The Media” as a term encompasses all channels of content prepared for the express purpose of being sold to consumers, to encourage them to consume the information or entertainment. This includes everything from traditional news outlets of TV and newspaper (which sell commercials) to movies and television shows to sponsored content on social media sites […]

Pain and Pleasure – Flip Sides of the Same Coin

By Cathy Daub, PT CD, CCE (BWI) | December 19, 2019

What would your life be like if you knew only day but not night. Or what if you only knew hot, and not cold? Or what if you knew only sadness, and not happiness. What if there were only male and not female? Being born into the world means being born into duality. Duality simply […]

The Impact of Fear, Stress and Anxiety during Pregnancy and Birth on Women and Infants

By Dear-Healey, Ph.D., PPNE, CCE(BWI), Doula(BWI), TICP | November 25, 2019

by Sally Dear-Healey, Ph.D., PPNE, CCE (BWI), CD (BWI), TICP Research shows that “both psychosocial stress and pregnancy-specific stresses can have marked effects on pregnancy, maternal health, and human development across the lifespan.”  Moreover, both animal and human studies suggest that activation of what is referred to as the “maternal stress response” and resulting changes […]

The Importance of Why

By Brittany McCollum CCE(BWI), CD(Dona) | October 28, 2019

One of the beauties of a strong and vibrant community of birth workers is that our conversations quickly delve into conceptual yet crucial topics such as human rights in birth, the effects of language and persona on confidence, power dynamics in the laboring room.  This talk brings us, as birth professionals, to a higher plane […]

What is Birthpedia and How is it Changing the World of Birth?

By Birthpedia | October 28, 2019

A qualified resource where the worlds of hospital, birth center, and homebirth co-exist? A place where parents’ choices are respected, where information isn’t condemning, but enlightening? A resource like that simply didn’t exist… until now. In this post, you will learn how Birthpedia is changing the way information about birth is being presented and why […]

Accepting Fully Who We Are

By Cathy Daub, PT CD, CCE (BWI) | September 30, 2019

Our Birth Doula training is very comprehensive and includes not only Optimal Pelvic Positioning and “The Four Principles,” but also ways in which to enhance character development.  One of the ways we do this is by having our students complete the BirthWorks Doula Journal Workbook in which one of the exercises is to write responses […]

“The Baby Comes Out the Back” – Birth Story

By Krista Haggerty | September 30, 2019

by Krista Haggerty, BWI Trainee I was 40 weeks and 6 days pregnant when I woke at 6am to my waters breaking.  It was a small trickle, but I knew today would be the day we would meet our third child.  I woke my husband, text my doula, and called my midwife.  Since this would […]