The Silent Birthkeeper: An Introduction to True Midwifery

10 April –  4 December 2022

A 9-month online journey exploring a pathway to True Midwifery.

In collaboration with Well Mama and Humanly, this is a 9 month True Midwifery online course with once a month live Zoom meetings and regular personal contact via the True Midwifery Telegram group where we connect and discuss the topics and offer support.

We will meet every first Sunday of the month from 3pm – 6pm SAST (GMT+2).

Certification Date will be on the 5th of March 2023.

I have put this course together to share my own journey, learning, stories and findings on this path of studying midwifery, being a birth attendant and mother. I humbly invite you to come, listen, learn and share together. Together we weave our threads together, keeping the tapestry of birth and birthkeeping alive.

This is a course for aspiring midwives, interested doulas, women and mothers who want to explore and investigate for themselves whether this path is something they would like to consider further.

Via professionally recorded video, audio, written support material and exercises, you can expect to immerse yourself in the following over the 9 months:

  • Ceremony, dance, tradition, meditation and song
  • Preparing an ideal learning environment for yourself and supporting one another
  • Listening skills
  • Self Care
  • Birth Stories and storytelling
  • The Basic Needs of a Woman in Pregnancy, Labour and Birth
  • Basic midwifery skills, terminology and record keeping
  • Antenatal care 
  • If you are assisting at a birth, what is your role in labour, birth and postpartum?
  • Immediate postpartum care of mother and baby
  • Introduction to care and assessment of the newborn
  • Breastfeeding
  • Cultural competency in childbirth and care of women
  • Universal Precautions
  • Sexual Abuse Triggers in Pregnancy, Childbirth and Postpartum
  • Pregnancy and Birth Complications
  • Difficult outcomes, grief and death
  • Homeopathy and herbs
  • Connection and sisterhood within your birthing community

PLEASE NOTE: two of the sessions (Sexual Abuse Triggers and Difficult Outcome and Grief and Death) will be morning and evening sessions. These are highly triggering and sensitive subjects and we suggest you commit the day to absorbing this material. We will meet in the morning as well as the evening and provide support during those days.


Costs and booking:

Registration Categories

We are aware that since this course is accessible for people all over the world, we wanted to make it fair as not all countries are economically equal. We have based our pricing on the registration categories provided by the GOLD conferences – an international online midwifery, birth and lactation teaching platform. Countries are divided into categories – please check your country category before making your booking.

Pricing categories

Country A: £850 Early bird/ £1000 thereafter

Country B: £700 Early bird/ £850 thereafter

Countries C&D: £600 Early bird / £750 thereafter

This course is limited to 15 people maximum.

EARLY BIRD PRICING ENDS AT MIDNIGHT ON 21 MARCH 2022 (Autumn/Spring Equinox)

For more information, payment plan options and scholarships – please write to me via the CONTACT FORM.

For booking queries, please contact welcome@wellmama.com


Recommended Reading

Books

The Basic Needs of a Woman in Labour by Ruth Ehrhardt

Do We Need Midwives by Michel Odent

The Scientification of Love by Michel Odent

Primal Heath by Michel Odent

Spiritual Midwifery by Ina May Gaskin and the Farm midwives

The Babycatcher by Peggy Vincent

A Book for Midwives by Susan Klein 

Heart and Hands by Elizabeth Davis

Practical Skills Guide for Midwifery by Pam Weaver and Sharon Evans

Reclaiming Childbirth as a Right of Passage: Weaving Ancient Wisdom with Modern Knowledge by Dr Rachel Reed

When Survivors Give Birth by Penny Simpkin and Phyllis Klaus

Born Still by Malika Ndlovu

Websites

The Primal Health Research Database – http://www.primalhealthresearch.com/

Sara Wickham – https://www.sarawickham.com/

Dr Rachel Reed/Midwife Thinking – https://midwifethinking.com/

Evidence Based Birth – https://evidencebasedbirth.com/

DISCLAIMER

This course will not qualify you to practice as a midwife. This is purely an explorative journey for those interested in pursuing a path of birthkeeping, or to deepen the learning of those walking this path already.