The Silent Birthkeeper: An Introduction to True Midwifery

2 March 2023 – 7 March 2024

A one-year online journey exploring a pathway to True Midwifery

In collaboration with Well Mama and Humanly, this is a one-year True Midwifery online course accessible via Teachable with once-a-month live 3-hour Zoom connection calls and regular personal contact via the private True Midwifery Silent Birthkeeper Telegram group where we connect and discuss the topics and offer support.

We will meet every first Thursday of the month from 10 am to 1 pm SAST (GMT+2).

The certification Date for this course will be on the 7th of March 2024.

This course is limited to 15 participants maximum.

I have put this course together to share my own journey, learning, stories, and findings on this path of studying midwifery, and 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.

If you are walking this path already,

this is an opportunity to deepen your learning

and be part of a beautiful and supportive community.


What is ‘True Midwifery’? What does it look like?

A deep look at our collective and personal history as birthkeepers

Exploring and finding clarity on this path

Ceremony, dance, tradition, meditation, and song

Preparing an ideal learning environment for yourself and supporting one another

Listening skills

Self Care

Birth Stories, storytelling, and learning from birth stories

The Basic Needs of a Woman in Pregnancy, Labour, and Birth

Basic midwifery skills, terminology, and record keeping

Antenatal/Prenatal 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

Sexual Abuse Triggers in Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Postpartum

Pregnancy and Birth Complications

Difficult outcomes, grief, and death

Homeopathy and herbs

Connection and support within your birthing community


Costs and booking

Registration Categories

We want to ensure that our courses are fairly priced and accessible to anyone in the world who would like to join whilst taking into consideration that we are not coming from equal economic spaces and countries.

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.

Please check your country’s price category here

If you are financially challenged please reach out – we do always endeavor to make a plan that feels fair.

Pricing categories are:

Category A: AWESOME AND ABUNDANT

Category B: BOUNTIFUL AND BEAUTIFUL

Category C: COOL AND CREATIVE

Please check your country’s price category here

We have a payment plan option as well!

Awesome and Abundant

(CATEGORY A)

USD 1100 Early Bird

(early bird closes 2nd February 2023)

USD 1500 thereafter

(bookings close 23 February 2023)

Bountiful and Beautiful

(CATEGORY B)

USD 950 Early Bird

(early bird closes 2nd February 2023)

USD 1350 thereafter

(bookings close 23 February 2023)

Cool and Creative

(CATEGORY C)

USD 850 Early Bird

(early bird closes 2nd February 2023)

USD 1250 thereafter

(bookings close 23 February 2023)

Payment Plan

Early Bird Payment Plan:

USD 125 per month for 12 months

(early bird closes 2nd February 2023)

Payment Plan after 2nd February 2023

USD 165 per month for 12 months

(bookings close 23 February 2023)

Please double-check your country’s price category here

Please reach out if you are financially challenged – we always endeavour to make a plan

For more information write to me via the CONTACT FORM


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

The Caesarean 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 and the Hesperian Foundation

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

Birthworks by Jenny Blyth

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/

Paramana Doula website (the doula course website of Michel and Liliana) – https://www.paramanadoula.com/index.html

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 deepening the learning of those walking this path already.