A Journey of True Midwifery

30 March – 8 April 2018

Birth is a Holistic experience and rite of passage…

As women, mothers and carers for the lives to come and the pregnant goddesses, it is important in this time on earth that we honour ourselves and each other in these journeys and share our skills of the ancient art of midwifery to offer the chance for birth to flourish once more in a respectful way.

In the spirit of holding one another on the path, Ruth, Samara and Alex would humbly like to share with you a carefully crafted retreat which aims at empowering us with the essence of True Midwifery and care and love for self and others as we travel precious moments in our own existence and the ones of the women and babies we care for.

For 10 days you are invited to Southern Portugal at the Karuna Retreat Centre to come learn, share and take time for yourself as birth keepers to reflect on your journey and our roles to keep on reviving the sacred haven of birth.

You can expect to immerse yourself in the following:

-The Basic Needs of a Woman in Labour and Authentic Midwifery

-What equipment and supplies are used to take care of a mother during pregnancy, birth and postpartum? How to use this equipment.

-Preparing the birthing environment.

-Introduction to record keeping and medical terminology

-Introduction to basic midwifery assistant skills, such as taking blood pressure, vital signs, urine testing, fetal heart rates and fundal measurements – this will be with a live model

-How to monitor the baby’s fetal heart rate

-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

-Helping the breastfeeding mother

-Cultural competency in childbirth and care of women

-Universal Precautions

-Neonatal Resuscitation

-Obstetric Emergencies

-Listening and self-care skills

– homoeopathy and herbs

– Shiatsu in pregnancy

– Connection and sisterhood within your birthing community

Limited places and early bird fees will be offered so please contact us as early as possible if you have a deep interest.

There are options for full time and part time participation.

Investment of 900 Euro includes all notes, Helping Babies Breathe Booklet and Helping Babies Breathe Certificate, accommodation, all meals, teas and snacks.

A 50% non-refundable deposit is required to book your place.

For early bird bookings, bulk bookings and or would like to join us for a drop in class? Please contact us directly. 

If you are interested in joining us on this journey, please fill in the form below:

More info on the teachers and the course:

Ruth and Alex have been friends for over ten years, sharing a connection with South Africa and birth since their children were babies. They met Samara in Portugal in 2016 when they were together for Ruth’s An Introduction to Midwifery course. Samara, a very experienced doula from Wales, shared Ruth and Alex’s connection with South Africa and birth.

In 2017 they met again, this time at the tip of Africa, Alex to apprentice Ruth for three months in her home birth practice and for all three to be together for the Cape Town Midwifery and Birth Conference.

A Journey of True Midwifery was born under the starlit sky at African Spring Equinox, a unified vision from three sisters who are excited to present this to you in the South of Portugal.

Ruth Ehrhardt

Ruth is trained as a Certified Professional Midwife (NARM), a doula (WOMBS (ZA) / Paramanadoula (UK)), and a Helping Babies Breathe facilitator and master trainer.

Originally born in Switzerland, she moved to South Africa with her South African-born mother and younger sister when she was eight years old and has lived there ever since. Her mother Carol, bought a protea flower farm an hour outside of Ceres ( a small town, approximately 2 1/2 hours from Cape Town) and accidentally ‘fell’ into catching the babies of the local farm labourers who called for her because she had ‘healing hands.’ Ruth’s mother was the midwife for her first birth.

The mother of four home birthed children, Ruth trained as a WOMBS doula with Irene Bourquin in 2009.

Ruth completed the Paramana doula course with Dr Michel Odent and doula Lilliana Lammers in London in 2010 and studied Advanced Midwifery with Ina May GaskinPamela Hunt and the Farm Midwives in 2011.

With colleague Lana Petersen, she started Home Birth South Africa in 2010,  a web database for those seeking information and advice on home birth in South Africa. Together, they also run the Cape Town Home Birth Gatherings, a quarterly gathering for those seeking information and support on home birth in Cape Town and surrounds.

Ruth is part of the team that organises The Cape Town Midwifery and Birth Conference, which is aimed at sharing and collaboration between South African birth professionals and the women they serve for the purpose of promoting and supporting safe pregnancies and births.

Ruth is the author of The Basic Needs of a Woman in Labour, a book based on the work of Dr Michel Odent and which explores the hormone oxytocin and the environmental factors that affect it. The book is available in English, Italian, Russian, Spanish and Portuguese – with many more translations on the way!

Ruth is also one of the directors of The Compassionate Birth Project, a project aimed at addressing the abuse being experienced in South Africa’s labour wards.

Ruth currently works with midwives Lana Petersen and Caitlyn Collins and she is registered as a traditional midwife in South Africa.

She lives in Scarborough, a small seaside village near Cape Town, South Africa.

True Midwifery is her personal website and blog.

 

Samara Hawthorn

Samara’s passion for birth-tending began with the birth of her daughter in 1995

She went on to train in Shiatsu at the Zen School in London, and in 2000 began to specialise in Shiatsu for Maternity Care with Suzanne Yates of WellMother. Over several years, Samara completed the Diploma and Teacher Training and became a WellMother Teacher.

In 2002 Samara moved to Ashland, Oregon and began training with CPM Maureen Mitchell of Helping Hands Midwifery, and continued to learn from Maureen up until her death.

Upon Samara’s return to Wales in 2004, she continued working as a Community Doula and Traditional Birth Attendant. 

Both of Samara’s sons were born at home in 2005 and 2008, and she then put her energy to building a roundhouse for them to live in and tending the land and animals, continuing her work as a Doula

In 2011 Samara founded the WellMama organisation, and began to teach the WellMama Holistic Doula Training, she was soon joined by her two apprentices, and together they formed WellMama Community Interest Company, based in Wales, which continues to offer services and training to support and celebrate the Childbearing Year.

Samara volunteers annually at the Chinamhora Birth Clinic in rural Zimbabwe and supports their efforts to establish a purpose-built Birth House.

Samara is a certified Counsellor, Healing Tao, Chi Kung and Tai Chi Instructor, and a visiting lecturer at the School of Midwifery at Swansea University.

Samara has a calling to learn, weave and tend Traditional Midwifery Skills and Herb Lore in order that women and their families continue to have access to this ancient knowledge.

Samara has attended more than 100 births and supported numerous women and their families throughout the Childbearing Year.

 

Alex Alonso

Alexandra is passionate about birth after she gave birth unattended to her 2 daughters in rural Africa. She feels a deep connection to the sacred circle of women who she feels committed to serving in many ways. She weaves her life between her work as a doula for the last 8 years, masseur therapist for over 11 years, works with the placenta and umbilical cord makes natural cosmetics, organizes sacred dance sessions and rituals… And homeschool her 2 daughters in rural Portugal.

She lived in Africa for over 10 years and in Brasil for 2 years which gives her a multicultural honouring of women and their different realities.

Summary
Event
A Journey of True Midwifery
Location
Karuna Retreat Centre, Apartado 1,Monchique Portugal,Algarve-8550-232
Starting on
March 30, 2018
Ending on
April 8, 2018
In the spirit of holding one another on the path, Ruth, Samara and Alex would humbly like to share with you a carefully crafted retreat which aims at empowering us with the essence of True Midwifery and care and love for self and others as we travel precious moments in our own existence and the ones of the women and babies we care for. For 10 days you are invited to Southern Portugal at the Karuna Retreat Centre to come learn, share and take time for yourself as birth keepers to reflect on your journey and our roles to keep on reviving the sacred haven of birth.
Offer Price
EUR 900