The Post-Congress Workshop is a separate paid event following the Congress and is not included with Congress registration.

Post-Congress Workshop 6:

Myrna Martin, "Healing for Newborns and Families after Difficult Births"

Check-in: 12:45pm - Please be seated by 1:00pm

Workshop: 1:00pm- 5:00pm

4-Hour Certificate Training–Level One
Open to professionals and families

Available CE Credits

ACOG   [medical]  
CES      [mental / behavioral health]
ICEA     [childbirth educator / doula]   
NBCMB [massage therapy / bodywork]
IMUSA   [infant massage]

Myrna Martin, "Healing for Newborns and Families after Difficult Births"

Brief Bio: Myrna Martin has 40 years experience working therapeutically as an RN, family therapist and craniosacral therapist. She was Director of Nelson and Area Mental Health Services for many years. For the past 20 years her private practice is focused on early trauma resolution with babies and children and their families as well as adults. She has taught seven 2- 3 year Pre and Perinatal Professional Trainings in the USA and Canada, and does womb surround process workshops around the world. Myrna offers education in Pre and Perinatal , Somatic Trauma Resolution and Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy. She has produced a huge video series “Healing Early Developmental Trauma” (2017).

Title of Presentation: "Healing for Newborns and Families after Difficult Births"

Brief Description of Presentation: This presentation discusses the normal hormones of labor and delivery briefly and outline the changes in the release times and levels that impact both mother and baby when specific chemical and surgical interventions occur. Practical somatic and relational strategies to insure restoration to an optimal family field and the development of secure attachment in this early postnatal period are delineated. 

Neurosomatic based approaches to heal from chemical and surgical interventions at birth are delineated. System plasticity of the newborn and their new families is immense, so post birth assistance is very effective. Video clips and exercises demonstrate actual treatment processes.

Learning Objectives: 

1. Summarize the impact of surgical and chemical interventions at birth on thenewborn’s autonomic nervous system and attachment process.
2. Observe effective healing strategies, utilizing video clips with babies and families.
3. Describe and practice relational and biodynamic craniosacral approaches useful for working with babies and families in experiential exercises in the workshop.


Buckley, S. & Gaskin, I. (2008). Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering: A Doctor’s Guide To Natural Birth and Gentle Parenting. Ten Speed Press, Berkeley, CA

Buckley, S. & Vinaver, N. (2012). The Third Stage of Labor. Kindle Edition.

Cozolino, L. (2006). The Neuroscience of Human Relationships: Attachment and the Developing Social Brain. New York, NY: WW Norton & Company.

Heller, L & LaPeirre, A. (2010). Healing Developmental Trauma: How Early Trauma Affects Self-Regulation, Self-Image and the Capacity for Relationship. North Atlantic, NY, NY

Levine, P. (2010). In An Unspoken Voice: How the Body Releases Trauma and Restores Goodness. North Atlantic, NY, NY.

Martin, M. (2016). Healing Early Developmental Trauma: Video Series.

Sills, F. (2012). Foundations in Craniosacral Biodynamics: (Volume 2) The Sentient Embryo, Tissue Intelligence and Trauma Resolution. North Atlantic Press, Berkeley, CA.

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