Celebrate Birth Psychology Month with events in Washington State and Virginia in March! Join APPPAH's vice president, Dennis Hertenstein, DC, in your choice of three Birth Trauma Workshops during Birth Psychology Month.

"In these workshops you will learn anatomy of the skull, neck, and back, pertinent to potential birth trauma, including practical information about the location, function, and vulnerability of cranial nerves and blood supply. There will also be experiential hands-on exercises. Techniques will be taught for the resolution of birth trauma, including how to hold and decompress the sub-occipital area, spine, sacrum, and other traumatized areas of the body. You will also be taught how to create a safe and healing container ( “womb surround” ) to include parents and other care-givers, as appropriate, helping the baby to re-connect with their resources. Strategies for how to help a baby that cannot tolerate touch will also be discussed," says Hertenstein.  "Also, there will be a number of 'Open Baby Sessions', where, in the group, Dr. Hertenstein will do an intake and exam with Baby, Mom and Dad, along with one or two treatment sessions and follow-up debriefings, of which are profoundly rich learning opportunities."

See below for Birth Trauma Workshop dates and registration links.

Birth Psychology Month is promoted annually in March to support organizations, professionals and parents exploring birth psychology with their members, clients, friends and family. APPPAH's Birth Psychology Month website is dedicated to providing free resources, a calendar of Birth Psychology Month events and links to discounts on APPPAH’s PPNE Full Course and free Monday LIVE! Lecture Series during March.

“Over the past few years, APPPAH’s birth psychology resources and materials have grown to meet a worldwide demand for information and education,” said Sandra Bardsley, APPPAH president.  “We are happy to designate March as Birth Psychology Month(link is external) and to gather these resources and special events into one place to share with our members and supporters.”

In a video interview found here, Kate White talks with Dennis Dennis Hertenstein, DC, on the What, Why and How of Birth Psychology.  Hertenstein has been a chiropractor for four decades and has been teaching craniosacral therapy internationally for 30 years.  He has developed a course that will help anyone who wants to assist babies to recover from birth.  Passionate about teaching people on the front lines, Hertenstein teaches birthworkers, nurses, midwives and doulas.  Hertenstein is APPPAH’s vice president.  White is APPPAH’s director of education.

BIRTH PSYCHOLOGY MONTH WORKSHOPS

March 17-19, 2017 in Virginia Beach, Virginia

March 25-27, 2017 in Bellingham, Washington

March 31 - April 2, 2017 in Olympia, Washington

 

1. LEARN HOW TO SUPPORT BABIES TO RECOVER FROM BIRTH TRAUMA

2. POST-PARTUM INTERVENTIONS FOR BIRTHING PROFESSIONALS

1. LEARN HOW TO SUPPORT BABIES TO RECOVER FROM BIRTH TRAUMA

iStock_000011248609SmallCRANIAL-SACRAL WORK COMBINED WITH PRENATAL AND PERINATAL PSYCHOLOGY tools, when used immediately, or as soon after birth as possible, can effectively reduce the need for postpartum medical intervention, and decrease the effects and severity of trauma related to the birthing experience.

I never use traditional, high velocity, “Chiropractic adjustments” on babies. The gentle techniques of cranial-sacral work are more suitable, and very effective, for such sensitive and vulnerable little one’s, especially when they have been traumatized on their birth journey. The techniques do not hurt and the work is very gentle. Seldom does the pressure exceed five grams (the weight of a nickel).

FUNCTIONAL ANATOMY

Anatomy of the skull, neck and back pertinent to potential birth trauma, will be explored. This includes practical, clinically applicable, information about the location, function, and vulnerability of cranial nerves, spinal nerves, and blood supply.

EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING

These will help you to embody the skills needed to work with babies. There will be therapeutic demonstrations with babies. Insightful and rich debriefing following each demonstration session adds a rich dimension to the learning process.

MODALITIES THAT WILL BE EXPLORED
  • How to hold and decompress the sub-occipital area, spine, sacrum, and other strategic and potentially traumatized, parts of the body.
  • Strategies to help a traumatized baby who cannot tolerate touch.
  • How to create a safe, healing container, to include the parents and other caregivers.
  • Strategies to help baby stay connected, or re-connect, to resources during treatment.
  • The importance of working in palatable increments using the concepts of “titration” and “pauses”.

BIRTH TRAUMA INTERVENTION WORKSHOPS WITH DR. DENNIS HERTENSTEIN

PART 1 & PART 2 – LEARN HOW TO SUPPORT BABIES TO RECOVER FROM BIRTH TRAUMA

Bellingham & Olympia, WA

These workshops are a must for all those working in the birthing field- body workers, midwives, doulas, lactation consultants, nurses, physicians, counselors. Also, for parents and others wishing to help babies who might be suffering from the after-effects of birth-related trauma.

BIRTH TRAUMA may show up as:

Inability to latch-on or effectively suck or swallow; tight jaw; generalized bodily discomfort and inability to settle; inconsolable crying; “colic”, digestive discomfort/dysfunction; urinary dysfunction; diarrhea/constipation; tactile hypersensitivity and other neurological and motor deficits; relational, bonding and attachment problems; other issues.

Dr. Hertenstein has worked with babies, to resolve problems caused by birth trauma, for over 40 years. He has taught these non-invasive methods, internationally, for over 30 years.

More Info: http://dennishertenstein.com/birth-trauma/

WORKSHOP OVERVIEW:

Cranial-sacral work, myofascial work and “pre and peri-natal psychology” tools, when used at birth (or as soon as possible after), can reduce the need for medical intervention and decrease the severity of both the short and long term effects of the physical and emotional ramifications of birth trauma.

In these workshops you will learn anatomy of the skull, neck, and back, pertinent to potential birth trauma, including practical information about the location, function, and vulnerability of cranial nerves and blood supply. There will also be experiential hands-on exercises. Techniques will be taught for the resolution of birth trauma, including how to hold and decompress the sub-occipital area, spine, sacrum, and other traumatized areas of the body. You will also be taught how to create a safe and healing container ( “womb surround” ) to include parents and other care-givers, as appropriate, helping the baby to re-connect with their resources. Strategies for how to help a baby that cannot tolerate touch will also be discussed.

Also, there will be a number of “Open Baby Sessions”, where, in the group, Dr. Hertenstein will do an intake and exam with Baby, Mom & Dad, along with one or two treatment sessions and follow-up debriefings, of which are profoundly rich learning opportunities.

In these workshops there will be ample time ( 40 hours total ) to deeply explore all these issues. The workshops will give you the tools to confidently, and safely, begin to relate to babies, and the trauma they may hold, in a meaningful way.

The first 20 hour workshop will give you ample tools to immediately begin helping these babies and their parents. The second workshop will take you deeper into the profundity of this work. After you have had the opportunity to utilize the work for a few months, you will find yourself ready for this deepening.

WORKSHOP DATES:

March 17, 18, 19, 2017 in Virginia Beach, Virginia

Cost: $350 early bird, $395 after March 1, 2017.
Inquiries: Dennis-Hertenstein@sonic.net
More Info: http://dennishertenstein.com/birth-trauma/
Location: The home of Blair Conger, 961 Michaux Court, Va Beach 23464
757-288-9834
Times: Friday 4 – 9, Saturday 8 – 7, Sunday 9 – 3 (Total 20 hours).

*Bring lunch Sat & Sun.

Part 1: Bellingham, WA: March 25, 26 & 27, 2017

  • Saturday- 9:30 – 6
  • Sunday- 9 – 6
  • Monday- 9 – 1:30

*Bring lunch every day (There are local food co-ops/grocers nearby in both locations)

Part 1: Olympia, WA: March 31, April 1 & 2, 2017

  • Friday & Saturday- 9 – 6
  • Sunday- 8 – 12

* Bring lunch every day

Part 2: TBA- Fall, 2017

FORMAT:

Two 20 hour, three day workshops

COST:

Part 1 – $350 early bird, $395 after Feb. 24, 2017

Completion of Part 1 is a prerequisite for Part 2

Part 2 – $350 to be paid by the end of the Part 1 weekend

Optimal learning necessarily limits these workshops to 20 participants.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

To Register for the workshop or if you would like to arrange to talk with Dennis directly, please call Dr. Dennis Hertenstein 707-566-7396 or email: dennis-hertenstein@sonic.net

Registration: Checks payable to Dennis Hertenstein, non-refundable, send to:

1212 Farmers Lane, Ste 2, Santa Rosa, CA 95405.

To pay by Debit, Visa, Mastercard, Discover, AmEx call (707) 566 7396 (9 – 2 Pacific Time, Mon – Fri)

Location for workshops will be sent after registration confirmation.

Local contact for Bellingham and Olympia, WA: 

Thérèse Wenner, CCST, LMP, PPNE

Call: 360-220-3748 (simple texts only- NO graphics, please)

or email: t.rezwenner@gmail.com

Please let Thérèse know if you can bring a massage table.