May 14-18, 2018 – one opening
November 12-16, 2018 – six openings
CST for Pregnancy Birth & Postpartum Class Description
This class is the required prerequisite for the CST for Pregnancy Birth & Postpartum – Advanced Clinical Skills class. There is no question that expectant and new mothers benefit from Craniosacral Therapy. Yet, there are so few people to treat them. I have spent years developing the techniques I teach in this class.
I am passionate about enhancing mobility in pregnant mothers’ bodies. This includes the bony pelvis, the abdominal organs, plus the support structures and lower segment of the uterus. Babies who have more room to grow and move during gestation are less likely to develop conditions like torticollis (and the resultant positional plagiocephaly), hip dysplasia and scoliosis. They are less likely to lodge in the maternal pelvis in a less than ideal birth position such as occiput posterior, military or asynclitic. This means that they are more inclined to be born normally – without surgery, forceps or vacuum extractors. Their labors have a better chance of beginning on time and progressing efficiently. I am also passionate about postpartum Craniosacral Therapy. We can help new mothers integrate their birth experiences and recover more completely from both Cesarean and vaginal births.
Subtle Hands-On Skills is the required prerequisite for this class. I will waive this requirement only if you have already studied CST with me. I will not waive this requirement if you have only studied CST elsewhere.
In addition, students must be licensed, certified or student health professionals (CNM, CPM, DC, DO, IBCLC, LAc, LDEM, LM, LMT, MD, ND, NP, OT, PA, PT, RN, etc.) or otherwise legally entitled to practice touch therapy. Students may also register if they have instructor approval. Ask me.
While not required, students are encouraged to receive at least one craniosacral therapy treatment prior to taking this class.
The focus of this class is CST for pregnant mothers, their babies in utero and women in postpartum recovery. It includes a pregnancy/postpartum anatomy and physiology review plus lectures, demonstrations and lots of supervised hands-on practice with classmates plus pregnant and new mothers. During the class each student will treat two pregnant mothers and two postpartum mothers. In order to maximize learning success enrollment is limited to eight students.
By the the end of this class you should be able to:
- Describe the historical and theoretical foundations of the work
- Identify physical, energetic and emotional effects of pregnancy, birth and postpartum recovery
- Describe the work in a way that mothers can understand
- Position a mother on a bodywork table safely and comfortably
- Demonstrate sensitive palpation skills
- Use assessment techniques to identify body areas that would benefit from treatment
- Locate and release physical, energetic and emotional restrictions
- List clinical considerations
- Help the mothers-to-be and their babies prepare for the birth together
- Help create the conditions for babies to assume ideal positions for timely and efficient births
- Provide treatments for mothers and their unborn babies during pregnancy and labor
- Provide treatments for mothers who are recovering from vaginal or cesarean births
- Listen to mothers’ fears and concerns without judgment
- Know when to refer a mother to a different practitioner
- Make a big difference in the lives of the women and babies you treat
- Become part of a network co-creating better births for mothers and babies leading to a healthier society
What’s next? After this class you are eligible for: