Everyone keeps telling us that the birth of your baby is a joyous and special time, and that it is. And our postpartum period (just like pregnancy) is a shifting, dynamic experience with our bodies and babies. Hormones shift and life changes over night (literally!). It’s a lot to process, and that’s saying it gently. Baby blues can often accompany our postpartum experience with up to 20% of new moms experiencing postpartum depression (PPD) and/or postpartum anxiety (PPA) (Kaeni May 2012). Mix the changes of life, hormones, new love affair, and heavy LACK of sleep is the perfect combination for intense feels – both good and bad. But how does a mom know what’s normal or what’s not in the emotional “swing” of things. How does one build support when baby blues is more than “normal” and how can a new mom prevent PPD/PPA?
Dr. Katayune Kaeni, licensed therapist and mom, will be offering a free workshop on Postpartum Depression and Moods, helping clarify the difference between “Baby blues” and Postpartum Depression. It’s:
Sunday, Sept. 9, 2012
at Natural Resources (1367 Valencia St @ 25th)
For more info check out Natural Resources at http://store.naturalresources-sf.com/cgi-bin/commerce.cgi?preadd=action&key=10690.
Also, below is a great article on this subject by Dr. Kaeni.
Every Thursdays, from 4-5pm
Being pregnant is such a sweet and exciting time, with new and sometimes intense moments. It’s important to know where to turn for support; from finding good prenatal care, writing a birth & postpartum plan, building a support network, staying healthy, getting the right maternity bra to just staying on an even keel with all the hormonal/life changes taking place.
This drop-in group is especially for expectant Moms, at every stage of pregnancy. We’ll talk openly about the roller coaster ride through pregnancy into motherhood and explore the different phases of pregnancy, labor/birth and postpartum period. You’ll also find helpful tools and tips from other expecting Moms and our facilitator, Beth Rees, a Birth & Postpartum Doula, on the following topics:
* Preparation of birth & baby
* Changing bodies & hormones
* Birth options & selecting care providers
* Relationships & Sex
* Nutrition during pregnancy, labor/birth, & postpartum
* Newborn care & parenting
* Herbal medicine during pregnancy, birth & postpartum
* Community Resources
* What you need in your birth & diaper bag- A product review
* Planning your postpartum support team
About our facilitator – Beth Rees
Beth has worked with women and families for over 15 years, and holds a B.A. in Feminist Studies and Anthropology. Beth has been a Birth & Postpartum Doula since 2006 and part of the natural resources family since 2008, helping new and growing families find the right resources for them. She received formal Doula arts training from Twin Lakes College of the Healing Arts of Santa Cruz, CA, and trained with Abigail Reagan and Tracy Dillon-Massillon at natural resources. Beth has a thriving Doula practice, Mindul Doula Arts, in San Francisco. In addition to birth work, Beth apprenticed with Five Flavors Herb, crafting herbal remedies. She creates home in San Francisco with her family.
COST (drop-in, no registration required)
@ Natural Resources
Congratulations you’re pregnant! Now what?
Join other expectant moms as we talk about the roller coaster ride of pregnancy and the emergence of yourself into motherhood/parenthood. We’ll explore the phases of pregnancy, labor/birth, and the postpartum time. Find tools and tips from other expecting moms and facilitator birth & postpartum doula, Beth Rees.
Preparation for birth & baby
Changing bodies & hormones
Birth options in San Francisco
Relationships & Sex
Nutrition during pregnancy, labor/birth, & postpartum
Newborn care & parenting
Herbal medicine during pregnancy, birth & postpartum
Holistic and Western tools & interventions during pregnancy & birth
What you need in your birth & diaper bag- A product review
Planning your postpartum support team
When: Drop in on Tuesdays 1-2pm beginning March 1, 2011
Where: Natural Resources
Cost: $10 members/$15 non-members
Check out these wonderful events at Natural Resources. Come by and say hello.
World Breastfeeding Week (Aug 1-7)
FREE Breastfeeding Consultations!
Monday, Aug 2 (11.00am – 12.30pm)
Don’t miss this amazing opportunity to meet our board certified lactation consultants (Tracy Massillon and Melitta Holder). Tracy and Melitta will be in the store, offering short consults to Mamas on all things breastfeeding-related.
Breastfeeding Film Fest
Tuesday, Aug 3 (11am – 3pm)
We’ll be running a series of gorgeous and informative breastfeeding films, so pop in at any point from 11am-3pm. Pregnant/new/veteran Mamas/Dadas all welcome.
FREE Bra Fitting all day + 10% off any bra!
Wednesday, Aug 4
Come in and find the perfect fitting bra for your growing girls!
Nurse-in with the Bay Area Breast Milk Cooperative
Thursday, Aug 5 (3.00pm – 5.00pm)
Bring your breasts and your baby and nurse for solidarity! Meet the lovely ladies from the BABMC who are working hard to collect much-needed breast milk. You can also talk to the mothers who need breast milk in your area. We’ll have endless pots of nursing tea and snacks. No milk or money donations on the day please – just connect with Beth Rago in-store.
Free class at Natural Resources – 1367 Valencia St. (btw 24th &25th) Mission District, San Francisco, CA 94110
After the birth of a baby comes the birth of the placenta, an organ that supports life throughout the gestational period of a developing fetus. It supplies the proper hormones, oxygen, fluids, & food to nourish the fetus and sustain the pregnancy. The placenta is also responsible for a woman’s ability to breastfeed.
In this class you will learn:
– Anatomy and physiology of the placenta
– Ideas to help you have an uncomplicated 3rd stage of labor
– Why there is no need to throw that placenta away and how it may be useful to you in your postpartum healing and more
– What can be done with the placenta after it is birthed
– How to make placenta prints, tinctures, capsules, meals, teething rings, keepsakes and more
– Cultural traditions around the world and throughout history
About the Instructors
Laura M. Perez is an apprentice midwife and breastfeeding educator living in SF and working in the East Bay. She has been in awe of placentas for as long as she can remember. Over the last three years, Laura has had the honor of transforming over 110 placentas into capsules and tinctures.
Spring Childers is an apprentice midwife, massage therapist, and new mama. Placentas were just another part of life growing up on a goat farm near the central coast of California. She has witnessed with amazement the benefits of placenta consumption by animals as well as many postpartum mamas. Spring has been making placenta into art and herbal medicine for postpartum mamas since 2007. You can find out more about Spring at http://www.thebirthdoula.com
Wednesday, May 19 * 11:30-12:30pm* at Natural Resources (1367 Valencia St btw 24th & 25 th Ave). All are welcome to join this FREE class.
Welcoming a new baby brings joy, amazement, and new challenges. Herbal remedies can support the physical and emotional transitions that the new mom and family encounters. The class will cover herbs and medicinal food for the new mom and family; remedies to support lactation and breast health; herbs to avoid during breastfeeding; and mind-body comfort measures for the new mom and partner.
About the Instructor
Beth Rees, B.A. is a birth & postpartum doula serving the San Francisco and greater Bay Area. She has been working with women and families for 15 years as a women’s and children’s health advocate, educator and event coordinator. Beth studied and worked with the American School of Herbalism in Western and Traditional Chinese herbal medicine. To this day, Beth works with www.fiveflavorsherbs.com, helping craft herbal remedies and teaches perinatal herbal medicine classes with the www.sylvanbotanical.com. Beyond being a birth enthusiast, Beth enjoys cooking, crafting fiber arts, coordinating life celebrations and parties, auto restoration, and spending time with loved ones, in and out of the City. For more information about Beth, please visit www.mindfuldoulaarts.wordpress.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
This class explores the ways herbal medicine can be used effectively and confidently during pregnancy, labor and birth. New parents will learn about herbs, their uses, and how to easily and safely include herbal remedies into their daily lives. The class will touch upon common herb allies during pregnancy and birth; herbs to avoid during pregnancy; tips on using herbs to support common discomforts of pregnancy; and resources in finding a professional herbalist.
About the Instructor
Beth Rees, B.A. is a birth & postpartum doula serving the San Francisco and greater Bay Area. She has been working with women and families for 15 years as a women’s and children’s health advocate, educator and event coordinator. Beth studied and worked with the American School of Herbalism in Western and Traditional Chinese herbal medicine. To this day, Beth works with www.fiveflavorsherbs.com, helping craft herbal remedies and teaches perinatal herbal medicine classes with the www.sylvanbotanical.com. Beyond being a birth enthusiast, Beth enjoys cooking, crafting fiber arts, coordinating life celebrations and parties, auto restoration, and spending time with loved ones, in and out of the City. For more information email email@example.com.
Classes offered by SSBM give a foundational and exploratory context to engage plants and their therapeutic properties. Field trips are very family and child friendly. More information can be found at http://www.sylvanbotanical.com/ .
Herbal Materia Medica (12 weeks – 36 hours)*
Wednesdays February 24 – May 12 6:30 – 9:30 pm
This course will feature a discussion of individual medicinal plants from a wide variety of healing traditions and perspectives. This is a great class for someone wanting an introduction to herbal medicine or for a seasoned practitioner looking to expand their repertoire of plants.
Herbs for the Mind, Mood, and Emotions (4 weeks – 12 hours) *
Tuesdays April 6 – 27 6 – 9 pm
This course will offer a survey of herbal practices for influencing mental states. We will look at perspectives from Western and Chinese herbal traditions and explore the existing evidence base for the application of herbs for treating psychiatric conditions. This is an excellent course for therapists and psychiatrists who want to gain a better understanding of how to use botanical medicine to support their clients.
Weekend Intensives (Held in Oakland, CA)
Medicine Making (12 hours)*
Saturday and Sunday March 13 & 14 9:30 am – 4:30 pm
Learn the basics of making effective herbal remedies from harvesting to finished
product. In this hands-on weekend we will make teas, tinctures, syrups, oils, salves,and other topical preparations. Participants will go home with a variety of medicines they’ve made in class.
Herbal First Aid (12 hours)*
Saturday and Sunday April 24 & 25 9:30 am – 4:30 pm
This fun and practical class will teach how to respond to commonly encountered first aid and emergency situations with Western and Chinese herbal medicine and other therapeutic strategies. Participants will develop an herbal first aid kit for treatment of wounds, trauma, infections, respiratory, gastrointestinal, and emotional emergencies. Basic assessment skills will be developed or refreshed and attention will be paid to when a higher level of medical intervention may be necessary.
Cooking with Herbs (12 hours)
Saturday and Sunday Dates TBA 9:30 am – 4:30pm
Learn to incorporate healthful herbs and medicinal foods into your diet during this delicious weekend. We will discuss, prepare, and taste examples of traditional Chinese dietary therapies, dishes that highlight wild and garden-grown herbs and seasonal vegetables, and the medicinal uses of common culinary herbs.
Herbs of the Southern California Desert – Location TBA (10 hours)*
Saturday and Sunday March 27 & 28 9:30 am – 4:30 pm
This trip presents an opportunity to explore Southern California’s stunning desert flora and landscape. Participants will develop the skills of field identification, wild-crafting, and herbal preparation. The folkloric and clinical uses of plants will be discussed as well as the application of these native plants in the context of Chinese medicine.
Botanical Field Study – Los Padres National Forest (10 hours)*
Saturday and Sunday April 10 & 11 9:30 am – 4:30 pm
Learn about the medicinal uses of California native plants during wildflower season in the beautiful Central Coast hills.
Bay Area Herb Walks (Locations TBA)
Sunday March 7 1 – 5 pm
Friday April 2 3 – 6 pm
Friday April 23 3 – 6 pm
Sunday May 16 (with special guests) all day
With Beth Rees, Doula and Benjamin Zappin, L.Ac.
When: Tuesdays from 6-9pm 1/26, 2/2, 2/9
Where: 350 Sansome St., Ste.730 (at California St. near Montgomery BART) San Francisco 94104
Cost: $45 per class or $115 for the series.
This three part series will focus on how to utilize Western and Chinese herbal remedies, medicinal foods, and Chinese barefoot doctor techniques for support during pregnancy, postpartum, and infancy/early childhood.
All experience levels are welcome: from the seasoned midwife to parents-to-be!
1/26 Pregnancy & Birth: Herbal support for common discomforts of pregnancy; herbs to avoid during pregnancy; herbal and dietary suggestions for early labor; supporting the birth partner
2/2 Postpartum mom & family care: Herbs and medicinal food for the new mom (0-10 days) and birth partner(s); remedies to support lactation and breast health; placental food medicine; mind-body comfort
2/9 Baby and child-friendly herbs: Safe and effective herbal remedies for babies and children; dosage and sources of herbal medicines; treating common ailments of infancy and childhood
Pre-registration is recommended. To reserve a spot, mail or drop off payment to 350 Sansome St., Ste.730, San Francisco 94104. Questions? Please contact Beth at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 415.518.0335.
About the Instructors:
Beth Rees, B.A. is a birth & postpartum doula serving the San Francisco and greater Bay Area. She has been working with women and families for 15 years as a women’s and children’s health advocate, educator and program coordinator. For more information about Beth, please visit mindfuldoulaarts.wordpress.com or email email@example.com.
Benjamin Zappin, L.Ac. practices acupuncture and herbal medicine in San Francisco. Ben has been on the faculty of Five Branches University of T.C.M. and American School of Herbalism in Santa Cruz, CA. Ben also runs a extract company, Five Flavors Herbs, with his wife Ingrid and son Sylvan. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org www.benzappin.com