Join us in caring for moms, babies & families through our exciting new class series! We're offering these as a bundle and hope you'll come to each class. They are also available singly. Here is some information, with more about each class below:
- All Wednesdays from 7-9pm
- These are in person classes at our shop in Oakland
- Whole series of 4 classes is $100
- Or each class is $35
This class aims to prepare people who plan to birth or be a birth partner/team member in a hospital setting. This class will cover the anatomical and physiological basics of labor and delivery, methods of monitoring, evaluation, and pain management commonly used by hospital staff, and potential medical interventions. We will discuss various ways to modify pain management strategies as needed in a hospital setting, and the use of herbs, essential oils, and massage in preparing for labor and creating a positive birth experience in the hospital.
In this class, we will discuss how to be a health care resource for an abortion patient (please note, this is NOT a class about providing herbal abortions). The class will detail the current methods of abortion most frequently sought out in the United States (medical/pharmaceutical abortion, vacuum aspiration, and dilation and curettage and evacuation procedures), common patient complaints associated with these procedures, and methods of support. This class will discuss Chinese herbal formulas, acupuncture and acupressure techniques, and general guidance for secondary supportive practitioners or friends and family before, during, and after these procedures.
The immediate postpartum period is an incredible stage in the life for a family and can be a time of unusual challenges and discomfort. These classes will cover herbs and medicinal food for the new mom and baby (0-10 days) and birth partner(s). We will explore internal and topical remedies to support lactation and breast health and physical discomforts from birthing. We’ll include a variety of nutrient dense food preparation methods for restoring vitality and discuss placental food medicine and their controversies. Along with herbs and foods we will share several reliable ‘barefoot doctor’ techniques from Chinese medicine for supporting the family, including moxibustion.
Be sure to sign up for both classes to get the full curriculum!