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Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Mary's Birth Workshop

I enjoyed Mary Rainer's Birth Workshop. She and two other childbirth educators shared information on doulas, Bradley, hypnobirthing, Birthing From Within (BFW) and other labor techniques for coping with pain. I like how children were free to be themselves. Another speaker Diane Wiessinger came to Mary's class. Diane is very well known among lactation consultants for teaching how to watch your language. Its not just what you know, but its how you say it! It's worth checking out Diane's handouts.
The Birthing From Within Instructor brought a few projects for us to do. I read BFW after Scott was born. I wasn't going to be pregnant for a few years. I loved the art/expressive part of BFW. My pregnancy photos went from snaps shots to art after I read her book and I was AWARE.

Everyone was shown how to draw a labyrinth. I chose to take photos and not draw. Anne and Jen are in this workshop. Can you see them? What was interesting about this was that some woman's labyrinths was OPEN and Free and I noticed others were TIGHT and perfect. I won't mention any names, but you know who you are and I want an OPEN labyrinth from you soon. :)
Perhaps if you click on the photos you can see what a labyrinth is. What does it say about me, since I didn't even attempt one. Yikes.

Here I am sneaking in another meet the author photo.
Thank you Mary for an informative and relaxing childbirth class.

9 comments:

fitncrafty said...

Maybe no labyrinth means no more babies :(

Great photos, glad that you had a great time! Looks like and interesting class....

Permission to Mother said...

NO MORE BABIES! That's worse than the interpretation I was thinking.

Really you are making me crack up... I hope someone interprets the symbolism as something better.

Wife to the Rockstar said...

Looks like an awesome workshop!

Natacha said...

This was the class I was "supposed" to be in!! Darn it!
I went into Naomi Drew's Peaceful Parents, Peaceful kids. I dunno Why the heck I stayed?? I knew within the 1st ten min I wasn't getting anything out of it really.
Shoulda, coulda, woulda, BUT Didn't! Looked like fun though.
So what was the whole point of drawing the Labryinth supposed to be?

Tammie said...

Sounds like a neat Conference. And a very Cool Class! Thanks for sharing!

Lauren said...

This tempts me to attend the birthing workshops next year. I knowledge about birth is lacking...

Lauren said...

Whoops, my bad. It should read MY knowledge. Gotta peel my tush off this chair and schnuggle in bed w/ my loved ones....

turtlewomyn said...

I did a BFW mini birth story workshop as part of an ICAN meeting. I did the labyrinth and I have to say that day I felt that I had made a huge step forward in healing from the trauma of my cesarean. I had been working with a therapist for a year and a half before that to deal with the PTSD so it wasn't like it came out of nowhere, but it did really add to what I had already been working on.

Permission to Mother said...

Turtlewomyn thanks for sharing. I think you answered Tach's question... the purpose of the labyritnh is to let go of fear (or express any feeling [even good ones]) we aren't able to verbalize. It teaches us that there is other ways to express ourselves.

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