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Training

Education and Background


I’ve received training from certified organizations, federally accredited schools, and maintain my skills and knowledge through continued education and research. Continuous training helps me stay up to date with the most relevant information, and ensures I’m providing you with the best care possible. I invite you to review my training qualifications and experience below.

I am always looking for avenues to further my education and continue fostering my integrative approach. My next adventure is beginning my studies towards becoming a Certified Nurse Midwife & Reproductive Health Nurse Practitioner.

 

Breastfeeding Peer Counselor

Contra Costa WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counseling Training, August 2020

  • Breast/Body/Chestfeeding Support & Education

    • Preparation during pregnancy​​

    • Support immediately after birth

    • In-Home/Virtual support as needed

    • Overcoming obstacles and common barriers through active listening

    • Creating plans that support bodyfeeding when it's time to return to work

    • Talking points for workplace self-advocacy while on your breast/chest/bodyfeeding journey

    • Understanding the mechanics of Breast/Body/Chestfeeding​

Certified Postpartum Doula

Cornerstone Doula Training, September 2018

Cornerstone Postpartum Doulas Training Scope:

"To provide continuous unbiased, client-centered support throughout the reproductive lifespan. This support focuses on the whole person, family, and community and encompasses emotional, physical, psychosocial, and educational support techniques. Cornerstone doulas employ individualized supportive communication, culturally responsive care, hands-on therapeutic techniques and an equitable approach with all clients."

  • Postpartum doula roles 

  • Trauma-informed care

  • Therapeutic communication techniques

  • Culture and postpartum traditions

  • Nutrition -- the science and traditional wisdom.

  • Common complaints and remedies for discomforts in the postpartum period

  • How to support a client post-cesarean

  • Babycare

  • Common newborn issues

  • Sleeping arrangements

  • Physiologically and psychologically nurturing sleep support techniques

  • Newborn psychological needs

  • Postpartum mood disorder spectrum and community resources

  • Creating a client-centered plan in the event of a postpartum mental health crisis

  • A full 6-hour intensive lactation and nursing support module led by a certified lactation educator is included in this training.

Labor and Birth Doula Training

Cornerstone Doula Training, September 2018

Cornerstone Doulas Training Scope:

"To provide continuous unbiased, client-centered support throughout the reproductive lifespan. This support focuses on the whole person, family, and community and encompasses emotional, physical, psychosocial, and educational support techniques. Cornerstone doulas employ individualized supportive communication, culturally responsive care, hands-on therapeutic techniques and an equitable approach with all clients."

  • Prenatal and postpartum visits - what to go over and how to conduct them

  • Anatomy and physiology of labor and birth

  • Emotional support techniques for every phase of labor

  • Supportive and therapeutic communication techniques

  • Physical support techniques for every phase of labor, including: Breathing, vocalization, positions, counter pressure, communication, therapeutic touch  ranging from massage, pushing, movement, 

  • Trauma-informed care

  • Labor and birth interventions

  • Implicit bias

  • Systemic racism and its direct effect on health, healthcare delivery, and birth outcomes.

  • Advocacy & navigating systems

  • Birth justice and equity

  • Culturally responsive doula care

  • Community resources

Advanced Perinatal Massage Seminar

Body Therapy Education, November 2017

  • Expansion of pelvic technique repertoire focusing on nerve entrapments; pelvic ligaments and trigger points; sacroiliac, lumbosacral and symphysis pubis joints; iliopsoas and quadratus lumborum muscles

  • Intra-pelvic fascial techniques for reproductive health and fertility

Prenatal, Perinatal, and Postpartum Massage Therapy Certification

Body Therapy Education, April 2014

  • Intensive practice of specific perinatal techniques used clinically for over 30 years

  • Skills to meet the physical and emotional childbearing needs of pregnant people

  • Understanding of all phases of maternity MT care: pregnancy, labor, and postpartum, normal and not-so-perfect pregnancies

  • Ideal positioning, and powerful, subtle touch techniques

  • Guidance in career- protective body mechanics and techniques

Massage Therapy, Health Education, and Advanced Neuromuscular Therapy Certification

National Holistic Institute, San Jose, 2013

  • 1350 hours of advanced massage therapy education covering the following subjects and more:

    • Gross Human Anatomy & Physiology, Pathology, Kinesiology, Advanced Deep Tissue, Clinical Sports Massage, Pain Science, Orthopedic assessment, and Myofascial Pain & Dysfunction