I'm a full-time mother of two girls, who were born at home. I have a background in feminist academia (my area of interest being women's reproductive health). I enjoy writing, particularly about women, birth, breastfeeding and motherhood and have been published in parenting magazines as well as academic journals.
This course also included: written assessments, completing level 1 of Shivam Rachana's Spiritual Midwifery course, childbirth preparation classes, early parenting discussion sessions, a five day women's retreat and individual healing sessions. Course coordinators emphasised that birth serving is "being with" the mother but that one "cannot 'be with' someone else until she can 'be with' herself". This is why ICSM includes individual sessions in their course and maintain a support network for their graduates.
I now enjoy serving families throughout pregnancy, birth and the postpartum period. I have found that what services I provide are entirely dependent on what the individual woman and her family want. I have helped write birth plans, hosted blessingways, sewn heat packs with a birthing mother, made women laugh through contractions, advocated women's wishes as stated in their birth plans in hospitals, hand crafted birth announcements for friends and family of the new baby, cared for siblings at homebirths, scooped poo out of the birth pool, taken birth photos, provided counter pressure to sore lower backs, to name just a few services I can think of. I believe the relationship between birth servant and those she serves will grow organically and as a need arises I meet it as best I can.
My Sling Library
My Birth Pool