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Birthwork

Training & Education:

  • For the Village Doula Training (2019)

  • Spinning Babies with Nicole Morales (2018)

  • SD Birth Network 13th Annual Red Tent event (2019)

  • Healthy Start Community Action Network (CAN) EQC Trauma & Reproductive Coercion (2020)

  • Healthy Start Community Action Network (CAN) Listening to Black Mothers (2019)

  • Red Medicine with Patrisia Gonzales (2013) colloquia

  • Revolutionary Mothering: Love on the Frontlines with Dr. Alexis Pauline Gumbs (2017) colloquia 

  • Reproductive & Sexual Justice Healing Circle Workshop (2012) 

  • Birthing From Within - Mentor, Childbirth Educator student (2020/2021)

  • Mama Scholars - Mothering in Academia Symposium 2019

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Placenta After Care: What are my options?

 

What is a Lotus Birth? When the umbilical cord is left, unclamped, attached to the placenta and the baby, usually for 3-5 days until it falls off naturally. The placenta should be covered in herbs and salts to help with curing, preservation and odor. Best if kept in clean cotton fabric and herbs/salts reapplied daily. 

  • Lavender, witch hazel, rosemary & sea salt

  • Rose water, lavender, rosemary, thyme & Himalayan sea salt

  • Rosemary, basil, lavender, clove, cinnamon & seal salt


 

What is placenta encapsulation? A practice that has existed for centuries and that has become more common recently as well, in which one ingests the placenta after it has been steamed, dehydrated, ground and put into pill capsules. The placenta can be cut into strips and cooked for consumption as well. 

 

What is Placenta Burial? A traditional practice in which a family member (usually the father), plants the placenta near a secure tree, in a hole about “elbow’s deep.” During this process the father (or family member) speaks the wishes they have for the child’s life and offers benediction. The placenta is set in the ground, the seeds are placed on the placenta, the cotton then goes on the seeds and the pot covers it before it is buried.  

  • Male Child: 3 Uda seeds (Grains of Selim/Ethipian Pepper), 3 pieces of cotton (cotton ball or cloth), 1 clay pot with a hole big enough to cover the placenta. 

  • Female Child: 4 Uda seeds (Grains of Selim/Ethiopian Pepper), 4 pieces of cotton (cotton ball or cloth), 1 calabash or clay pot with a hole big enough to cover the placenta. 


 

Natural contraceptives **DO NOT USE WHILE PREGNANT**

 

  • Uda Seed Contraceptive Tea - Safe to use while breastfeeding. Common names: Uda (Igbo); Eeru Alamo (Yoruba); Chimba (Hausa). Drink before and/or after sex. 

  • Thistle. Native Americans such as the Quinault drank a hot tea made with thistle to cause infertility.

  • Wild carrot seed. Women in certain parts of India eat a teaspoon of wild carrot seed immediately following sexual intercourse. They then follow up with a teaspoon a day for the next 7 days to prevent implantation and conception. It may also act as an abortive.

  • Ginger root. Natural healers suggest drinking 4 cups of ginger tea per day for no more than 5 days to initiate menstruation. You can also mix 1 teaspoon of powdered ginger in 6 ounces of boiling water and consume while hot.

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