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Sunday, May 29, 2011

Midwife Q&A: Are We Having Babies All Wrong?

Midwife Q&A: Are We Having Babies All Wrong?

Ina May Gaskin started delivering babies in 1970 while on a hippie cross-country trip known as the caravan. She had no medical training, just a master's degree in English and a gut feeling that women deserved kinder, gentler births. When the hundreds of caravaners settled in Tennessee on what they called the Farm, Gaskin and several other women began delivering the community's babies at home and also opened one of the first, nonhospital birthing centers in the country. Word got around when Gaskin wrote about her successes in Spiritual Midwifery, and a movement was born.

Today, women still travel far and wide to give birth on the Farm, and Gaskin's methods have the respect of clinicians around the world (there is even an obstetric maneuver named after her). Now 71, she is credited with reviving what was essentially a dead profession in the U.S., inspiring scores of women to enter the field and helping found the Midwives Alliance of North America. But even while midwives attend more births in the U.S. — about 7.5% in 2008 — they're finding it increasingly hard to get practice agreements with doctors and hospitals. In her latest book, Birth Matters: A Midwife's Manifesta (Seven Stories, April 2011), Gaskin argues that America needs midwives more than ever.

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Saturday, May 28, 2011

One World Birth

---------- Forwarded message ----------
Date: Sun, May 22, 2011 at 5:42 PM
Subject: One World Birth

Some of you may already know of this, but for those of you that don't, it's
worth a look and listen. I have signed on to the project.
Jeannie B.

Launch of new global birth film project - One World Birth

We've just launched the trailer to our new global birth film project ONE
WORLD BIRTH - featuring Ina May Gaskin, Michel Odent, Sheila Kitzinger,
Elizabeth Davis, Debra Pascali-Bonaro, Cathy Warwick (Royal College of
Midwives) and more. To view the trailer - go to:

One World Birth is more than just a one-off film, it is an ongoing "living"
documentary that keeps its finger firmly on the pulse of what is happening
with birth all around the world.

Most importantly, however, it is a growing online community of birth
professionals and all those who have a deep passion for birth. All with one
goal in mind: to make birth better and safer for all women around the world.

Therefore, if the trailer appeals to you, please could you forward the link
to anyone else that you think would be interested so that this community can
keep growing.

Thank you! And very best wishes,
Toni Harman

Barbara A. Hotelling
Women's Health Nurse Practitioner
107 Sully Court
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
919.928.6587 cell ~ 919.240.5678 home

The health of mothers, infants, and children is of critical importance, both
as a reflection of the current health status of a large segment of the U.S.
population and as a predictor of the health of the next generation. HP 2010

Jodi Kluchar

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Press Release: The Secret Suffering: How Trauma Affects the Brain

The Secret Suffering: How Trauma Affects the Brain

Michele Rosenthal joins Seaview Radio with her new show "Your Life After Trauma" Thursday nights at 7- 8PM EST.


PRLog (Press Release)May 13, 2011 – Michele Rosenthal, a mental health advocate, public speaker, award-winning blogger, writer, workshop/seminar leader, coach and Founder of Heal My PTSD brings her expertise to the airwaves on Seaview Radio on Thursday nights 7-8pm EST with a new radio show, "Your Life After Trauma".

For so many who suffer in silence there is now a radio program (the first in the market) that addresses and offers assistance for survivors of trauma and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).  PTSD causes range from natural disasters to terrorism, war, medical dramas, domestic violence, sexual and child abuse. The PTSD survivor crowd is large, diverse, global and always growing.

Michele Rosenthal's first show airs live on May 12, 2011 on 95.9FM, 106.9FM, 960AM and online at  with the topic "How Trauma Affects The Brain". Michele will have two well respected experts as her guests: Rachel Yehuda, PhD, and Dave Ziegler, Ph.D., L.M.F.T., L.P.C.  (additional information below) .

Chet Tart, General Manager of Seaview Radio states, "We are so pleased to have Michele Rosenthal joining the Seaview family.  With so many servicemen returning with PTSD, plus those who have endured trauma, it is heartwarming to know they will now have a program where they can find comfort and solutions for living with this debilitating disorder."

Since Michele Rosenthal struggled with PTSD she is the ideal candidate to address issues related to trauma and symptoms of posttraumatic stress. More information on Michele and her efforts can be found at

We hope you will help in spreading the word about this wonderful show so that those who suffer with PTSD will no longer have to suffer in silence.
Interviews with Michele Rosenthal can be arranged by calling 561-502-8194.

Rachel Yehuda, PhD, Professor of Psychiatry and Neuroscience, is the Director of the Traumatic Stress Studies Division at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine which includes the PTSD clinical research program and the Neurochemistry and Neuroendocrinology laboratory at the James J. Peters Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Dr. Yehuda is a recognized leader in the field of traumatic stress studies. She has authored more than 250 published papers, chapters, and books in the field of traumatic stress and the neurobiology of PTSD, including PSYCHOBIOLOGY OF PTSD.  Her current interests include the study of risk and resilience factors, psychological and biological predictors of treatment response in PTSD, genetic and epigenetic studies of PTSD and the intergenerational transmission of trauma and PTSD. She has an active federally-funded clinical and research program that welcomes local and international students and clinicians.

Dr. Yehuda's research on cortisol and brain function has revolutionized the understanding and treatment of PTSD worldwide and has been awarded the renowned Max Planck Institute for Psychiatry (Munich, Germany) 2004 Guest Professorship. The appointment signifies a special recognition of the outstanding research she has been performing in the field of neuroscience in the context of studies on causality of psychiatric disorders over the years.

Dr. Yehuda received her PhD in Psychology and Neurochemistry and her MS in Biological -1888248032  Psychology from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and completed her postdoctoral training in Biological Psychiatry in the Psychiatry Department at Yale Medical School.

Dave Ziegler, Ph.D., L.M.F.T., L.P.C., Licensed Psychologist, Executive Director, Founder, Jasper Mountain, an organizaton whose mission is to bring hope and healing to traumatized children and their familiars. With a 37 year career as a therapist, clinical supervisor, foster parent and program manager, Dr. Ziegler is also the author of multiple books and publications, including TRAUMATIC EXPERIENCE AND THE BRAIN. He is an international authority and presenter on issues related to trauma and psychological treatment.

For more information about the show visit:

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Organization dedicated to advocating for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder awareness, eduation, treatment and self-empowered healing.

Jodi Kluchar

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Fostering a Healthy Transition to Parenthood

The Relationship Research Institute is offering a new educational
opportunity for birth educators, ARNPs, MDs, nurses, psychologists, social
workers, licensed counselors, doulas, midwives, students, and other
professionals who work with expectant couples and new parents.

In this powerful new workshop series, health care workers and educators will
have the chance to learn about the latest scientific findings on what
families experience during the transition to parenthood and how they can use
this research-based information to support the couples and families they
work with.

This two-day event will be held on Saturday June 11th and Sunday June 12th ,
2011, in Seattle, Washington. Saturday's full-day workshop will be held at
Swedish Medical Center and will focus on "Research-Based Educational
Strategies to Help Couples During the Transition to Parenthood". The Sunday
morning breakfast will be held at the World Trade Center Seattle and will
feature Penny Simkin, who will talk about "Bringing Home the Healthiest Baby
and Mother Possible--The Impact of Birth and Postpartum Practices".

Health care workers and educators may attend either or both days! The full
two-day program has been approved for 10 credits through the International
Childbirth Education Association (ICEA) for birth educators, and for 9.25
credits for Psychologists, Social Workers, Counselors, and MFTs in
Washington and Oregon states through R. Cassidy Seminars.
Please see the attached information or our website (
for more information and how to register.
Phone (206) 832-0300 for assistance, or fax your completed form to (206)

Please contact me if you have any questions, need more information, or would
like assistance with registration. Thank you for your consideration and
dedication to building healthy families.

Thank you very much,

Becky Thatcher
Creating Healthy Relationships Project
Relationship Research Institute
(206) 832-0300 - RRI Main

Jodi Kluchar

Sounds of Silence, Friends of the Postpartum Resource Center of New York 5k Run/Walk 2011

Sounds of Silence, Friends of the Postpartum Resource Center of New York 5k Run/Walk 2011

Start: Saturday, May 21, 2011 @ 9:30 AM

Jones Beach State Park - Long Island Field 5: scenic boardwalk course along the Atlantic Ocean
Wantagh, NY

Register Now


Saturday, May 21, 2011 @ 9:30 AM

Additional Date Information

Registration will begin at 8:00am


Jones Beach State Park - Long Island Field 5: scenic boardwalk course along the Atlantic Ocean


Adults - $25
Ages 18 & under - $15
*Please note there will be an additional $3 charge for day of event registration


Brief Description

Join us to celebrate mothers, fathers, and families! Sounds of Silence, Friends of the Postpartum Resource Center of New York invite you to participate in our 4th Annual Run/Walk to raise funds and awareness for pregnancy and postpartum depression - Help Break the Silence! This event will take place May 21st 201 at Jones Beach State Park, Long Island, New York. All proceeds contributed benefit the Postpartum Resource Center of New York


Team Captains

To create and join a team, Team Captains first need to create the team by clicking on the yellow Create Your Team button above. Once the team is created, please go back and click the Register Now button and register for the event and select your team name from the drop down box on the registration form.


Team Members

To join your team click on the Register Now button and register for the event. You will select your team name from the drop down box on the registration form near the top.



Click on the Register Now button and register for the event. You will not be asked for team information during registration.


Additional Information

Please note all are encouraged to attend, however due to insurance regulations no strollers will be permitted on the race course. Sanctioned 5k race by USA Track & Field Long Island Awards and Prizes: Top overall male, female, and under 18 runners, top fundraiser. Top male and female recognition in specified age groups. Commemorative t-shirts for first 250 runners. Post-race refreshments and snacks donated by various national and local companies such as the Babylon Village Meat Market and Sherry's The Healthy Gourmet Store. RAFFLES: Designer products, gift certificates and more. Participants need to be present to win. Race Timing and Setup: Finish Line, Road Race Technicians, Inc. David Katz Sounds of Silence, Friends of the Postpartum Resource Center of New York, Inc. thank you in advance for your contribution to support a worthy cause.


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Recent ReviewsSounds of Silence, Friends of the Postpartum Resource Center of New York 5k Run/Walk 2011 reviews

Jodi Kluchar

Next week! Bessel van der Kolk's Trauma Conference: Including Jon Kabat

Next week! Bessel van der Kolk's Trauma Conference: Including Jon Kabat
Zinn, Judith Herman, & more!

Live Webcast - Dr. Bessel van der Kolk's
22nd Annual International Trauma Conference
Psychological Trauma:
Neuroscience, Attachment & Therapeutic Interventions

Get each day's schedule of events here!
Bessel A. van der Kolk, MD
Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD • Judith Herman, MD
Bruce Perry, MD, PhD • Julian Ford, PhD
And Many More!

As low as $99 per day! Invite colleagues to join you.

Thursday, May 19 - Saturday, May 21, 2011
Register for one day or all 3 days to save!
Up to 20 hours of CE Credit

Re-watch at your leisure! An archive of the webcast is available to you online
for a limited time after the conference is over.

Register Today! or call 800-844-8260

Jodi Kluchar

Friday, May 13, 2011

*The Big Push for Midwives Campaign's Petition to ACOG*

It's International Midwives Day! And, what better way to honor midwives
(and Mothers, too) than by signing

*The Big Push for Midwives Campaign's Petition to ACOG*

The Big Push Steering Committee is delighted to announce that we have
created a Petition to be sent to ACOG to demand that they end their war on
midwives and out-of-hospital birth. We have been working with our friends at to develop the Petition. The best part is that every time
someone signs the petition, ACOG gets an email message. So, everyone, come
join us. Please go to this link to read and sign our petition:

Women's Rights Petition: Tell Big Medicine to Stop the War on Midwives and
Out-of-Hospital Birth |<>

After you sign,

PLEASE, PASS THE PETITION ON to your state yahoo or google groups and
facebook pages.

Let's go viral fast!

Wishing you all have a nice PUSHy Midwives Day today!
Your Big Push Steering Committee: Katie, Jane, Steff, Susan, Pam, Rebecca,

- Sent using Google Toolbar

Ohio mothers deserve the option of licensed providers when they choose to
birth at home.

Jodi Kluchar

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Call for Submissions

Call for Submissions

Demeter Press is seeking submissions for an edited collection on:
          Mothering and Psychoanalysis:    
      Clinical, Sociological & Feminist Perspectives
Editor: Petra Büskens                                                          Pub Date: 2012/2013
Deadline for abstracts: June 1, 2011

This book aims to analyse the intersecting territories of mothering and psychoanalysis from feminist, sociological and psychoanalytic/psychotherapeutic perspectives. Not since Nancy Chodorow's The Reproduction of Mothering has there been a sustained analysis of mothering from this three-fold perspective. This book seeks to analyse mothering and psychoanalytic/therapeutic theory and practice from within any (or all) of these perspectives.  In particular, while there has been much psychoanalytic focus on mothers and mothering, there has been less focus on psychoanalysis from the perspective of mothers or as a form of mothering.  As Chodorow said in her forward to the new edition of The Reproduction of Mothering (1999), at the time of writing, hers was the daughter's perspective, however, her own development has led her to be sceptical about some of her claims. How does the mother's perspective shift psychoanalytic theory? What is the position of the
mother in psychoanalytic theory and practice?
Motherhood studies is a new research area that privileges the theoretical, experiential and ontological vantage point of mothers (O'Reilly, 2010). This volume seeks submissions that draw on this perspective to engage a two-way discussion with psychoanalysis also drawing on clinical, feminist, critical theory and sociological perspectives.  In addition to the psychoanalytic analysis of mothering, the editor encourages submissions that examine how psychoanalysis - and psychotherapy generally - constitutes a form of commodified care in the global economy potentially working to fill what Arlie Hochschild has memorably called the 'care deficit' (2003).  Is care transmuting into the commercial domain? And, if so, what is the gendered composition of this care? How does the emergence of 'therapy culture' (Furedi, 2004), seen as the domain of self-exploration, compete with biomedical models of mental health and illness?  If psychoanalysis is, as Freud said, 'a
cure through love' then how is the 'emotion work' of the therapist analogous to mothering?
Selected topics may include but are not limited to:
Psychoanalytic analyses of mothers, mothering and motherhood; sociological analyses of 'therapy culture' and the feminisation of care work, including psychotherapy; the commercialisation of intimacy; psychoanalysis/psychotherapy as a form of mothering; maternal perspectives on psychoanalytic theory and practice; psychoanalytic mothers including Helene Deutsche, Karen Horney, Melanie Klein, Anna Freud and more recent thinkers such as Nancy Chodorow, Jessica Benjamin, Nancy McWilliams, Luce Irigaray and Julia Kristeva; Freud's relation to his own mother; clinical case studies of mothers; the 'good enough mother' (Winnicot); the 'bad', or pathologised mother; the mother-child bond and its relation to mental health and illness; attachment theory and therapy including the work of John Bowlby, Mary Ainsworth, and Peter Fonagy; infant observation research;  the transference relationship; 'transference love'; object relations theory.

Submission Guidelines:
Abstracts should be 250 words. Please also include a brief biography (50 words).
Deadline for abstracts June 1, 2011
Accepted papers of 4000-5000 words (15-20 pages) will be due Dec 1, 2011 and should conform to MLA style
Please send submissions directly to:Petra Büskens:

Demeter Press
140 Holland St. West, PO 13022
Bradford, ON, L3Z 2Y5

Jodi Kluchar