For this year’s conference, we will focus on the three areas of knowledge that support and uplift perinatal and postpartum doula care:
HANDS Keynote Speaker: Tiffany Renee ~ The Power of Herbs & Food for Perinatal Care Tiffany Renee brings a wealth of experience in generational learning, Eastern and Western herbalism and energy work, as well as 17 years of Middle Eastern dance, West African dance, and Tai Chi to her role as an "Urban Medicine Woman". You can visit her at Mahogany Point
From how to use massage tools, to knowing how to get parents through birth, to supporting families postnatally, hands-on skills are part of every doulas’ tool bag. Our “Hands” track will focus on exploring new skills, polishing old, and sharing tips and tricks.
HEART Keynote Speaker: Britta Bushnell, PhD ~ The Identity Transformation of Becoming a Parent "Dr. Britta Bushnell is an award-winning childbirth, relationship, and parenthood specialist, author, and speaker. Having worked with new families for almost two decades, Britta blends her experience in the childbearing year with her doctoral study in mythology and psychology, bringing a fresh approach to an age-old human experience." ~ From BrittaBushnell.com
Pregnancy and birth is a trans-formative process, with changes that impact the whole person. Our “Heart” track will look at how doulas can best support the emotional well being of themselves and their clients.
HEAD Keynote Speaker: Darshana Naik ~ The Importance of Pelvic Health in Birth & Postpartum Darshana Naik is an accomplished physical & rehabilitation therapist, with a focus on pelvic health. She spearheaded a women’s wellness program focusing on pelvic health in NYC, and mentored students at both NYMC and NYU. She currently practices at Action Reaction PT
Understanding evidence, having a “head for business” or data, and knowing the latest in perinatal research are valuable tools for doulas to have. Our “Head” track will be talking about current developments in perinatal care, logistic skills for doulas, and other data-driven issues.
Special Guest: Lucia Gutierrez ~ Using Indigenous Birth Tools Respectfully Lucia Gutierrez is a Mexican indigenous engineer was born and raised within the Purhepecha empire, working within the local government for 8 years,and moving recently to Cleveland. She received the gift of being raised in a place surrounded by the true uses and customs of the rebozo, and has been a directly affected by the movements of cultural appropriation and ancestral claims happening in first world countries.
Hosted in joint collaboration by PALS Doulas and NAPS Doulas This is a conference for birth doulas, postpartum doulas, and other birth professionals to learn and strengthen our skills. Join us for a day of connecting with each other and learning to better serve our clients and our peers If you are interested in donating towards the scholarship fund, please click here or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org