Here are some highlights from the Birth Companions/DONA workshop with Debra Pascali-Bonaro last weekend. We started out sitting around in a circle, with notebooks at hand, listening intently to what Debra had to say...
|Day One, Hour One|
The room started to get a little messier and we all moved in closer to Debra, and to each other, as we started to get into her words and the concepts we were exploring together.
|Debra explaining about positioning.|
As I was saying - Birth is Simple! An introduction to the concept of pleasure during the childbearing year.
|Working with the birth cards|
|I Love You|
Taking the time to treasure each other and ourselves.
|Shake and Lunge!|
This useful tool hangs on a door (make sure it's locked!!) and a laboring woman can pull on it as she squats.
Finally, on Day Four, our babies were ready to be born. Our doulas comforted each other through active labor and used all the techniques they had learned during the final role play. They used birth balls, rebozos, positions, physical comfort measures, and a lot of vocalization! The room was alive with woman sounds: moaning, yelling, sighing, and laughter!