The Simkin Center for Allied Birth Vocations at Bastyr University trains social, practical and clinical care providers for pregnant and new families, including Doulas, Postpartum Doulas, Lactation Consultants and Educators and Childbirth Educators. A department of Bastyr’s School of Natural Health Arts & Sciences, the Simkin Center also sponsors workshops that focus on essential maternity care issues. Penny Simkin is the Center’s namesake and senior faculty member. (Simkin Center. Bastyr University, n.d. Web. 13 July 2015. <http://www.bastyr.edu/simkin-center>. )
As it gears up to sponsor the Dancing For Birth™ Certification Training for a third time on August 15-16, The Simkin Center here interviews Dancing For Birth™ Founder, Stephanie Larson.
Simkin Center: “Tell us why Dancing For Birth™ Certification Training is relevant for birth professionals?”
Stephanie Larson, Dancing For Birth™ Founder: “Dancing For Birth™ Certification Training teaches effective movement-based skills designed specifically for doulas, midwives, childbirth educators and other birth professionals. DONA Doula Trainer T. Ryan calls it “The missing link for birth professionals!” The workshop is packed with original Dancing For Birth™ techniques not offered elsewhere, like ‘the Larson Technique’ to reposition mal-positioned babies (including breech and posterior) in three easy steps (plus the most effective way to ensure they don’t turn back) and ‘Powerful Woman’ to avoid and resolve shoulder dystocia.
Simkin Center: “Is the training applicable for aspiring, novice and expert birth professionals?”
S.L. “Yes, our techniques are original to DFB™ and can be equally useful to both beginning and experienced birth professionals. Professionals with decades of experience tell me they wish they had known and been using the methods since they first started practicing, and that their whole way of supporting clients has profoundly changed as a result of the training.“
Simkin Center: “What would you say to those who don’t dance or feel they’re not “good” dancers?”
S.L. “Knowledge of how to dance is unnecessary. Anyone can learn these simple moves for safer, easier birth. What’s really important is connecting to our instincts and moving freely. In this way we understand how to help the laboring woman move intuitively during labor to help the baby rotate and descend.”
Simkin Center: “What continuing education credits do students earn?”
S.L. “Dancing For Birth™ training is accredited by DONA International and NCBTMB, and our CEUS are also accepted by Lamaze, ICEA, CAPPA and other boards. Attendees earn 7 CEUS each day which can be used toward certification or re-certification with many doula, CBE, midwifery and massage/bodywork organizations.”
Join Stephanie Larson for an exciting opportunity to train with her at the Dancing For Birth™ workshop at The Simkin Center August 15-16, 2015. Contact Dancing For Birth or The Simkin Center for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: (425) 602-3361