Practicing African American Postpartum Care Live Webinar

Practicing African American Postpartum Care was formed to teach African postpartum traditions that were practiced by 20th-century African American midwives, as a way to continue African traditions, teach mothering, include the father, and create a community to care for the new family.  This is considered advanced postpartum training. The next training is a live webinar on March 7, 2024. Register now!

Thursday, March 7, 2024 – 8AM – 4PM PT.

Registration Closes February 26, 2024 • Limited to 16 Learners

Program Overview

Practicing African American Postpartum Care is a program of SMC Full Circle Doula Birth Training, LLC. The program was formed to teach African postpartum traditions that were practiced by 20th-century African American midwives, as a way to continue African traditions, teach mothering, include the father, and create a community to care for the new family.  This is considered advanced postpartum training.

The program teaches three core values (for the mind, body, and spirit) that are needed to help new mothers fully recuperate after the birth of their baby, using postpartum hands-on traditions, rituals, and spirituality.  These practices soothe the mind and the postpartum body and calm the newborn. Participants who take this training will learn African American postpartum traditions and rituals and how to apply them.

With African American postpartum care, maternal morbidity is reduced and postpartum celebration rituals for the mother and her baby are practiced.

Training Format

This is a live training via webinar. It consists of lectures, PowerPoint, discussions, videos, and question-and-answer.  The program is designed for experienced doulas, midwives, maternal and child health professionals, and birth workers; and who are committed to learning African American postpartum care methodologies.  This is an opportunity to learn African American postpartum history and traditions.

Certification:

Certificate of Completion with Six (6) Contact Hours. Participants must attend the entire training session and take a brief quiz to receive a Certificate of Completion.

Instructor/Trainer:

Shafia Monroe is a veteran midwife, founder of the ICTC, now NAABB, and SMC Full Circle Doula Birth Companion Training, LLC, she is a Master of Public Health and a historian of 20th Century African American midwives. She is the leading voice on African American birth traditions, postpartum rituals, nutrition,  parenting, and leadership development.  She teaches and shares her wisdom from a place of love, eldership, experience, and validation.  You can learn more about her work at shafiamonroe.com

Training Goals:

Goal: The Purpose of African American postpartum care.
Goal: Improve the postpartum recuperation period.
Goal: Connect African American mothers to their culture

Learning Objectives:

After the conclusion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Recite African American postpartum care practices.
  • Describe the physiological and emotional needs in the postpartum period.
  • Discuss maternal morbidity prevention measures
  • Discuss postpartum comfort measures.
  • Explain the role of the community in postpartum recuperation.
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