I became an APPPAH Trainer because I was called to respond to the deep need for embodied experiential education in the field of pre and perinatal psychology. The APPPAH Embodiment Seminars increase accessibility to this field of study and allow students, parents and professionals to learn essential skills in a weekend format. I felt especially compelled to offer this practicum to support the PPNE students in the online certificate course because of the importance of learning through direct experience.
I began my practice in holistic health 20 years ago, studying bodywork, craniosacral therapy, Body Mind Centering, and Chinese Medicine. I felt called to become a midwife at a young age, and it was during my midwifery training that I discovered my own memories of being born, and witnessed how birth deeply impacted the families I was supporting. I was inspired to train with Ray Castellino and I began to integrate my learning into my practice of midwifery. After I completed my trainings in 2007, I was blessed with the opportunity to volunteer at a birth center in Bali. It was there that I began to offer trauma healing to the other midwives, staff, and families giving birth. These experiences ignited my passion and commitment to bridging the pre and perinatal and birth communities and integrating pre and perinatal psychology into birth professional education and childbirth preparation.
Pre and perinatal psychology offers a container for exploring and healing early experience and is based on the principle that no matter what happened in our early experiences, there is always a blueprint of health to draw on for support in which to make repair and heal. I believe that when health practitioners have an awareness of how they were born, how this affects their practice, and how little ones are conscious of their experience, they increase their somatic awareness of themselves and their clients, improve practice of self care and prevent burnout, and are better able to call on and receive support. In my experience as a midwife and somatic practitioner, I have learned that being able to call on and receive support is an essential professional skill.
I offer a diverse range of services, including continuing education workshops for birth professionals, experiential midwifery practicums, childbirth education, bonding and attachment intensives, small groups for healing early experiences and trauma, embodied yoga retreats in Costa Rica, holistic health guidance, and private sessions. In my private practice I specialize in working with parents who have experienced birth trauma and are seeking resolution. I offer a special Skype program to work with postpartum parents who are at home with their little ones. I currently offer in person sessions in the Bay Area, CA, and Brooklyn, NY, and globally via Skype.
Chanti Smith is a certified professional midwife, pre and perinatal birth therapist, somatic experiencing® practitioner, hypnobirthing® childbirth education instructor, prenatal yoga and embodied anatomy yoga teacher, massage therapist specializing in biodynamic craniosacral therapy, acupressure and body mind centering, lactation specialist, and herbalist. Chanti is committed to bringing perinatal psychology into birth communities through teaching birth professionals and midwifery students, and supporting families and individuals in preventing and healing from birth trauma. She currently teaches, facilitates womb surround groups, and offers in person sessions in the Bay Area, CA, and Brooklyn, NY, and globally via Skype.
Chanti will be giving an Embodiment Seminar for APPPAH PPNE students July 29-August 2, 2015 in Brooklyn, NY. For more information see here.
Chanti Smith, firstname.lastname@example.org, (510) 432-8181
Certified Professional Midwife
Somatic Experiencing Practitioner®
Certified Castellino Prenatal & Birth Therapy
HypnoBirthing® Childbirth Educator
Embodied Anatomy and Developmental Movement Yoga Teacher