When she was a young newly pregnant mama-to-be, she went to her doctor full of questions. She asked a question and the doctor literally patted her on the head and said, “You don't need to know this.”
She left the office and found a midwife who would answer her questions and be with her in her prenatal and birthing process. Her first baby was a home birth and then she moved to a place where she felt there was no option but a hospital for her second child. Debra thought, “No big deal. I know how to do this. It doesn't matter where I have this baby.” So she found an OB that she liked and started “negotiating” a home birth in the hospital. All that she was promised by her doctor was denied her at the time of the birth of her son. After a straight forward unmedicated birth her son was taken away to the nursery, and despite her continuous requests/demands for her son he was not brought to her until the next morning. The doctor brought him to her apologizing and said, “ Sorry it took so long. He would not stop bleeding.” They had circumcised her child without her permission or knowledge before he was 12 hours old.
A childbirth advocate was born.
As a midwife, childbirth educator, and craniosacral therapist, she educates women that they have choices on where and with who they can birth their babies and how to make those choices for themselves.
In this life journey, Debra studied with Franklyn Sills in his first 2 year program in America and fell in love with the work. This led her to Ray Castellino's first training in Pre and Perinatal Therapy. Again she fell in the love with the work and after a two year program, assisted Ray in his process workshops and a two year program. She also trained with Chandana Becker for Somatic Trauma Resolution.
Debra works with moms, babies and families healing and growing their way through their birth year. She also teaches a two year CST program with the Lifeshapes Institute.
She recently joined APPPAH's education department and will be working with students as they work through the PPNE program, as a layer of support for the students. We are so lucky to have her as a mentor in this program!
If you don't yet have a mentor and would like, consider asking Debra, just email Kate or Rebecca (educate or firstname.lastname@example.org) and we'll get you connected!
You can learn more about Debra and her work by visiting her website: http://debrabochinski.com/about.html