I had trained as a Birth Doula and loved supporting women in the birthing process, but being on call for births wasn’t blending well with having CST office hours!
When the Santa Barbara Institute began offering a PhD in Pre and Perinatal Psychology, my heart ached to figure out a way to apply, but my circumstances just didn’t allow it. I followed the development and news of the program with joy for many years.
Then when APPPAH moved the Congress to San Francisco for two years in a row, I registered and made my reservations. It certainly helped that, by then, my older son and his wife were living in San Francisco! Attending the Congress was A M A Z I N G, and somewhat triggering for me. I attended two years in a row and will never miss one if I can help it! I got to listen to these pioneers who understood that babies are conscious!
Then came the announcement of the Certification program for Pre and Perinatal Educators! I signed up and paid for the whole course right away.
In my CST practice, I was already seeing a good many Moms and Babies with some success. I saw the PPNE certification as an opportunity to create a deeper understanding of what I was experiencing in my office as well as to have the historical and published information to help both myself and others begin to perceive this “hidden” information stored so cleverly in our bodies! I wanted to help as many Moms, Dads, and Babies as possible access their inherent resources for transforming stored trauma and opening the way for vibrant health.
I met Dennis Hertenstein, my mentor, at the most recent APPPAH Congress in Asilomar, when the first class was introduced. It was thrilling to be in the photo of the first class and meeting all the founders, pioneers and amazingly talented people who have contributed so much to this field.
Once I began the program, I seemed to breeze through the first few Modules. Then I noticed that my own stored body memories were emerging at a deeper level. I reached out to my mentor as well as to Kate White, the program Administrator and I sought additional support locally.
I completed my Certification in March of this year (2015). All along, I had shared my thoughts, my difficulties, my experiences with Kate White - wanting to contribute to ensure the longevity of this program! I am so passionate about Birth, Babies and Families! From my 17 years as a teacher with a Masters in Foreign Language Education, I was eager to give input for Kate and the other Mentors to consider. After all, to some people, Pre and PeriNatal Psychology and Health IS like a foreign language!
When Kate asked if I would like to be a Mentor, I said YES! Not that I have any special talents to offer, but if I can be a support in any way to someone who is passionate about birth, babies, body-stored memories, it is truly MY great and humble pleasure to fulfill that role.
My first “official” PPNE presentation is scheduled for September 2015. I was asked to address a local gathering of Lactation Consultants (from whom I receive many referrals) about both CranioSacral Therapy and Pre and Perinatal Psychology and Health. They are asking me to speak for 2 hours! I am very excited, and a little nervous! I will do my best to fulfill my role as an ambassador of APPPAH and the PPNE program!