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In this three-part series, join Certified Professional Midwife and clinical herbalist Tessa Micaela Landreau-Grasmuck in a discussion of herbal medicine and holistic support strategies for use during pregnancy, birth and the post-partum period.
These two-hour classes offer a deep dive into each phase of the childbearing cycle, taught from the midwifery perspective, rooted in the knowledge that pregnancy and birth are physiologic and somatic (not pathological) processes that call on the innate wisdom of the body. Herbal and supportive strategies can support that wisdom, ease discomfort, and support challenges and complications should they arise.
We’ll cover safety and shared decision making tools for use of herbs in the childbearing year, including evidence-based research, cultural and historic uses, risk assessment, dosing and formulation, as well as long-term strategies for perinatal and postpartum care. Designed specifically for birth attendants, doulas, midwives, care providers, and herbalists looking to support folks in childbearing cycles, but all levels of knowledge and curiosity are welcome. These classes will be taught with a trauma-informed lens and with a commitment to bodily and collective autonomy; all genders and all bodies are welcome and celebrated.
Participants are encouraged to register for all three courses together; class content is interrelated and will build through the series, and you’ll also receive the series discount! Recordings will be made available for all classes.
Beginning with an overview of the phases of labor and birth, this class will cover herbal support and strategies in a wide variety of birthing contexts. We’ll focus on herbs for emotional and physical discomforts for labor and birth including emotional transitions, fatigue, back labor, prodromal labor, and more. We will also cover supportive strategies for inductions, herbal support for augmented and epidural birth, as well as adjunctive care for surgical (cesarean) birth. Finally, we’ll discuss the immediate postpartum period (2-4 hours after birth) and herbs for afterpains, hemorrhage, retained placenta, and more. Participants can expect to leave with ideas for a toolkit of herbal formulas to take to births, including indications for when—and when not—to use them.
Tessa Micaela Landreau-Grasmuck (they/them) is a Certified Professional Midwife (CPM), community and clinical herbalist, and a poet. Tessa was born into the hands of a midwife at a freestanding birth center in Philadelphia, and has been working in generative care and full spectrum reproductive health for over a decade. As a queer provider, Tessa is especially committed to working with queer and trans folks across all reproductive experiences. Tessa currently sees herbal clients, works with pregnant folks and folks trying to conceive, catches babies and walks with their dog on unceded Abenaki land (central VT). They spend lots of time with hands in the dirt, in somatic inquiry and working to build sustainable, liberatory models for collective healing, and organizes with The Rose Core Collective. More about Tessa’s work can be found at Threshold Community Midwives and Threshold Apothecary.