with Warm Welcome Birth Services
Michelle L'Esperance, CPM, began attending births in 1996, and began teaching expectant parents & working as a doula in 1999. She has been teaching and mentoring new & aspiring doulas since 2001, and began teaching inservice workshops for Labor & Delivery nurses in 2010. She regularly appears as a guest lecturer for college classes. Below is a sampling of past courses offered.
Traditional Postpartum Doula Care Workshop-(sample past event) Sunday, April 19, 2009, 9AM-5PM. $108. Open to aspiring and experienced postpartum doulas. Please email for registration info and reading list before sending your payment.
Giving Birth: Anthropological, Physiological, and Professional Perspectives- January Term elective course, Smith College, 2008 & 2009.
Giving Birth: Stories & Insights (sample past event)
Sept. 2008 & January 2009. 90 minutes.
Cooley Dickenson Center for Midwifery Care, Northampton.
Co-facilitated by Vicki Elson (Childbirth educator, creator of LABORING UNDER AN ILLUSION: PORTRAYAL OF CHILDBIRTH IN THE MASS MEDIA) and Michelle L'Esperance, Certified Professional Midwife.
Gather with other women to contemplate the significance and memories of your birth experience. Long after our slippery newborns are padding around in footie jammies or getting their first pimples, our memories of their births remain vivid and charged. Take an evening to delve into your birth story(ies) again, treasuring the beauty and seeking more peace with it if you need to. Participants are invited (not required) to tell their birth story to the group in an accepting, tenderhearted space. The evening will include a teaching on Tapas Acupressure Technique, a simple self-treatment that can help relax the nervous system and ease feelings of conflict or disappointment. We will conclude with a visualization/meditation.
This gathering is an optional component of the Doula Training Workshop. Space is limited; please RSVP to (413) 203-4479 or email Michelle. Babies-in-arms and partners are welcome to attend.
Sliding scale $3-15, with a portion of the proceeds to benefit a local cause.
Sunday, Feb. 1, 2009 - 1:00-3:30PM. This day's class will be co-taught by participants in the Doula Training Workshop.
This non-athletic class draws on the body wisdom of yoga and dance, offering pregnant women the opportunity to learn practical techniques for a smoother, easier birth. Click to the Creative Movement page to learn more. Sliding scale; donations accepted to benefit MotherWoman. Preregistration is required and space is limited; please RSVP to (413) 203-4479 or email Michelle. To be held at the Red Barn at Hampshire College, near Admissions.
Suggested donation $10-$20; no one turned away for lack of funds.
Four full days over two consecutive weekends, January 24, 25, 31, and Feb.1. 9:30AM-5:00PM. Florence, MA. Max enrollment 20.
$500; discounts may apply.
Registration for this event is now full. If you would like to be placed on the waitlist, or would like to receive information about the Fall '09 workshop, please email or call.
(sample past event)
January 2009, April 2009, one day, 9AM-5PM. $108. Open to aspiring and experienced postpartum doulas.
Fall 2010 Birth Doula Training- Franklin Medical Center, Greenfield MA. Oct. 16, 17, 23, & 24, 2010.
Sustainable Birthwork How to have an active midwifery or doula practice for decades and feel great about it! How do you, as a caregiver, commit to also caring for yourself? Avoid burnout and exhaustion so that you can keep doing the work that you love, and continue to bring your best to the families you care for. Includes instruction and practice in a short, rejuvenating Qi Gong form for women, management and recovery from sleep disruption, creating boundaries and right relationship, and practice management. For midwives working in any setting, and doulas. Taught by Terri Nash with assistance by Michelle L’Esperance. $120.
Sun., Sept. 29, 10:00-5:00 at the Cooley Dickenson Center for Midwifery, Northampton, MA.
Extending Confidence (past event) Develop a foundation that restores inner reserves, stabilizes your life force, and offers techniques to “Extend Confidence” to others. Birthing families and practitioners are deluged by relentless messages of fear as an unexamined course of standard of care in the childbearing year. Yet we know as an established scientific fact that the production of fear and its attendant hormonal release induces stress responses during pregnancy, interrupts the normal course of labor, and may influence proper establishment of milk supply and bonding. For practitioners, this deluge slowly undermines a healthy and stable view of birth, and contributes to burnout. Drawing from the principles of Tibetan Medicine, skillful means are taught to embody a sustainable confidence that restores inner reserves, stabilizes life force, and offers techniques to “Extend Confidence” to others. For midwives working in any setting, parents, and doulas. Taught by Terri Nash. Wednesday, Oct. 2nd at Indigo Massage, 45 Main St. Florence, MA. 1-5PM $60.
THE WORK of Byron Katie for Health Care Practitioners (Past Event) Learn a simple, profoundly transformative method of thinking through difficult situations, and find peace on the other side. For midwives working in any setting, and doulas. Ever have a case that just sticks with you? A less than optimal outcome? Wish you said or did something different, and that replay spins in your head for days, months or years? THE WORK is a simple, effective technique of examining these stressful thoughts and scenarios with the result of transforming nagging, negative, unproductive mind states. THE WORK is a way of identifying and questioning the thoughts that cause all the anger, fear, depression, addiction, and violence in the world and in ourselves. Allow your mind to return to its true, awakened, peaceful and creative nature. It requires no previous experience. It is easy to learn. What is there to lose?…but stress! Taught by Terri Nash, CPM, certified facilitator of THE WORK.Mon., Oct. 7th, 1:00-5:00pm at the Cooley Dickenson Center for Midwifery, Northampton. $60.
Homeopathy for Pregnancy, Labor, and Postpartum (past event) Learn practical uses of safe & powerful remedies for various pregnancy, labor and postpartum situations. Samuel Hahnemann (1755-1843) articulated that disease states or imbalances are inner processes with rules, sequences and logic. He realized that the human body/mind/heart/spirit can be prompted to “unstick, or resolve” inner traumas and their outer effects. Thus, the inner healing intelligence of the individual is vitalized by the remedy and used to restore balance. Homeopathy is safe, with no side effects, and does not interfere with prescribed medications. It is beautifully congruent with the midwifery model of care, inexpensive, and can bring about dramatic improvement in a wide range of emotional and physical conditions. In this workshop we will review the principles of homeopathy and gain deeper insight into its practical applications for various pregnancy, labor and postpartum situations. Cases will be presented. For midwives working in any setting, and student midwives. Taught by Terri Nash, CPM. Saturday, October 5th, 10:00-5:00 with an hour for lunch. at Indigo Massage, 45 Main St. Florence, MA. $120.
An Evening with Terri Nash (past event) Q & A on anything you ever wanted to know about birth, babies, the transition from spirit to form. Thursday, October 10th, 6:00-9:00PM. at Indigo Massage, 45 Main St. Florence, MA. $30.
Homeopathy for Parents, Babies, & Children (past event) Learn to treat your children and yourself for a range of common health issues with safe, effective, inexpensive homeopathy. Homeopathy stimulates the inner healing intelligence of the individual. Used since the 18th century, homeopathy is safe, with no side effects, and does not interfere with prescribed medications. It can bring about dramatic improvement in a wide range of emotional and physical conditions. In this workshop we will review the principles of homeopathy and gain deeper insight into its practical applications for various family health challenges, with a focus on babies and young children. Cases will be presented. Taught by Terri Nash. Saturday, Oct. 12, 1:00-4:00. $40. At Grow in Thornes' Market, Main St., Northampton. *Pair with The WORK of Byron Katie for Parents, Pregnancy, & Pre-conception and take $5 off each workshop!*
THE WORK of Byron Katie for Parents, Pregnancy, & Pre-conception (past event) Are you burdened by thoughts around your fertility, pregnancy, past or future birth, or breastfeeding? Learn a simple method to relieve your suffering and perhaps even reveal a new peaceful perspective. THE WORK is a simple, effective technique of examining these stressful thoughts and scenarios with the result of transforming nagging, negative, unproductive mind states. THE WORK is a way of identifying and questioning the thoughts that cause all the anger, fear, depression, addiction, and violence in the world and in ourselves. Allow your mind to return to its true, awakened, peaceful and creative nature. It requires no previous experience. It is easy to learn. What is there to lose?…but stress! Taught by Terri Nash, CPM, certified facilitator of THE WORK. Sunday, Oct. 13, 1:00-4:00. $40. River Valley Yoga, 30 N. Maple St., Florence, MA .*Pair with Homeopathy for Parents, Babies, & Children and take $5 off each workshop!*