+6 MONTH MENTORSHIP
21-24 April, 2022
Who Is This Immersion For?
ALL WITH GENUINE INTEREST ARE WELCOME AND WE INTEND TO SERVE…
- Those seeking experienced, informed, practical, intersectional, and interdisciplinary guidance as they step into doula work for the first time – or those wishing to enhance their practice.
- Professionals who already work with pregnant families in the pre- or post-natal period, but are seeking a deeper look into the childbirth experience as a way to enhance their practice and communication.
- Birth companions seeking a nurturing, non-hierarchical, judgment-free, safe environment for processing and debriefing experiences with professional guidance – and within a growing community placing value on collaborative and rhizomatic knowledge exchange.
- Those seeking in-person and remote mentorship to walk the path into doula work together with a community and experienced and professional guides that will meet monthly in person and provide guidance throughout the 6-month period. This enables space for both celebration and debriefing (confidentially or in community) through joys, questions and challenges.
- Doulas seeking access to a deeper awareness of tools to understand and navigate obstetric and cultural bias in their everyday work as a means to better serve a diverse population.
- Those seeking awareness of how they can integrate body work and fascia therapy in developing their own perception and touch to serve both themselves and the individuals and families they encounter in their work
- Those seeking guidance through ritual creation and intentional storytelling that spans a spectrum of pregnancy, childbirth, and postpartum experiences with sensitivity, insight, and direction.
- Those seeking a new job path, but also a commitment to pursue a passion for intentional and visionary work; where they feel well prepared for both the business, psycho-emotional, anatomical-physiological, metaphysical and activist aspects inevitable in this work.
If you are curious or unsure if this could be a good match for you on your path, please contact us and we would be more than happy to take the time to answer any questions or concerns you might have.
Camalo Gaskin is the co-director of the Center for Doula Pathways and an experienced doula providing evidenced-based and intuitive guidance. She works intimately with each individual or couple to support them in making this transition one where they feel mindful, informed, and confident. She places focus on cultivating caring and empathetic relationships with the women and men she works with, while providing information and hands-on practices that enable them to feel autonomous, and advocated for, in making decisions that align with their broader needs and desires. Her interest is also in bringing both research and public awareness to practices that make childbirth and life with a newborn an optimal experience.
She was first called to birth work after giving birth alone with her partner in their home. This unexpected, yet transcendent experience left her with both new awareness and questions about labor, birth and newborn instincts. It also pointed to assumptions about our anatomy, physiology, and obstetric culture and curriculum.
Mentored by renowned surgeon and obstetrician Dr. Michel Odent, Camalo integrates her deepened understanding of childbirth physiology and long-term thinking into her teaching, doula guidance, and the intimate environments she co-creates with the parents she serves. Among other guides and colleagues she has exchanged closely with experienced doula Liliana Lammers, midwife and craniosacral therapist Debra McLaughlin, midwife and founder of Spinning Babies Gail Tully, and Indira Lopez-Bassols, specialist on the Alchemy of Connection.
Beyond the insights learned from accompanying many birthing individuals and families over the years, the studies that have shaped her practice include Paramana Course with Dr. Michel Odent & Liliana Lammers; Integral Touch of Birth (ITB) training with Debra McLaughlin, Adrienne Caldwell and Marcello Windolph, MAP (McLaughlin Assessment Protocol) training; Spinning Babies® Certified Parent Educator (SpBCPE) Training; Duke University Medical School, Cell Biology Department, Human Physiology Certificate of Distinction; Doula UK, Developing Doulas Certified Doula Training; Doula Course with Midwife Ina May Gaskin; Lactation Consultant Foundations Training with Indira Lopez-Bassols, IBCLC; Rebozo Manteada and Traditional Ceremonies for Pregnancy and Postpartum Training with Midwife and Obstetrician Dr. Norma Emilia Escalante Betancourt; University of New
Mexico, Curanderismo: Traditional Medicine; Essential Breathing Teacher Training with Rakel Sosa; Herbal Medicine for Women with Dr. Aviva Romm (in-process), Pediatric Fasciatherapy Course with TMG, Workshop with Danis Bois, founder of Fasciatherapie MDB and Perceptive Pedagogy “Working with the states of mind”, and Fasciatherapie MDB course with Marcello Windolph, among others.
Camalo is a ritual guide, author and lecturer on obstetric culture. She has contributed to public discourse through speaking, teaching and writing at the Huffington Post, Tonic Magazine, Clue, Midwifery Today conference, Savvy Contemporary with German Foreign Office’s “Long Night of Ideas”, The Primal Continuum of Human Development (PCHD): Birth Keeper Summit at the National Press Club in Washington D.C., CUNY’s New York College of Technology, Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE), and act as a partner and expert patron for All Our Mothers (AOM).
Marcello Windolph is a certified Perceptual Educator and Fasciatherapist MDB based in Amsterdam. After having been invited to the 2016 Spinning Babies International Confluence as a workshop leader and keynote speaker Marcello co-created the ITB (Integral Touch of Birth) 4-day intensive training for pregnancy bodyworkers with Deb McLaughlin and Adrienne Caldwell. Marcello travelled and taught internationally with Gail Tully from Spinning Babies, Jenny Blyth and Fiona Hallinan from Birthwork Australia, and others. In his birth-related work Marcello is currently teaching Fasciatherapy MDB and the ITB 4-day intensive twice a year in Minnesota, USA. His latest project was inscribing his developments into the Center of Doula Pathways with Camalo Gaskin in Berlin, Germany.
After the study of anthropology and philosophy at the University in Heidelberg, Germany, Marcello became a musician studying double bass at the Conservatory of Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
The effects music had on his intimate self set an internal course, guiding him into the presence of teachers of other old music cultures like Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia (bansuri flute) and Dhruba Ghosh (sarangi) with whom the exploration of the internal place of the heart became a joy and inspiration.
After obtaining his master degree in music at the Royal Conservatory of the Hague, he directed his focus of attention and work to the underlying vehicle of life and turned towards his own body as a field of study and exploration.
Having come into contact with many forms of bodywork like yoga, different massage techniques, pilates, aikido, manual treatment modalities, acupuncture/pressure and different forms of chi kung, he experienced the unusually effective form of Xing Shen Zhuang in 2003 through which he successfully healed from various physical problems accumulated being a professional musician.
The years that followed he devoted to the study and self research of this uncommon traditional taoist form of foundation training intensively with Prof. Wang Ting-Jun in Europe and in China. In 2010 he became a student of Wang Liping, the 19th generation lineage holder of the ‘northern dragon-gate school of Taoism’ in north east China.
Under the guidance of Master Wang Liping Marcello was introduced to new perceptions and a desire to use the developed capacity to support others in life emerged. The arts of healing and ‘developing perception’ became his passion and turned into his profession over the years.
Through any aspect of transition into life or loss, we aim to prepare you in being steady and stable in your presence so that the person you are accompanying finds access to their internal resources for adaptation.
The Center for Doula Pathways was founded in vision of a new, coherent approach to birth companionship.
Our approaches stem from two core values that equip birth companions with necessary scope, skills and vision to be actively engaged in creating a shift within birth cultures and within their own confidence in intimate encounters in their practice:
1) The curriculum we propose is INTERSECTIONAL, we develop principles and practices which respect that each person comes with complex identities and privileges that uniquely impact their
experiences of life, which are often magnified during pregnancy and especially in the environments and transitions of birth.
2) The curriculum is INTERDISCIPLINARY, in that it is divided naturally into two entirely different fields of action, which mutually enrich each other.
We sketch the vast field that is birth and we see how it represents the enormous dimension and amplitude of the human experience. Storytelling, as a living form of learning, enables us to activate an alive transmission of knowledge. A complex process cannot possibly be understood through facts and data which are not in context with the unique lived experience of birth in the body.
THIS KNOWLEDGE TRANSMITTED THROUGH STORY IS BASED ON REAL LIFE, then embodied and enacted into practice. When we are able to envision ourselves in a broad spectrum of birth scenarios, the telling of stories becomes information that is alive. It’s passed from human to human, from presence to presence, from experience to experience.
In her teaching, Camalo encourages to relate to our environments, first developing relationship to our own selves as human beings, then seeing how those qualities serve us in caring for those within the institutions and intimate environments where birth takes place.
Referencing birth culture around the world, we look at the advantages and disadvantages of common practices and beliefs. This gives us a view of current and long-term challenges faced in the experience of giving birth, and helps us explore and question the culture of how we approach birth, with sincerity rather than dogma.
In the other branch of the curriculum, Marcello guides the work on oneself to develop COMPETENCES IN PERCEPTION to access a variety of techniques for self-care, touch and bonding.
His teaching introduces fascia. Fascia is the vehicle, a complex sensory organ and communication system, through which we experience and act out life. In pregnancy and labor this awareness is vital. We learned that fascia is of importance in whether one can live close to one’s own experience and extract deep meaning for their lives. We understand what the parameters are for working deeply with structural and psychosomatic balance within the pregnant person.
As birth companions it is vital to step into a PROFOUND RELATIONSHIP WITH THE ACCOMPANIED PERSON. Each may have lived through rich life events, often feeling the deep need to reconcile with the parts of herself which are fragmented, distancing her from her experience of pregnancy and birth. Being one with oneself and feeling deeply embodied gives both parties access to an internal serenity where inherent competences are liberated.
In our approach we believe understanding the nature of one’s own humanity and autonomy is central to respecting that of others. In this view, self-awareness and self care is not only a stablizing (nourishing) factor in what we offer, but it is an existential root (or pre-condition) for developing the competences we aim to transmit.
We inscribe in the culture where being a birth companion does not only entail birth-related knowledge, techniques and psycho-emotional support on a human level, but where the companionship is founded in a state of being. In this way we step into a visionary path of practice and life.
What is of fundamental importance is what unfolds individually in the human quality, through personal development first, then distills into presence, adaptability and human warmth.
An ability to step into relationship with one’s self, the other, the world and our circumstances creates connection, reciprocity, closeness but not fusion. This kind of relationship becomes empowering support.
What To Expect
In the curriculum for the Center for Doula Pathways, we offer new doulas perspectives and hands-on practices that have proven to be useful and transformative in addressing many of the common fears and complications that families face on their journeys to giving birth.
Participants in the immersion are invited to challenge themselves to understand the qualities which are specific to who we are in our lives. This awareness inherently instills a unique sense of purpose for the work and enables us to build more authentic relationships to colleagues and the people we serve.
With a robust knowledge of childbirth physiology, awareness of obstetric culture, and access to their own purpose in the work, a new confidence arises in our birth companions.
The immersion curriculum invites participants to experience some of the subtle and profound challenges we face in being a practicing doula. Birth companions emerge from these rites of passage having uncovered their own strengths and shadows. In the safety of community, each person flourishes in a new knowing about themselves and the field of practice they are tasked to both serve and transform.
Each person embarking on this pathway is guided closely in these practices and principles. Through this personalized and intimate learning, the new doula’s lived values and experiences are unified with those they serve.
With the creation of the Center For Doula Pathways we aim to fill the void which appears between the few and standardized models of doula education existing today.
Our learning experiences place value on the humanity of each participant, both questioning and nurturing our collective understanding of autonomy, empathy, and advocacy.
DEVELOPING PRESENCE through “Full Presence Meditation”:
The one fundamental tool a doula has is a particular quality of presence. This presence generates the depth with which she steps into relationship with herself, the accompanied person, and the environment. The specific meditation offered by Marcello trains a person through silence, supported by a specific guide, to arrive much more present to one’s thoughts, feelings and to one’s own perception, an asset which we value as a useful and practical asset for the work of a
DEVELOPING TOUCH; …the doulas hand, in touch with “the life within”:
A doula can support the birthing person’s trust in her body by offering a quality of presence through touch. Finding access to the global dynamic communication system which is unified through fascia can positively affect the tensions surrounding the structures of the uterus to actively assist the journey of birth.
The value of this way of working together lies in the development of a hand and touch that allow the mother and the baby to arrive and inhabit their body and being and meet in the reassuring confidence of closeness.
The birth companion is equipped with a protocol of movement and touch which can be safely applied during pregnancy. It prepares the accompanied person for maximum mobility and embodiment during labour and birth. The companion’s hand is trained to understand how to sensually enter the realm of the fascia and step into “dialogue” with the body in a dimension inaccessible to the naked eye. Structural imbalances and tensions, pregnancy ailments and
potential complications become accessible for the doula’s gentle and loving hands.
SELF-CARE, APPLYING METHODS TO ONESELF AND CREATING A FOUNDATION FOR A PERSONAL, AUTHENTIC AND INTIMATE TRANSFORMATIONAL PROCESS:
The concepts of Fasciatherapy MDB aim to demystify the mind-body unity, and give useful and practical guidance in understanding the effects our practices have on the birthing body and being. Marcello offers activities inviting the birth companion to develop an enriched quality of presence which is profoundly rooted in the companion’s own experience.
Camalo and Marcello unite their work in developing the ‘internal compass’. A state of being from which a solid internal personal practice can grow, an attitude which nourishes personal development and quality of presence to the self, the other, and the world. In the practice of birth companionship, these are valuable assets in serving with solidity, confidence and ease.
+ THE FOUNDATIONS
Understanding Childbirth Physiology and Anatomy
Experience-based Knowledge + Practice
Scientific Evidence on Common Birth Topics
Concepts of Pain Management and Pain Perception
Foundations of Hypnosis for Pregnancy & Birth
Breastfeeding + Postpartum Care
Overview of Birth Paradigms, Resources and Practical Skills
Bio-mechanics and Balance in Pregnancy and Birth
Essential Breathing: Lineages + Techniques
Hypnosis for Birth
+ THE INTANGIBLE
Tuning Your Perceptions
Activating Touch and Quiet Mind
Guidance on Your Own Intuition
Concepts of Tuning, Perception, Balance, Existence and Being Present
Useful practices to apply to pregnancy (e.g. amplifying vitality in the tissues, balancing anatomical structures, lightening breathing, calming the mind, establishing connection through touch between partners)
Understanding Foundations of Breathing
Closing Ceremonies (references from the whole planet)
Prenatal Trust-building, Care and Connections
Guidance for holding sessions with pregnant and postpartum families
Narratives of Birth and Birth Work
Learning through real stories and experience
Holding Space for Loss and Celebration
+ IN CONTEXT
Ethics, Equity and Evaluating Obstetric Biases
Autonomy and Responsibility at Birth
Intercultural Care References
Keys to Working With Diverse Populations
Understanding Family Needs, Identities, and Structures
Defining The Doula Role
Practices and Discipline for Self-Development
+ IN PRACTISE
How to Grow Trust Networks with Other Doulas and Care Providers
How to Establish Back-Up Doula Relationships
Establishing Your Doula Business
How to Interview Families
How to Position Your Practices Among Other Care Providers
How to Determine Rates
How to Draft Contracts
How to Represent Your Work in the Public Sphere/Market
Resources for Getting Started
Addressing Conflict with Diplomacy, Clarity, and Compassion
Contracts and Codes of Practice
6 Monthly Sessions
Gather in Community
Troubleshoot Practical Questions
Exchange Stories and Resources
Support with Family (“Client”) Referrals
Practical Guidance in applying learned techniques and protocols
Participants choose a date to present an essay or presentation pertaining to a topic given at the end of the immersion.
All participants are encouraged to use mediums in which they are familiar and fluent to communicate. Multi-sensory methods are welcomed. This can include any form (e.g. written word, video/film, audio, art, textiles, song, ritual, storytelling, sculpture, academic argument, etc.)
Each participant will be encouraged to attend at least 3 births within the evaluation period. Each experience with a family will be debriefed with mentorship. Guidance connecting with families will be part of this process.
|ENROLLMENT OPENS:||April, 2022|
|IMMERSION DATES:||21-24 April, 2022|
|MENTORSHIP + EVALUATION CLOSES:||October, 2022|
HOW IT WORKS:
-To register, click the button below and fill out the form
|-We schedule an in-person (or online) informal interview, to ask questions and learn more about whether this pathway is right for you.
-We set up a payment arrangement for program tuition
-You’ll receive Doula Immersion Welcome Pack and details
A This is a vital question for all participants.While this immersion is an enriching experience on all levels, a significant section of the course and mentorship provides practical guidance and experience focused on the steps each participant can take to earn back the cost of this program within the first few births following certification.
There will be time assigned for discussion on how to integrate the new principles and techniques learned into participants new or existing practice and how these may aid the personal development of the doula practitioner.
Q THE NOTION OF “INTERNAL MOVEMENT” IS PARTICULAR AND SPECIFIC TO FASCIATHERAPY MDB (METHOD DANIS BOIS). HOW IS THE “INTERNAL MOVEMENT” FASCIATHERAPISTS MDB WORK WITH IMPORTANT FOR DOULAS OR PREGNANT PEOPLE?
A People freeze in processes of transformation. If we work in the movement to keep tissues mobile, then you have physical and psycho-emotional experiences that are mobile.
This animation is what animates the tissue. The movement is you. It’s what you’re made of. Carrier of your consciousness, the carrier of your perception.
A Immediately. The evaluation period allows for guided mentorship to ensure self-confidence and competency of each participant. This also is a period of understanding and evolving your own practice. Challenges can be discussed and processed with mentorship and peer community.
A Along with a robust community of other peers with on-going relationships, we offer a more formalized structure of mentorship with 6-monthly in-person gatherings to debrief experiences, access direct guidance in the practices learned, and references to birthwork-aware mental health and therapeutic counsel in our close network. Each participant will have access to a community group and a schedule to confidentially consult guides within the mentorship period.
Q WHAT WILL THE MENTORSHIP EXPERIENCE BE LIKE?
A Participants have access to doula mentors to guide you in the process of understanding how you can apply the learning in practice and how to address challenges or triumphs you may face as you enter this path. This is both an opportunity to engage further in the learning and a debriefing framework to help support participants through your experiences. Beyond that, this is a time to connect with global activists, healers, and interdisciplinary experts that will help our community fortify our learning and life experiences.
Q ARE THERE PAYMENT PLANS AVAILABLE OR SPECIAL RATES FOR EARLY REGISTRANTS?
A Yes. Although we encourage each participant to feel called to this path and aim to invite only genuine interest in this field, to incentivize community building, before January 20th there is an 500€ early bird reduction on the tuition fee and an additional 100€ anytime someone enrolls together with you. This encourages organic community building which is a core benefit to this pathway. Furthermore, there are installment plans available upon request.
“Camalo Gaskin is unique.”
DR. MICHEL ODENT, PIONEERING OBSTETRICIAN, SURGEON AND CHILDBIRTH SPECIALIST
“Marcello’s guidance was a life changing experience. I had experienced different bodywork techniques but his teaching at the Doula Immersion was like an ‘AHA moment’. Everything made sense for the first time. I will take this with me not only in my doula practice but in my life.”
YAKO VERDIER, DOULA (CENTER FOR DOULA PATHWAYS)
“I think this information that Camalo is presenting
is NEED TO KNOW info.”
JAN TRITTEN, FOUNDER, MIDWIFERY TODAY
“In my practice as an out-of-hospital midwife, it has been my pleasure to collaborate with Camalo on a number of occasions. Each time I am struck by the ways in which she is able to hold space for and accompany her clients through the childbearing cycle, with so much empathy, professional skill and intuition.
I have felt confident working together with her to make sure that a family receives the best possible care, knowing that she will support them well through this transitional period regardless of where they choose to have their birth. I have experienced her as a grounded and steady advocate for families in situations where they may feel overwhelmed or unable to advocate for themselves. I recommend her highly as a Doula for families seeking sensitive, knowledgeable, continuous care, as well as to other midwives as a dynamic and supportive colleague.
On a personal level I enjoy working with Camalo so much, sharing skills and experiences as we approach our practice from two complementary perspectives.”
IMOGEN MINTON, MIDWIFE
““Marcello is a guide and mentor for the long term. I found it difficult to grasp the extensiveness of his work because I feel it is something that takes a lifetime to begin to understand. During the Doula Immersion, he did a great job at giving us advice on how to incorporate this knowledge into how we approach touch and connection with birthing people (everyone, really).”
MICHELLE WIGHT, DOULA (CENTER FOR DOULA PATHWAYS)
“Marcello and Camalo are a powerful team and I can merely recommend them. The Fascia session was deeply liberating. We were amazed by Marcello… his care, his guidance, and his touch. The treatment did not only help my body to let go of all the tension I had accumulated during the past pregnancy months, but it calmed my mind too. In addition, they taught my partner and I vitalizing practices to prepare for labour.”
SILVIA AND MARCUS CONDE
“The perspective and the world view linked to the Doula Immersion was vital. The teaching was profound and essential and fundamental, it was perfect.”
JOHARA BELLALI, ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENTIST, DOULA (CENTER FOR DOULA PATHWAYS)
“Camalo Gaskin has mastered the craft of delivering captivating lectures on obstetric culture and bias. After her guest lecture, students referenced her material and talked passionately about the awakening experienced from this new body of knowledge. Camalo encourages all to be analytical, interdisciplinary, and empathic in their thinking.””
DR. EVANGELISTA, ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, CUNY
“My partner was moved by Marcello’s care and how he guided him to touch for my pregnancy. After his fascia treatment, we both felt so much more vitality and connection to everyone around us. Even our one year old started to point to my belly and say “baby” for the first time in my whole pregnancy.”
TSUKASA & MALTE YAMAMOTO
“Camalo engages with birth at a global level in ways absolutely unique in the Berlin birth world. She allows the nuance in each birth story to be self-so. She approaches birth without fear or judgement. And she is dedicated to this work at a soul level.”
ANNIE KOCHER, DOULA
Before the Doula Immersion I didn’t know anything about fascia, and it opened up a whole new dimension of the body to me, not only theoretically but also feeling it in my own body. Marcello gave me some amazing tools to work with pregnant persons in a different way.”
TATIANE SANTANA PEREIRA, PSYCHOTHERAPIST, DOULA (CENTER FOR DOULA PATHWAYS)
“We went touching, breathing … We feel so much more confident and calm about birth because of this new experience with Marcello and Camalo. Yes, we feel empowered and connected as we so deeply desired it.”