ICTC – International Center for Traditional Childbearing Birthworker Training

Join us for a comprehensive training of birth, postpartum and breastfeeding care!
 
This training is in depth and culturally sensitive – see card above or call for details.
 
Ongoing mentorship assistance is available to local students as well as the opportunity to serve our east bay families as a community birth worker with Shiphrah’s Circle Community Doula Program.
 
For curriculum question, speak to the certified trainer, Samsarah Morgan.
 
To register see the link above or see the flyer below to contact ICTC.
 
Act quickly to qualify for scholarships.
 
See our Facebook event for this training!
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About your trainer:
Samsarah Morgan is an ICTC certified trainer. She is the mother of 5 grown sons and the grandmother of 3. She is a birth and postpartum caregiver, counselor, coach and hypnotherapist in Oakland Ca. Her private practice, Nia Healing Center for Birth and Family Life provides services to enrich and facilitate strong bonds within families and communities. She is the Executive director of Oakland Better Birth foundation which has as its mission the prevention of infant and maternal mortality in Oakland, CA and Alameda County for all and especially within the African American community by offering childbirth and breastfeeding information as well as doula services to any family regardless of their ability to pay. She is the author of 3 books: “Children’s Village Tales of an Urban Nana “, “The Birth Plan” and “Birth. A Black Woman’s Survival Guide” (to be released summer 2017)

Special Invitation

Momma, take a moment. Don’t tell yourself that you are going to “try’ for a natural childbirth. Educate yourself, empower yourself, feed yourself, bring your best health to the forefront, hire a midwife, and a doula. And have your natural childbirth. Surround yourself with people who already envision you powerfully birthing your child – rather than those who are educated in the worst case scenario!
The odds are on your side!
Go for it! Hard!
And from this place – be open hearted to how your birth progresses – if interventions are needed accept this – see them as tools that bring you to your ultimate goal – your beautiful child and you healthy and strong. There is no failure here. One only fails if one never tries.
Remember, the odds are on the side of a healthy pregnant person- go for it!
 
Samsarah Morgan ED, Oakland Better Birth Foundation

Salome Karwah Dies in Childbirth… We speak your name!

This woman did not die due to childbirth. She died due to a botched C-Section and criminal ignorance. Rest in Peace, Lioness!

Midwives of Color

Salome Karwah, a heroic Ebola fighter and a 2014 “Time Person of the Year” passed last Tuesday due to complications during childbirth.

Karwah was one of the few survivors of the 2014 West African Ebola outbreak. The disease rampaged her hometown in Liberia, claiming the lives of most of her family members, yet, miraculously, Karwah, her then fiancé and her sister all survived.

After surviving the disease—and therefore becoming immune—the nurse dedicated her life to helping eliminate the disease. She provided intimate, hands-on care to those affected. “I can do things that other people can’t. If an Ebola patient is in his house, and his immediate relative cannot go to him, I can go to him. I can take [care of] him, ” she said.

READ MORE AT OKAY AFRICA

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A request!

A request:
but first a thank you! Thank you, to the wonderful mommas who are making donations of breast pumps to me. I am going to be sure that they are given good homes ❤
I;d like to ask you to please include a picture of yourself with your breast pump – perhaps one of you and your nursling.
I think it would a very powerful gesture for a new mom to know how her “new’ pump was used and the story of another mother’s breastfeeding joy and struggles.
Pumps and supplies can be left on my front porch at any time – please leave them clean and ready to be sterilized. If you can afford to buy a new set of tubing – and include that – it would be most appreciated.
Thank you for your generosity and for your gift of life 1 for nursing your own child and 2 for helping another mother do the same!
Blessings,
Samsarah Morgan ED
Oakland Better Birth Foundation
510-595-5534

Whew!

I’m off call !!!

And as much as this year has been a certifiable challenge, I would be remiss if I didn’t give thanks and show appreciation for the outstanding group of women who work with me.

My apprentices Kayla Lewis and Jessalyn Dooly Ballerano Cristina Marisol.

My students Priscilla Enninful Marna Armstead BiBi DeeDee Ramey Melody Christelle Moon

My wonderful associate doula Jinny Pagle Doula and lactation cookie baker extraordinaire! My powerful and devoted ally and lactation educator  Laura Cox

I want to thank wonderful community members who volunteered this year to help families and young Momma’s in need Ken Bagwell Theresa Anderson Syan de LuMargh Roke Noir Soul Luciani Liza Rankow Mariah Carle Christina Hildebrand Laura Marina Perez Maowunyo de Asis Gena Kirby Elika Aird Xandrea J. Sanford WendyEllen Cochran Rab’ia Keeble @ so many others.
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Appreciation and thanks to our fiscal sponsor Mother Health International and Rachel Zaslow .

Thanks and love to my powerful and loving advisory board members. (For some reason my phone won’t  let me keep tagging so I will add you later. Feel my love in the meantime.😊)Heather Moore-Farley Tora Spigner laura Cox Cristina Marisol Libertad Rivera

Thank you, Jeff Perlstein SoleSpace and Sandhya Jha Oakland Peace Center for giving our programs a nest to gestate and grow!

Rachel Cullen Farkash for being the best daughter in law a mom could ask for and for your gorgeous flyers and emotional support!

Thank you, Lita Mikrut,artwork, for your artwork and support with producing “The Birth Plan”.

Thank you, Marilyn Gordon, for being a fountain of emotional, business support and mother love for me – always and for a very long time!

I want to thank my family, my beautiful children, children in law, and grandchildren who are the fuel of my life force.

I feel so blessed to have such a wonderful team and loving community. We are needed, I look forward to our continuing to ensure the best birth and life possible for our Oakland babies, our Bay Area babies, for all babies, children and their families everywhere!

Thank you !!!!
Samsarah Morgan ED
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