Postpartum Healing Lodge: The Class


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In this one-of-a-kind, fully online course taught by an Indigenous instructor, you will learn how to use ancestral wisdom to restore health and wellness in the postpartum period.

In this class, you will learn:

  • Cultural teachings about birth as ceremony and postpartum as rite of passage.
  • How to ethically integrate traditional teachings into your birthwork practice.
  • What’s REALLY going on in the body, mind, and spirit after birth.
  • How to prepare healing meals and teas for postpartum health (recipes and instructions included).
  • How to prepare a pain-relieving postpartum herbal bath.
  • How to restore blood loss and support abundant lactation.
  • Cultural teachings for the newborn – including cradleboard, mossbag, and placenta/umbilical care.
  • How to serve families who have experienced pregnancy and infant loss.

This course is taught from an Ojibwe Anishinaabe perspective and centers the experiences of Indigenous people of the Great Lakes region.

This space is intended for Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) only, including mixed-POC and children of various global diasporas. 

The course intentionally uses gender affirming and inclusive language in reverence and respect for Two-Spirit, Queer, Trans, and Non-Binary relatives. Please only enter this space if you’re willing to fight for equity and equality alongside our Trans relatives in true accordance with our Indigenous kinship philosophies. #Decolonize 

This class is for:

Indigenous and other people of color who are committed to returning ancestral traditions to the communities to which they belong.

Anyone who wishes to heal their ancestral lineage and repair the soul wounds inflicted upon Indigenous Americans.

Anyone who holds knowledge with integrity, free of cultural appropriation.

Pregnant/parenting people, relatives who wish to restore their traditional kinship models, midwives, doulas, lactation counselors, experienced and aspiring birth workers.

Course Format:

  • 8 modules that introduce you to postpartum healing from an Anishinaabe perspective
  • 2 bonus weeks of education and support for converting your postpartum practice to a telehealth/virtual doula format
  • Convenient, dedicated online teaching platform so you can plug-in from wherever you are {Teachable}

+In-depth video demonstrations related to module content

+80+ page course companion book with module chapters PACKED full of teachings, special recipes, study questions, worksheets, Anishinaabe traditional plant monographs, stories, and prompts for your personal growth

+ Recipe Guide PACKED full of meal and drink ideas for the immediate moments after birth through the first year postpartum

+Weekly LIVE video meetings over Zoom (recorded for your convenience)

+Very active and engaged Facebook community of practice with over 130 Indigenous birth keepers from around the world

+Bonus study and discussion group meetings


Womb Wellness

Traditional Foods

Restore Blood Loss

Herbal Medicine Baths

Pregnancy and Infant Loss

Cradleboard and Mossbag

Placenta and Umbilical Care

Traditional Birth Work Practices

This class has a special emphasis on traditional food, plant, and tree knowledge for postpartum healing. We will be journeying with cedar, white pine, red willow bark, maple, yarrow, bee balm, traditional tobacco, and more. At the end of the class, you will receive a certificate of completion.

Here’s what previous course participants had to say about their experience:

“As a Naturopathic Doctor & Birth + Postpartum Doula Raeanne’s course Postpartum Healing Lodge was a beautiful way to deepen into this wisdom, and connect with others in Circle. Raeanne is an amazing teacher and guide. I am so grateful for the knowledge & wisdom she lovingly & reverently shared with us. Being in this class felt like a Ceremony in itself. I received personal healing from gathering in this way, from these teachings. I also received practical information & Ancestral reminders on how to better support birthing parents & our Communities. To come back to our ways, rippling out this healing to all of our relations.” -Jacqui Wilkins, Yakama 

“Everything was so completely opposite of mainstream culture and the resources that you are given from hospitals. The most valuable thing I learned/re-learned is that there is more than one way to look at something and returning to your roots/traditions is where the knowledge is. I would never have learned the things in this course had I not taken the course, miigwech!” -Lindsey McGahey, Ojibwe

“I plan on adding this to my toolkit that I carry with me on the Red Road. Furthering Indigenous knowledge and deepening those roots has always been the goal in this medicine work.” -Sarah Maria, Mexika Copalera

Pre-requisites: It will be super helpful (but not required) if you have previously taken either formal or informal childbirth education. This class picks up right where childbirth education leaves off, and while we will be diving deeply into the postpartum experience on a physical and spiritual level, we will not have time to talk in-depth about the physiology of birth.

Your community needs you, like, yesterday! Therefore this class is designed to guide you to step into practice right away. Upon completion of the coursework, you’ll be prepared to conduct 1-4 days of specialized postpartum healing care to families of newborns using the foods, herbs, and traditional practices to support their journey. You’ll also receive a foundation of skills to continue learning and deepen your practice for providing care and companionship to families who have experienced miscarriage, abortion, and infant loss if death doula or full spectrum work is part of your calling.

Whether you’re an experienced birth worker or brand new to this work, I am ready to hold space for your growth as we step into the fullness of our collective medicine.

Registration for this course is currently closed.

Check back for the next opportunity to join in January 2021. I highly recommend that you get on the waitlist for this class so you get first dibs on registering, because this course fills up FAST and if you’re not on my list, you might miss out. Sign up here.

**At this time, I am not able to accept payment plans or installments. If you have an employer that can sponsor your registration fee, I’m happy to submit an invoice – contact me for more details.

***If you are white, PLEASE honor my boundaries and do not contact me about being in the class. I am firm about keeping this space sacred for people of color to reconnect and reclaim our ancestral legacies. If you’re a white accomplice with economic security and financial privilege, please consider sponsoring a registration fee for a BIPOC community member.