Why are so many of us resigned to treating it like just a job instead of the deeply empowering practice it should be?
Does this sound familiar? Are you one of the countless practitioners feeling burnt out, stressed and anxious at the start of everyday?
Or, maybe you’ve found the best way to deal with the stresses of work is to disconnect from your practice and your clients.
You came to midwifery because you felt a calling from deep within you, but you’re starting to lose sight. You aren’t sure how to get it back – or if it’s even possible.
The world is at a tipping point, and your work might feel harder than ever. And yet, you know just how important each birth is in a woman’s life.
You may have tried to reach out and get support, turning to your fellow midwives, only to find they are facing the same, if not harder struggles.
Maybe you’ve looked online, but there is no curated or consistent information to support you through the day-to-day struggles of being a midwife.
...So, why are so many midwives and birthworkers struggling to stay inspired each day?
I believe there is a better and more fulfilling way -
and I want to help guide you there…
I'm Lianne Schwartz. In my 20+ years attending births and teaching midwives, I’ve found that the focus is mostly on the training portion of becoming a midwife, not the continuing support, development and ongoing skills each woman requires through the different stages of her career.
Deepening the Journey helps midwives and birth workers avoid trauma, burnout, and disconnection from their work.
Light your midwifery spark again, by giving yourself the time to fill your own cup. Be guided and supported in rekindling your passion and developing real skills that make a difference, while you build a powerful community of like-minded midwives.
This in an intimate deep dive: we only accept a limited number of participants for this program.
Be that midwife who has a plethora of cutting-edge resources to support the birthing woman and her family.
It's not just about knowledge. You’ll be fully immersed in a nurturing, empowering, and rejuvenating space that allows you to remain calm, clear-headed, and motivated during every birth.
No matter the external pressures…
Transform with powerful tools and practices.
Connect with yourself and a sisterhood of midwives.
Re-Inspire your practice, and your life’s calling.
Hi! I’m Lianne,
For the last ten years, I’ve been facilitating trauma-integration healing sessions for my clients as well as for midwives and doulas. In this work, it has become so clear to me that something needs to shift.
We can’t keep going the way we are. So many women are burnt out, stressed and anxious. And when this happens to a midwife, lives can be at stake. As a birthworker, you’re so good at helping women find their circle of support. But do you have your own sisterhood? Who do you turn to for guidance? How do you nurture yourself as a midwife?
I’ve been a midwife for more than 20 years, in clinical practice as well as teaching midwives in a postgraduate university program for more than 12 years. I also run retreats, programs and workshops for midwives and families, facilitating profound transformation and sharing practical skills and knowledge that make a difference.
I’m passionate about working with midwives and other birthworkers because we are the gatekeepers at the beginning of life. We know how transformational the moments around birth are, and how much it impacts the woman, her baby, her family, and our world. And, how we are, who we are, in those moments, makes a difference…
"Lianne is bringing the light to midwifery, to the sisterhood, and women in the world. I wish there could be a Lianne in every city and every hospital!" - Ulyana Kora, Midwife
And, this is GeorGina...
GeorGina is a midwife, mindfulness and somatic practitioner who has been supporting women in embracing the transformative feminine power of pregnancy, birthing and our wondrous, sensual body for over 25 years.
She is the creator of ‘The Art of Mindful Birthing Workshop’ and has been facilitating courses for pregnant women, midwives, and birth workers since 2005. Combining meditation, mindfulness, storytelling, creative expression, and circle work, these workshops inspire participants to awaken and deepen their inner resourcefulness. GeorGina has also co-facilitated Deepening the Journey retreats since their inception in 2016.
GeorGina works as a homebirth midwife, as well as a lecturer for midwifery students at the university level. She loves supporting midwives and women to practice presence and connection to their embodied wisdom.
And, dear Ibu Robin Lim...
Robin Lim is known worldwide for her life-changing midwifery work. Robin is a midwife and is the founder and executive director of Yayasan Bumi Sehat Birth Centre in Bali.
Together with supporting pregnant and postpartum families and receiving babies, Ibu Robin has authored 19 books, available in English, Indonesian, Italian and Spanish. Her articles, stories and poetry have been published worldwide. Ibu Robin also teaches midwives, doulas, and obstetricians around the world, spreading the message of Healing the Earth through Healing Birth.
- In 2006, Ibu Robin received the Alexander Langer International Peace Award for her efforts to grant caring, competent support to birthing mothers and non-violent birth to their children.
- In 2011, she received the CNN Hero of the Year Award for serving her community, including medically disenfranchised citizens of Indonesia.
- In 2012, the Association for Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Heath honoured her with the Jeannine Parvati BirthKeeper Award.
"I came with an open mind and a thirst for knowledge. I leave with a connection to myself, women of the earth that I had not expected. I have learned so much from the most amazing group of women as well as having time to heal myself in ways I hadn't known I needed. I feel reinvigorated & inspired with a new sense of commitment to transforming birth. Thank you!"
"Deepening the Journey helped me to explore my fragility and power. I rebirthed my love for midwifery and leave here with an open heart, mind and body. Thank you so much."
To work powerfully with women in the birth space, your own integration and healing is vital. In the busy-ness of everyday life, it’s very hard to give yourself what you need for your own inner work.
Give yourself the time and space you need to focus on you so that you can truly be present for yourself, your family and friends, and the women you care for.
You can be one of those midwives who is able to come back to center quickly, to feel clear-headed, to make decisions from a calm state of mind no matter what is happening on the outside.
This is not one of those programs where you're one of hundreds of others. We accept a limited number of participants for this intimate deep dive, and this allows you to connect deeply and get the attention you need to make a difference.
1) Tapping for Birth Program
This is a certification program that teaches you how to use energy psychology to work powerfully with women’s fears, anxieties and stresses during pregnancy, birth and parenting (good for Dads too!) You'll be empowered to use energy psychology tools within your own life, as well as with women at all stages from conception to postpartum. Feel confident to work with fears, anxieties, stresses and upsets. You will gain the designation of Tapping for Birth Practitioner Level 1 by completing this program and the required case studies.
2) Healing Trauma
30% of women have at least one symptom of post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after birth, and up to 6% have full blown PTSD. Learn skills to help women integrate and heal from their past experience so they can look forward to their next birth with excitement and joy. I know that, like me, you frequently come across women who hold trauma from a previous birth.
As midwives, we also work with survivors of childhood sexual abuse every day. This is an area that requires special skills and knowledge to work effectively and powerfully through trauma informed care and trauma-integration practices.
Learn the skills to work effectively with women so that trauma doesn't get carried into the birth experience. Gain the skills, tools and knowledge you need to help women move from fear to power as they approach their birth.
Cultivating presence keeps women safe, and it helps us as midwives. But how do we do it? Mindfulness is developed by making the time and space to bring awareness to what is happening right here and right now. You need guidance to be able to do that within your everyday life in a way that's accessible and fits into your lifestyle.
Mindfulness is a way of being that allows you to be awake in the moment, using everything that’s available and at your disposal as a resource for dealing with whatever is happening. In stressful situations, this is fundamental. It means you have the clarity to respond in a way that is aware, woman centred and responsive - not reactive.
4) Connection with your Intuitive Knowing
The head and the heart, the art and the science: all are important for midwives. Learn how to discern your own intuition from fear or other voices from within. Your intuition is one of your most powerful allies in life, and you too can deepen your connection with this way of knowing, both in your personal life and in your practice.
My trust and intuitive knowing in birth has made a profound difference in countless births and I've spent the last 20 years teaching people how to access (and trust) this knowing within themselves.
5) Holding Space
Holding space is hard to define, but we all know what it feels like when a container is held for us. Our bodies relax, our nervous systems settle, we exhale.
Whether this is for yourself and your own needs, for the women you care for, or for groups and circles you want to hold, there are skills you can learn to hold powerful spaces for transformation, growth and ease.
In this ever-changing world, we will also teach skills in creating connection individually and in groups online, as we face a future with possible ongoing virtual midwifery connection.
6) Advanced Skills
A deep understanding of how to work optimally with:
- The hormones of labor and birth - what you, what women, and what their birth partners can do.
- Making space in the pelvis during pregnancy and through birth.
- Hands-on techniques for helping babies that are ‘stuck’ get unstuck.
- Working with long labors, posterior babies, physical and emotional dystocia.
- Rebozo and other traditional techniques that work: pregnancy , birth and postpartum.
- Sensuality, sexuality and ecstatic birth.
- A primer on breech birth.
- Lotus birth, cord burning, placenta rituals.
Ibu Robin Lim
- CNN hero and founder of the birth centre Yayasan Bumi Sehat -
"Tapping for Birth is a technique of allowing people to perceive the threat, and let it go. It is non- analytical, meaning that the story and traumas are not repeated, which prevents further trauma. When Lianne’s method of tapping is used as part of prenatal care, most pregnancy discomforts can be released, and optimal health restored."
9 Months of Guided Learning
Starting in January you’ll get access to the first month of the Deepening the Journey course. Each month, you will receive a new module with videos, guided audios, writing invitations, and the latest up-to-date research and tools – giving you time to fully understand the concepts and apply them in your daily practice.
Monthly Virtual Retreats
Each month you will join a live, interactive virtual retreat. (Not able to attend? Each retreat will be recorded so you can watch them again and again!) These monthly calls will be a chance to fully immerse yourself and connect with a group of like-minded women.
Community, Practice and Connection
You will have weekly connection calls with your inner circle of midwives to network, connect and practice what you’re learning in a safe place. Not only will you have ample opportunity to fine-tune your new skills but you will emerge from this program with a whole community of like-minded midwives to continue to support and guide you through lifelong friendships.
Do you wish to join us in our next Program?
Our next Deepening the Journey Online Program starts in January 2022.
If you would like to know more, these are the next steps for you to take...
Click on the button below to book a FREE 30 minute Clarity Call with Lianne
Get really clear on how this program will work to support your practice and reignite your passion.
Be ready to be guided through a transformational experience!
- You know that for you to be able to work deeply and powerfully with women, you need to have done the work yourself - and you are ready for your own transformation.
- You've been a midwife or doula for a while and you want to reignite your passion, or you're newly qualified, ready, and inspired to learn.
- You recognize the intensity of the work you've chosen, and you’d love a like-minded sisterhood for support and inspiration.
- You know that to keep giving, you have to give back to yourself.
- You can feel yourself burning out and you need support.
- You're ready to take birth work to a deeper level - you know there's more to this calling.
- You want real skills that work to use with yourself and birthing families.
- No matter what your context of practice, this is for midwives who want to deal powerfully with whatever comes their way.
- We cannot always control what life brings us, but we can have skills, tools, and practices that allow us to thrive.
This program was birthed well over a decade ago when Lianne's youngest daughter was a baby. Lianne saw such a desire in midwives and doulas to grow, learn and stay inspired. For many, their education had left them wanting more: they didn’t learn what they expected to in midwifery school. Lianne dreamed of creating a 9-month journey for midwives that gave the time and space to find the place inside that holds a deep trust in birth. Every midwife she's ever met has this knowing somewhere within. What we need are the skills, knowledge and tools to nurture this deep trust.
One of the challenges we faced in our live retreats is that some midwives would go home after their week away and fall back into old habits, ways of being. Instead of using the skills and tools they learned, they would remember their time on the retreat like a dream.
Midwives also found it difficult to be able to take enough time off to fly around the world and join us.
Our online 9 month Journey gives us the time and space we need to go deep into the skills, tools and resources to live life powerfully as a midwife. I'm excited to have this opportunity to share this time with you.
10 x 1.5 Hour “Virtual Retreats” hosted by Lianne Schwartz
Videos, audios, written handouts and more that support and guide you through each step of the Program.
Powerful live and recorded sessions with midwife and mindfulness teacher GeorGina Kelly.
Bonus live interactive session with Ibu Robin Lim - CNN hero of the year and founder of Yayasan Bumi Sehat in Bali.
Live guided processes to reconnect you with your midwifery passion.
Proven tools, exercises, and advanced midwifery skills.
Powerful guest speakers in a small group setting for wisdom & inspiration.
Currently working? This retreat is fully tax-deductible for most midwives - you get it all back at the end of the tax year.
This Program is certified for over 40hrs of continuing professional development in most countries.
A portion of all proceeds goes to support the vital work at Yayasan Bumi Sehat and Graha Bunda, natural birth centers that support women in Bali.
What if I can’t make the live virtual retreat sessions?
I’m really busy. How much time will I need to get something out of this?
I want to join you and I’m a doula. Will I be welcomed?
I’m a newly qualified midwife (or I’m a very experienced midwife or doula with decades under my belt). Is this for me?
What do I need to take part?
Do you offer a scholarship?
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