We’ve added a BONUS HOUR on September 22nd. See below for more details!!
Intense High & Divine Birth Wisdom Are Honored to Present the Roots-N-Bush Online Birth Conference. Our mission during this conference is to showcase the rich spirituality, history, and birth customs of Black women all over the world. Currently, we live in a time where there is serious culture appropriation that has spilled over into the natural birth community. The Roots-N-Bush Online Conference presents a platform where we claim our Black birth traditions and customs, from herbs, roots, rituals, and food and share it with a new generation of women hungry to learn, practice and incorporate these customs in their lives and birth work.
We have gathered together a powerfully enriching roster of women whose life/work embody passion for the holistic well-being of Black women, children and families. Each of our guests will be interviewed with thought provoking questions so that they may share their knowledge and pearls of wisdom. After each interview, the listening and viewing audience will have the opportunity to participate in question and answer sessions.
This conference is for birth workers, parents, students and anyone who values the holistic approach to natural birthing within Black and Indigenous communities.
THREE WAYS TO CONNECT
There will be three ways to access this conference:
1. This is an online conference that will be presented in a webinar format via internet.
2. There will also be a teleconference option for those who prefer or need to listen to the presentations by telephone.
3. The conference will also be recorded so that you can listen to it at any time after the event. (See below for special savings on the recordings)
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 21
Conference Opening: Meditations/Prayers then Spiritual Connection Between Mother & Baby During Pregnancy – by L’dia Muhammad, Nameorologist/Aromatherapist and Reproductive Health PreBirth Parenting Midwife
Grandma’s Hands: Our Birth Traditions What, How & Why They Work by Mama Osun, Midwife
Birth Work in Diverse Communities: Working with Muslim Families & Reasonings from a Doula’s Perspective by Asiila bintal Garner, Doula
1 pm EST
Not Just the Birth Plan: How to Have the Conversation with Your Doctor for Better Birthing Outcomes by Nicole Deggins, CNM, MSN, MPH, Midwife and Founder of SistaMidwife Products, LLC
2 pm EST
Breastfeeding: A Conversation within Our Community by TaNefer Lumukanda, LC, a Certified Birthing Doula and Lactation Consultant
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 22
10 am EST
Conquering Infertility Naturally by Safiyah Naemah, Founder of Safiyah Heals
11 am EST
Pre-Pregnancy: Viewing Spiritual & Physical Preparation as a Rites of Passage by Mama Nut Amunet, CD, CBE, CPM,CMD,LMT, CNMT, RMT
12 pm EST
Prenatal Nutrition, Foods from the African Diaspora to Grow Healthy Mama & Baby by Divine Bailey-Nicholas, Founder of Divine Birth Wisdom
1 pm EST
Getting Back to the Roots: Herbal Remedies for Common Pregnancy Complaints by Aremisa Hailey, Doula and Co-Founder of Indigenous Remedies
2 pm EST
Mothering the Mother: The Importance of Postpartum Care by Rev. Pilar Ma’at, Founder of Birth Mama
Asiila bintal Garner
Moderator: Divine Bailey-Nicholas
and the Continued Abuse of Black Bodies & Resources for White Learning:
Bringing to light the current happenings with the organization called Midwifery International and what the Black community at home and abroad can do to stop the misuse of Black bodies for “catches” and money.
CONFERENCE RECORDING INFORMATION
Whether you are unable to attend the conference OR would like to review the conference at your own leisure, you can purchase recordings of individual presenters or the conference in its’ entirety.
Individual presenters’ recordings – L’dia Muhammad $11
Individual presenters’ recordings – Mama Osun $11
Individual presenters’ recordings – Asiila bintal Garner $11
Individual presenters’ recordings – Nicole Deggins $11
Individual presenters’ recordings – TaNefer Lumukanda $11
Individual presenters’ recordings – Safiyah Naemah $11
Individual presenters’ recordings – Mama Nut Amunet $11
Individual presenters’ recordings – Divine Bailey-Nicholas $11
Individual presenters’ recordings – Aremisa Hailey $11
Individual presenters’ recordings – Rev. Pilar Ma’at $11
Full Recording Package – $84.99
MORE ABOUT OUR SPECIAL GUESTS
- 2001 – 2012 – On M.A.P.T.I.M.E.* Jazz with Wanique Khemi-Tehuti Shabazz A WRFG 89.3 FM Radio Program. Wellness, & Empowerment, Wholistic Health Awareness On-Air Life Path Awakening Empowerment Counselor. Receive on-air calls from the radio audience regarding personal & family issues. Counseling in areas of such as stress management, teen sexual abstinence, & childbirth education. Advise provided in addressing concerns of how to set & accomplish healthy goals in one’s life towards behavioral change & management. Confirming natural talents, special skills & areas needing balance. (*Metaphysical Answers & Personal Truths Inside Musical Edutainment) 404-2-523-8989 Atlanta, GAwww.wrfg.org
- 2001 – 2003 – Fulton County Human Services Department, Stress Management & Wholistic Health Consultant. “Call To Womanhood Conference”, “Conversations With Our Daughters” Project. Subjects included: Teen pregnancy, parenting, the value of self, family, & appropriate healthy sexual responsibility. “Staff Development Day” Instruction given to staff members on how to identify underlying causes of dysfunction in self leading to stress & tension at work & home. Atlanta, GA
- 1996- Present – Empowerment By Life Path Awakening, Wholistic Health Workshop Presenter. Demonstrates therapeutic techniques to deal with stress. Identifying the origins of stress and its effects on self, family, and community. Confirming one’s natural talents, potentials & purpose for wellness & empowerment. Workshops allow each individual to recognize personal strengths while teaching how to incorporate the ancient healing arts of: Aromatherapy, visualization meditation, food therapy, sound therapy & “safe-touch” massage. Provide services for: Drug RehabilitationCenters, Homeless Shelters. L’dia Men-Na’a is the author & illustrator of several self analysis numerology aromatherapy workbooks. Atlanta, GA Oakland, CA www.lifepathawakeningbyldiamennaa.com
- 1991 – Present – When You Teach A Woman, You Teach A Nation Pre-Birth Parenting & Naturally Empowered Childbirth Program. Teaches mothers and fathers the art of parenting. Incorporates traditional techniques for partner coached natural childbirthing: Exercises, breathing, relaxation techinques, aromatherapy, & massage. Atlanta, GA Berkeley, CA www.whenyouteachawomanyouteachanation.com
Mama Osun, Midwife is a counselor, childbirth educator, healer, caretaker, spiritual guide as well as a granny midwife. She embraces birth as a natural process that is very much a spiritual journey as it is a physical one. She has counseled teen mothers, couples and apprenticed women who have the desire and received the call to become a midwife. She is the bridge that brings together today’s generation of midwives to the spiritual and traditional understanding of the midwifery. Mama Osun is a mother of four and grand mother of many.
Asiila bintal Garner (aka Asiila Imani) became interested in natural pregnancy and birth after losing 3 consecutive children, all during the 2nd trimester. Her 4th pregnancy (1985) ended in a hyper-medicalized hospital birth of a 5-week premature son who survived. From 1994 – 1998, Asiila studied under two traditional/licensed midwives, and enrolled in the Doula Assistant Program with the Association of Labor Assistants and Childbirth Educators (ALACE). Although the majority of her experience has been doula work, she has also served as a midwife assistant and primary midwife. Asiila has supported birthing women of all races, religions and ethnicities in hospitals, birth centers and homes. In May of 1997, Asiila’s home birth dream came true! At the age of 40 and “high risk,” she delivered her second and last surviving child. Another highlight was meeting and sitting at the feet of the late great granny midwife, Margaret Smith at the Mother Oak Conferences in Eugene, OR in 2001 and 2003. Asiila has a B.A in Communications and Sociology/Black Studies from Washington State University. She has worked in a variety of social service positions; and as a copy editor/writer with The San Diego Voice and Viewpoint community newspaper. For 6 years, she was the Outreach Specialist for the San Diego Birthing Project. She currently home schools, tutors language arts and raises chickens. After a hiatus from coping with too many mama/baby traumas caused by the hospital birth protocols, Asiila is getting back into the birthing arena, working mostly with women who plan to deliver in birth centers or at home. She is searching for an apprenticeship to complete her midwifery training and become a CPM and community midwife. In this 56th solar year, Asiila began her ‘crone wise woman’ life stage. Her man cubs are now 28 and 16; her step granddaughters, 12 and 10. She lives in San Diego, CA with her youngest son, husband and sister wife.
Nicole Deggins, CNM, MSN, MPH, Midwife and Founder of SistaMidwife Products, LLC is a midwife, author, and educator with more than 18 years of experience in women’s health care, advocacy, and empowerment. She received her BS in Nursing from Georgetown University in 1994 and a MS in Nursing/Midwifery and Public Health from Emory in 1999. Nicole has practiced as a midwife in Washington DC and Mississippi and has worked as a labor and delivery nurse in numerous public and private settings throughout the country. Today, as the founder and CEO of Sista Midwife Productions, LLC (www.sistamidwife.com) she acts as a virtual midwife, pregnancy coach and doula trainer. Through webinars, community workshops, doula trainings, pregnancy and labor support, and multiple written resources, Nicole provides women with personalized information and a unique insider’s view to help them navigate the maze of modern day maternity care. Her ultimate goal is to help women everywhere Birth Something Beautiful™.
T’Amentanefer Lumukanda aka TaNefer , was born and raised in Oakland California and has been involved in Community birth work and Maternal and Child health for the past 10 years. She has a B.A in Psychology and Health Education from San Francisco State University and is currently working on her Masters degree. TaNefer is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) and Doula. She began her career in lactation by supporting her doula clients with various breastfeeding issues and later becoming a WIC peer counselor. She currently works as a Lactation Consultant in a very busy public hospital and is contracted with Alameda Alliance to provide lactation services for medi-cal clients in Alameda County. She also is an active board member on several committees to raise awareness, expand services and increase access to lactation support for women of color. Her most recent Project “teach me how to breastfeed” Music video has been a huge success and is gaining attention of breastfeeding supporters world wide. TaNefer is also a Professional African dancer, song writer, poet and mother of two, a 7 year old son and a precious 2 month old baby girl. TaNefer is dedicated to supporting mothers in her community and building with like-minded women to increase awareness and find solutions to issues that affect women and children in the African Diaspora.
Safiyah Naemah is the founder and chief visionary office of Safiyah Heals where she serves as a master herbalist, Reiki practitioner, and holistic living consultant. Her specialities are women’s womb health, detoxing, and spirituality. She’s also a cross-genre author who writes in the mind, body, and soul genre and tells inspirational stories with elements of love, deception, and a twist of taboo. In addition, Safiyah is an experienced motivational speaker and a workshop facilitator. Safiyah is married and the mother of three handsome young men. She enjoys meditation, yoga, and free-spirited dancing.
Mama Nut Amunet, CD, CBE, CPM,CMD,LMT, CNMT, RMT, Certified Birth Worker, Midwife Apprentice, Licensed Massage Therapist, Certified Fertility Massage Therapist, Certified Pregnancy Massage Therapist, Childbirth Educator , Herbal Counselor, Meditation Teacher, Energy Healer, Aromatherapist, Neuromuscular Therapist has been working with families and children for over 13 years. As a family daycare provider she had the pleasure of taking care of children and assisting them in their development and now as a birth worker she has the pleasure of working with families from the early stages of conception and beyond. Nut is very passionate about birthing and the believes that every family has the right to have their own birthing experience. She teaches that conception begins in the spirit before it even manifest on a physical level. She founded Ubuntu Birth Worker Collective Institute to bring back the understanding that pregnancy is more than just a “medical condition” it is a rite of passage and a mental, physical, spiritual, and emotional journey. You can hear Mama Nut Amunet regularly as she joins Sister LaTeta, Bro Raj and the rest of the ORUS Foundation Family on blogtalk radio.
Divine Bailey-Nicholas, Founder of Divine Birth Wisdom is a trained ICTC Full Circle Doula, Prenatal Health Coach, Midwifery Student at Mercy In Action Distance Academy, Herbalist and Traditional Healer. As a mother of two girls, one born in the hospital due to birth center transfer at 36 weeks gestation and the other born at home, surprise breech in an unassisted birth; Divine has a sincere dedication to assist women and families create the pregnancy and postpartum period they want and deserve. Divine is devoted to bringing healthy, natural birth “Back to Basics,” so all women have the opportunity to birth the way they desire.
Aremisa Hailey, Doula and Co-Founder of Indigenous Remedies also known as the Indigenous Doula, is a birth worker, community herbalist, teacher, and businesswoman. She has been serving the Dallas-Fort Worth area for the past 16 years in various community projects. Aremisa has always dedicated to the empowerment of expecting mothers and helping to create stronger family units within her community. She is co-owner of Indigenous Remedies, which is the premier educational resource for herbal, holistic, and earth sciences. She and her husband, Malikk ‘Dr. Turtle’ Hailey, started the company in 2004. In addition to herbal products, Indigenous Remedies provides herbal education to both children and in adults. Aremisa has a passion for herbs to support women’s health, pregnancy, and childbirth and has created several classes on the topic, sharing her knowledge with other birth workers. In 2009, Aremisa trained as a Full Circle Doula with InternationalCenter for Traditional Childbearing (ICTC). In that same year, she served as ICTC’s Texas State Representative. In addition to becoming a well-respected doula, Aremisa expanded her services by starting the DFW Holistic Birth Network. The network provided breastfeeding support, holistic birth education, and community outreach and events for expecting mothers. Aremisa is also the co-coordinator Doulas of Color, created in 2009 as a support system for birth workers of various cultural backgrounds. Aremisa has also written several birth articles for the Dallas Examiner and has been a guest on a variety of online radio programs. She is currently coordinating more herbal educational courses, pregnancy support groups, and her first ever Inuit Birth Empowerment Program. Aremisa is married to her wonderful husband of 10 years and is mother to Afu-Ra, Nekaybaw, and Kumara. She enjoys spending time with her family and her beloved pit bull, Rosco.
Rev. Pilar (Ma’at) Grant B.Msc. is a professionally trained expert who has assisted women around the issues of birth, herbal therapy, Nutritional/health and wellness for over 24 years. She is a wonderful Mother of 7 beautiful Spirits. All of them born naturally including one hospital birth and six homebirths, three of which were water births. She is also the proud Grandmother of one granddaughter who was also born at home in water. Ma’at is professionally trained in Herbology, Massage Therapy, Doula ( DONA Certified), LA Leche League Peer Counselor, Aquanatal Instructor, Yoga for Positive Health Instructor, Rites Of Passage Facilitator and Metaphysical Therapist. She has a Bachelors in Metaphysical Sciences and is currently enrolled at the University of Sedona/Metaphysics where she is pursuing a PhD in Philosophy with an emphasis in Life Coaching. Ma’at enjoys assisting people in realizing their dream of a blissful birth whether it be a human birth or the birth of new ideas and lifestyles. She believes if you help people to realize their true potential, they will create a Reality of Love, Health, Wealth, Abundance, Pure Light and Joy! Ma’at is known as BirthMama offering services in Nutritional and Herbal Consultations for Pregnant and Nonpregnant women, Prenatal and Postnatal Doula Services (Afterbirth Care for Mother), and Metaphysical Spiritual Counseling offering directions in Meditation, and Breathing Techniques for overall positive Health and Wellness. Facilitator of workshops and trainings on Health and Wellness, Holistic Postpartum Doula Certification. Available for private consultations and conducting workshops in an area near you. After giving birth to her seventh child, Ma’at found a renewed interest in Bellydance. Ma’at currently performs with Fatima and the Butterflies dance Troupe based at LuminaAcademy of dance which is located at 1054 N Allen Ave Pasadena, CA91107. Ma’at also offers instructions of the history ,health benefits and technique of the sacred Art of Belly Dance.
Leah Bayaka, founder of Intense High (which focuses on promoting spoken word events) and its parent company Senada Marketing, is mother of 4, (2 of which were birthed at home experience), and advocate for natural birthing. Read Intense High’s ‘About‘ page for more information about Ms. Bayaka.
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