Supporting excellence in pre and perinatal health and healing locally . . . and beyond
The Center for Prenatal and Perinatal Programs provides a place for parents, the public and professionals to get information, classes, therapy, and products that support health from preconception, pregnancy, birth and the first 18 months of life. Practice and pedagogy weave together bodywork, trauma healing, neuroscience, epigenetics, attachment, and more.
Courses In-Person and in the Online Classroom
Free talk on August 25, 2022
at 1pm-2pm (EST)
One could say there are three fundamental storylines:
1. Stories we tell ourselves consciously about our lives.
2. Stories we tell ourselves unconsciously.
3. Stories we share with others in various situations and conditions.
These three storylines are entangled and shape our daily lives in many ways, voluntarily and involuntarily. It is extremely beneficial and liberating to find ways to clarify and differentiate them, even as they operate synchronously. Come Enjoy Jim Feil's Amazing Presence and Skills
Free talk on September 12
at 1pm-2pm (EST)
Sleep Is a State: An Introduction to Understanding Sleep and Your Baby’s Experience. Babies' state of being greatly affects how deeply they can relax, just like adults. To help babies sleep, we must address the experiences impacting them. This allows you to truly meet underlying needs; then sleep will come naturally. This talk will discuss baby sleep, why it seems like they’re “fighting,” and touch on various crucial aspects that can affect sleep. It is also an introduction to the upcoming course. Register for the free talk here:
Mondays 1-2:30pm EST
Sep 19 - Oct 3 2022
Free One Hour Talk 9/12 at 1pm
"Sleep Is a State: An Introduction to Understanding Sleep and Your Baby’s Experience"
about the course
Many parents feel anxiety and pressure about their baby’s sleep, but don’t resonate or have success with common solutions. If your child seems to fight sleep or cries beyond needs, you’re not doing anything wrong.
Babies are highly aware and have many innate abilities, which must be honored. To truly understand what’s going on and help your child sleep, you must see the whole picture from your baby’s perspective. This allows you to find and meet underlying needs.
In this course, you will find out why there is no one magic solution to “train” or solve all sleep problems. Your baby is a whole person, and sleep is a state; to help them sleep, we must help their state of being so they can relax more deeply. Then sleep will come naturally.
In this course, we will address physical, emotional, and mental/spiritual elements of your baby’s experience, as applied to sleep.
This baby sleep course includes three classes:
1) The Emotional Key: Stress Release – Why stress builds up, how babies naturally release it so they can relax, and why this is not a bad thing
2) The Core Key: Processing Birth and Early Experiences – The least recognized, yet most pivotal part of understanding your child’s experience, and the most common factor behind sleep struggles
3) The Physical Key: Baby-led Milestones and Handling Tips – Babies develop habits by how we hold and move them, which has the potential to unintentionally trigger their body-brain into high alert or to calm them
You’ll learn how to turn all these aspects of sleep into precious gems and opportunities for connection. While we’ll apply this information to sleep, the benefits reach far beyond sleep and the first few years into every aspect of communication, behavior, and your ongoing lives together.
Appropriate for expectant families, parents of babies and toddlers until turning 3, as well as birth professionals.
Eliza Parker is a certified Aware Parenting Instructor, Infant Developmental Movement Educator, Body-Mind Centering® Practitioner, and trained Feldenkrais® practitioner. Her life-changing perspectives and respectful solutions toward common parenting challenges transcend “typical” parenting advice.
This dynamic 6 week course is offered on
Wednesdays August 31, 2022 – October 5, 2022, noon – 1:30 Eastern time
$125 or $95
About the course
This series is part of greater effort to improve birth outcomes in the US by bringing together diverse professions to work together in a transdisciplinary approach. There are multiple elements that influence births that make the issue complex. The professionals in this series are addressing Care for the Staff. In prenatal and perinatal somatics, we call the birth professional space “the surround,” and it includes all professionals who assist at births: nurses, doctors, anesthesiologists, midwives, lactation consultants. We know that what they experience and how their nervous systems are responding make a huge difference. Latest trends in healthcare management now see the impact of birth trauma on the healthcare professionals as “moral injury” or “secondary trauma,” and are currently emphasizing a trauma-informed approach. This series explores what this means and how we can support the surround for birth to improve outcomes for everyone, including hospital staff.
Dates: November 11-14, 2022, 10 am – 6 pm
Embryological Formation of the Lower Dan Tien, Upper Dan Tien, and Breathing
September 19th – October 24th, 2022 (6 sessions)
10:30 - 11:50 AM (EST) Cost: $115
Bob Lehnberg returns with a new Embryology Qigong course!
About the course
We will consider our early embodiment of space. During our formative embryological process, we created our endoderm, yolk sac and external sea of qi. The yolk sac, once outside of our body, invaginates to become our gut tube; the external sea of qi becomes our internal sea of qi. The yolk sac forms not only our gut tube but also related structures, lungs, liver, and pancreas. Our lower dan tien is located in the area of our small intestine, formed from the yolk sac. Our embryonic ectoderm gives rise to our spinal cord, and brain. Our upper dan tien is located in the area of our brain.
Our lower dan tien is the center of our physical health and vitality. Our upper dan tien is the center of our sense of time, space, spirit and beyond. Taken together, the upper and lower dan tiens can align and balance the longitudinal axis of our central channel. One intention of qigong is to come into relationship with and cultivate the physical, emotional, and energetic aspects of our being. With practice, we develop our relationship with these distinct centers.
We will consider three methods of embryological breathing. Each one is simple in nature and varies with our intention; we can intend breathing in our belly, breathing into our omental bursa (derived from the yolk sac), and breathing to connect the lower and upper dan tiens. The latter provides energetic stability and orientation of our central channel. Embryonic breathing practice will be included in some simple-to-do qigong movement forms.
An Online and In-Person Course
Dates: September 29-October 2, 2022
Place: The Journey Space in Glen Echo, MD: 6110 Oberlin Ave, Glen Echo, MD 20812 AND Online via Zoom
Times: 10 am - 6 pm Eastern US Time, ending at 4 pm on Sunday
about the course
Major turning points in one´s life can take many forms, and it is often said, As one door closes, another opens. Jim Feil, and his new work Formative Embodiment offers a practitioner workshop exploring what Stanley Keleman described at the three phases of Endings, Transitions (aka Middle Ground) and Beginnings (the Stage of New Formation). These phases are key factors in many turning points in life. You will be learn:
Our primary tool for inquiry, self-management and self-formation will be Keleman´s ¨Bodying Practice¨, also called the How practice and the Five Steps. The challenge of this work is to be with “the feeling of formation” as it prepares us for effective and satisfying action in the world.
Starting in September, 2022
26 week comprehensive online course
9 live sessions:
September 12, October 3, 24,
November 14, December 5, (Holiday Break)
January 16, 2023, February 6 and 27 March 20
Time: 7:30 pm Eastern, 9:30 am Tuesday Brisbane time
about the course
This online course offers two indepth training programs by Dr. Jonathan Evans, Pediatric Osteopath, and 9 live online sessions where you can learn directly from Jonathan, supported by two experienced baby bodyworkers.
The course consists of
6 Lectures you can purchase in our classroom:
See What Our Students Learn
Course Closed until 2024
Other Material and information
Podcast with Kate White
Impact of Pre and Perinatal Influences on Attachment
Interviews with Kate:
Episode 8: The Impact of Birth Trauma on Babies and Their Families
Returning to the Womb to Heal, with Kate White
Healing Trauma Before Birth, Jennetta Billhimer with Kate White: Healing For Parents