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  • 00:59

    Benefits of Midwifery and Home Birth Options

    in Moms and Family

    Join us for this interview with Amy Tinney, a licensed midwife who will enlighten you with the benefits of various options. She will share what birth is like in different settings, the difference between a doula and a midwife, and what kind of pre- and postnatal care you might receive with a midwife. 

    Amy Tinney is a Registered Nurse, Licensed Midwife and Certified Professional Midwife licensed by the California Medical Board since 2009. She is mother to an awesome teenage boy. As a nurse, Amy attended thousands of births both in and out of the hospital. She also has worked with clients as a Doula/Monitrice--childbirth educator. Amy’s clinical and home health care experience with high risk obstetrics and birthing allowed her to progress rapidly through her midwifery apprenticeship in Los Angeles many years ago. Amy is recognized by The National Registry of Midwives (NARM) and the National Midwifery Institute (NMI). She has taught Advance Midwife skills in China, trained new students at the Sanctuary Family Wellness center, and currently teaches Nursing and Midwifery students in the U.S.

    Amy’s experience as a care provider for women, combined with her love for the beauty and sacredness of birth makes her a uniquely intuitive and confident care provider. As the founder and owner of Art of Nursing Care, Inc., since 2006, she provides home health care for women of all ages, both before and beyond the childbearing years. Amy is currently training to become clinical homeopath, and she sees clients at her birth center in Marina Del Rey. 

    Contact Amy at artofbirthingcenter.com or artofnursing.net

  • 02:01

    Death Midwifery w/Angie Buchanan & Through the Eyes of Biblical Women w/Paula Fa

    in Spirituality

    Angie Buchanan, speaker, workshop presenter, Family Tradition Pagan, animist and Foundress of Gaia's Womb returns to VSF discussing our reclaiming our most important rite of passage - Death Midwifery.  She'll tell listeners the six essential documents you must to have control in your time of passing over, explain green burials and get into some death and dying rituals, including how to keep loved ones at home during the death process.

    Crossing the threshold into the second half of the show, Dr. Paula Trimble-Familetti will discuss Through the Eyes of Biblical Women, delving into telling the stories of biblical women from a woman's perspective without patriarchal gloss.  We'll also find out why Barnes & Noble declined carrying her book, which finally gives women of the Bible a voice.

  • 02:59

    Heal a Woman, Heal the World. Healing and Awakening sleeping Goddesses

    in Self Help

    Sakina O’Uhuru, CM MS has been practicing the art of Midwifery for 18 years. She has been providing maternal child health care in underserved areas for 30 years.She held the position as Site Director/Director of Midwifery Services of Morris Heights Women’s Health & Birthing Pavilion during 1999-2004.   MHHC was the first clinic to offer out of hospital prenatal labor & delivery services in an underserved community in New York City.Ms. O’Uhuru is a Clinical Preceptor for SUNY Downstate Midwifery Program.

    In 2002, she founded her private practice, Gentle Spirit Home Birth Midwifery Services where she offers comprehensive women’s health care services. Gentle Spirit Birth is a private practice independently owned and operated with two office locations in both New York and New Jersey.  She has attended well over 500 out of hospital births.

    Publications- Reality Bridges 2013 Volume 3.3 Can African American Women Conceptualize The Midwifery Model of Care As The Gold Standard of Prenatal Care For All Low Risk Women?In 2013 Ms. O’Uhuru published her first Memoir Journey To Birth: The Story of a Midwife’s Journey and A Reflection of The Heroic Women She Served Along the Way.

    Wab/Abt Akhiya Maat
    Wabet Abt meaning- high priestess of purification rights. She is a V-Steam Specialist, Founder of The Art Of 360 Shift, Certified Sacred Woman Educator, Legendary Hair Designer.
    For the pass 25 years has blazed the trails of wholistic living and is currently working on her current projects/movement. STEAM ON IT (The Art Of Vaginal Steaming). Her latest body of work includes the birthing of her book, website and programs.

    Kheru Meri DeFontes- El. Doula, Family herbalist, healer Sister & Friend. Is dedicated in assisting indigenous families heal on all levels from trauma through transformation.


  • 01:04

    The Mystical and the Magical of being a Woman

    in Women

    In honour of women everywhere, I dedicate this week's show to International Women's Day and we are "Making it happen" by putting the discussion of the why and how of Women's Rites of Passage on the agenda.  Menarche, Mensis, Pregnancy, Birth and Menopause  aka "Secret Women's Business" has become so swept under the carpet, that it's almost a secret kept from ourselves - however the innate knowledge and wisdom is within - so reconnecting is only a matter of a little soul searching, guided by wonderful women such as  Midwife, Jane Hardwicke Collings, founder of the Shamanic School of Midwifery.  She joins me to talk about how to heal and reconnect with our cycles, our womanhood and Mother Earth.   These experiences are uniquely and profoundly ours, they unite us and bring us to gather.  It's easy to see why the Red Tent Movement is gaining so much momentum each and every day once you become aware of how enriching, nurturing and empoweirng it can be.  So jump on the wagon, enter the metaphorical Red Tent with us and rediscover - reconnect - with women's mysteries and see how this experience can serve you.

  • 00:31

    Holly Bellebuono - auther of Women Healers of the World

    in Women


    Holly Bellebuono directs the award-winning apothecary Vineyard Herbs Teas & Apothecary on Martha’s Vineyard and also The Bellebuono School of Herbal Medicine, where she trains and certifies community herbalists. She lectures around the country to audiences about natural health, herbal medicine, and women’s empowerment. This is Bellebuono’s third book. Her first, The Essential Herbal for Natural Health, was published by Shambhala Publishers/Roost Books in 2012. Her second, The Authentic Herbal Healer, was published by Balboa Press in 2012. Women Healers of the World is listed as a Main Selection of the national One Spirit Book Club, and can be purchased at www.VineyardHerbs.com.

    Intimate and inspiring, Women Healers of the World celebrates 16 different healing traditions: conventional medicine, pharmacology, ethnobotany, herbalism, homeopathy, flower essence practitioners, shamanism, nursing, midwifery, conservation, and more. The book culminates with a chapter on Handcrafting Traditions, offering hands-on recipes for remedies inspired by the women in the book.


  • 00:31

    Common Sense and Co-Sleeping

    in Religion

    This week, our guest is Tiffany Miller.  Tiffany has been a labor doula since 2007, a childbirth educator since 2011, and has started her training as a student midwife earlier this year with her company - Birth in Joy (birthinjoy@gmail.com, 719-632-9712).  Tiffany and her husband, Levi, have 4 children (none of which were born in a hospital).  Tiffany has served over 40 women as a doula, and she has attended over 30 births as a midwife assistant, and she has recently started her midwifery training.  Co-sleeping can be a controversial topic of conversation.  Is it safe?  What does the evidence say about it?

    Listen LIVE as Dr Pauline and Catherine talk with Tiffany and get to the bottom of some important questions about co-sleeping.  As always, we welcome your comments and questions through Facebook (Dunamas Center Ministries), Twitter (@YourDunamasLife), or call in during the show at 646-564-9618.

    ***Check www.dunamascenter.com and listen LIVE for information about UPCOMING EVENTS***

    ANNOUNCEMENTS (www.dunamascenter.com):

    Our website is currently being updated. Watch for our new website soon!
    Dr Pauline's Proverbs Study, "Choices and Consequences" workbook will be available December 1, 2014.  Pre-order for Christmas NOW. 


  • 01:30

    The Midwifery Panel: Afrykan Moon, Janet Evans, Nicole Deggins, & Sakina U'huru

    in Spirituality

    Sakina U'huru

    Sakina O’Uhuru, CM MS, has been practicing the art of midwifery for sixteen years. She has been providing maternal child health care in underserved areas for twenty-nine years. Ms. O’Uhuru serves as a licensed midwife in the states of New York and New Jersey. She held the position of Site Director/Director of Midwifery Services from 1999 to 2004 for one of the first clinics to offer out-of-hospital prenatal care in an underserved community in New York City. Ms O’Uhuru is a clinical preceptor for SUNY Downstate Midwifery Program, Stony Brook, Columbia Midwifery Program and NYU Midwifery Program. She has also provided instructional classes and workshops for a variety of educational institutions. Ms. O’Uhuru has appeared as a guest speaker at the Art of Birthing, the Northern Manhattan Perinatal Partnership, the National Association of Childbearing Centers, Bronx Talk, Oxygen with Gayle King, Ethiopian Midwifery Conference 2000 and for Ethiopian television. In addition, Ms. O’Uhuru has been featured in several articles and in two independent film documentaries entitled Home Delivery by Christine Tournadre (2006)and Bringin’ in da Spirit by Rhonda L. Haynes (2003). She was also featured on TV’s Discovery Channel in Amazing Birth Stories. Ms. O’Uhuru is a master’s graduate of SUNY Downstate Midwifery Program and a graduate of the City College Sophie Davis Biomedical Physician Assistant Program at Harlem Hospital. In 2002, she founded her private practice, Gentle Spirit Midwifery Women’s Health Service, which offers comprehensive women’s health-care services. Gentle Spirit is a private practice independently owned and operated, with two office locations in New York and in New Jersey. Ms. O’Uhuru has attended well over five hundred out-of-hospital births for women in the NY/NJ metropolitan area. 

  • 00:51

    Women can conceive without a male Partner! A discussion on the Virgin Birth

    in Women

    On this episode Kerri Ryan, well known for her blog and Facebook Page called Goddess of Sacred Sex, and Aurora Rae Kozinn discuss Parthenogenesis. Othewise known as the Virgin Birth. Women's ability to self-conceive!

    YES! THE VIRGIN BIRTH IS POSSIBLE. And a woman's ability to conceive without a man's aid IS documented.

    We also discuss the Priestess Arts, Ancient Egyptian Parthenogenesis Practices, The Virgin Mary's background and much more!


    Contact Aurora at ourredtent@gmail.com

  • 00:32

    Sharon Weil w/ John Weeks: Integrating Alternative/Mainstream Medicine

    in Lifestyle

    Sharon Weil and John Weeks, talk about how to integrate conventional medicine. John Weeks is a writer, organizer, and the executive director of the Academic Consortium for Complementary and Alternative Health (ACCHC) His mission and that of his organization is to integrate disciplines of complementary and alternative medicine into mainstream medical training, policy and practice.  An uphill battle, but one they are incrementally impacting in large ways.  www.accahc.org

  • 00:30

    Get to know CAPPA Faculty - Julie Brill on Childbirth Education

    in Women

    Let's get to know Julie Brill, she is one of our wonderful CAPPA Faculty members.  She trains Childbirth Educators and shares her insight and wisdom on this subject (and more) with our listeners. 

    Julie Brill, CCCE, CLD owns and manages WellPregnancy in Bedford, Massachusetts. She has been teaching childbirth classes and attending births since 1992, and mentoring new birth professionals throughout New England as a member of the CAPPA Faculty since 2003. Julie is honored to have taught thousands of childbirth education students in a variety of settings and hundreds of CAPPA birth professionals. She feels she has the best job in the world, and is lucky to have found her profession and her calling.

    Julie graduated from Tufts University with a degree in Sociology and Women’s Studies and completed the Massachusetts Midwifery Alliance Apprenticeship Course. She is certified to present Peggy Huddleston’s Prepare for Cesarean Birth, Heal Faster workshops. She is also a La Leche League Leader and the mother of two homeschooled teenage daughters.

    Julie finds that the women who are drawn to doula and childbirth educator work are an amazing group and she feels blessed to be able to mentor, learn from, and work with them. Doulas’ desire to support women during the childbearing year and their choice to work unknown hours at unscheduled times is the inspiration for Round the Circle: A Doula Anthology, her first book, which is available for pre-order at ibreastfeeding.com. More information is available at www.wellpregnancy.com.

  • 00:31

    Not All Midwives Are Created Equal

    in Religion

    Carla Hartley is back on the show this week and Dr Pauline & Catherine are very excited to have her!  Carla is the founder of Trust Birth & Ancient Art Midwifery Institute.  Is it better to be a licensed midwife?  Why?  Why not?  What license(s) should you pursue as a midwife?  What difference does it make?  Listen LIVE while Carla talks with us about the licensing aspect of midwifery.

    UPCOMING EVENTS (www.dunamascenter.com):

    November 8, 2014 - Choices for a Discerning Childbirth Seminar
    8-week Preparation for a Discerning Childbirth Classes start September 15, 2014
    October 13, 2014 (Kansas City, MO): "Life is Trauma" Counselor Training where Dr Pauline will be trainnig Christian couselors to take a body, mind, spirit approach to healing trauma.
    Dr Pauline will be speaking to ICAN groups about Birth Traumatomology Syndrome (BTS) after cesearans and ideas for healing in the following locations:
    Little Rock, AR (October, 16, 2014)
    Jackson, MS (October, 23, 2014)
    Springfield, MO (October 28, 2014)

    ANNOUNCEMENTS (www.dunamascenter.com):

    Our website is currently being updated. Watch for our new website soon!
    Dr Pauline's Proverbs Study, "Choices and Consequences" workbook will be available September 1, 2014.