Many of you know that I had the privilege of being Ben and Tricia Haggerty's childbirth educator and birth doula for the birth of their daughter Sloane Ava Simone in 2015.  While Tricia was creating a baby, Ben was creating music.  Both were creating space in their lives for this transformation into parenthood.  I am so proud of them for doing what they do for each other, their daughter while doing things to raise up the world.  After seeing another great interview today with Ben trying to keep it real within the destabilizing context of fame, I'm inspired to post some of the great things M&RL and family/team do. Some of it will be about their transition to parenthood.  There will be nothing I share here that isn't already public or that I haven't gotten permission to post. I sincerely love Ben, Tricia and Sloane and feel I want to use my (humble) platform to support them.

Photo above: Liner notes from 2016 CD This Unruly Mess I've Made; Sloane's birth with Tricia, Ben, midwife Tina Tsiakalis, doula April Bolding.

April speaks on a variety of topics, including women's health, pregnancy, post-birth and beyond, fitness.  She engages the audience with current information, inspiring stories and a touch of humor.  There have been many more speaking engagements done that are not reflected here due to time constraints.
 

April was the keynote speaker at the NW Doula Conference Fall 2016.  Topic: "Pregnancy, Childbirth and the Pelvic Bowl: A Physical Therapy Perspective."   

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April has the privilege to regularly teach midwifery students at Bastyr University in Seattle.  She's also spoken at Portland's National College of Natural Medicine

.April is becoming a semi-regular speak at Starbucks Headquarters on perinatal and women's health issues.

 

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She presented Tuning into our Clients: Activating Our Doula Intuition at the DONA International Conference in Boston, July 2011.

 

 

Northwest Women's Show in 2009 at the Seattle Qwest Event Center.

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Whidbey Island's library system hosted two panel discussions on midwifery care on International Midwifery Day on May 5, 2008.

Cynthia Jaffe, a licensed midwife known for her compassionate care of childbearing women on Whidbey Island, headed up and organized the panel. Both panel discussions were interactive and lively, and at times provocative as the controversial book Midwives was discussed.

Panel shown, left to right:
Leah Black, RN, CNM; Patricia Rowan, LM; Cynthia Jaffe, LM; April Bolding, PT, CCE, CD.

April kicked off the presentations at the BabyTime Expo at the Qwest Field Event Center in Seattle on Saturday, June 28. babyexpo6-08.pngShe spoke on "Making Informed Choices in Childbirth."  Other presenters included Harvey Karp (author of Happiest Baby on the Block) and Armin Brott (author of seven classic how-to books on fatherhood). MobyWraps sponsored this event.