Thomas has been presenting this course for the past 20 years. There will be contributions from a Doula (birth assistant) or Midwife, and from several Babies and Children. The course will also include:
Video footage of several Births
Practical Work every day, exploring Birth Process.
As an osteopath working almost exclusively with babies and children, I work with children every day of the week and have done for the past few years. My paediatric training has been very much ‘on the job’, picking up a bit here and a bit there from the many osteopaths that I have worked with. Although I get good results with my treatments, I had this nagging feeling that perhaps there was something crucial missing from my knowledge bank. The problem was I didn’t know what I didn’t know, and this meant that I was not as confident as I should have been considering my experience.
Thomas Attlee’s course ‘Birth, Babies, Children, Mothers’ was exactly what I needed because it presented the birth process, the treatment of babies and children, and the treatment of pregnant and post-partum mums in a structured, sequential format. By the end of the course, I finally felt like I had all the jigsaw pieces in place.
There were several memorable highlights:
It started with the unexpectedly warm welcome on the first day of the course. I was pleasantly surprised to be welcomed into a group of participants spontaneously introducing themselves and readily entering into very enjoyable conversations. I quickly felt part of it.
After the introductions, we had the chance to explore our own and each other’s birth process - not in words (that came later), but with our hands - feeling the strain patterns through the body and the cranium. One participant shared how exquisitely sensitive her umbilical area was and during treatment she relived in present time what could only have been the shock of her umbilical cord being cut too soon.
We watched a video of three women giving birth which, for those people who have never watched a baby being born, dispelled a lot of misconceptions (excuse the pun). Mums and Dads in the group later had the chance to share their experiences as well.
We had a whole afternoon with a midwife who was also a Cranio-Sacral Therapist and had also given birth herself (a very rare individual) which gave me the chance to ask all the questions I have always wanted to ask but had never before met anyone qualified enough to answer. She brought with her a large flip board of drawings explaining midwifery, together with some Forceps and a Ventouse cap. Her attitude was empowering, reminding us that giving birth is a natural process that the female body is designed to go through without interventions.
Thomas Attlee and his assistants brought in some wonderful books from their private library about some controversial concepts and ideas such as the foetus is conscious from conception and does feel pain, and how the relationship between mother and baby is already established long before birth.
The bonus for me was watching Thomas treat the babies in the demonstration part of the course. The skill and efficiency with which he works can only come from many years of experience. But not only that, Thomas has a unique way of treating. It is a very active process of direct action, disengagement and unwinding that is entwined with love, respect and rapport. The babies loved being treated by Thomas and they visibly relaxed under his hands.
I got more out of this course than I had originally bargained for and I would recommend it to anyone who works with, or would like to work with children.
(This course is part of an ongoing professional training in Cranio-Sacral Therapy, and is offered to graduate Cranio-Sacral Therapists because it seems from past experience to provide a valuable resource not readily provided elsewhere, and much appreciated by the postgraduate Cranio-Sacral Therapists who attend it each year).