Conscious Postpartum Caregiver Program

Inspired by the Ayurvedic Perspective on the Sacred Postpartum Window

The Fall 2022 Cohort Begins September 7th...

Join for one Cohort, do a Year of Study, or sign up for The Whole Path

testimonials

What our beloved students say...

Above and beyond my expectations...

"Thank you so much for such a rich and fulfilling experience throughout this course. It is clear that so much thought and heart felt intention has gone into its manifestation. Every class, every facilitator, every input from all those who were sharing this journey, has been above and beyond my expectations, further igniting my passion for this work. I've thoroughly enjoyed every subject and am sincerely grateful to you, Ashlee, Julia and Charlotte, along with all the guest facilitators for your passion, love and dedication for this work. Thank you, thank you, thank you, A deep bow."

Carla Fraser, Fall 2021, Australia

Made me feel confident to go forward...

"LOVED the final projects. Completing them challenged me, and made me feel confident to go forward with offering this work to my community. The Foundations module helped me get clear on what my personal blocks were, and was a good reminder to apply the Universal Mother Principles to myself. The Resource Guide helped push me out of my comfort zone and gave me direction to reach out to a lot of people that have helped me connect with clients. The Cooking and Touch modules’ final projects helped me outline a menu I can adapt to many different clients’ needs, and gave me great hands-on and personal experience with the Abyhanga and cooking for myself and my family and friends.” 

Kelsey Lea Pickard, Fall 2020 Student, Hawaii

I can offer this service...

"This program, and you, my teachers, have empowered me and given me the tools to feel like I can offer this service to new mothers. In such a short amount of time, I feel that this speaks volumes.  What I found extremely helpful and I feel so grateful for is all of the documents and PDF's that you shared with us. For example, the client evaluation form, or the grocery shopping form, or the kitchen organization form etc. etc.. I can't express enough how grateful I am and how helpful all of these are. They are truly a gift for all of us students who are just beginning our practice, and these resources will help us start our practice with so much more ease."

Claudia Fernandez Barrigas, Fall 2020, Netherlands

Soumya Kristin Mattias

Mind, body and spirit health...

"This program provided ancient Ayurvedic wisdom in such clear, wise, and empowering ways. Applying Ayurvedic wisdom to mothers, babies and their families is one of the best ways to support the great changes that occur to their mind, body and spirit health both in pregnancy and in the postpartum phases. This program allowed me to greatly deepen my understanding of mothers’ health, and how to help support their experiences during the Sacred Window so they can truly tap into the potential of this time through deep nourishment and care." 

Soumya Kristin Renee, Spring 2019, California

About Our Program...

Experience a heartfelt, flexible, deeply transformative and thorough educational program that prepares you to give and receive conscious care for postpartum and beyond.  We've evolved this program since 2018 and are forever growing its depth and application.

Christine Devlin Eck, Ashlee Sakaishi-Wilkin, Julia Fishman and Charlotte Senseney-Sternkind are the founding instructors of the Center for Sacred Window Studies.


We are hugely inspired by one another as a team. We love contributing to each other’s ideas, combining our perspectives, and envisioning how to best guide students who care as much about this path as we do.

We have lovingly created this program together step by step, thoughtfully crafting its curriculum, and always searching for ways to make it better. At the heart is its accessibility to individuals anywhere who cannot travel far distances to learn. With this in mind, we strive to design our program to build relationships while studying online and regular connection with students throughout the program.

Building community, growing the reach and availability of these services and changing the social structure for modern postpartum care are all paramount to the mission behind the Center for Sacred Window Studies.

Our programs are experiential and transformative on personal and professional development levels.  From study to practice, we are there to support you the whole way.  

Weekly Live Online Classes
  • Attend a live class with the cohort once per week during our two 14 session cohort programs per year or study Independently over 12 months, participating with the cohorts if you choose.  If you cannot attend live, class recordings are available for students to watch at the time that works best for them.
Student Website
  • Have all aspects of your program available on a beautiful and clearly organized student website. Follow the program session by session, and find resources for answering your questions throughout. Keep track of reading assignments, practicum and final projects, and valuable supplemental resources.
Student Forum and Breakout Study Circles
  • Instructors prompt inspiring discussion weekly throughout your program. Engage with your cohort while you explore the value and possibility of this contribution to women’s health postpartum. Gain invaluable resources from your classmates and build community while you study!



Conscious Postpartum Caregiver Program

FAQ

What are the prerequisites?

There are no formal prerequisites for completing this Program.

Students do not need formal Ayurvedic training. We believe it is important that all students have access to the same perspective of Foundational Ayurvedic principles as delivered through the lens of rasayana care for the postpartum window. Even if a student has extensive training in Ayurveda, it is beneficial to take part in this specialized perspective.

Our program will cover a great deal of useful practice, and there is always insight to be gained by participating in further professional development such as specific training in lactation and breastfeeding.

How long does the program take to complete?

Our cohort program is 14 sessions in length over 16 weeks. Students have 90 days post program to complete their program requirements and receive their Certificate.  If a student needs special arrangements or extra time, we are always happy to accommodate committed learners.  Independent Study Students have 12 months to complete their program requirements.  Extensions are available as needed for a fee.

How much time will I need to spend each week on this program?

This is a 200 hour diploma program. Cohort students may spend between 3 and 15 hours per week including the live instruction class and optional office hour depending on their personal pace and level of involvement in the program. Some weeks will be more content heavy and time consuming. Students are encouraged to take a gentle pace that will support healthy learning. Students are given plenty of time to complete their requirements. We believe in nurturing our students and practicing the same support and compassion we teach them to bring to new mothers.  Not all of the content and coursework we offer to students is required.  

What can I do with this diploma professionally?

This is an ideal professional development program for Ayurvedic practitioners, yoga professionals, birth and postpartum doulas and any one in the healthcare or caregiving profession who works with new and expecting parents and babies. This program is also transformative for any expecting parent or family member wishing to learn powerful care strategies for the sacred postpartum window. Students will often take this course as a launching point into a new career path. Anyone may take this program!  While we are teaching students how to be Conscious Postpartum Caregivers, application of this knowledge can and hopefully will take many forms.  In order to broaden the scope of this work on a larger level and aid in social change for postpartum people, we hope to see students carry this knowledge forward as educators, organizers, legislators, health care professionals, media creators, artists, and beyond.  A Conscious Postpartum Caregiver is in the same category as a Postpartum Doula, but with an Ayurvedic specialty.  Similar to many independent doula training programs, we are not certified under a larger governing body.  We are an Organizational Member of the National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA) and offer PACE credits for professional members.  We are accredited by IPHM (International Practitioners of Holistic Medicine).

What is Group Study?

Group Study is an option for local friends or colleagues to study together. Benefits of this option are having a natural support team to back one another up as they begin to practice, create a professional group practice together, or simply study together and have a local in person component to their online program.  A group of Conscious Postpartum Caregivers in a community will build greater local awareness about the sacred postpartum window. Members of a Group Study Circle do not need to study together in person.  It is simply an opportunity to grow awareness, support and sustainability for families and especially caregivers in communities.  All members of Group Study Circles will receive discounted tuition based on the number of students in the group.

What is Ayurveda?

Ayurveda is the oldest continuously practiced medical science in the world based out of what is now India. Ayurveda literally means “life knowledge”. It takes into consideration the body, mind, senses, emotions along with proper digestion and elimination on a physical, sensory and mental level. Using the patterns and rhythms of nature, Ayurveda uses lifestyle routines, seasonal routines, dietary choices, herbal medicines and follows the direction of each individual’s unique constitution to address imbalances. Ayurveda is a sister science of Yoga and both are used simultaneously to attend to one’s physical and spiritual wellness.

What is a doula?

Doula means “with woman”. Today, it describes a caregiver who supports people before, during or after giving birth. Doulas can train specifically to attend births and/or to support an individual and new family after baby is born. Studies have proven that the presence of a doula during labor increases the chance of natural and uncomplicated childbirth. Studies have also shown that the support of a postpartum doula has many positive results on both birth parent and newborn physical, emotional and mental health.  An Ayurvedic Postpartum Caregiver is a Postpartum Doula who specializes in Ayurveda.  

What is the Sacred Window? Why is it important?

The Sacred Window refers to the first 42 days after someone gives birth. It is a transformational journey! Across the country, doctors and nurses agree that the 6 weeks postpartum are deficient in the current medical system for support and attention. Ayurveda recognizes the first 42 days postpartum as a “kayakalpa”, or “body time”, wherein the opportunity for intense healing is available as well as the vulnerability for serious depletion, which can affect a person’s health and wellness far into the future. As the founder of the original Sacred Window School, Ysha Oakes taught, “42 days for 42 years”! Paying close attention to health choices during this sacred 6 weeks will set a new parent up for giving their best and feeling one’s best far into the future.

What will I learn in this program?

– The foundations of Ayurvedic medicine and philosophy

-Ayurvedic nutritional concepts

-The special needs of the postpartum parent

-Nutritional support concepts and recipes for birther and newborn wellness

-Herbal support concepts and recipes

-Hands on in your own kitchen experience with Ayurvedic postpartum food and herbal support recipes.

-Ayurvedic self and infant massage theory and practice

-Building a professional practice

-And much more!

Click here to see a detailed Syllabus

Will I be able to work with clients at the end of the program?

Yes! Once you complete the program you will be qualified to offer specialized conscious postpartum education and care based on the Ayurvedic perspective within our safe scope of practice to families in your community. Health care practitioners who complete this program will have a greatly enhanced perspective on the postpartum window and will have a broad range of practical skills with which to educate their patients. Expecting parents will have a greatly enhanced understanding of their needs during this time and be empowered to create the sacred window they want.  Students who wish to receive continued guidance as they begin to practice professionally are encouraged to take part in our Internship Circle to receive a further mentoring.  This program supports new caregivers with regular contact and individual support from our Mentoring Team while they work with clients in their own communities and develop their professional practices.

What is the format of the program?

Our program can be fully completed in the comfort of your own home. Students will have weekly required reading assignments prior to their 2 hour live instruction course via web conferencing each Monday evening from 8pm – 10pm Eastern Time (UTC -4/5). Post live instruction course, students will be given a combination of practicum assignments, self quiz, small breakout study circle groups and discussion prompts to contribute to dialogue on the Student Forum. Each Module takes from 1-4 weeks, and the entire program spans 14 weeks. Each Module culminates with a Final Project. Students are given access to a comprehensive Student Website which is a hub for their entire program.

What are the requirements for receiving my Diploma?

  • Attend live or view recordings of all 14 class lectures.  Attendance is recorded for both the live class and post lecture review.
  • Ideally one Student Forum post each week and one comment to another’s post.
  • Post lecture quiz (if applicable)for each week of class.
  • Completion of Required Reading at the pace that supports the individual’s learning needs. This may span beyond the program and will not be documented by instructors.
  • Completion and Submission of all Final Projects.

  • Note: We offer students a practicum assignment, diverse Forum Discussion Prompts, Journal Reflections, Breakout Study Circles and Recommended Reading assignments in addition to the 5 Required activities above for each week of study. The purpose is to offer students as many ways to integrate the knowledge that will serve the student best. We urge students to become familiar with the way in which they learn, and to pace themselves based on that knowledge.

    Not all we offer you is required. Students may take up to 30 days after the program ends to complete all requirements and receive their diploma.  Should a student need extra time, we will gladly make arrangements on an individual basis.

    How long will I have access to the Student Website and course materials after the program?

    Students will have access to most program materials indefinitely.  We encourage students to download the live class recordings in order to view them anytime, as individual cohort recordings will not remain available after 90 days post program.  Students are welcome to download and/or print any and all course materials that accompany each Module of the program.  We offer for sale a custom USB with downloaded lectures from your cohort which you may purchase after your course ends.  Independent Study Students have forever access to the Independent Study Student Website.

     

    Will I be certified after this program? What kind of credentials will I have?

    Students who complete this program are able to offer service to mothers and families in the same way that a postpartum doula can.  There are many postpartum doula trainings available, some them are nationally or internationally “certified” (DONA, CAPPA, etc.) and many of them are independent, having their own requirements and credentials, as are we.  We are an Organizational Member of the National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA) and are able to offer PACE credits to Professional Members.  We are accredited through IPHM (International Practitioners of Holistic Medicine). 

    What will I learn?

    Growing your Practice

    Learning caregiving skills is the first step.  Planning how you will bring these skills into practical application is another.  Your practice can be created around your preferences, sustainability needs and the needs of your community.  Explore the various ways you can grow your practice!

    Ayurvedic Touch for Postpartum

    Warm oil massage is a pillar of an Ayurvedic routine, and the needs of postpartum are beautifully addressed through abhyanga, the application of warm oil on the body.  Learn techniques for both birth giver and baby along with practical skills to help you teach and provide sacred touch for the postpartum window.

    Postpartum Care Foundations

    Understand the needs of the body, mind, spirit and senses during this time.  Learn the foundation for offering effective care and begin building your toolbox of support resources.

    Foundations of Ayurveda

    Explore the principles of Ayurveda through the lens of the postpartum window.  The sacred window is a time of rasayana, re-building, and not chikitsa, treatment.  We are facilitating the body's own healing and creating the right environment for strength and balance to return.

    Cooking for Postpartum

    Food is our greatest medicine!  Yet the wrong foods at the wrong time can create imbalance and struggle in healing.  Learn the needs of the postpartum body nutritionally.  Discover and practice amazing recipes and herbal support foods for nurturing the tender digestion of a new parent.

    Tuition

    Single Cohort

    $

    297/mo

    6 month Payment Plan

    or

    $1597 in full

    Year of study

    $

    189/mo

    12 month Payment Plan

    or

    $1897 in full


    Participate in 2 live Cohorts throughout your extended year of study.

    Whole Path

    $

    229/mo

    12 month Payment Plan

    or

    $2499 in full


    Independent or Cohort options available.  The Whole Path includes the Conscious Postpartum Caregiver Program followed by our Sacred Window Internship Circle for professional mentoring as you begin your work professionally.

    Let's Connect!

    I love meeting with people who are eager to learn more about postpartum care.  Schedule a time with me and I'm happy to support your learning journey, answer any questions and find out if this path is right for you!

    Watch our Discover Conscious Postpartum Care Class

    Learn more about this beautiful caregiving field and how we offer education to our students.