Salon series: Ways of Wisdom: Using Herbs to Control Fertility

For time untold women have used herbal medicine to assist them in controlling their fertility. Herbs have been used by women seeking to become pregnant, to end unintended pregnancies, and act as birth control.  Ever wanted to learn more about what works and what doesn’t?

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Ways of Wisdom: Using Herbs to Control Fertility

Date: Wednesday, March 20th 2012
Location: Langton Labs
Just three blocks from Civic Center BART!
Cost: Free
$5-$15 suggested donation for BADP, no one will be turned away for lack of funds
Accessibility: The space is wheelchair accessible (but the restroom does not have grab bars). Babes in arms are welcome. Please email salon_fund [at] bayareadoulaproject [dot] org or send us a note on facebook if you have any questions about accessibility.

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So excited about this Salon Series that you can’t wait? Well, here’s a bit of pre-event reading – Herbs and the Childbearing Woman: A Guide for Midwives by Cynthia Belew.


Cynthia Belew is a certified nurse-midwife and herbalist who  has provided midwifery care for women in San Francisco since 1992.  She has taught in the midwifery education program at UCSF since 1999.  She has accumulated approximately 550 hours of classroom and field study in herbal medicine, and is the author of the award-winning article “Herbs and the Childbearing Woman:  Guidelines for Midwives” published in the Journal of Nurse-Midwifery in 1999.  She has used herbs extensively in her private practice, and teaches about herbs and women’s health in the midwifery program at UCSF and at the California School of Herbal Studies.  Her herbal medicine teachers include Michael Moore, James Snow, Gail Julian, Robin Bennett, Susun Weed, and others.  
Beth Rees, herbalist and doula will facilitate a hands on portion of the evening where you will have the opportunity to make and taste a tea that helps sooth afterpains and cramps that can be used in many stages of life – abortion/miscarriage, menses and after child birth.   Beth is a birth & postpartum doula. She has been a doula since 2006 and has been working with women and families for over 20 years, doing advocacy work promoting healthful communities with an emphasis  on sexual and women’s health.  She studied Western and Traditional Chinese herbal medicine at the American School of Herbalism has worked with Five Flavors Herbs, helping craft herbal remedies.  She teaches perinatal herbal medicine classes with the Sylvan Institute of Botanical Medicine.

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