La Matriz Birth

Tema Mercado, Midwife

Grounded Bilingual Homebirth Midwife Care for San Diego and Tijuana, Baja California Families

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tema@lamatrizbirth.com 619.500.6552

LOCATIONS
Mission Valley , San Diego
2835 Camino del Rio S. #210, San Diego CA 92108
Tijuana Clinic

Anjali Centro Bienestar
Calle Sacramento 4424, Jardines De San Carlos, Tijuana, B.C., México

 

Workshops Offerings

Birth-Work classes & workshop offerings for birth professionals

 

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Postpartum Belly Binding In- Person Workshop

ONLINE Class now available !

This workshop is designed for the birth worker, the mother, and the sisters and all those folx’s who want to provide a gentler more nourishing postpartum journey to themselves, families, and parents  they serve.

Postpartum Belly Binding has had a reemergence in the western world. Unfortunately, many times it has been taken our of context and has resulted in much mis- information. This eight hour class takes a look at the historical and cultural significance and values from which this practice originate from. Basic anatomy and physiology and common postpartum ailments will be addressed. You will learn principles and benefits of belly binding with faja and bandages. Basic principles of postpartum womb massage  and bone holds. Hands on practice with sobadas and binding application will be done during class. 


We will discuss how to incorporate these skills and practices to your own self care as well as to the clients your serve.

One Day Postpartum Belly Binding Workshop

Saturday August 1, 2020

10am -6pm

Location: The Source

4232 Poplar Street

San Diego, CA 92105

Pricing

Full Cost $222

Early Bird : $199 (ends July 10th)

Reserve your spot with a $50 deposit and pay the balance the day of the workshop.

More questions? Email Tema at: tema@lamatrizbirth.com

Online Postpartum Belly Binding Class

2, three hour virtual  classes via Zoom

Saturday August 8th & 15th, 2020

11am -2pm PST

This virtual class offering is the online version of my one day in-person hands on workshop. We will cover the same material  It will include a total of  six hours of online class instructions. Class instruction will be delivered via Zoom with slides , videos and live instruction by yours truly. You will receive a PDF handbook and an instructional handout to provided to your clients.

Hands-on Portion:

You will need to invite a model to practice during the hands on portion of the class on Saturday August 15th from 12:30 – 1:30pm PST. A package with belly binding materials will be mailed out to you so that you may practice with your model .

*Note: This is a pilot online class. Which means it is the first time I will teach my Postpartum Belly Binding Class online.  Wish us luck!

Pricing

Full Cost $134 ( binding materials included )

Please register by August 1st to allow for you materials to arrive on time.

More questions? Email Tema at: tema@lamatrizbirth.com

Scholarship Application

Submissions will close on July 4th, 2020

I value being able to give back to the communities with the most birth outcomes disparities . Black, Indigenous and brown comunities. This helps sustain equity in our communities so that these practices may be severed to all and not just the privileged. It helps restore balance of the practices lost within our community .

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So you want to be a Partera ?!

Partera series class # 1

2 hour Online Class

Friday Jan 17th , 7pm PST

Online Class on ZOOM

Join me for an interactive online class to explore your dream of becoming a Partera. You have a dream , you’ve heard the calling and you believe your path is that of a Partera but you don’t know where to start. What does being a Partera mean to you ? What does it mean to be a Partera in the modern world? How will you make it fit into your family life? What kind of practice are your envisioning ? We’ll have a candid conversation about the importance of becoming a Partera, all the beauty and the struggles of modern midwifery.

We will discuss:

  • Being a Partera : A Latinx and Indiegous perspective 
  • Midwifery Pathways
  • Apprenticeship Model
  • Student Partera sustainability
  • What are the next steps?
  • Q&A

 

Who may attend this class : This class is designed for aspiring midwives who identify as Latinx and or Indigenous. Anyone can sign up for the class if interested. 

 

Cancelation Policy: Registration is limited and therefore non refundable. If you are unable to attend the live class, you will be granted access to view the recording after the class.

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Partera & Familia Life

Partera series class # 2

2 hour Online Class

Friday Feb. 28th 2020 7pm PST

Online Class on ZOOM

How can I be a partera while having small children? Will my marraige / partnership endure my partera career ? How will I make it all work? Have you asked yourself these questions? Join me for an interactive online class to explore the dynamics of your partera life and how to balance it for the well being of your familia. We will discuss how to live a sustainable practice that is healthy and enriching for your familia.

 

Who may attend this class : This class is designed for new and aspiring midwives who identify as Latinx and or Indigenous. Any birth worker  can sign up for the class if interested. 

 

Cancelation Policy: Registration is limited and therefore non refundable. If you are unable to attend the live class, you will be granted access to view the recording after the class.

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2 day Spinning Babies Workshop

July  18th & 19th 2020 (This class is still scheduled, if it must be cancelled you will receive a full refund)

9am -6pm

The Source

4232 Poplar Street

San Diego CA. 92105

Scholarship Application

Submissions will close 4 weeks prior to the start of each workshop.

I value being able to give back to the communities with the most birth outcomes disparities .  Your welcome to apply as an active birth worker of color.

Body Reading for Sobadas

This is an introductory workshop to go over touch skills for birth and body workers . The body reading portion will address trauma informed touch. How to read the body by monitoring breath, sensations, vibrations, affect and behavior. Reading the body is a powerful tool to unlocking the untold story that each body has to share. Paired with therapeutic touch we can work with the body and the nervous system to help unlock trauma and heal it self. Special attention will be paid to the pelvis. You will learn how to hold and listen to the bones, grounding practices and basic abdominal massage. This course is ideal for birth and body workers.


We will discuss how to incorporate these skills and practices to your own self care as well as to the clients your serve.

Pricing

Full Cost $222

Early Bird : $222 end Oct. 6th

Repeat Participants: $200

Reserve your spot with a $50 deposit and pay the balance the day of the workshop.

Register for both workshops Body Reading for Sobadas and Postpartum Belly Binding

Full Cost $400

Early Bird $375 end Oct. 6th

More questions? Email Tema at: tema@lamatrizbirth.com

Scholarship Application

Submissions will close on October 15, 2019

I value being able to give back to the communities with the most birth outcomes disparities . Black, Indigenous and brown comunities. This helps sustain equity in our communities so that these practices may be severed to all and not just the privileged. It helps restore balance of the practices lost within our community .

Postpartum Sealing Workshop & Retreat

Postpartum  Healing Arts from Mexico

4 Day Workshop

December 2020 – Postponed until further notice

When I first offered this workshop 5 years ago, it started off as a two day workshop. I was worried that I would not have enough to share in those 16 hours.  Very quickly, I learned that two days is simply not enough time to share, learn, grow and integrate. I want to create a space where we can hold space for our own stories and healing. So much of traditional healing modalities can not be taught with words, you must feel, taste ,live and smell it. This takes time , it takes creating a safe space to do the work, feel the work and be the work. And so, I invite you to join me and my helpers this August in my beloved Baja California , Kumeyay Territory.

This will be our first retreat style workshop will incorporate all that is included in my 3 day workshop and much more. We will enjoy a relaxed and intimate setting at a private Rosarito home . The retreat will give us time to unwind and integrate all the happenings of the day. We will enjoy the evenings around a bonfire and as we story tell , sipping on our artisan made atoles and cacao drinks. I will be inviting the local midwives and birth worker’s to join in and knowledge share with us as well.

Below are the preliminary details. More details will be emailed out as the dates approach.

Details

32 CA BRN Continuing education credits available

Where: Rosarito, Mexico
When: December 3rd – 6th, 2020

Check-In Wednesday December 2nd 6pm
Thursday  3rd 6am – 6pm
Friday December 4th 8am – 8pm
Saturday December 5th 8am – 8pm
Sunday December 6th 8am – 8pm .                                                               

Check-Out Monday December 7th 10am 

Your workshop fee includes meals and lodging.

Meals (breakfast , lunch and dinner) will be provided Thursday – Sunday . 

We have secured a beautiful Rosarito home rental for our workshop and lodging accommodations.


Balance to be paid one week prior to workshop. You will receive an electronic invoice by email.

Scholarships have been  provided to local BWOC residing in Baja California.

Special considerations: Babes in arms are welcomed.

Cancellation Policy: Attendees can request refunds up to 30 days before the event’s start date. Exceptions may be made if you miss due to attending a birth. You must notify me that you are on call at least 30 days before the workshop. If you are called to a birth, you must call me before the workshop begins. Refunds will not be granted without prior notification. No refunds are available if you are called out during any part of the training. Any amount not refunded is transferable for future workshops, services and products.

We live in a BIRTH focused maternity culture today. So many of us plan and prepare for the moment of our birth. Where to birth, who will be your support, what you’ll wear, what you’ll eat, how you want it to be, so on and so on. Your birth experience is the shortest (yes, powerful) part of your maternity journey. Your postpartum journey will be the longest. How are you preparing for that? Do you even know where to start?

Postpartum sealing rituals have been practiced by many cultures all around the world as long as  midwifery has been around.

This practice is more commonly known as Mother Roasting and Bone Closing. The particular practice I teach is native to Mexico, with indigenous roots mixed with post-colonial herbalism. This workshop is the result of oral tradition passed down by elders, traditional teachers, grandmothers interlaced with modern midwifery and body work. 

Herbal preparations: 

Discussion regarding harvesting rituals, introduction to plant medicine, peri- steam bath, belly binding oil, postpartum warming teas and herbal bath remedies. 

Body Work / Sobadas:

Body reading, bone holding, down regulation techniques and trauma informed touch skills.
Postpartum Rebozo Body Work:

Traditional massage techniques, manteada and rebozo bone closing ceremony. Learn the importance of realigning the body’s energetic centers, releasing stagnant energy and birth trauma, a healing practice for postpartum depression.

Warming full body herbal bath:

Learn how to provide a healing postpartum bath and re-introduce heat into the body with fresh herbs.

Belly Binding:

Principles and benefits of belly binding with faja and bandages. Basic principles of postpartum womb massage  and bone holds. Hands on practice with sobadas and binding application will be done during class. 


We will discuss how to incorporate these skills and practices to your own self care as well as to the clients your serve.

More questions? Email Tema at: tema@lamatrizbirth.com

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