Herbs for the Menstrual Cycle
Jul
1
6:30 PM18:30

Herbs for the Menstrual Cycle

In this hand-on workshop, Certified Professional Midwife Ray Rachlin and clinical herbalist Kelly McCarthy will share an overview of the cycle and related hormones, then talk about how one can use herbs and other simple self-care tools to ease PMS, cramps, and regulate irregular cycles.

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LGBTQ trying to conceive, pregnant, and new babies potluck
Jun
27
6:00 PM18:00

LGBTQ trying to conceive, pregnant, and new babies potluck

Potluck for LGBTQ people currently trying to conceive, pregnant, or with a new baby at home. Open to all looking for community with other queer prospective and new parents. Just bring yourself/partner(s)/baby and a dish to share

We’ll meet at Clark Park between Baltimore and Chester Ave. Look for a blanket with a midwife and lots of seltzer. Plates and silverware will be provided too.

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Beyond the Baster: Intro to Alternative Insemination
Jun
23
11:00 AM11:00

Beyond the Baster: Intro to Alternative Insemination

Do you want to grow your family? Are you thinking about single-parenting and unsure where to start? Are you a queer couple wanting to having kids?  Do you suffer from “social infertility”?

Come to this introductory class to learn the in’s and out’s of alternative insemination, meet other people who share your desire to parent, and get connected to Refuge Midwifery, your resource for all things insemination.

Topics covered include:

  • Options for obtaining sperm

  • Different methods of insemination

  • How to track your cycle to optimize fertility

  • How Refuge Midwifery can support your path to parenthood

 

Taught by Ray Rachlin, CPM and Shosh Ruskin, NP

Cost: Sliding Scale $30-$50

To register email: Contact@maternalwellness.org

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Exploring Home Birth In Philly
May
5
5:00 PM17:00

Exploring Home Birth In Philly

Curious about home birth? Want to support delivery options for all birthing people in Philly? Need a night out to chat with some lovely members of the birth community? Join us on International Day of the Midwife for a film screening of Why Not Home and photo exhibit of local Philly home births!

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Trans-affirming Lactation Care
Apr
8
6:00 PM18:00

Trans-affirming Lactation Care

Ray Rachlin will talk on providing culturally competent care for trans and gender non-conforming parents lactation and infant feeding needs.

This event is being hosted by Pennsylvania Resource Organization for Lactation Consultants but is open to the general public. Please REGISTER HERE if you plan to attend so that we know how many people to expect. This event is free , however the cost for CERPs for non-members is $20. Payment will be collected at the event.

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Beyond the Baster #2: Introduction to Alternative Insemination
Mar
10
11:00 AM11:00

Beyond the Baster #2: Introduction to Alternative Insemination

Do you want to grow your family? Are you thinking about single-parenting and unsure where to start? Are you a queer couple wanting to having kids?  Do you suffer from “social infertility”?

Come to this introductory class to learn the in’s and out’s of alternative insemination, meet other people who share your desire to parent, and get connected to Refuge Midwifery, your resource for all things insemination.

Topics covered include:

  • Options for obtaining sperm

  • Different methods of insemination

  • How to track your cycle to optimize fertility

  • How Refuge Midwifery can support your path to parenthood

 

Taught by Ray Rachlin, CPM and Shosh Ruskin, NP

Cost: Sliding Scale $30-$50

Email midwife@refugemidwifery.com to reserve your spot.

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Beyond the Baster: An Introduction to Alternative Insemination
Mar
3
11:00 AM11:00

Beyond the Baster: An Introduction to Alternative Insemination

THIS SESSION IS FULL. Overflow session scheduled for March 10th

Do you want to grow your family? Are you thinking about single-parenting and unsure where to start? Are you a queer couple wanting to having kids?  Do you suffer from “social infertility”?

Come to this introductory class to learn the in’s and out’s of alternative insemination, meet other people who share your desire to parent, and get connected to Refuge Midwifery, your resource for all things insemination.

Topics covered include:

  • Options for obtaining sperm

  • Different methods of insemination

  • How to track your cycle to optimize fertility

  • How Refuge Midwifery can support your path to parenthood

 

Taught by Ray Rachlin, CPM and Shosh Ruskin, NP

Cost: Sliding Scale $30-$50

Registration is closed

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Beyond the Baster: An Introduction to Alternative Insemination
Sep
16
11:30 AM11:30

Beyond the Baster: An Introduction to Alternative Insemination

Do you want to grow your family? Are you thinking about single-parenting and unsure where to start? Are you a queer couple wanting to having kids?  Do you suffer from “social infertility”?

Come to this introductory class to learn the in’s and out’s of alternative insemination, meet other people who share your desire to parent, and get connected to Refuge Midwifery, your newest community resource for all things insemination.

Topics covered include:

  • Options for obtaining sperm

  • Different methods of insemination

  • How to track your cycle to optimize fertility

  • How Refuge Midwifery can support your path to parenthood

 

Taught by Ray Rachlin, CPM and Shosh Ruskin, NP

Cost: Sliding Scale $30-$50

Registration coming soon at studio34yoga.com

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Midwifery Care for Every Body: Integrating Gender Inclusive Practices for the Benefit of All Clients
Apr
21
11:00 AM11:00

Midwifery Care for Every Body: Integrating Gender Inclusive Practices for the Benefit of All Clients

In this introductory level workshop, we explore how implementing  client-centered practices for transgender and gender nonconforming clients improves and enhances the care we provide for all families seeking midwifery care. Transgender spectrum individuals face many obstacles to healthcare access including a lack of knowledgeable care providers, other people’s lack of awareness of identity issues, and outright prejudice and discrimination. This leads to underutilization of healthcare by gender nonconforming people and contributes to health disparities and poor outcomes, especially by individuals with intersecting marginalized identities.

As midwives and birth workers, we are in a unique position to offer culturally competent care to this client population. In this workshop, we will go over vocabulary and acronyms relevant to serving transgender clients, as well as ways to facilitate gender-inclusive care through health history forms, informed choice discussions, and the ways we talk about midwifery, birth, and feeding newborns. We will share resources for further continuing education and learning. Finally, we will develop a collective understanding of how these changes will benefit all of our clients, regardless of gender identity.

Workshop is accredited by ACNM for two CEU's. Register at Mazzoni Center's website here: https://www.mazzonicenter.org/events/midwifery-care-every-body

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Queer & Trans Family Planning - Interdisciplinary Panel
Apr
14
11:00 AM11:00

Queer & Trans Family Planning - Interdisciplinary Panel

Refuge Midwifery is participating in this 3-hour community workshop designed to help queer and trans people’s navigate reproductive options for creating a family. We’ll discuss:

  • Options for creating families

  • Impact of gender-affirming hormone therapy and surgeries on fertility, and options for preserving fertility prior to or during gender affirming hormone therapy or surgery

  • Tools to support your fertility

  • Types of care providers and healthcare choices for fertility, pregnancy, and birth

  • Emotional considerations and preparing for parenthood

  • Legal protections and planning

  • Infant feeding options

Sign up to attend here: https://www.mazzonicenter.org/trans-parenting-panel

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Doulas and Desserts: Supporting Long Labors
Feb
4
2:00 PM14:00

Doulas and Desserts: Supporting Long Labors

Birth workers coming together to share dessert and learn from local midwife Ray Rachlin LM, CPM, CLC from Refuge Midwifery about why some labors go long and useful tools and tips for supporting and moving them along.

Doulas, Childbirth Educators, L&D nurses and other birth professionals all welcome!

Facebook event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/166558230777158/

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Doula Talk: Meet the Midwife and Learn About Trans Birth
Nov
3
6:00 PM18:00

Doula Talk: Meet the Midwife and Learn About Trans Birth

Magnolia Moon Birth is hosting an evening for doulas to meet midwife Ray Rachlin of Refuge Midwifery, connect with other birth workers, and learn about providing evidenced based care to transgender people during pregnancy, birth, and postpartum.

Join us Friday November 3rd from 6-9pm in South Philadelphia. Potluck begins at 6pm, talk at 7:30pm. RSVP to magnoliamoonbirth@gmail.com for address.

Facebook event details here.

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How We Make Families: Guide to Fertility and Birth for Trans Folks
Sep
9
5:45 PM17:45

How We Make Families: Guide to Fertility and Birth for Trans Folks

In this workshop, we navigate the maze of trans people’s reproductive options for creating a family. We discuss types of care providers and compare three models of obstetric care in the US. We explore prenatal care, birth care and location choices, postpartum care and infant feeding choices, as well as holistic and mainstream medical approaches to preconception and fertility. Participants learn how gender-affirming hormone therapy and surgeries can impact the options for using their genetic material to create a pregnancy, and what the current medical research says about biological transgender parenthood. Participants leave with a road map of their reproductive health options, evidence-based recommendations to support their fertility and chances of conceiving, and practical tools and resources for reducing discrimination in their paths to parenthood.

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