What is Bone Closing ?

This knowledge share is an introduction to the "Bone Closing Ceremony" as I Tema, partera , mother and maestra have come to understand it. I have dedicated the last decade coming into relationship with this rich cultural postpartum ritual. I will share with you my perspective and lived experience regarding the historical , cross-cultural , physical and psycho-emotional intersections of the Bone Closing Ceremony. This 2 hour knowledge share is a small introduction that will explore this practice beyond the physical act of knot tying. All are welcome! This class was recorded live , the recording and slides are available. Content access is available for 1 year to review the course content.

  • A Latinx and Indigenous perspective

  • Historical Context

  • Cultural Context

  • The Spiritual Work

  • Closing Cycles

Pricing options

Regular pricing reflects the cost for full access of recording and slide presentation with 1 year access. Student pricing is reduced for students and grants full access.



Tema Mercado

Tema Mercado is a Xicana Licensed Midwife in California and Partera Profesional Certificada in Mexico , mother to six children and a grandmother. She believes that birth work can change the world and has dedicated the last 11 years to birth and reproductive justice on the U.S Mexico Border serving families on both sides of the border. Tema was born and raised in San Jose, California and spent her adolescence in Mexicali, Baja California. Her midwifery practice and overall work in the community stems from a social justice and heart perspective. Tema is a traditional singer and story teller, these two gifts led her to share her voice as a speaker and facilitator. She believes that knowledge sharing is essential for the preservation of cultural healing arts. To find out more about Tema and her work, you can visit her website http://www.lamatrizbirth.com/ and her IG page @matrizmidwife.