An ancient practice worthy of all modern postpartum bodies

This workshop is designed for birth & body workers who want to provide a gentler more nourishing postpartum journey for themselves, families, and people they serve.

Postpartum Belly Binding has had a reemergence in the western world. Unfortunately, many times it has been taken out of context and has resulted in much mis- information. This e-course takes a look at the historical and cultural significance and values from which this practice originate from. We will discuss how to incorporate these skills and practices to your own self care as well as with the clients you serve. Basic palpation skills are highly recommended . You may still take this class if you have little or no palpation skills but please be compassionate with yourself as these hands on skills can take years to absorb and perfect.

E-Course Participant Testimonials

I honestly was just expecting this class to teach me how to physically wrap and that was it! When I read the description, I knew there would be more. But holy WOW!! I did not expect to receive SO much wisdom, information, and resources. I am so grateful!

Course Reviews

Not just a e-course, it was an experience my soul needed. Tema's approach, the way she expresses herself and explains things is something to be honored and respected. It was such an enriching wholesome experience, I learned a lot more than what I had expected when I signed up!

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I highly recommend this course!

Maleny Crespo

The Postpartum Belly Binding E-Course is informative, culturally enlightening, and evidence-based. I highly recommend this course to new and experienced birt...

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The Postpartum Belly Binding E-Course is informative, culturally enlightening, and evidence-based. I highly recommend this course to new and experienced birth workers. The knowledge is abundant, the pacing is perfect, and the online demonstrations are a huge help to perfect the art of belly binding. You will not be disappointed!

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Must take!

Andrea Mendez

If you are expecting or work within the birth world, this course is for you. Tema offers super valuable information that is timeless and easy to follow!

If you are expecting or work within the birth world, this course is for you. Tema offers super valuable information that is timeless and easy to follow!

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Superseded Expectations

Sheena Drummond

This course was more than just a how-to. It was informative and authentic. I could not have asked for anything more. I would highly recommend this course to ...

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This course was more than just a how-to. It was informative and authentic. I could not have asked for anything more. I would highly recommend this course to others.

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You'll Enjoy Every Minute!

Ruby Hernandez

This course was very informative! I knew nothing about belly-binding and now I'm excited to be able to bind myself postpartum and in the future be able to he...

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This course was very informative! I knew nothing about belly-binding and now I'm excited to be able to bind myself postpartum and in the future be able to help other birth givers heal.

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Thoroughly Enjoyed this Course!

Carolina Vitorino

The course included all necessary elements. It was accessible, thorough (including historical and culture context), equitable, applicable and easy understood...

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The course included all necessary elements. It was accessible, thorough (including historical and culture context), equitable, applicable and easy understood. I would strongly recommend this course to all birth workers and birthing persons.

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Stop what you're doing & give Tema your money!

Frances Estela

Seriously, this course has been so helpful for me as I train to become a postpartum doula. It covers more than just belly binding. Maybe it should be called ...

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Seriously, this course has been so helpful for me as I train to become a postpartum doula. It covers more than just belly binding. Maybe it should be called something like, “Anatomy, Belly Binding, & Holistic Care for the Postpartum Birther”. As a general tip when you take this course, take the moment to reflect on your own ancestral lineage & history after going through the first power point presentation. This course will greatly help your personal & professional growth. ~Frances Estela

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Excellent course!

Tesia Love

Excellent course! I'm glad I made the investment.

Excellent course! I'm glad I made the investment.

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made for mamas

catherine ferrera

Tema beautifully and intentionally crafted a a way to share this potent abuela knowledge. The layout of online platform was not only easy to navigate but the...

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Tema beautifully and intentionally crafted a a way to share this potent abuela knowledge. The layout of online platform was not only easy to navigate but the classes were so rich in wisdom so you could dive right in. All classes came coupled with handbook and presentation downloads which made digesting this info just so visually appealing. Having these courses recorded and the amount of time we were gifted to work with these lessons facilitated integration at our own organic pace. Im really grateful for the way this was thoughtfully presented as it made it super accessible for a mama of two, studying, homeschooling, nursing, and birth working. Thank you Tema and family.

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I like the title but it doesn't incorporate all that the ...

Asatu Hall

The text and the content of the class is very very informative and in-depth. The videos, presentations and the handbook are beautiful and cover so much info...

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The text and the content of the class is very very informative and in-depth. The videos, presentations and the handbook are beautiful and cover so much information, Tema gives very detailed explanations of the history, rationale(physiological, emotional, and spiritual) for each aspect of this healing technique. I love the way you incorporated care for the Mama who has had a C-section, often time we as midwives want to offer support and education to aid in her healing and I have been personally been searching for ways to help these moms and I found this addition especially valuable.

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Excellent, Comprehensive Introduction to Postpartum Binding

Kristy Valdez

This course begins with the necessary, important, and informative background of history and culture, then addresses anatomy and physiology, before diving int...

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This course begins with the necessary, important, and informative background of history and culture, then addresses anatomy and physiology, before diving into thorough descriptions and hands-on teaching for postpartum belly binding. The way the course is set up, as well as the wealth of information, walks students through the practice step by step to ensure application is safe and appropriate for the people we work with. I really appreciated the teaching style, the content, and the pace of the course. Thank you so much for this incredible resource!

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Must Take Course

Jennifer Chu

This belly binding course is a must watch course! It gives you more than you can imagine and will not disappoint. You will learn more than just belly bindin...

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This belly binding course is a must watch course! It gives you more than you can imagine and will not disappoint. You will learn more than just belly binding. I am already offering it to my clients, and it feels great to be able to include this as part of my care.

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Course curriculum

  • 1

    Welcome!

    • Class Instructions

    • Your Binding Materials

    • Learning Community & Self Introductions

    • Postpartum Belly Binding Handbook 2020 - La Matriz Birth

  • 2

    History, Culture, Anatomy & Physiology

    • Week One Recorded Class Video

    • Week 1 PowerPoint Slide Presentation

    • History, Culture, Anatomy & Physiology

    • Pelvis Mapping Drawing

  • 3

    Binding Application, Hands on Practice and Business

    • Week 2 Live Class Recording: Part 1

    • Week 2 Live Class Recording: Part 2

    • Week 2 Live Class Recording: Part 3

    • Elastic Bandage : Belly Binding Instructional Handout

    • Postpartum Belly Binding~ e-Course ~ Week 2

    • Proper Body Mechanics Demo

      FREE PREVIEW
    • Bone Holding Demo

    • Uterus Palpation Demo

    • Diastasis Demo

    • Transverse Abdominal Demo

    • Intestinal Massage Demo 1

    • Intestinal Massage Demo 2

    • Inguinal Region Demo

    • Elastic Bandages Binding Instruction

    • Ceserean Bandage Binding

    • Woven Faja Application Demo

      FREE PREVIEW
  • 4

    Reflection & Certificate

    • Course Reflection: Please submit once completion of the course to receive your certificate of attendance.

Instructor

Partera

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 10 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 traditonal 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.

Pricing

e-Course pricing includes pre-recorded lessons and contents for 6 months , PDF of handbook and PPT slides with two monthly live Q&A's. If you have been contemplating taking it, this is your chance. This course will go offline Jan. 1st. If you purchase now you will still have access for an entire 6 months. I will be re-mastering and adding more yummy content expanding it beyond belly binding.  The new course will be released mid to late 2022.