Author Archives: vickielson

Four Local Birth Events in the next couple of weeks!

9/25/11 “Meet the Doulas Day” at Cradle, 3rd Floor of Thorne’s Market, 150 Main Street, Northampton MA, 2 pm. 9/30/11 Authors’ Reading from “Home/Birth: A Poemic” at Neilson Library, Smith College, Northampton MA, 7 pm. 10/1/11 Events at The Springfield Pulse Gallery, 11 Pearl Street, Suite 230, Springfield MA. 2-5 pm: Birth Art Exhibit; …

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“Childbirth Education Essentials” workshop in Northampton, MA USA

“Childbirth Education Essentials” workshop in Northampton, MA USA, November 19, 2011   This unique, intimate one-day workshop for childbirth professionals and students explores what expectant parents and their educators REALLY need to know about pregnancy, birth, cultural/media influences, fear-busting, baby-bonding, and raising healthy happy kids.  It’s an immersion in skill-building: teaching experientially, tailoring classes to specific …

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Hey World – Ignore Us!

My film is a success around the world — and that’s a problem! “Laboring Under An Illusion: Mass Media Childbirth vs. The Real Thing” was made for North American audiences. But I get mail from Malaysia and Kenya and Kazakhstan, and it’s pretty relevant in those places too. The film includes 100 clips from U.S. …

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Call for Participants

I’m making a new film (the first one is “Laboring Under An Illusion: Mass Media Childbirth vs. The Real Thing,”  I’m looking for widely diverse interviewees — diverse not just in nationality, ethnicity, and class, but in experiences.   Moms who used every trick they learned in childbirth education class, and moms who made up …

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Outstanding Resources

  My films, script consultancy, and other stuff can be found here. For links to my favorite online resources, books, and films, click here.        

Quicker, easier, less expensive: Childbirth Educator Certification

Hello!  Want to become a certified childbirth educator, ready to teach prenatal classes? Please visit this page!  

One Day Workshop for Childbirth Professionals

Hello, fellow childbirth professional! Please visit Childbirth Education Essentials.

What do you REALLY need to know about having a baby?

WHAT YOU REALLY NEED TO KNOW ABOUT HAVING A BABY A one-page guide by Vicki Elson, MA, CCE, Think of a time when you amazed yourself. A time when you did something you didn’t think you could do.  Did you… …climb a hill? move out? graduate? stand up for yourself? survive troubles? Now, think …

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What Really Works for Labor? blog post

I keep trying to condense the most useful ideas into bite-size chunks for you.  Since this topic is the heart of childbirth education and labor support, I think about this a lot.  Below, there’s a little blog post.  I also made a one-page guide that covers what I consider to be the most essential things …

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Vicki’s Manifesto: Radical? Or Normal?

This was my very first blog. It’s an adaptation of an article I submitted to a new radical childbirth publication called SQUAT. I love the name! What do you think? Am I a radical? Are you? Or are we just working toward something sensible and equitable? Some mamas get way too much intervention in childbirth, and …

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