What people say about my work

Won­der­ing how work­shop par­tic­i­pants feel about the Advanced Prac­ti­tion­er Train­ing I offer? Find out by read­ing these tes­ti­mo­ni­als by doulas, mid­wives, and oth­er health prac­ti­tion­ers who have tak­en A Safe Pas­sage train­ing so they could learn how to sup­port sur­vivors of abuse through preg­nan­cy, child­birth, and the tran­si­tion to par­ent­ing.


Hi Jodi — thanks so much for this past week­end. It was a won­der­ful expe­ri­ence, one that was over­whelm­ing and also inspir­ing.

We CAN make a dif­fer­ence — wow!”

~ Debra Bows­er, CD(DONA)

Don’t know quite how to thank you… I have come away a dif­fer­ent per­son and will car­ry this with me… touch­ing so many aspects of my life not only as a woman and moth­er but as a friend, doula and sis­ter-in-law.”

~ San­dra, CD(DONA)

Jodi — Thank you so much. I appre­ci­ate all that you shared with us dur­ing the work­shop; it has giv­en me more con­fi­dence in this aspect of my prac­tice. Best wish­es,”

~ Michelle, Licensed Mid­wife, MA

As doulas, at some point in our career we are bound to have a client open up to us and dis­close an abu­sive or trau­mat­ic expe­ri­ence — Do you know how to respond? Do you know what to do with that infor­ma­tion? Do you know how she may react in labour if she’s been a vic­tim of child­hood sex­u­al abuse?Before this week­end I didn’t know the answers to any of those ques­tions. Now I do. I feel a hun­dred times more com­fort­able and con­fi­dent with my role as a doula. I feel empow­ered with this knowl­edge and strong­ly feel that ALL doulas should attend this train­ing.

Jodi deliv­ers a pow­er­ful and dynam­ic work­shop on sup­port­ing women sur­viv­iors of abuse through the child­bear­ing year in a man­ner that is sen­si­tive, com­pas­sion­ate, and true. The mate­r­i­al is eye-open­ing, and the for­mat of the work­shop has a great flow where the learn­ing objec­tives are cov­ered at just the right pace for the group.

Although the first day is very heavy with facts and can be emo­tion­al­ly tax­ing for some, Jodi stops peri­od­i­cal­ly to check in to see how every­one is feel­ing and what kind of respons­es they may have. The pace is kept up, there is group work, small group work, and part­ner exer­cis­es to use the skills learned on the sec­ond day. Jodi is artic­u­late and the work she does is coura­geous. I felt very empow­ered by the infor­ma­tion and skills she gave us.

How many of us think of our own safe­ty when enter­ing a clients’ home? Did it ever occur to you that the woman may have an abu­sive part­ner, and that abuse JUST start­ed DURING preg­nan­cy? It makes so much sense to me that this infor­ma­tion should be cov­ered in depth at a stan­dard doula train­ing, but that is pret­ty impos­si­ble when a doula train­ing is 2 or 3 days. This train­ing alone needs 2 days for itself.

The time, effort, and mon­ey for this advanced prac­ti­tion­er train­ing are well spent. Espe­cial­ly if it could poten­tial­ly save the life of a client (you nev­er know?), or her from fur­ther abuse, or even if it’s just to under­stand how to bet­ter sup­port her dur­ing her labour, birth and post­par­tum. You could also save your­self from becom­ing involved in a dan­ger­ous sit­u­a­tion. I high­ly rec­om­mend Jodi’s A Safe Pas­sage train­ing. Please see her web­site for more infor­ma­tion, to see if there is a train­ing near you, or to spon­sor a train­ing!

Thank you, Jodi, for this won­der­ful new set of skills I proud­ly own!”

~ Tiffany, CD(DONA)

Just want­ed to thank you for a com­pre­hen­sive overview of the impact of abuse past and present on women of child­bear­ing years. It was won­der­ful to con­nect with oth­er pro­fes­sion­als at the work­shop who sup­port this group of coura­geous women and increase our aware­ness and knowl­edge of the type of ser­vices avail­able in the com­mu­ni­ty. I would def­i­nite­ly rec­om­mend this work­shop for any­one involved with women of child­bear­ing years. Jodi is very pas­sion­ate on increas­ing the aware­ness of the impact of woman abuse on the child­bear­ing years.”

~ Jo-Anne Cam­pling R.N. P.H.N. Mid­dle­sex-Lon­don Health Unit