Prenatal Teacher Training
About Our Prenatal Teacher Training
The training is taught by Juliette Kurth, Prenatal Yoga Teacher of 23 years, DONA certified Birth of Doula of 17 years and co-owner of Silver Lake Yoga for 25 years. Juliette is also a recent graduate of USC's MSW program with a focus on Maternal Mental Health. Additional instructors include Cassie Cherney.
We meet four separate weekends, non consecutive weekends. We begin on a Friday night from 6:30 - 9:30pm, followed by an all day on Sat. and Sun. from 9 - 5:30pm with a one hour lunch and breaks in-between. We understand people have busy lives and we will do our best to make accommodations for trainees. However, if you want to satisfy the Yoga Alliance Prenatal Specialty Training and receive your certificate, you must be present and sign up for ALL four weekends, making the full training 75 contact hours with lead teachers and 10 outside non-contact hours with reading assignments, minimal homework and class observation.
For teachers who have already completed a 200 or 500 hour Yoga Alliance teacher training, this program fulfills the Yoga Alliance requirements for the Yoga Alliance Prenatal Certification. It is not necessary to be certified by the Yoga Alliance to teach prenatal yoga and the skills and knowledge you will acquire through our training will compliment many professions that deal with pregnancy and childbirth.
Payment plans are available. Full payment of the training needs to be paid up by the last day of the training. Scholarships will only be available with a maximum sign- up level.
There are many different styles of Yoga out there as well as many different points of view as to what is appropriate exercises prior to a woman’s birth. At Silver Lake Yoga, we teach a blend of Hatha Yoga inspired by our studies of Iyengar, Ashtanga, Anusara, and Mindfulness Meditation. We are not interested in prescribing to a particular doctrine or teaching style, rather we look forward to sharing our collective 25 years of experience teaching pregnant women as well as our continuing dialogue with OB’s, Midwives, PT’s in pelvic floor dysfunction and chiropractors, to help inform and adapt each and everyone’s individual class as well as the community they are serving.
The Training will be broken up into 4 separated weekends or “Modules.” Each of those Modules will address Yoga Alliance requirements towards the 85 hrs. required for the Prenatal specialty certificate. It is also necessary to have been through a 200 hr. Yoga Alliance Teacher Training in order to acquire the certificate, however if you don’t have the 200 hr. training before our training, you can still participate in this training. You will still acquire the skills to become a Prenatal Instructor, you just won’t receive the certificate from this program until you complete a 200 or 500 hr. training.
Instructors and Guest Speakers
Each 4 day Intensive will include 2 Guest Speakers. Previous speakers include:
- Dr. Jennifer McNulty, MD, a high risk OB/GYN from Long Beach Memorial Hospital
- Susan Minich, registered nurse-Midwife at Kaiser/Sunset, as well as a licensed acupuncturist.
- Dr. Elliot Berlin, prenatal Chiropractor & birth advocate. Founder of Berlin Wellness Center.
- Laura Horn MPT, prenatal physical therapist specializing in Women’s Health & Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation.
- Dr. Erin Stamford Moore, a cultural anthropologist from USC specializing in Women’s Birthing Rights.
- Leslie Howard, IAYT Yoga Therapist and Pelvic Floor Specialist
- Chandra Scofield, Acupuncturist
- Jessica Diggs, Midwife
Juliette Kurth has been a certified 200 and 500 hour Yoga Alliance instructor since 1992. She became particularly interested in prenatal yoga in 1995 when her first child was born and pursued classes as well as self-study to introduce a program to Yoga Alliance for a prenatal specialty program. After the birth of her second child, she went on to become a birth doula through DONA as well as become a member of DASC. She along with her husband Jonathan Emerson also developed a Labor Support Prep.class for couples. Together they run Silver Lake Yoga, which opened in 1994 and services a variety of people, from pregnant moms to Ashtanga jocks. Juliette is currently working on a Masters degree in social work with a focus on Maternal Mental Health. She is also a volunteer at Huntington Hospital's Maternal Wellness Program in a mindfulness & stretching class. Juliette believes that by preparing a pregnant woman’s body physically for labor, that strength will be manifested emotionally, which can only support and enhance her birthing experience! birthingbutterfly.com
Susan Minich CNM, MSN, MSOM, LAc has been involved in Health Care for 31 yrs as a Certified Nurse-Midwife working in Women’s Health providing care to Woman and their families. This practice involves gynecology, pregnancy and delivering babies. Susan has now integrated Traditional Chinese Medicine into her Western Practice. She is a Board Certified, Licensed Acupuncturist and Chinese Herbalist. Susan’s interest and passion for Eastern Medicine was inspired by a trip to China, traveling with the American Academy of Medical Acupuncturist through the People to People Ambassador Program. She toured many Traditional Chinese Medicine Hospitals and was fascinated by the success of this healing medicine. Susan returned to LA and completed her Master of Science Degree in Oriental Medicine at Samra University of Oriental Medicine in LA. She graduated with the highest honors, the Academic and Clinical Performance Achievement award. She has trained with world renowned Chinese Health Care Practitioners both in China and the US. Susan recently returned from China after advanced training at the Institution of Training, Beijing International Acupuncture Training Center.
Susan believes in prevention and maintenance of our health care and well being through nutrition, exercise, and life- style changes. With her many years of experience in Western Medicine, Susan now integrates Eastern Medicine into her healing methods. Chinese Medicine works by re-establishing balance and harmony within the mind/body/spirit. Acupuncture stimulates the flow of Qi, allowing the body to heal itself and balances the body’s energy. Acupuncture and Herbal remedies are very effective in treating a variety of health concerns. Susan’s areas of expertise include: Headaches/Migraines, HIV/Immune Disorders, Side Effects from Chemotherapy/CA treatment, Facial rejuvenation, weight loss, GI problems, stress, Women’s Health: fibroids, endometriosis, painful menses, menopause, reproductive/ infertility: male/female, to name a few.
In addition to Susan’s busy practice she is a noted author, lecturer and teacher. She has been on Clinical Faculty in the Graduate Nurse-Midwifery Program at UCLA and the University of Pennsylvania. Currently, Susan is on the Clinical Faculty at Cal State University, Graduate Nurse-Midwifery Program as well as mentoring Nurse-Midwife, Nurse-Practitioner and Nursing Students and plays a key role in the teaching of Ob/Gyn and Family Practice Residents at Kaiser Permanente Hospital in LA.
Dr. Elliot Berlin is an award winning prenatal chiropractor, childbirth educator and labor support bodyworker. His innovative techniques for prenatal wellness care address tight and painful muscles and tendons with specific massage based soft tissue releases together with traditional chiropractic adjustments to restore motion to restricted joints. The unique ‘prenatal chirossage’ session lasts 30-45 minutes and effectively addresses most pregnancy aches and pains in just a few visits and promotes a healthy, comfortable and functional pregnancy and preparation for an ideal labor and delivery experience. Dr. Berlin also works with several hundred breech babies each year, most of whom turn into the ideal pre-birth position once normal function is restored to the mothers low back and pelvis. Dr. Berlin, a labor support doula, also attends birth, providing the laboring mother with bodywork such as massage, reflexology, acupressure, counter pressure, and chiropractic adjustments to help keep mom relaxed, comfortable and focused and in ideal mind and body condition for smooth, uncomplicated labor and delivery. Dr. Berlin attends labor at hospitals, home and birthing centers and can be instead of or addition to a traditional labor doula.
Dr. Jennifer McNulty, OB/GYN Certifications: UCLA undergraduate, UC Irvine Medical School(92') 23 years of experience, American Board Of Obstetrics & Gynecologists Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Specialties include: VBAC, C-section,Gynecologic Cancer Screening,Sympathectomy,Vaginal delivery. Conditions: Antiphospholipid Syndrome( APS), Breech Position,Coagulation Disorders (inc. Hemophilia), Ectopic Pregnancy, Encounters for High-Risk Pregnancies, Genitourinary Tract Infections in Pregnancy, Gestational Diabetes, Hematologic Abnormalities Associated with Pregnancy, Hemorrhage from Placenta Previa, Hypertension Complicating Pregnancy, Childbirth & Postpartum, Intrauterine Growth Restriction, Maternal Anemia, Ovarian Cysts, Pap smear Abnormalities, Placenta Previa, Pregestational Diabetes Mellitus, Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD's), Sickle Cell Disease,Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE). Healthgrades Honor role, Languages; Spanish & English. Biography: Long Beach Memorial Hospital, Obstetrics Medical Group in Wittier, CA; Magella Medical Group in Long Beach,Perinatal Center in Whittier.Obstetrics & Gynecology as well as Neonatology care or NICU. Refer to her Bio. & Stats on-line through vitals.com
Laura Horn, MPT Physical Therapist, Women’s Health Specialist. Laura joined the Silverlake Yoga Prenatal Training team in 2012, and is thrilled to return. She owns a private physical therapy practice in the Pasadena area specializing in women’s health, pelvic rehab, and Pilates. She earned a Master’s in Physical Therapy from California State University Northridge, and completed her Pilates certification with Body Arts and Science International. Laura’s post-graduate study has focused on female pelvic floor dysfunctions, pregnancy, and post-partum patient care. In her clinical work, Laura views each patient case holistically, and integrates manual therapy techniques with traditional therapeutic and Pilates-based exercise to tailor individualized treatment plans. She has worked with various multi-disciplinary teams throughout Southern California, addressing pelvic floor dysfunction and women’s health needs in the community, and is passionate about passing on her knowledge to others working in Women’s Wellness and Fitness. Laura has spoken at many local community centers, cancer support groups, and Yoga and Pilates studios. As adjunct faculty at Mount St. Mary’s College DPT program, Laura has lectured and advised research in Pilates rehabilitation, pelvic floor dysfunctions, and post natal conditions. She is currently involved in research with the Huntington Colorectal and Pelvic Floor Center.
Leslie Howard is an Oakland-based yoga teacher, specializing in all things pelvic. She leads workshops and trainings nationally and has written a book about caring for the female pelvis, Pelvic Liberation. She is a regular presenter for the Yoga Journal conferences and a regular contributor to Yoga Journal magazine. Her own struggles with healing her hips and pelvis led her to intense study of the anatomy, physiology, cultural messaging, history and energetics of this rich place. Her teaching is informed by over 3500 hours of yoga study with senior Iyengar yoga teachers. She considers Ramanand Patel her most important influence and mentor. She has designed two very successful studies for UCSF on how to use yoga to alleviate incontinence and pelvic pain. To learn more about Leslie or for some online education opportunities visit: www.lesliehowardyoga.com
My ability to heal mind, body and spirit, combined with the power of integrating Eastern and Western Medicine allows me to give focused, personalized attention to each and every patient. With an approach that is holistic, intuitive and complementary, collaborating with primary care physicians and other practitioners in the Los Angeles area. Chandra is often referred to as the “Natural Hormone Whisperer” by her clients as she has helped so many women balance their hormones, conceive naturally, heal adrenal fatigue, manage menopause & more. Chandra also completed Silver Lake Yoga's Prenatal Teacher Training in 2016, wanting to acquire even more knowledge in the world of reproductive health. My Mission Is To empower You To Restore Your Body's Innate Healing Wisdom. Trained in Japanese “Gentle Needles” Acupuncture technique. firstname.lastname@example.org
Jessica’s journey in birth work began in 2012 when she trained to be a birth doula. From her studies in biology and anthropology to volunteering in a Women’s Health Information Center, she grew in awe of the human body. The training, her mentors, and her first birth changed fueled her interest in maternal health, childbirth education, and integrative medicine. In addition to providing support during labor, Jessica is a trained ICEA Childbirth Educator. Her goal is to provide evidence-based information and preventive care to the expecting family. In agreement with the ICEA philosophy, she believes in freedom of choice based on knowledge of alternatives in childbirth (and life). With this philosophy, Jessica decided to become a midwife and be an option for pregnancy support, gynecology, and holistic education. Her experience as a doula and clinical training has exposed her to a range of births: unmedicated vaginal births, home births, water births, births with medical assistance, Cesarean births, and vaginal births after previous Cesarean birth (VBAC). More importantly, it has honed my purpose. Jessica is honored to be a black midwife and to join the midwifery community and other reproductive health advocates with a common goal: to provide a safe, satisfying, and autonomous experience for the birthing person, their partner and the baby. She has attended over 300 births in the past 8 years. In addition to supporting births, Jessica has a heart for community and reproductive justice.
These are the four required books for the training. They will be referenced throughout the training. It is not necessary to complete these books cover to cover.
- Mayo Clinic Guide to A Healthy Pregnancy OR Your Pregnancy & Birth month to month (put out by The American College of Obstetrics & Gynecologists)
- Yoga Mama Yoga Baby by Margo Shapiro Bachman
- Yoga Mama by Linda Sparrowe
- Like a Mother by Angelea Garbes
- Yoga: A Gem For Women by Geeta Iyengar
- Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering: A Doctor's Guide to Natural Childbirth and Gentle Early Parenting Choices by Sarah J. Buckley, M.D.
- Essential Exercises For The Childbearing Year by Elizabeth Noble
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What the Graduates are Saying
“...thorough, informative, and enjoyable...I cannot recommend this course enough for anyone interested in teaching prenatal yoga.” - Anna Lotto 2012
“I now have three classes a week teaching prenatal and postnatal women and it’s because of my training at Silverlake Yoga that I feel so confident when I teach.” - Candace Cherney 2013
“ The guest speakers and the hands-training are as good as it gets! “ - Allison Hamilton 2013
“I completed this training feeling well-equipped to adapt prenatal practice to all levels, all trimesters, and especially for those with special conditions.” - Sarah Hemphill 2010
“Besides being an incredible and empowering training for future prenatal teachers, this has been one of the best all-around yoga trainings I have ever attended.” - Janet Colson 2011
“I am so grateful to Silver Lake Yoga for this wonderful program, and I can’t recommend it highly enough! Juliette and Leah both bring vast knowledge, experience, and passion to this comprehensive training, and they share it all in a way that makes the information accessible and memorable. From the materials they provide, to the speakers they bring in, and the hands-on practice in prenatal yoga classes, Juliette and Leah offer everything I could have asked for to feel confident as a prenatal yoga instructor. Thank you, ladies!” - Kate Eales 2012