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Chanti Smith, CPM, LM, SEP

Midwifery is one of the oldest professions. Traditionally, midwives didn't only catch babies, they were community healers, shamans, spiritual counselors, and herbalists. It is in this ancient scope of practice that I work, supporting babies, parents, individuals and groups.

In the past 20 twenty years I delved deeply into the realms of healing to be of service to the world, and to answer questions on my own journey of reclaiming health. I have discovered so many beautiful modalities and methods that support profound healing on the levels of body, mind and spirit. When I work, I draw on all of my experience and meet each person and family where they are at.  In a session you will receive support that is deeply influenced by all of my other training, including Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy, Body-Mind Centering®, Somatic Experiencing®, Authentic Movement, Midwifery, Herbalism, Zero Balancing, Chi Nei Tsang, Mayan Uterine Massage, Acupressure and Jin Shin Jyutsu. I look at these modalities like the systems of the body, we are not just informed by organs or bones, we are breathing living organisms working together in harmonic resonance. 

I am a licensed and certified professional midwife, pre and perinatal birth therapist, somatic experiencing® practitioner, holistic pelvic care® practitioner, hypnobirthing® childbirth education instructor, prenatal yoga and embodied anatomy yoga teacher, massage therapist specializing in biodynamic craniosacral therapy, acupressure and body mind centering®, infant massage instructor, lactation specialist, and western trained herbalist. Read below for a full list of my education, training and certifications. 

I offer a diverse range of services to support you, including healing sessions in multiple modalities, holistic health services, childbirth education,  and retreats and workshops for birth professionals and individuals interested in somatic therapy and holistic health. I currently offer in person sessions in Brooklyn, NY and the Bay Area, CA, and I work with people all over the world through Skype. Please explore my offerings and let me know how I can support you!


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Formal Education

National Midwifery Institute – Certified Professional Midwife, 2007 

Prescott College - B.A., Holistic Health and Spirituality/Cultural and Social Change, Prescott, AZ, 1999

 

Midwifery

Licensed Midwife (LM)

Certified Professional Midwife (CPM)- 2007, National Midwifery Institute - in conjunction with apprenticeship: Rites of Passage Midwifery, San Francisco, CA, 5/04 – 5/07 and Alaska family Health and Birth Center, Fairbanks, AK Summer 2006

Neonatal Resuscitation  and CPR Certified

Holistic Pelvic Care, 2015

HypnoBirthing Practitioner Certification, 2010

Infant Massage Educator Certification, 2009

International Midwifery and Perinatal Trauma Resolution Volunteer at Bumi Sehat Clinic with Robin Lim- Bali, Winter 2007

Lactation Association Educators Certification, 2006

Post-Partum Doula Training, 2004

Doula Training, Heart and Hands with Elizabeth Davis, 2002-2003

 

Perinatal Somatic Psychology and Trauma Healing

Full Embodiment: Sexuality and the Autonomic Nervous System 3 Module Training, 2016

Teaching Assistant, Myrna Martin Pre and Perinatal Psychology Foundation Training, 2013-2016

APPPAH Trainer of Embodiment Seminars: Intro to Somatic Perinatal Psychology, 2014 - present

Somatic Experiencing Practitioner Training, 2011-2013

Birthing Yourself Womb Surround Facilitator, 2008-present

Castellino Pre and Perinatal Psychology Foundation Training, 2005-2007

 

Bodywork

Frequency Specific Microcurrent Practitioner Training, Dr. Carolyn McMakin, 2016

Holistic Pelvic Care, Tami Kent, 2015

Working with Babies: Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy, John Chitty, 2014

Pediatric Acupuncture and Tui Na, 2014

Zero Balancing Institute – Fundamentals, Fritz Smith, 2002 and Athena Malloy, 2014

The Flowering Of Consciousness, Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy and Infant Brain Development, Michael Shea, 2009

Craniosacral Therapy, Bali: Blend of Biodynamic, Milne, and Upledger, 2007

Mayan Uterine Massage Training, Ms. Beatrice, 2006

Jin Shin Jyutsu for Mothers and Babies, 2004

Jin Shin Jyutsu- Practitioner/Self-Help Instructor Certification, 1997 – 2003   

Chi Nei Tsang Institute - Internal Organ Massage, Gil Marin, 2001 

Arvigo Method of Mayan Uterine Massage - Self Care Training, 2000

Upledger Institute - CranioSacral Therapy, 1997

Acupressure Institute - Practitioner Certification, 1997, Advanced 200 hour programs: Women’s Health, Emotional Balancing

Windwalk Institute - Massage Practitioner Certification, 1995 

 

Yoga and Body Mind Centering

Body Mind Centering Assistant in Embodied Anatomy of Yoga, 2007- Present

Body Mind Centering: Yoga and Developmental Movement, Embodied Anatomy of Yoga Instructor, 2003- present

Integrative Yoga Therapy - Yoga Teacher Certification, 2003 

 

Herbology

Bach Flower Essence Training, Noga Kreiman, 2014

Lily Flower Essence Training, Julia Graves, 2013-2014

Staff Herbalist, Pharmaca Integrative Pharmacy, 2004-2007

Herbal Apprenticeship, Susun Weed, Wise Women Center, Spring 2002

Herbal Apprenticeship, Vitalist Botanicals, 1999 – 2001

Medicinal Plants, Flower Essences and Sustainable Farming Internship, New Dawn Center/Finca Amrita, Costa Rica, 1999

 

Teaching Engagements

Primal Sequence Co-Facilitator, 2016

Teacher and Co-Founder, Annual Grateful Heart Network and Yoga Retreat, Costa Rica, 2014-present

Full Spectrum Doula Trainer, 2015

APPPAH Trainer, 2014-present

Birth in the Garden: Birth Worker as Healer, Year Long Course in Holistic Reproductive Health, 2014

Beginning and Intermediate Midwifery Skills Practicums, 2011-present

Experiential Anatomy for the Vajra Pani Yoga Teacher Training, 2010-present

Bonding and Attachment Intensive, 2013

Women’s Health and Herbs at the Vitalist School of Herbology, 2007-2011

Somatic Movement Therapy at the Ashland Institute of Massage, 2010

Pre and Perinatal Psychology for Birth Professionals at NY Open Center, 2009