IndigeBums: Introduction to Elimination Communication for BIPOC Caregivers
Content: 1.5hr Recorded Class & Companion Guide PDF
*This workshop is for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color including mixed POC and children of various global diaspora.
Before diapers were invented, Indigenous people worked with the innate wisdom of their babies to “potty train” starting at birth. This practice is still widely used in certain cultures around the world, but has largely fallen out of practice in the United States, due to the exploitative practices of diaper companies and the suppression of Indigenous parenting traditions. In this introductory workshop, you will learn how to revitalize this important practice, now called elimination communication, in a hands-on, skills-based way.
You will learn:
- The importance of decolonizing approaches to diapering babies for the health of our Earth and babies
- How to connect more deeply with the innate, natural newborn behaviors that support potty learning from birth
- How to get started on elimination communication with infants age 0-6 months of age
You will receive:
- 2 hours of theoretical and hands-on instruction
- resource packet containing valuable checklists and further reading (Raeanne’s handouts are always epic!)
- Follow-up Instagram Live on @BirthBruja to answer any remaining questions
You will need:
- A baby doll or two-legged stuffed animal and a small-medium tupperware dish (or baby potty) to practice the hands-on portion. OR, if you have a baby aged 0-6 months, feel free to bring them along to practice.
About the Facilitator:
Raeanne Madison, MPH, is a crane clan citizen of the Ojibwe and Mexika nations, and also carries Dutch ancestry. A natural teacher and practicing postpartum doula and Indigenous Breastfeeding Counselor, Raeanne has traveled extensively to tribal communities across Anishinaabe Aki (and online) to be a part of the resurgence of traditional kinship responsibilities in Indigenous communities. She has walked with hundreds of families and taught thousands more in the realms of pregnancy, birth, postpartum healing, and traditional parenting. Raeanne is a wife and mother of two.