Courtney Key Jarecki has worked as a doula, childbirth educator, and a homebirth midwifery apprentice. After the birth of her daughter she began creating a new model of understanding for planned out-of-hospital births that end in cesareans, now known as homebirth cesareans (HBC), a term she coined.
She is the author of Homebirth Cesarean: Stories and Support for Families and Healthcare Providers and Healing from a Homebirth Cesarean (Incisio Press, 2015), books written for birth professionals and mothers.
To help broaden the conversation and education around homebirth cesareans, Courtney co-founded and was the executive director of a nonprofit that supported these births. Today, as the founder of the Homebirth Cesarean movement, Courtney continues the vision of a future where women of her daughter’s generation will birth with knowledge and dignity regardless of location, and in the company of care providers who respect and understand their wishes. To help move this dream forward, she facilitates in-person and online workshops for birth professionals and healing circles for mothers who experienced an HBC.
Courtney’s visionary work in the birth world continues to grow through her outreach and activism. She has been published in Midwifery Today and was a speaker at the MANA (Midwives Alliance of North America) conference in October, 2015. In balancing her writing, teaching, and leadership activities, she enjoys white wine, dark chocolate, and rich conversation.
Courtney is currently booking for 2016. If you are interested in hosting a workshop or retreat, please send us a note.
Courtney’s Upcoming in-person Events
|Date||City & Event||Description|
|January 12, 2016 – January 26, 2016||Online – for HBC mothers||So many of mothers carry their scars with sadness, blame, and shame. These physical and emotional scars weigh heavily on your memories and can interfere with the way you want to mother our children and show up in the world. During this online healing circle, mothers who experienced homebirth cesareans will gather to share, learn, and heal from their difficult or traumatic births.|
|January 14, 2016 – February 11, 2016||Online – for birth professionals||Online workshop for birth professionals covering the complete homebirth cesarean journey from prenatal preparation through postpartum. Perfect for seasoned professionals, students, or aspiring birth workers, this online workshop will provide you with resources you will call upon many times over throughout your career and your personal life.|
|March 12, 2016||Sherman Oaks, CA||Workshop for birth pros:
Birthing with Dignity and Power, from Home to Operating Room.
Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.