Pre and Perinatal Education: Foundation Training

Pre and Perinatal Education: Foundation Training

Taught by Scott Zamurut, RCST®

The current training in Santa Fe is underway.

The next training will be in Taos, New Mexico in 2018.

Dates to be announced soon!

Listen to a new interview with Scott on the Craniosacral Podcast. He talks in depth regarding the interface of Pre and Perinatal Education and his Biodynamics training. This interview offers great insight into the upcoming training at SFSOM.

The Pre & Perinatal Education (PPE) Foundation Training offers an exploration of human birth and its effects on our body, emotions, and mind. The central tenet of PPE is that during embryonic and fetal gestation, and through the entire birth process, the prenate has a sense of ‘self,’ and is in constant relationship with the womb, with mom and mom’s lived reality, and the environment of mom’s life. Various experiences during pregnancy and birth can feel quite challenging and traumatic to the prenate, and these traumas can create patterns of confusion that become templates for how we live and experience our life. The PPE process looks closely at the biology of prenatal life and birth, and identifies the key biological moments and events when trauma typically occurs.

This Foundation training focuses on the birth process. In the obstetric world, the birth process is described from the perspective of the obstetrician, offering an external view of mom and the experiences that she faces. The only view of the baby being born is based on the contingency of delivery, with little to no regard for the baby’s internal experience as a sensate being. In the PPE world we change the focus to the baby’s experience, and are able to demarcate four distinct phases that a baby goes through to be born. Each stage has its own unique somatic and psycho-emotional characteristics. The Foundation training curriculum is designed as a series of modules to explore each stage of the birth process in sequence.

Our classes are based on the groundbreaking work of William Emerson, Ph.D., Karlton Terry, Franklyn Sills, and others, which shows a precise correlation between a baby’s physical transition through the birth canal, and the somatic and psychological imprinting a baby undergoes during birth. Emerson and Terry created a sophisticated set of psycho-somatic explorations for learning the details of the birth process through an immersive experience.

Utilizing simple research practices, students get the opportunity to understand what happened to them during their prenatal and birth process, and to see how the stuck energy of traumatic events have shaped their lives. Further process work makes space for a release of the stuck energy, giving rise to new possibilities in every aspect of life.

We employ a therapeutic approach known as “Empowerment-Based Catharsis,” a gentle process for resolving the energy of shock through carefully choreographed re-enactments of the somatic stages of birth. By engaging in these re-enactments we learn through our body, and we heal in body, mind, emotion, and spirit. A key to this training is the understanding that to engage with birth as a healing arts practitioner means going beyond learning about birth from a cognitive perspective.

The Foundation training is an immersive experience: learning comes through your experience as a facilitator of the healing process with your peers, and also through the exploration of your own story of birth, which opens the opportunity to resolve the shock that has shaped and limited your potential as a human being. Practitioners who have gone through this Foundation training have been able to integrate this healing process into their existing somatic healing arts and psychology practices. The embodied learning process of the training allows you to bring the capacity for healing birth trauma to all of your clients as a natural extension of what you already offer as a practitioner.

Our PPE Foundation training is the only course of its kind in North America with this trifold focus:

  • You will become intimate with the four stages of birth and their variants, which encompasses the somatic, emotional, psychological and spiritual dimensions of each stage of birth.
  • You will learn how to facilitate an individual through a therapeutic re-enactment of their birth and in particular, how to facilitate the resolution of shock still present from birth.
  • And, most importantly, you are afforded ample opportunity to recognize, process, and resolve your own birth shock.

Learn more about the uniqueness of this PPE training approach in the article, “Integrating Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy and Pre-and Perinatal Education: Observations From the Field” by Scott Zamurut, RCST®.

The Course Container: A unique feature of this training is the limited size of the training group, combined with an experienced teaching team. Creating a depth of safety, containment, and personalized interaction, this course container is designed to optimize your learning and personal journey.

 Prerequisite: PPE Introductory Course with Scott Zamurut (2018 dates to be announced).   The commitment to the Foundation Course is significant, and this training/personal healing process has a different tone and tenor than the Biodynamics courses with which people are familiar. The Intro class offers students an opportunity to experience the PPE environment prior to making a commitment to the full training.


After a birth re-enactment, students integrate the experience with a biodynamic craniosacral session.

Pre and Perinatal Education: Foundation Training Modules

Stage One: Meeting Obstacles. The first stage includes pre-labor considerations, along with the process of descending into the pelvic inlet. This stage ends when contact with mom’s pelvic bones prevents continued forward motion. The key theme of this stage involves the meeting of obstacles, somatically and psychologically.  October 12 – 15, 2017

Stage Two: Finding Inner Direction. This stage begins when we recognize the need to shift the dynamic of our own birth by turning our head to find an easier pathway through the birth canal. By initiating a change in direction we go from being a passive to an active agent in our birth, a significant event that plays out daily in our life after we are born. The manner in which we find direction and negotiate our own path is the focus of this module.  January 25 – 28, 2018

Stage Three: The Final Push. Finding our direction, and then following our wisdom out into the world sets the tone for this stage. Once we find our heading, we have the opportunity to follow our own initiative through to completion. Exploring the continuity of this experience, and the first encounters we have with the outside world, are the focus of this module.  April 5 – 8, 2018

Stage Four: Successful Completions. Entering a new world, a new realm of existence as biological being, and the manner in which we are greeted at birth, all offer a deep imprint for our journey through life. This module focuses on the meta-theme of completion, with specific focus on how we were and are received in the world. July 12 – 15, 2018

Note: Not everyone enters the world via a head-first birth. We also teach about the dynamics of breach and caesarian section births, and utilize specific processes to support participants who were born in a variety of ways.

“Scott’s innate ability to pinpoint each student’s potential, as well as their “edge,” enables him to meet and honor each student in a way that creates an individualized learning environment, while enriching the experience of the class as a whole.”

-Joni Sherry, RCST®, Teaching Assistant (2008-current)