Today, be part of changing the international postpartum vibe, one new mother at a time; while enhancing your own life and business!
“The Nafsa Project School has enriched my life in so many ways!
As an indigenous birth worker, it is very important for me to understand how women across the world have not only survived but thrived through birth over the centuries. Learning traditional Moroccan postpartum medicine has given me extensive insight into how to fully honor mothers during a 40-day period. TNPS not only taught me the how, but the why and by whom. I learned of Morocco’s rich history, diverse influence, and unique location and was able to visualize clearly how all these elements together formed a legacy of honoring the Nafsa (new mother)…and for this I am eternally grateful!”
— Jacquelyn Clemmons, Owner of De La Luz Wellness
what is the nafsa project school?
The Nafsa Project School is an online, interactive video based training that teaches ancient and sacred Moroccan medicine of how to support a new mother's healing journey and certify as a Traditional Posptartum Birthworker from The Nafsa Project School(TNPS) by Layla B.
The training is based on Indigenous and Traditional Moroccan Postpartum Medicine and Healing, straight from the source, focusing on the 'larbeen' الأربعين (forty days) of the Nafsa (new mother)! This course is for birthkeepers, health and pre/post natal professionals & all women who feel a calling.
A Nafsa (نفساء) is an Arabic word which means a woman who has recently given birth and the period following it, approximately the first forty days. In the Moroccan dialect she is called a 'Nfisa'. In English, the best word that relates to a Nafsa would be 'Puerperal', coming from the Latin word Puerpera: a woman who has recently given birth to a child.
Whether you are already a postpartum doula, birthkeeper and/or a woman with a desire to delve deep into a mystical and healing world to support new mothers today, just as they were being supported many years ago, this is the place for you where you have the option to receieve our certification.
A traditional postpartum doula is different to a postpartum doula. She not only offers general support and care for the baby/mother; but supports the new mother by welcoming her, honouring her, nourishing her, nurturing her, closing her and celebrating her using ancient rituals and sacred wisdom. This course goes deep into the emotional and physical support for the new mother and explores the ancient healing medicine of Morocco through theoretical and practical modules.
You will have the esteemed role of being the traditional qabla (receiever) for the new mother and welcoming her on her new healing journey with love, compassion, nurture, nourishment and care.
This course is based on wise wisdom and sacred traditions from the indigenous people of Morocco and is different to any course, because we also work directly with traditional qablas, always give back to them, we are appropriation-free, and teach real life care from the heart and soul.
It stems from the desire to revive, reclaim and restore traditional Moroccan postpartum healing and provide women with holistic support that they need and deserve as Nafsas (new mothers).
The course is based on the 6 stages of traditional healing: Welcome Her, Honour Her, Nourish Her, Nurture Her, Close Her and Celebrate Her.
The knowledge is very sacred.
It spans generations and centuries, coming from wise women, elders, and traditional qablas (receivers/midwives).
It is deeply rooted in the strong Moroccan culture, orally and physically passed down from woman to woman, sister to sister; for generations.
The Kingdom of Morocco is a diverse, beautiful and mystical land. Luckily, Morocco still has strong cultural traditions, folklore, some traditional Qablas (midwives) and healers. Albeit, with a past of colonialism, fast development and modernisation; traditional qablas and the first forty days postpartum rest period are fast on the decline.
WILL YOU JOIN US TO RECALIM THE POSTPARTUM?
How does the nafsa project school work?
- Take the online course and then certify as a Traditional Postpartum Birth-worker by TNPS and start offering traditional postpartum doula services to new mothers in your community.
(There are a range of different services you can offer, read the FAQ's at the end of the page for information on what a traditional postpartum doula is and more).
The training is based on 6 core modules, which consist of easy-to-follow videos (and audio), supporting documents, checklists and workbooks by Layla B. and demonstrations by traditional Moroccan qablas (midwives).
Once you register you will get immediate access to the welcome module and ALL the bonuses. Modules 1-6 will be released weekly (OVER 8 WEEKS). After all modules are released you will have access to the membership site forever with all the content. You can take the course at your own pace, at the comfort of your home, whenever you like.
All of the training is online, contained in the private member only site. You can view the training videos/materials as much as you like and connect with other like-minded women in our private FB group.
You will have access to the members only page with all the training materials and any future updates and additions; forever.
Morocco & Her Medicine
Welcome & Honour Her
A sample of our alumni
Closing of the bones ceremony is not only beneficial to the woman's body but nurtures her soul and allows her to recover spiritually. I've learned a lot and cannot wait to use it to celebrate women and heal them.
The nafsa project school?
The first thing we will do is welcome you onto the journey and introduce you into The Nafsa Project School. As soon as you sign up, you will get an email with the log in details to access the Welcome module.
This module looks at:
Morocco & Her Medicine
المغرب و دوائها
The beauty of this course is learning from Moroccan women, from the culture and direct from the source. Before diving into the content, we need to understand the history (herstory) of Morocco, its people and traditions.
In this module we look at:
- The story of Morocco
- The first 40 days
- The 6 stages of traditional Moroccan postpartum healing
- Why we need this NOW!
Welcome & Honour Her
كرّمها و رحّب بها
We have a traditional saying in Morocco that the nafsa's (new mother's) grave is open for forty days. That is because she is vulnerable and needs a lot of support to heal; emphasising her importance and her healing as a priority. So many new mother's are left alone with absolutely no support, suffering from postpartum depression, loneliness, isolation and in the worst cases committing suicide. We need to change this and it starts with welcoming her, honouring her, respecting her and knowing her importance in the world.
This module looks at:
Food - a universal language - plays an important role is most cultures and countries. Morocco is defnitely no exception and its cuisine is world-renowned, aromatic, hearty, warming, nourishing and filled with love. With influences from Amazigh, Andalusian Spain, sub-Saharan Africa, Arabia and the Mediterannean; Morocco’s cuisine is a delicious combination of mouthwatering flavours that make it unique.
In Morocco, food is an important part of the culture and life, it brings people together and usually shared by the family on one large plate, using their hands to eat all the goodness.
Spices and herbs are the stars in Moroccan cuisine and using them correctly is an art and an adventure.
In this workshop we will explore:
Nurture (verb): to care for or protect (someone or something).
A traditional Moroccan midwife said that the new mother was treated like a bride. Meaning, that she was taken care of, pampered and protected. It is amazing that when we look at other cultures around the world we see how they also use traditional practices to heal the new mother. They all involve, in some way or the other, warmth, heat, herbs, closing, binding and support. Clearly they must be doing something right, to have countries worlds-apart, offering very similar (yet different) practices, because they know the wisdom of sacred medicine.
The Moroccan hamam (steam bath) is a cultural experience, opportunity to wash, socialise and a form of healing. Just like the bride, the new mother, is taken to the hamam with other women. She is washed, scrubbed, massaged, rubbed and steamed. The hamam is also replicated at home and can be offered 3-4 times in the first week alone, providing a lot of warmth and healing. The hamam is normally followed by closing of the bones, belly binding, hot mint tea, dates and nourishing food, of course!
This module will explore:
شدّيها و ضمّيها
Closing of the bones is a sacred ritual/ceremony/bodywork with the aim to 'close' the new mother after birth to facilitate the body in returning to its pre-pregnancy state, support the muscles and joints, aid the organs and womb to get back into their place and healing the new mother from head to toe.
Moroccan closing is normally offered after the hamam/bath, from head to toe, using a traditional cloth (handmade using wool or cotton) and the mother is wrapped and pulled together. It provides a sense of protection, warmth, closing space and a relaxing sensation to the body. The whole body is hugged and the closing slowly alleviates any pelvic instability, aches, and tiredness in the body. The closing is normally done 3-4 times in the first week alone to make the most of it and provide optimal recovery. It is then followed by a rub/massage on the legs while laying on each side and then the belly binding using the same cloth.
This module examines:
The nafsa (new mother) is celebrated during pregnancy and after the baby is born. She is celebrated through rituals, ceremonies, prayers and the support and care she is given.
Apart from the ceremonial bath, sacred closing and healing steams, the new mother is celebrated with new clothes, henna, kohl, naming ceremony, sisterhood parties, dancing and ululating.
In this module we discover:
Who should join this course?
Plus these juicy bonuses to
further support your journey
(Hover over each title to get more information)
Facebook Community Group
You will have access to our students-only private Facebook group, to engage together, build connections and gain support.
Business Building Masterclass
A special business masterclass plus 2 e-books and workbooks to support you in creating more influence, income and impact in your business and life.
Bringing it to life workshop
A workshop to support you in arranging the plentiful services you can offer new mothers and guidance on pricing.
Sisters Circle Discussion
A beautiful pre-recorded video of a discussion between international birth-workers and traditional qablas at our retreat in Morocco. Our students love this video.
Sacred Postpartum Summit access pass
Get free immediate access to the 2018 online Sacred Postpartum Summit with over 20 video interviews and lessons.
6 Live Q&A sessions
6 live Q&A sessions (over 8 weeks) with Layla B. inside the private facebook group to support and enhance your learning.
And this extra bonus if you pay in full!
2019 Sacred Postpartum Summit Access pass
As soon as the SP summit 2019 launches you will get full immediate access, for free and forever. Over 15 interviews and video lessons.
Elvira's Video Testimonial
Therefore, please make sure you want to join the course.
We have provided all the info you need on this sales page and FAQ’s, plus you can contact us if you need any more details.
What you read, is what you will get and so much more!
As things have changed in our time, the need for a doula/birth worker is absolutely important.
Traditional postpartum doulas and bithworkers support women emotionally, physically and with sound information to help the new mother in being welcomed, honored, nourished, nurtured, closed and celebrated throughout her first 40 days and beyond.
Therefore, whatever terms you use to describe your role is not important, it is important that this support is available to women the world over.
The sacred information and knowledge we are sharing on The Nafsa Project School is advanced and has never been shared before and will therefore only enhance you previous training, provide traditional healing ways to support new mothers, provide an extra ‘string to your bow’, and a new business opportunity to make more money and serve more women.
The more training, skills and knowledge we have; the more we can serve and support women, as in any industry.
Traditionally, all women used to have this knowledge passed on to them, whether they worked in the industry or not.
So, if you are a woman with an interest, a mother, a postpartum doula, doula, midwife, yoga teacher, herbalist, massage instructor, hypnotherapist, hypnobirthing instructor, childbirth educator, psychologist, massage giver, womb woman, fertility specialist or ANYTHING else… as long as you love women, want to support them holistically, respect the culture, want to connect with an international community and ready to be amazed, then this is the place for you :)
The course is also fully online, so all you need is an internet connection and you can join from anywhere in the whole wide world!
You will also be able to download the materials, so even if your internet connection is not stable or you do not have one all the time, that is fine, if you can download all the materials first.
My tribe is full of women from all over the world so naturally English is not their first language.
As long as you can understand then you will be ok. You could also get the materials translated in your native language if you wish.
All materials will also be available as text and video.
No appropriation was done in the making of this course or any of our work and no appropriation is allowed by anyone else taking this course.
Yes, this course is inclusive to ALL WOMEN whoever and wherever you are.
The online world lets us do that!
We have a 3 month payment plan if you need it.
This course is created by me, Layla B., (and with knowledge of traditoinal midwives in Morocc) and certified by my business (not any formal body). It is based on sacred traditional knowledge and wisdom, therefor we are not seeking any 'formal' certification in any case.
The only reason why this course is 'certified' is because:
1. We want to avoid appropriation. Therefore we know everyone who is on the course and those who wish to serve women will follow the guidelines and be listed on our directory.
2. We want you to get the best support and to serve yourselves and your clients correctly, that is why you will have some case studies and reflections to do before you can start serving.
3. We always want to give back, therefore as you will be working through us, we have a annual 57GBP fee and most of it goes to the Mothers of Morocco fund and to traditional midwives.
4. To keep getting continual support and updates from us.
However, you will not be able to offer these services to other women unless you certify.
You can add them to your exisiting skills or you can create an additional/new business.
Here are some of the services and packages:
- Postpartum doula services (on an hourly basis, or as a package)
- Traditional Belly binding (as a one-off service or part of a package)
- Womb/Vaginal steams (as a one-off service or part of a package)
- Nourish Her Services - cooking (as a one-off service or part of a package)
- Nurture Her services - ceremonial hamam (as a one-off service or part of a package)
- Closing Ceremony - includes the hamam, womb steam, closing of bones and belly binding (as a one-off service or part of a package)
- Closing of the Bones (as a one-off service or part of a package)
- Celebrate Her services - the closing ceremony, plus nourishing food, tea ceremony, beautifying, inviting friends and holding space for the new mother.
By the end of 2019 you will also be able to offer our postpartum educational workshop, so soon-to-be-mothers can prepare for their postpartum period and the first forty days while pregnant.
If you have other trainings, such as breastfeeding support and/or newborn baby care and anything else, you could always add that into your work and offer different packages.
You have many options as to how you work, whether on an hourly basis, a weekly/monthly contract, stand-alone services, or anything else.
One of the bonus modules will be looking at the types of packages you can offer and create for your clients.
- Complete 1 Case Study for a postpartum woman (regardless of when or how she gave birth). You will offer her the full closing ceremony which includes the hamam/bath, womb steam, closing of bones and belly binding.
- Complete a reflection form on our website (including the experience of the case study)
- Sign the agreement form, which will include the terms and conditions
You will get your digital certificate and some marketing materials to use.
You will also be able to order (for money) your starter kit, which will include the products, wraps, cloths featured on the course, if you want it.
No re-certification fees and no time limit to certify :)
- This can create a new business opportunity for you or add to an existing one
- Wealth of ancient traditional knowledge
- You will be featured on our directory
- You can identify as a TNPS Traditional Postpartum Birthworker
- You will be able to use our logo and marketing materials
- You will have support from us and other women in the private FB group
- You will have the opportunity for future business support
- You will be advertised by us when suitable
- You will be able to teach pregnant mothers/couples our postpartum educational workshop: TNPS - The 6 stages of traditional postpartum healing (this will be available for you late 2019, you will get pre-prepared materials and video recipes to share with your clients)
But we also love how technology has allowed us to share very easily and across the globe. Layla B. currently lives in Dubai and it is not easy to travel worldwide and reach lots of women and support new mothers across the globe.
The online world lets us do that!
During the Q&A sessions you will be able to ask any questions you need support with. There is also a free bonus business building webinar.
Of course we will provide a guideline of what we have been charging in the past, but it is your decision.
However, if you are running a business and want to make money, we will always advise you to charge rates that you are happy with and provide a good income for you too.
For more info please click on the orange 'contact us' button to submit questions.