Becoming A Mother Opened My Heart
I am grateful that my journey as a mother and as a mindful mover brings me continuous learning and connection in community. I have witnessed profound benefits for myself and others with the gentle, engaged, and lively approaches of somatic therapy. I became a therapist out of my desire to make this holistic work available to mothers and little ones.
I watched my newborn daughter curl in and out, passionately replaying her birth, and sweated through our challenges of breastfeeding. I wondered at the capacities of infants and mothers to fulfill themselves in responsive, natural activity. My first teaching and curriculum was conceived along with my son. I taught my prenatal class while pregnant and began offering somatic bodywork to childbearing women – I realized how significantly somatic awareness, movement, and release had helped me in these stages of mothering.
Join in Joyful Exertion
When I once again jumped out of the nest to offer a developmental playgroup for mothers and babies – MamaBebe was born.
In the playgroup, I witnessed the joyous exertion of the babies in coming to understand themselves in their surroundings, and in learning with women tending and befriending together. I began to wonder about how developmental movement forms a child’s emerging mind. With these questions about how natural development unfolds came more questions about how to support children with delay, using the power of movement. Working with infants and young children as a therapist knit together the many strands of my training and experience.
My practice evolved in a spiralic manner. I cycled through many aspects of child development and childbearing for women, revisiting issues, training and deepening in practice with each visitation. The core of my practice is offering support to babies, young children, and mothers.
Each mother I meet teaches me how her steadfast devotion upholds and grounds her child. Each birth I attend informs my understanding of all the other children and mothers that come to me. Each child with learning challenges sheds light on the essential activities of development. I am grateful to offer these somatic body-mind practices that awaken awareness and connection. In these exchanges we are givers and receivers in life loving life.
Gratitude for my Lineages
I am grateful to the lineages that formed me and awakened so much inner resources for birthing and mothering; both for my children and in my practice. I developed movement and mindfulness practices drawn from Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen and her teachers, from Hakomi psychotherapy principles, and the many sources of yoga, qi gong, vocal, dance, improvisation, and movement release.
My training in the vast and freshly alive traditions of Vippasana, Tibetan and Zen dharma, recall my inquisitive mind to serve the heart. The works of European psychologists, who recognize that early movement is intrinsic to shaping the mind, give me multiple perspectives on reflex integration.
I live in gratitude for my mother and father, sibs, and all our ancestors who carried forward devotion to each other, children, and kinship with the whole human family. I work in gratitude to the committed caregivers, doulas, midwives, and teachers have created a flourishing community of support for health, healing, and birth here.
My practice incorporates all I have learned from nature, dancing, swimming, biking, walking, and mothering my beloved children, Erin and Lee, and being the wife of my ever-patient husband and virtuoso percussionist, Bruce Wintervold. I have been blessed with many generous and insightful teachers.
Somatic resources (link to page)
Movement and the Emerging Mind
Body-mind integration from the beginning.
Teacher and Parent Educator
Creating curriculum for, and leading, MamaBebe Developmental Playgroups for parents to provide them with developmental movement patterns and their influence on baby’s developing body, brain, and mind. 1999 to present
Creating and presenting to parents within the MN Childbirth Collective, on topics of: Active Role of the Baby in Birth, Your Amazing Baby, Comfort Measures for Birth, and Breastfeeding. Biannually or quarterly, 2004 to present
Created and presented Movement and the Emerging Mind: Resources for NeuroDevelopment. A series for parents at Holland Center for Autism. December 2009 to March 2010
Created curriculum and taught MamaBebe Pre-natal classes for pregnant women to access their own physiological rhythms, kinesthetic connection with baby, and internal resources of movement, and mindfulness in preparation for natural birth. 1993 to 2002
Registered Staff Development Trainer and Conference Presenter
Development and presenting in-service training on Craniosacral Therapy in the Midwifery Model of Care for doulas and midwives. 2011 to present
Co-presented with Martha Eddy on Moving Hearts, Engaging Brains for somatic movement therapists and students. October 2011
Designed curriculum and presented on Reflex Integration for Infants with Autism and Neuro-Developmental Challenge and Reflex Integration for Early Childhood with Autism and Neuro-Developmental Challenge. Sponsored by Health Dimensions Resource, a training center for occupational therapists and physical therapists. Fall 2010
Designed curriculum and presented Developmental Movement: Inner World & Outer World for elementary teachers at Four Winds Waldorf School in Warrensburg, IL. July 2010
Redesigned curriculum for staff development on Movement and the Emerging Mind. Presented to MinneApple Montessori Schools and to Minds in Motion Symposium. 2008 to 2010
Designing curriculum and presenting staff development workshops on Movement & Brain Development (which include how developmental movements form brain, mind, and physical development in early childhood) and numerous other training programs for childcare providers and early childhood family education including the Childcare Resource and Referral Network, Minneapolis Public Schools, St. Paul Public Schools, Ramsey County, Washington County, Anoka County, and Dakota County, at Winona State University, Hamline University, Perpich Center for Arts Education, and Minneapolis YWCA. 1999 to Present
Co-presented with Deborah McLaughlin and Sara Longacre on Complementary Therapies for Post-partum Depression. North America Mental Illness (NAMI), Beyond the Baby Blues conference. June 2008
Conference presentations for Body Mind Centering® Association:
Co-presented with Lenore Grubinger on Tummy Time: Comfort and Challenge. April 2003
Presented on a curriculum: Tummy Time for Play for Childcare Providers. April 2001
Presented on MamaBebe Pre-Natal Body Mind Explorations. April 1999
Co-presented Baby Movement, Baby Mind with Margie Fargnoli, Suzanne River, and Rebecca Frost. Midwest Association of Pre & Perinatal Psychology conference, the Baby Summit. August 1998
Published The Active Role of the Baby in Birth for the Midwest Association of Pre & Perinatal Psychology conference. August 1998
Co-created and taught Developmental Dance classes for primary school teachers and children with dance educator Ric Watson. Created and co-led staff development workshops on kinesthetic learning and brain organization.
Published Works and Authored Articles
Active Role of Baby in Birth, published in Exploring Body-Mind Centering. Editors Gill Wright Miller, Pat Ethridge, and Kate Tarlow Morgan. North Atlantic Books. Berkeley, CA. 2010
She’ll be Coming Around the Mountain, published in Belly Button Bliss. Editor Jennifer Derryberry Mann. Fairview Press, Minneapolis, MN. 2010
Autism: Child Interrupted, parent and staff training handout. 2009
Infant Movements and Touch Create Secure Sense of Self, Childbirth Collective newsletter. 2009
ABCs of Learning Readiness, parent and staff training handout. 2008
Brain Maps, parent and staff training handout. 2008
Tummy Time and Crawling, parent and staff training handout. 2007
Movement and Developing Vision, parent and staff training handout. 2007
Meet the Learning Challenges: Neuro-Development in Action, Healthy Beginnings newsletter. 2007
Our Amazing Babies: Movement and the Developing Brain, Healthy Beginnings newsletter. 2007
Movement and the Emerging Mind: Attention and Cognition, Catherine Burns, author, with Lenore Grubinger and Martha Eddy. Professional article. 2007
Tummy Time, Co-authored with Lenore Grubinger. Staff training handout. 2004
Understanding Developmental Movement, Co-authored with Linda Vetruss, special education teacher. Parent handout. 2005
Additional articles on the active role of the baby in birth and on prenatal preparation for natural birth. 1996 to 2003