...The Spring, or source that continues
and passes on wisdom to future generations.
TARA Baby Clinics
|Join TARA Approach founder Stephanie Mines, Ph.D. and
Darcy Kamin, RN to learn the skills that optimize your child's experiences of confidence,
courage and wellbeing. Explore patterns of thought, emotion, sensation and behavior in
you, your family, and your children. Choose the healthiest patterns that result in secure
attachment, vital and appropriate social engagement and cooperation. Parenting from within
includes understanding the relationship between your own developmental experiences and
your interactions with your children. Participate in a stimulating educational environment
and develop safe and effective resources to empower and strengthen your capacities to connect
authentically with yourself and your family members.
Community talks are open to parents and lap babies. The family clinics are open to parents
and children of all ages but family sessions must be scheduled in advance. These programs are
ongoing, check the classes page of our website for details.For registration, information and directions contact Darcy Kamin, RN: 303-447-2609.
PUNAHELE ~ An Educational Program
to Prevent Birth Trauma and Shock
The Vision of Punahele
In every hospital
there is a family birthing unit. Administrative systems and
technology have evolved to make the delivery of services for
mothers in labor and their newborn efficient. However, a family
birthing unit is much more than a collection of procedures.
The family birthing unit is a spiritual center. It is the
heart of the hospital. People who staff the family birthing
unit are stewards for souls arriving on this earthly plane
after a long and arduous journey.
By teaching family birthing unit staff and
other care providers how to prevent birth trauma and shock for newborns
and their families, Punahele intends to empower the children
of the future. In so doing, hospital costs are reduced significantly
as the number of emergency procedures decrease.
Punahele is an Educational Program
The curriculum includes:
- The story of embryological unfolding and organogenesis.
- The identification of times when shock is most
likely to occur prenatally at birth.
- Identification of the immediate post-natal needs
of mother and child.
- Simple and non-invasive treatment interventions
to prevent shock and nurture development.
- Effective ways to resolve shock quickly when it
Punahele also educates-the entire
family. Simple energy medicine treatment is translated into self-care
that mother, father, siblings and extended family members can use.
Pre- and Post- Natal Education
In addition to educational services for care-providers,
PUNAHELE is committed to pre-and immediate post-natal education
for mothers and families. PUNAHELE links with agencies and organizations
that serve those preparing for pregnancy, expectant families and
families with newborns. This education focuses on energy medicine
treatment that nourishes embryological development and early life
and seeks to prevent shock and trauma.
Changes in Family Birthing Unit Procedures to Prevent Shock
Punahele envisions shock-free family birthing units in hospitals
world-wide. The following conditions will support this vision:
- Lights in the delivery room dimmed so as not to
startle the newborn who has been accustomed to the twilight environment
of the womb.
- Mother and baby are not separated, unless it is
critical for life. Baby is placed on mother's belly immediately
after delivery and remains with mother
- Father and siblings are included in the birth
- The umbilical cord is not cut until it has completely
- The natural process of birth is not obstructed
except for life-saving interventions
- The use of forceps is avoided except when delivery
is not achieved with less traumatic Interventions.
- Non-invasive interventions to support labor are
substituted for chemical stimulants that interfere with the natural
initiation of birth.
- The baby is washed and tested after mother and
In-hospital training-includes education about preventing
shock in the delicate immediate post-natal period.
The History of Punahele
|As a result of over twenty-five
years of clinical research in the treatment of shock and trauma,
Stephanie Mines, Ph.D. concluded that preventing shock prenatally
and at birth is the most effective way to stop the transmission
of violence to the next generation. Newborns must be protected
from shock and trauma in the womb and at birth. Dr. Mines demonstrates
the importance of this in her book: We
Are All in Shock (Career/New Pages, 2003).
The Punahele program was launched with initial training for
family birthing unit staff on the Big Island of Hawaii in 2002.
Nurses are currently collecting data from their application
of treatment skills. They will be participating in an ongoing
training series. Outreach to other organizations serving pregnant
women and their families continues in Hawaii and elsewhere.
Punahele is sponsored by the Dom Project, a non-profit
organization. Since its inception in 1992, the Dom Project, through
the TARA Approach for the Resolution of Shock and Trauma, has provided
- Care providers for the AIDS community in the United
States and Mexico
- Agencies serving survivors of domestic violence
and sexual abuse, including children
- Parteras (midwives) in rural Mexico.
Private funders and foundations aligned with the
Punahele vision contribute to this unique project, and you can too.
There are several ways you can participate:
- If you are a nurse or a care-provider in the
field of pregnancy, prenatal health or birthing you can attend
a Punahele training program;
- You can sponsor a presentation about the Punahele
vision in your hospital, organization or facility that serves
families and children;
- You can make a tax-deductible contribution to
the Dom Project (a 501.c.3 organization) to support Punahele.
GATHERING AND SUMMIT
THE FAMILY OF THE CHILDREN
OF THE FUTURE, MARCH 16-20, 2005 - POST
THE MARCH PUNAHELE GATHERING AND SUMMIT ON THE BIG
ISLAND OF HAWAII initiated a dramatic increase in awareness about
what each one of us can do to end the lineage of violence. The entire
community of participants and presenters agreed that civilization
is at a turning point. The twofold thrust of the summit's mission
- To halt the disruption of the natural progress of the
primal period (conception through the first year of life)
that occurs when birth is industrialized. The PUNAHELE mandate
is to educate broadly about the crucial learning about love
that naturally happens when the primal period is not interrupted,
and what can be done to protect this cycle from interference
for the children of the future and for civilization as a
- To halt the production of unnecessary synthetic chemicals
that serve as threats to DNA and therefore to civilization
The PUNAHELE mandate is to raise awareness about these endocrine
disruptors and to advocate to stop the production of new
and unnecessary additional synthetic chemicals.
|The energy of the PUNAHELE
Gathering is rippling out from the small rural center in North
Kohala where we met. Community action has been aroused at many
levels. Many of the participants have already reported that
their lives have been completely changed because of what they
learned at the Summit. Young parents-to-be are committed to
securing an authentic, non-disrupted birth process for their
children, to refuse circumcision, and to protect their children
from unnecessary exposures to pollutants.
staff are already instigating change in family birthing units
to ensure bonding for newborns and to provide information
about circumcision before that choice is made. Deep friendships
were formed. People fell in love. Passion for service to our
world community was aroused. Old rifts were healed. Life paths
were charted. And now, the quest goes on, and you can join
Michael Odent, MD - presenting at Punahele.
The PUNAHELE RESOURCE BOOK
is available for purchase. This compilation of research documents,
case studies, statistics, resource lists including a bibliography,
and a description of each summit program is a valuable way
to get informed about the landmark issues that shaped PUNAHELE.
To order please visit our online Bookstore.
All proceeds benefit the PUNAHELE follow through.
Audio CD's and videos of segments of the PUNAHELE Gathering
will soon be available. A list of these will be posted in
our online Bookstore along with
If you want to be involved in the follow-through
efforts that will make the vision of PUNAHELE a reality, please
contact Stephanie Mines (PUNAHELE founder).
The message posted below is the one that was sent
to all the PUNAHELE participants, and we share it with you here
so that you can be aware of where we are going and what we are doing.
A great enthusiasm for change has been propagated at PUNAHELE. Your
heartfelt engagement to benefit the children of the future is welcome.
are, of course, seeking funds to allow us to fulfill our mission.
The development and distribution of a brochure informing families
about toxins and how to avoid them needs financial support,
as does the Child Protection Act, and all our other stated
goals. Donations are completely tax deductible. Please make
your checks payable to the Dom Project, the 501.c.3 non profit
sponsor of the TARA Approach and PUNAHELE. If you would like
to contribute using your credit card or through stock transfers
or any other form, please call
our business office.
MAHALO NUI LOA for joining your heart with ours. Civilization
IS at a turning point. What we do determines the outcome.
Bob Yuhnke and Stephanie Mines,
organizers of Punahele
Didn't participate in the conference?
You may still read about what took place here.
Back to Top.