Vagal Nerve Response

Vagal Nerve Response and Polarity

Vagus Nerve Response

When our ever-vigilant and overstimulated nervous system revs up the fight or flight responses — pouring the stress hormone cortisol and adrenaline into our body — the vagus nerve is what takes us back to calmness by releasing a neurotransmitter called acetylcholine. The vagus nerve’s tendrils extend to many organs, acting like fiber-optic cables that send instructions to release enzymes and proteins like prolactin, vasopressin, and oxytocin, which calm us down. Our gut uses the vagus nerve like a walkie-talkie to tell our brain how we’re feeling via electric impulses called “action potentials” indicating either stress (fight flight) or calmness. Working with ways to “trigger” the vagus nerve helping ease the body into a more conducive state for labour to be initiated and for birth to be more efficient can be very helpful for women that are “stuck” in their fight flight response.

In this workshop:

  • Understanding the Central Nervous System (CNS).
  • Understanding the vagus nerve.
  • Knowing when the vagal nerve needs stimulating.
  • Simple techniques to stimulate the vagal nerve.


Life energy must flow smoothly and uninterrupted through the body from pole to pole to maintain optimal health. When the ebb and flow of Life Energy becomes blocked or interrupted, the balance of life is disturbed and we see women going overdue and finding it hard to “shift” into labour or to establish an efficient labour pattern. Polarity works directly with this Life Energy, it taps into the inherent intelligence of the body, functioning with touch, intention and attention reestablishing that balance and the continuity of the free flow of Life Energy.

In this workshop:

  • Understanding polarity.
  • Various ways of giving a polarity session for women’s health, pregnancy, childbirth and
  • postpartum for both mother and baby.


Jacky Bloemraad-de Boer is a Certified Professional Midwife, Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner, Doula, Nutritionist & Herbalist.

Jacky has trained midwives across the globe as the Director of Education for a 3-year midwifery program which she created, developed and taught. In 2012 she began JJ Doula Training in Amsterdam and has trained over 200 doulas. Jacky continues to teach Midwifery Sciences and Holistic Health for Fertility, Pregnancy, Childbirth & Postpartum.

Jacky has worked in the Netherlands & Africa as a midwife, doula, CAM therapist and educator. She lectures in Global Midwifery for the Global Health Program at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences and regularly speaks at Maternal Health and Midwifery conferences around the world.

Jacky has published a book: A-Z for a Healthy Pregnancy and Natural Childbirth and she writes articles for health magazines.



Time: 1.30pm – 5.30pm

Regular price: €90,-
BiA + In Bloei students* : €70,-

When you register, add the name and date of the workshop you wish to attend, plus your preferred name and address for the registration and invoice.

*the discount for BiA Doula and In Bloei students, is for those who are in their certification process and who ask student prices for their doula support. Those who are graduates or are working as a professional doula, will pay the NBvD-member price.