I am Alaina Kerkhove the owner of ReNew. I am a Cranial Sacral Therapist (CST), doula, and breastfeeding peer counselor. I have been a Cranial Sacral Therapist since 2006. I have been serving in a variety of capacities in the areas of pregnancy, birth, and breastfeeding since the 90’s.
I am the mother of 8 children and grandma to 3 grandchildren. I am currently in college with the end goal of becoming a Certified Professional Midwife.
Cranial sacral therapy uses gentle touch and unwinding to balance the myofascial tissues, muscles, and the craniosacral system. I received my cranial sacral training starting in 2006 through Dynamic Body Balancing and The Milne Institute. I have since had the opportunity to spend time with cranial sacral therapists who have been in practice for decades and were trained directly by John Upledger. My training covered all ages with an emphasis on pregnancy, pediatrics, and mouth work. My passion is working with pregnant women, new born babies, and children with special needs. I have seen CST be helpful for optimal baby positioning, reducing colic and improving breastfeeding. Clients I have worked with have finally gotten relief after suffering from debilitating headaches for years. I have seen improvements with a wide variety of physical and emotional concerns too many to list here. I do work with all ages addressing a variety of issues.
My breastfeeding training came from LaLeche League International and many conferences I have attended. My experience came from years of supporting other breastfeeding mothers and from nursing all of my own children. Some areas of nursing I have expertise in include: tongue tie, nursing a premature baby, nursing twins, nursing a child with a metabolic disorder, relactating, and nursing a child with special needs.
I am an ALACE trained doula. I have been honored to support many families as they have welcomed their children into the world. I have loved serving as a doula. My experiences have also included supporting families through loss of loved ones as well as full term infant loss.