To become certified, you either need to have the above background, or need to attend a complete series of childbirth preparation classes (Lamaze, Bradley, Birthworks, etc) lasting 12 hours or more that were taken when you were not pregnant. It is preferred that you do this before the doula workshop. Childbirth classes are most commonly taken at a hospital, but may be taken privately through an organization like Bradley. There is great value in taking the childbirth class at a hospital or through a private teacher. You will see couples in action, hear their concerns, and meet a childbirth instructor who may refer you to clients. It is preferred that you have completed the series prior to coming to the workshop.
INTRO TO CHILDBIRTH EDUCATION FOR DOULAS
Mosgt people choose to come to the Intro to Childbearing session because it is recognized by DONA to be the equivalent of a childbirth preparation series. This one day class counts as the Childbirth Preparation requirement for certification. The nice part is that you can do it all in one day, it's fun and it is geared to doulas.
You need to decide if your background information on childbirth is solid enough for you to go straight to the Doula Workshop portion if you do not attend the Intro class. I'd be happy to help you think that through.
If you lack the desired background listed above, you have 2 options to prepare for taking the Doula Workshop:
Option A: Prepare by attending a complete series of childbirth preparation classes that is 12 hours or more in length (taught by the best teacher you can find), viewing several birth videos, touring a hospital, reading Pregnancy, Childbirth and the Newborn: The Complete Guide by Penny Simkin, Janet Whalley, & Ann Keppler. This book may be ordered from www.DONA.org, or your local bookstore. It may also be available at your public library.
Introduction to Childbirth Education for Doulas
Designed for students with little or no experience in childbirth education or labor and birth support.
Required reading: Pregnancy, Childbirth and the Newborn, by Penny Simkin – chapters 10 - 12
"The Intro" meets DONA’s Requirement for attendance at a Childbirth Education series. It completes another step toward doula certification.
If it is impossible to attend the Intro, let me know and we can try to work around it.
WHEN IS "THE INTRO"?
On a Friday or Saturday prior to the workshop. See Dates and Location tab.
"The Intro" covers the topics listed below.