THE DOULA WORKSHOP

During the intensive workshop, students discuss the emotions of and psychological processes associated with labor as well as the role of the doula prenatally, during labor and birth and at the postpartum follow-up.  Participants also learn how to enable women and their partners to cope with complications in pregnancy, labor and the early postpartum period. The doula’s scope of practice and ethical standards are described.  The workshop does not include training in clinical skills, since those are outside the scope of practice of the doula. It is strongly recommended for those interested in working as midwifery assistants or on a midwifery path.

For certification purposes, attendance at the entire workshop is required.

This doula workshop has been approved as one step toward certification by DONA International

An optional “Breastfeeding for Birth Professionals” class is offered at the workshop location, the Saturday following the workshop from 10am-1pm. Breastfeeding for Birth Professionals  This class is taught by Rebecca Plum, LM, IBCLC. Cost of this class is $110. Early-Bird registrants pay $90, and workshop attendees receive a $25 discount if you enter code “DONA”.

DOULA WORKSHOP AGENDA

  • Anatomy and physiology of pregnancy, fetal development, labor, postpartum
  • Components of prenatal care and the midwifery model of care
  • Emotions of pregnancy, labor and birth
  • Pain management techniques
  • Medical procedures used in labor
  • Labor variations and complications, including Cesarean birth
  • Communication and listening skills
  • The emotional and psychological aspects of giving birth and its significance in women’s lives
  • The doula’s role, professional ethics, standards of practice, and certification
  • Emotional support and physical comfort measures
  • Support for difficult labors, Cesarean birth, and vaginal birth after Cesarean
  • Newborn care and breastfeeding support
  • Values clarification and cultural sensitivity
  • Includes Introduction to Childbearing (DONA International certification requirement)

INTRODUCTION TO CHILDBEARING FOR DOULAS

DONA requires for certification that you attend a Childbirth Preparation Series (not as an expectant parent). Or take the Intro to Childbearing for Doula that I offer adjacent to the doula workshop (the first day of 3 days together).  If you seek certification, this fun, informative day completes all Childbirth Ed requirements. It is specifically geared to doulas. If you don’t seek certification, this day lays a crucial foundation for assisting woman during birth.

FOOD

Tea and snacks will be available. Lunch salad bar on Friday.

MOMS AND BABIES

Quiet babes-in-arms, 6 months and younger are encouraged to stay with their moms attending this workshop.  Please discuss this with the instructor prior to registering.

REQUIRED READING

Read all 3, prioritize The Birth Partner.

Available at www.DONA.org, Amazon.com and possibly your library.