In this DONA-Approved Birth Doula Workshop, you will gain the fundamentals of becoming a birth doula. Through discussion and hands-on activities, you will learn the skills and tools essential to provide support for mamas and their families from pregnancy, through labor and birth, and into the early postpartum time.
Topics covered include: Childbirth education for doulas, Introduction to doula labor support, Importance of birth memories, Hormones of pregnancy, labor, & birth; Emotional support for birth, Communication skills, values, and cultural sensitivity as a doula, Physical support for birth, Doula’s role with interventions, Cesarean & VBAC, Doula’s role during immediate postpartum & with the newborn, Breastfeeding support, DONA certification process and membership, Prenatal and postpartum doula visits, Setting up your doula business & Birth community involvement.
This workshop is open to anyone looking to gain more knowledge about supporting women during the childbearing years, including educators, nurses, birth professionals, students, mamas, yoga instructors, and bodyworkers.
Required texts for workshop:
- The Birth Partner, 4th Edition by Penny Simkin (bring with you to class) by Penny Simkin. (you will need to bring this with you to the workshop) AND
- Pregnancy, Childbirth and the Newborn: The Complete Guide by Penny Simkin
Those wishing to become a DONA-Certified Birth Doula will have additional certification requirements, which will be discussed during the workshop. These requirements are also described at www.dona.org.