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Postpartum Doula Training
Jan 8, 2016 @ 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
It is an exciting time to be a doula. Women across the globe appreciate and value the experience of having a doula – a knowledgeable, experienced companion – who stays with them through labor, birth and the months that follow. Birth doulas offer emotional support, encouragement and wisdom throughout labor and birth. Postpartum doulas support women and families through the transformation that a new baby brings to a family.
Plan for an intimate, introspective and energizing weekend retreat. You will leave amazed by how much you’ve learned—as well as how much you already knew.
Trainings offered through BirthMark are approved by DONA International, the world’s top doula training and certification organization.
What is a doula?
The word “doula” comes from the ancient Greek meaning “a woman who serves” and is now used to refer to a trained and experienced professional who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to the mother before, during and just after birth; or who provides emotional and practical support during the postpartum period. Studies have shown that when doulas attend birth, labors are shorter with fewer complications, babies are healthier and they breastfeed more easily.
Research evidence shows that the quality services of a postpartum doula can ease the transition that comes with the addition of a baby to a family, improve parental satisfaction and reduce the risk of mood disorders.
A Postpartum Doula:
Offers education, companionship and nonjudgmental support during the postpartum fourth trimester
Assists with newborn care, family adjustment, meal preparation and light household tidying
Offers evidence-based information on infant feeding, emotional and physical recovery from birth, infant soothing and coping skills for new parents and makes appropriate referrals when necessary
A postpartum doula certified by DONA International is designated by the initials PCD(DONA).
Topics include, but are not limited to, historical and present culture of birth and support of the mother, videos, the role of the doula, DONA International and the certification process, doula business basics and where to find clients, breastfeeding, videos, common birth interventions and how they impact breastfeeding and the postpartum experience, newborn, integrating a baby into the family, values, referrals, communication skills, multiples, the doula as educator, postpartum adjustment, postpartum mood disorders, loss and grief.