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Next workshop:

June 24-25, 2017

Supporting you through the journey!

Fertility, Pregnancy, Childbirth & Parenting

“Supporting the Woman in Labor”

Birth Doula Workshop

A signature workshop, this two to three day training for birth doula certification with DONA International is in the form of a participative workshop with a lot of hands-on practice.

The WorkshopThe following topics are covered:

  • the significance of labor on a woman’s life
  • the role and impact of a doula
  • physical comfort measures to assist a woman during the different stages of labor
  • emotions of labor and doula support
  • the role of the doula in medicated labors, VBAC, and cesarean births
  • rehearsing difficult labor situations
  • prenatal and postpartum contact with the client
  • the doula and the partner
  • the newborn and breast feeding
  • running a doula business 
  • the DONA certification process

Objectives: At the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:

  • describe the long term psychological impact of birth on women
  • describe the varying roles of the labor support person
  • describe the emotional needs of the laboring woman in both normal and difficult labors
  • demonstrate different comfort measures for labor
  • list ideas for managing practical matters when running a doula business

Prerequisites: This doula training workshop is designed for women interested in helping others have a positive birth experience. It is essential to have a basic knowledge of pregnancy, childbirth and the newborn. As a prerequisite, you must either attend a full series of childbirth education classes, or Penny’s “Introduction to Childbirth for Doulas" one-day training.