What Does a Doula Do?
A doula establishes a rapport with the mother during pregnancy; she personalizes childbirth education information; she provides guidance during the labor and birth journey; she suggests comfort measures; she supports the husband/partner and family members; she is the consistent familiar "outsider" in the room; she bridges the gap between the medical team and the mother; she views the emotional aspects of the birthing process rather the clinical components; she honors the mother's desires; and she maintains a comforting and respectful environment.
A comprehensive doula training will cover trusting the birth process, labor support skills, breastfeeding, reframing messages about birth and breastfeeding, communications skills, preventing cesareans, and the value of doula support.
10 Reasons to Take a Doula Training
To become an internationally certified doula, his 24-hour workshop is a DONA approved course constitutes two steps to becoming a nationally certified Doula. This course includes DONA's breastfeeding requirement. Attending this workshop and completing the prerequisites qualifies participants to apply for international certification through DONA International. See the complete list of certification requirements here.
The training course consists of the following topics:
Breastfeeding Course - Included
This basic 4 hour course is required for birth and postpartum doula certification. It will prepare doulas for providing information on breastfeeding and supporting the mother immediately after birth, and for the first few weeks postpartum. Current videos will be viewed, and supplementary materials are included.