Birth Doula Core Training – “Sprouts”
(DONA Int’l Approved) with Trainer: Jesse Remer, CD/PCD(DONA), BDT/PDT(DONA), LCCE
- $450, Training Only, 24.5 hours
- $550 with Childbirth Introduction for Doulas (payment plan available)
- 4 Day Weekend Intensive or 8 Week Series (afternoon session)
For those who wish to move towards DONA certification, a one-day Doula Childbirth Introduction class is offered in conjunction with this course that will meet the DONA requirement for Childbirth Education Step#4.
- Childbirth Introduction for Doulas (included in training) or equivelent (12 hours of approved Childbirth Education not as an expectant parent).
- Read The Birth Partner Handbook by Penny Simkin (2008 ed)
Start your journey with the core basics of becoming a birth doula – a knowledgeable, experienced companion who is trained to provide emotional and physical support, encouragement and wisdom for pregnant women and their families. Throughout history, women have supported other women during pregnancy, childbirth, and postpartum. Learn everything from emotional and physical comfort measures, partner support, how to support a woman through challenging birth experiences and so much more. This course is DONA International approved and qualifies as the first step towards doula certification.
When you become a certified birth doula, you gain a respected credential. DONA International certification means that you have met a high international standard, ensuring expectant parents and their birth care providers that you will adhere to the highest standards of conduct and ethics. It means you are trained to support a woman emotionally, as well as educated to help her determine the services and information that she needs during labor and childbirth.
Postpartum Doula Core Training – “Sprouts”
- $550 (payment plan available) 30.5 hr training
- 4 Day Intensive or 8 Week Series (afternoon session)
PREREQUISITES : PPDoula_steps+to+cert_website_07-13:
Complete the following postpartum doula workshop prerequisites (A and B) PRIOR to attending your DONA approved postpartum doula workshop:
A. Complete at least one (1) of the following, and bring proof of it to the workshop:
1. Successful completion of one (1) of the following approved on-line study programs:
- Lactation Education Resources – affordably-priced Complete Self-Learning Program.
- Breastfeeding Basics – free on-line independent study program. Accessing_registering_BreastfeedingBasicsOnLine09-10-12
- Breastfeeding Class Observation Form confirming participation in a minimum three (3) hour breastfeeding workshop covering the basics of breastfeeding offered to birth and postpartum related professionals (preferred), such as those offered at conferences or in conjunction with DONA approved workshops. The workshop must be taught by an educator with recognized breastfeeding credentials (IBCLC, CLE or CLC). BreastfeedingForm
2. Proof of completion of lactation consultant, breastfeeding peer counselor or community breastfeeding educator training. Confirming participation in a minimum three (3) hour breastfeeding workshop covering the basics of breastfeeding offered to birth and postpartum related professionals (preferred), such as those offered at conferences or in conjunction with DONA approved workshops. The workshop must be taught by an educator with recognized breastfeeding credentials (IBCLC, CLE or CLC). Proof of completion of lactation consultant, breastfeeding peer counselor or community breastfeeding educator training.
B. Read at least one book from each of the following three categories from the Postpartum
- Doula Required Reading List (PDF):7Required Reading–1-19-09
- “Becoming a Mother”
- “The Newborn”
Postpartum doula training focuses on preparing the doula to support the family after birth and to help them have the best possible outcomes. She learns about the physical and psychological needs of the postpartum period and development of the newborn. The doula receives training on breastfeeding skills and support, support of the woman with postpartum depression, support for the partner, fostering bonding, multiples, grief and loss, and the importance of referrals to competent and appropriate professionals and support groups. Training includes educating the family on infant care, newborn characteristics, coping skills and supporting the mother.
This workshop is a Doulas of North America (DONA) approved training. It will satisfy DONA requirements for classroom hours. The course is designed for those that are exploring new career options, or childbirth professionals and others already offering support to new and expectant families. Throughout the class participants will engage in exercises, activities, and discussion designed to integrate new information with personal and professional experiences. The course covers the basics of postpartum care , including business start up. This fun and interactive workshop will introduce the role of the postpartum Doula. A valuable course for students just beginning their career as well as those seeking to enrich their existing Doula practice.
When you become a DONA certified postpartum doula, you gain a respected credential. DONA International certification means that you have met a high international standard, ensuring mothers and families that you will adhere to the highest standards of conduct and ethics. As a DONA certified postpartum doula, you will be prepared to offer the families you serve evidence-based information and support on infant feeding, emotional and physical recovery from childbirth, infant soothing and coping skills for new parents. Your certification shows families that you are prepared to help them successfully transition into a new family dynamic.