We will be teaching the Wise Woman Way of Birth Doula Training online throughout 2023.
Cost: $675 (Canadian)
taught by Gloria Lemay
This course will give you the skills to assist women giving birth at home or in hospital. Doula services are in demand. There is a pre-reading requirement. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information and to register for the course.
The course will be on Zoom and assignments and tests will be on Google Classroom.
12 Classes 2 and a half hours long. In 2023, these are the available courses.
Course One: Saturday mornings (Pacific Time)
January 7 to March 25, 2023 10:00 a.m to 12:30 p.m. (Pacific)
Course Two: Wednesday Evenings (Pacific Time)
April 5 to June 21, 2023 7:00 to 9:30 p.m. (Pacific)
Course Three: Saturday mornings (Pacific Time)
September 9 to November 11, 2023 (two week break, no classes on Nov 18 & 25).Class 11, Dec 2 and Class 12, Dec 9, 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (Pacific)
Successful students will receive Wise Woman Way of Birth Doula Training certification.
OVERVIEW OF CLASS CONTENT
Class 1: Introductions, birth “politics” and Language
Class 2: Preventing Problems before the Birth: Nutrition. Prenatal Screening
Class 3: Types of “support” in birth: Midwife, Dr, Obstetrician, Doula — what are the differences? Comparison of home and hospital choices. Assisting your client in making a clear Birth Plan for the chosen place of birth.
Class 4: Anatomy and fetal positions, introduce the concept of “pain” and normalizing birth sensations through knowing the anatomy. Introduction to the concept of breech and twins as variations of positions.
Class 5: Medical Birth Phases and the “real” phases of birth and how to recognize them.
Class 6: Breastfeeding and early days postpartum and newborn care / Doula Role in these.
Class 7: Common Interventions and the Intervention Cascade. (Fetal monitoring, ultrasound, epidurals, Caesarean, vacuum, forceps, etc.)
Class 8: Preventing Birth Derailment in common scenarios and special situations: Induction for Postdates, augmenting a “slow” birth, a diagnosis of Low or High Amniotic Fluid Levels, Meconium, premature release of the membranes, vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC).
Class 9: “Informed Choice”: what it *really* means and how to use it as a tool for your client vs a tool for enabling the institutional model of birth, more work on creating a Birth Plan with a client
Class 10: Business Basics: Finances, record keeping, professional practices, client confidentiality, and effective advertising. Structuring a plan for working with clients from interview through to completion.
Class 11: Comfort Measures, supporting Long Births, Helpful things to say, Water Birth.
Class 12: Staying calm when the baby comes: what to do if things change quickly and the doula is the most knowledgeable person present.,
Write Exam. Goal setting for next steps, further Resources.