ON A MISSION
I became a Labor and Delivery Nurse after spending 8 years working as a full-time doula. I supported women at home, in birth centers, and at hospitals. Now as a L&D RN I support women birthing in a tub, on the toilet, standing in the shower, on a hospital bed, or in our OR. These workshops have been created out of what I've learned through attending hundreds of births to give hands-on, practical skills
What I've learned (and what I teach) is that birth can not be reduced to simply a healthy baby and a healthy mom. Thus we take a multi-dimensional approach and combine the physical, psychological, and spiritual aspects of pregnancy and birth. Furthermore, birth is a Human Rights Issue!! Early in my birth career I worked for IMBCI and feel committed to bang on the drum that we all MUST collectively work on offering compassionate and competent care to ALL BIRTHING PEOPLE!!!! The reality in America is that birth IS AFFECTED by race, class, religion, and sexual orientations. Until we knock those barriers to care down, the responsibility falls on all of our shoulders to highlight birth as a human right and reproductive justice issue. To that end, I proudly stand by DONA International's vision of 'a doula for every birthing person who needs one' and offer scholarships to doulas of color and any other marginalized group by our patriarchal health care system. Gone are the days of a 'mommy' and 'daddy' welcoming every baby earth side! And thank goodness for the end of that paradigm!
Nicole has learned that all women who come to doula trainings have all come via remarkable and diverse life journeys that have created in resilient, powerful and intuitive women. We welcome people from diverse backgrounds to come and share their wisdom with the group. We follow the methodology of popular education thereby creating space for workshop participants to discover. This method empowers participants to share their knowledge and experience, while learning from and sharing with one another. Workshops are hands-on, experiential, engaging, and filled with moments of laughter and tears as people share their stories.
My 4-day workshop format includes everything you need to get started as a DONA International birth doula.
- Introduction to Childbirth Education for Doulas class,
- DONA International Birth Doula, and
- the afternoon of the 4th day is the Breastfeeding/Chestfeeding for Doulas class taught by our resident badass - Tina.
You will be well on your way towards DONA International Birth Doula Certification at the end of this 40 hour interactive intensive training.
Now is the time to become part of this extraordinary experience and become a birth doula. Women around the world appreciate and value a doula's unique skill set. A doula is a knowledgeable and compassionate birth companion who stays with the family through labor, birth and beyond. Birth doulas offer emotional support, encouragement and wisdom throughout labor and birth.
Birth Doula Training
The Birth Doula Training workshops will cover:
- Role of the Doula
- Prenatal contact
- What to pack in your Birth Bag
- Emotional, physical, and informational support of women and families in the prenatal period, at birth, and in the early postpartum period
- How to effectively involve other support people
- Comfort measures
- Common interventions and medications
- The Power of Language
- Supporting women with epidurals
- Breastfeeding initiation
- How to become a certified doula with DONA International
- Scope of Practice and Code of Ethics
- Inter-professional Relationships
- How to build a doula business
- Pathways to Midwifery or Nursing
- Self Care for Doulas
- Supporting women from different cultural backgrounds
- AND More!!!!!!!!!
You will be given all the necessary tools to begin your journey towards becoming a certified doula through DONA International.
This is a DONA approved birth doula workshop. This is one step towards becoming a certified doula. Check HERE for a full listing of requirements.
Introduction to Childbirth Education for Doulas
This dynamic one-day class will cover all the basics of childbirth education you need to begin your doula journey! You also will meet the DONA Birth Doula certification requirements for childbirth education by attending this one-day class. This class is not a prerequisite to attend the Birth Doula Skills Workshop, but it is HIGHLY recommended unless you have prior training as a childbirth educator, midwife, or labor and delivery nurse. Please check in with Nicole and Katie to confirm that your experience fulfills the DONA requirements.
- Anatomy and Physiology of pregnancy,
- Common discomforts of pregnancy and helpful advice for dealing with them,
- Phases and stages of labor,
- Emotional changes during labor,
- Common interventions
- Tips for how to facilitate decisions in challenging childbirth situations
- Cesarean birth
- ...all topics covered in this childbirth class will be discussed through the lens of a doula
Breastfeeding/Chestfeeding for Doulas
This interactive half-day training will introduce: breastfeeding basics and barriers, anatomy and physiology of the breast and baby, breastfeeding in the early days and weeks, and common challenges. The class will be taught by Tina, an experienced International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC), who works as an angel at The Community of Hope Birth Center. This class will meet the DONA Birth Doula certification requirement for breastfeeding education.