Every Birth Matters
Location: West Midlands, London, Ireland and various locations
Course Type: Birth Doula Preparation, Postnatal Doula Preparation
This three day preparation course will lay the foundations for you to work competently as a doula. Bringing the knowledge and skills you have now, time will be spent exploring different topics to begin building the foundations for your work as birth and postnatal doula. This is an opportunity for you to understand the role of a doula, how you can work as a doula and for you to begin thinking about what you can offer women/pregnant people and their family depending on their needs. We will explore working alongside healthcare professionals to enhance the care given to the birthing people. I have been teaching for over twelve years and so I have designed this course to take us through a range of activities that will meet your learning needs. All you need to do is be willing, open minded and have a passion for wanting to nurture women/pregnant people and their families through pregnancy, labour and parenting. Be prepared to go on a journey of discovery and self-actualisation. We create a safe space that immediately gets you interacting and acknowledging the amazing work Doulas do.
What is the course structure?
Pre-course assignment ~ this gives you the opportunity for some reflective practice, and to build on your knowledge and skills with a fully comprehensive assignment that consists of questions that will enhance your learning experience and prepare you for your post course work. This research task also allows you to practice your research skills.
Prior to the course there will be a one hour online discussion meet up where we can introduce ourselves, and discuss the course details. You will also be invited to join the course doula Whatsapp group.
Three day workshop ~ the workshop is action packed with a range of activities where you will have time to think and reflect as well as work with the other supportive delegates discussing, reflecting, questioning and exploring the birthing world and why women/pregnant people want to hire a doula? All the course content covers the Doula UK curriculum and more. You will have the opportunity to write a learning journal, set action points for your journey and discuss your mentoring opportunities for as the course finishes. The days will run 9.30am to 6pm.
We will pay specific attention to the impacts of language, informed choices, values and attitudes.
Post coursework ~ after three full days of exploration and self-discovery, you might want to take a few days to digest. Then when you are ready you can begin your post course assignments. There are seven tasks altogether which I encourage you to take time digesting and preparing. These assignments will give you further self-acknowledgement about how you can work as a doula as well as expanding further on the birth world that surrounds you as a doula. It creates an opportunity for networking and beginning your work with your first client, through which you will be supported. Every delegate will receive feedback upon completion.
Mentoring group peer support will be offered as a 1 off online session 4 weeks after the course workshops. This can be used as an opportunity for us to meet up again, discuss your post coursework and next steps.
Delivery of the course is offered online and in person. Please see website for course availability.
What will you receive?
- Course that meets the core curriculum content for Doula UK
- Comprehensive Resource File
- Access to additional online learning videos.
- Online resources via the Every Birth Matters website
- Online support in a private Every Birth Matters Social Media Forum with other doulas and educators
- Comprehensive student discount on insurance so you can begin your practice
- Access to various E-books
- Doula Directory Listing (name, business name, email, phone number and website)
- Discount vouchers from other partnering services.
- Access to a range of additional doula resources (additional cost).
Confidence ~ Empower ~ Knowledge