Doula training workshop dates for 2017: 25/26 March, 22/23 July, 25/26 Nov.
You can choose Birth Doula Training OR Post-Natal Doula Training OR Birth & Post-Natal Doula Training – INCLUDES 12mths of free mentoring – a not to be missed offer
What you will learn – to look and listen and to do this with your senses, having not judged anything in advance! To do this with your heart, obeying your truest feelings, finally, do this with your soul, responding with vision and deep purpose through skilful communication.
- Do you want to learn about pregnancy and birthing?
- Do you want to support women during pregnancy, labour and birthing?
- Do you want the opportunity to change birthing outcomes for women and their babies?
- Do you want to learn all about the hospital system and how midwives and obstetricians think?
- Do you want to empower birthing women to connect with their innate birthing power?
- Do you want to discover the absolute joy of emotionally and spiritually supporting a birthing woman?
- Are you looking for a career change with a 100% job satisfaction guaranteed?
What is a Doula?
A birth doula is this amazing woman who trusts normal birth and believes in every birthing woman’s ability to connect with her feminine power and birth her baby as she chooses. A doula is strong, empowering and a great communicator. She will provide support during pregnancy, labour, birth and post-natally, both emotionally and physically. Research shows that having a doula reduces the need for medical intervention by as much as 70%. The World Health Organisation recommends a doula.
The 2012 updated Cochrane review of research studies on the use of continuous support for women during childbirth found that women who received continuous support were more likely to have spontaneous vaginal births and less likely to have any pain medication, including epidurals, negative feelings about childbirth, vacuum or forceps-assisted births, and caesarean section. Research shows their labours were shorter by around 40 minutes and their babies were born in better condition.
The Hodnett et al. (2012) review pooled the results of 22 trials that included more than 15,000 women. It looked at the effects of continuous support during labour on the woman’s experience of labour and the outcomes for the baby. It also considered whether the type of support women received made a difference, for example, midwife, doula or partner.
The study considered this question for 6 different outcomes. For 4 out of 6 of these outcomes,
women and babies had the best results when the woman received continuous labour support from a doula. When continuous labour support was provided by a doula, women experienced:
- 31% decrease in the use of Syntocinon (artificial hormone drip used to speed up labour)
- 28% decrease in the risk of caesarean section
- 12% increase in the likelihood of a spontaneous vaginal birth
- 9% decrease in the use of any medications for pain relief
- 14% decrease in the risk of newborns being admitted to a special care nursery
- 34% decrease in the risk of being dissatisfied with the birth experience. (Hodnett et al. 2012)
If a woman has continuous support throughout labour, she and her baby are statistically more likely to have better birth outcomes. The support provided by a doula increases these benefits compared to other forms of support e.g. midwife, partner, friend/family member.
References: Hodnett, E. D., S. Gates, et al. (2012). “Continuous support for women during childbirth.” Cochrane database of systematic reviews: CD003766
Why choose Birth Right training?
Birth Right doula training is unique education, designed by Susan Ross, with 40 years of experience in pregnancy and birthing.
“I am the Founder and Director of Birth Right, background in midwifery, doula trainer, Inside Birth® trainer, educator, hypnotherapist, public speaker, published author and mother. I am passionate about teaching doulas the skills to support, advocate and negotiate the best care for birthing women. Our Birth Right Doula Training course will change your life on so many levels. It will challenge your core beliefs, values and attitudes to pregnancy, birthing, families and community. It is a doula’s privilege to be invited to share the extraordinary journey of labour and birth with a woman and her family.”
Welcome to our new and improved format, combining theory training online followed up with face to face training in a weekend workshop in the beautiful Blue Mountains, NSW.
Skype sessions can be arranged privately with Susan for those who are unable to attend the weekend workshop.
Online/Face to Face doula training format
We know that something as personal and transformative as becoming a doula simply cannot be imparted only online, which is why we have created the optimum learning experience. We believe our doula training is the most comprehensive Australian doula training available, giving you well-rounded knowledge in all aspects of pregnancy, labour and birthing. You will leave feeling passionate and confident to empower women during their birthing experience. Weekend workshop dates for 2017: 25/26 March, 22/23 July, 25/26 Nov. Spaces are limited. Online theory modules must be completed prior to the weekend workshop.
Doula training requirements
- A commitment to support women in their well informed choices
- A commitment to Birth Right philosophy
- Attendance at the face to face workshop or skype sessions
- Completion of all assignments and reading material
Doula training course outcomes
- Understanding the hospital system, who works in the system, and what their roles are
- Understanding what is a normal pregnancy
- Understanding what is normal labour and birthing
- Understanding medical interventions
- Exploration of your attitudes to birthing
- Understanding the role of doulas – what does ‘support’ really mean?
- Opportunity to meet other therapists who specialise in pregnancy and learn about chiropractic, acupuncture, kinesiology and many more modalities
- Knowledge of what happens after birth, in a hospital setting or at home
- Breastfeeding knowledge and support
- Understanding how to de-brief after birth at post-natal visit
- Understanding post-natal community services and how to refer clients
What happens next?
On completion of your doula training, graduates receive the highly-regarded Birth Right Doula Certification. You will then be eligible to join our Birth Right mentoring team where you will receive ongoing support, in-service and mentoring throughout your doula career.
Birth/Post-Natal Doula Training
Welcome to the only specialised Post-Natal Doula Training course in Australia. You can choose:
- Birth Doula Training (online/face to face)
- Post-Natal Doula Training (online)
- or Birth & Post-Natal Doula Training
Coming home from hospital with a new baby can be overwhelming. Many new Mums do not have extended family support and most partners have limited time off work.
This training will prepare you to support, nurture and guide new parents, to build confidence in their own ability to parent. Imagine how wonderful it would be to offer this specialised service to your birthing clients.
What you will learn:
- You will explore the emotional world of the infant
- What is ‘appropriate’ support how, when and why?
- What is normal newborn behaviour? What are the physical needs of the infant?
- Sleep and settling for baby
- Sleep and settling for Mum and Dad
- Breastfeeding what to expect
- Recognising minor problems
- Recognising serious problems
- What support you can provide
- Resources for referring
- Realistic expectations
- Newborn development
- Awareness of S.I.D.S.
- PND what’s it all about?
- Community resources know how to source and provide Mum with the best resources in her local area
“The Post-Natal Doula Training with Susan was fantastic. She managed to cover a lot in such a short space of time! It was so good to have all the up-to-date information about breastfeeding, sleep, settling, vaccinations, and the emotions of mum and baby in the first few months after birth.” Lucy Penhallow
“The Birth Right post-natal doula course felt to me like the completion of the circle – a rounding off of all the incredible information I had learnt and discovered in the doula course. I feel an amazing satisfaction in now being able to support and assist women and families throughout their journey.” Romy Farmer
“The longer I stay in this business, the more I realise that your training really gets to the core of the role and I am so glad I was taught well from the start. Thank you so much.” Kylie Tai