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Birth Doula Training Workshop June 21, 22, 23, 2019

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4070 Beechwood Blvd

Pittsburgh, PA 15217

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The time is right to become a birth doula! Doulas are very much in demand. In today’s maternity care climate, with its reliance on technology and efficiency parents can feel easily overwhelmed. They, as well as midwives, physicians and labor and delivery nurses, have come to appreciate the resources, techniques, knowledge and continuous empathetic support that a doula provides.This training is for anyone interested in assisting women and their families to have satisfying birth experiences.

This Birth Doula Workshop has been approved as a step toward certification with DONA International.

What is a Doula?

  • Recognizes birth as a key life experience, understands the physiology of birth and the emotional needs of a woman in labor
  • Assists laboring women in preparing for and carrying out their plans for their birth
  • Stays by the side of the laboring woman continuously throughout labor, with no change in shift
  • Provides emotional support, practical comfort measures, an objective view-point and information to aid in decision making
  • Helps make the birth experience a positive memory with rich rewards and feelings of accomplishment

Studies indicate that when a doula is present at birth, there are better outcomes for both mothers and babies, including shorter and more comfortable labors, fewer complications, fewer interventions, and greater maternal satisfaction with the birth experience.

Topics Covered

  • The doula's role
  • Review of current research on the benefits of labor support.
  • Prenatal and postpartum visits.
  • Significance of the birth experience in a woman's life
  • Assessing and assisting with the emotional and physical needs of a laboring woman in each phase of labor.
  • Hands-on practice of techniques for relaxation and pain relief.
  • Communication and listening skills
  • Professional ethics, standards of practice, and certification
  • Collaboration with others on the birth team
  • Support for difficult labors, Cesarean birth, and vaginal birth after Cesarean
  • Newborn care and breastfeeding support
  • Values clarification and cultural sensitivity

Fees:

The fee of $460 includes 3 full days of training, training manual and other instructional materials, snacks and a certificate of completion. Payment in full must be received prior to workshop. Cancellations will be honored until 2 weeks before the workshop starts, less a $50.00 processing fee. No refunds are made after this time, however, you may send someone else in your place.

Class meets from 8:30 AM to 5 PM each training day. You must be present for the entire workshop to receive a certificate.

Please go to the DONA International website for clarification of requirements for certification. www.dona.org

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