I did a online search to find what other courses offer in their course work. Here’s a comparison of the most well known with what I teach.
DONA: You take a childbirth education class beyond their training(this is included in my course), you need to take an extra class on breastfeeding beyond their course(this is also included in my course), 16 hours of training they provide. This includes introduction into what a doula is and the benefits of continuous labor support(I provide this free for those who want to see if this course if right for them), discuss their standards of practice(see mine here), prenatal interview, working in the business, birth plan and birth options(I utilize the nursing process to help facilitate this as well as make it more fluid than a normal birth plan would be), working through fears, communication skills, stress, pain, hormones, assessing and assisting coping skills(I call these doula actions and have large sections on alternative modes of helping. This includes reflexology, aromatherapy, and music therapy), how to communicate with medical professionals regarding the woman’s care, cesarean births, VBAC, medication, high risk pregnancies, medical interventions, newborn care, processing births, and postpartum.
Here’s my own course contest, which I feel covers much of the same thing. What I feel I delve more into is why things work, not just what you should do.
Course content for New Beginnings Doula Training and certification:
- Introduction into into Doulas and Labor Support (free unit)
- Introduction into the nursing process, needs assessment and the initial interview
- Needs identification for doulas and introduction into Maslow’s hierarchy of needs
- Doula Actions
- The role of hormones
- Stress response
- Whole body health during pregnancy
- Normal Physiological Labor
- Common medical interventions and how to help when they are needed
- Childbirth classes
- Communicating with the medical world
- Being a doula in a business
For some ideas of what I cover, check out these blog posts:
We also discuss so much more.