Online birth doula course with certification-course overview

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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:

  1. Introduction into into Doulas and Labor Support (free unit)
  2. Introduction into the nursing process, needs assessment and the initial interview
  3. Needs identification for doulas and introduction into Maslow’s hierarchy of needs
  4. Doula Actions
  5. The role of hormones
  6. Stress response
  7. Pain
  8. Whole body health during pregnancy
  9. Normal Physiological Labor
  10. Common medical interventions and how to help when they are needed
  11. Childbirth classes
  12. Communicating with the medical world
  13. Debriefing
  14. Being a doula in a business

For some ideas of what I cover, check out these blog posts:

Assessing Pain


Preventing tears


We also discuss so much more.


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Rachel has worked as a register nurse (BSN from University of Utah) since 2004 with a work history in Labor and Delivery, NICU and Postpartum Care. She is also the founder of New Beginnings Doula Training which she organized in 2011. When she's not busy being a mother and grandmother, she can be found reading research papers related to some aspect of childbirth.

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