I realize that there are manydoula certificationprograms out there, and trying to find one that fits what you want can be difficult. So I decided to write a post about what makes my doula certification program different(and, well, I think better).
Some things about this program I am designing that are different that other programs out there:
A lot more experience and hands on work will be required in order to certify. This may sound mean, but what I’m really trying to do is help women get the experience they need before they are thrown out there. I will be requiring presentations to the community as well as more time spent just writing birth plans and clarifying what you would do to help a woman in labor. There will also be some requirements that just involve working with the woman and her care provider on her birth plan. You will also have a skills check list that you will have to finish, rather than a set number of births. I want to make sure that you feel proficient at all the skills taught in the class.
I will also be teaching how to use a process that will allow the doula to quickly and efficiently recognize the process a woman is going through and what to do to help her. This is based off the nursing process, but is centered around health promotion and life processes, rather than disease and sickness. Many experienced doula’s probably already use something like this without thinking, but this is useful to help new doula’s and nurses learn how to use the knowledge they are gaining.
Much of how my course is structure will be based off of this process as well as Maslow’s Heirarchy of Needs. This is another great tool to help a doula/labor support person quickly identify the most pressing needs of a mother.
There will be an emphasis on learning to work with other health care providers. This will begin with presenting your information about doula’s to your community and will continue with assignments to discuss and talk about the birth plan with the woman’s care provider. I am hoping to make connections within my own community to help my students do this. As women from other areas join these courses, I will do my best to support them in working with other care providers.
I am also placing an emphisis on understanding why certain actions a doula takes actually work. Through my course you will get a lot of background knowledge that not only explains the what, but the why. As a part of this, research and research theory are introduced throughout the course.
It certainly won’t be the easiest or the shortest, but I really feel like this course will provide the most comprehensive knowledge base to start a doula off in the right direction.