The concepts you will learn in this course are:
• Essentials – what every perinatal support person must know about scope of practice, fertility, pregnancy, labour, birth, and postpartum
• Unique – training with some of our country’s most experienced doulas and perinatal experts… all in one place!
• Evidence-based – the most current research evidence informs the content
• Holistic – helping you see the whole person, not just one part
• Actionable – guiding your clients through advocacy, facilitation, informed consent, and empowerment tools they can easily execute in their reproductive journeys
• and Transformative – through boosting your confidence, connecting you with others along your journey, inspiring you through our team, and guiding you into your next steps.
Are you ready?
Check out the details below for more about this awesome program:
What You Will Learn:
Our 12 Week Intensive will introduce you to the topics of fertility, deeply imbue you with knowledge of pregnancy, labour, birth, and postpartum, and leave you holistically minded about how to support clients in mind-body-emotions-spirit.
It is designed to help you:
o Increase your knowledge and understanding of working with clients from fertility through the postpartum experience
o Consider the far reaching experiences that choices and options can have on our clients long-term life’s journey
o Introduce you to holistic modalities, such as acupressure, acupuncture, reiki, reflexology, meditation, affirmative thought, and other options for creating a balanced approach to perinatal support with medical options and availability
o Offer helpful resources, accurate information, and educational materials that have been prepared by experts in perinatal topics or experiences
o Connect you to the history, culture, and advocacy of birth work
o Allow you to work with experienced mentors in a small, virtual, classroom setting
Important note: All persons who complete this program will be considered a Perinatal Support Person, or Labour and Postpartum Doula (you choose your title). The training is taught completely online through modules, videos, audio, hand outs, assignments, and weekly live webinars. All persons who register for this program must abide by the DTC scope of practices, codes of conduct and outlined policies against discrimination and harassment.
o Each week, you will gain access a new module that contains video and audio lessons, slide deck, hand outs, links and resource lists, worksheets, and reflection and/or quiz questions.
o Each week you will have a live webinar with one of our DTC instructors, staff, and/or perinatal experts. These webinars will be held on Tuesday evenings at 8pm EST via Zoom. You must attend a minimum of 8 modules to graduate from this program. All modules will be recorded for playback and shared only with registered members.
o Each module builds upon the previous one, so it is important to have a solid understanding of concepts presented in the module you’re working through.
o Each week you will have assigned chapters from your required texts. There will also be optional readings if you want to dive deeper into the topic for the week.
o At the end of each module you will need to submit your module assignment and complete a short quiz before advancing to the next module.
o You will be required to compete three community support projects (fertility, labour, postpartum) and may be selected to present it to the group during the final live webinar.
o You will receive a certificate of graduation upon completing all modules, a minimum of 8 live webinars, all assignments, your community support projects and your online final exam.
Estimate time commitment: 4 hours per week on modules, 2 hours per week for live webinar, approximately 12 hours for community projects. Total expected hours over 12 weeks = 84 hours
Contact hours with instructors = estimated at 48 hours
Toni Weschler (William Morrow Paperbacks, 2015)
A comprehensive read that will introduce you to topics ranging from fertility, pregnancy, conception, and loss.
Well-researched this book will cover topics about physiology, biology and psychology… from a feminist perspective.
This book will help unpack years of oppression and colonization, help us look at modern structures, introduce us to history and culture, and provide a lens into allyship and anti-racism.
Note: you are required to purchase this text as an additional cost.
Module One: You as a Perinatal Support+
- Intro, Scope of Practice
- Modern support models and
- Explanation of course and expectations
- Research practices
- Consent, trauma and informed care
Module Two: Family Planning, Fertility, Pregnancy, and Supporting the First Trimester
- Holistic options for fertility wellness and conception
- Cycle charting
- Conception control
- Fertility obstacles
Module Three: Mid and Late Pregnancy Support
- Anatomy and Labour Physiology
- Birth choices preparation
- The last weeks of pregnancy
- Holistic options for wellness
- Early labour support and needs to know
Module Four: Medical Options, complications, and alternatives
- Knowing medical options
- Medical vs holistic alternatives
- Complicated birth experiences
- Cesarean birth and vaginal birth
- Pushing and placentas
- Special circumstances
- Immediate infant care and procedures
Module Five: Communication and Comfort Techniques
- The three C’s of good support
- Enhancing your clients options for labour and birth
- Holistic modalities for pain and comfort
- Hands on techniques and positions
- The culture of holistic birth tools
- Mediation, mindfulness and breath
- Tips of the experienced doula
Module Six: Supporting the postpartum person
- Postpartum planning
- Nutrition and exercise
- Sex and intimacy post birth
- Pelvic floor health and well-being
- Recovery support – mind-body-emotions-spirit
- Supporting the family unit
Module Seven: Supporting the Infant and Feeding Solutions
- Infant to toddler feeding options
- Issues with feeding and solutions
- Infant sleep and brain development
- Infant milestone in the first year
- Bonding and attachment
Module Eight: Procedures and Protocols for working with clients
- Client meetings: from stranger to support person
- Labour support considerations
- Blood borne pathogens
- Infectious disease and safety measures to consider
- Child Welfare / Mental Health Crisis
- Working in clients homes
Module Nine : Anti- Oppression, Social Justice and Advocacy
- Bias, privilege, and fragility
- Advocacy vs facilitation
- Oppression and racism in modern birth culture and work
- Supporting diverse families in a heteronormative, white-washed birth culture
- Learning to be an ally in the decolonization of perinatal health
Week Ten: Leading by Example
- Bringing it all together (how do you support)
- Labour and birth – your role
- Postpartum support – your role
- Energy and birth work
- Energy and postpartum work
- Holistic options for building your business
Week Eleven: Business Solutions and Sustainability
- Contracts and agreements
- Value and revenue
- Pro bono, volunteer, or charitable work
Week Twelve: Next steps
- Community practicum review and presentations
- Virtual class party!
A one-time fee of $850 which covers:
• Instructor fees
• Online access to all modules, digital downloads, resource guides, audio or video lessons, beautifully designed client handouts, professional interviews, and worksheets.
• Live review and group learning session
• Access to instructors, via email, to work through learning concepts, get support, or answer questions
• Certificate of completion (electronic) to add to your resume and list of unique qualifications
• Student is responsible to purchase the required text
*applicable taxes not included in base fee