Doula Training Courses
Nurturing Birth offers a 4-day doula training course for anyone wishing to become a birth and/or postnatal doula.
The course has been approved by Doula UK, the not-for-profit organisation of doulas.
The aim of the course is to introduce women to the doula role, looking at antenatal preparation, birth and postnatal support. In a safe, non-judgemental environment we have the opportunity to:
- Debrief our own birth and postnatal experiences (birth, feeding, first few weeks)
- Look at birth: physiology, anatomy, obstetric scenarios, antenatal support and discussions, optimal foetal positioning, supporting parents making informed choices, understanding partner’s needs, how to “be” in labour, knowing your boundaries
- Discuss the role of a postnatal doula and expectations of the client
- Discuss feeding options: an introduction to breastfeeding, the basics of positioning and attachment, understanding some of the common problems faced by mums of newborns, learning how to signpost good support, helping to get Mums off to a good start, safe preparation of bottles for formula feeding.
- Look at some of the common issues affecting new mothers and babies e.g. lack of sleep, too many visitors, unsettled babies, routines and/or lack of, postnatal illnesses.
- Consider the best way to support new families including listening skills, empowering the mother to look after her baby herself (showing versus doing), being non-judgemental, signposting good support.
- Think about the journey ahead – achieving recognised status as a doula, getting to know your local scene, making contacts/working with other health professionals, networking, becoming a member of Doula UK, further study/CPD.
- Consider running your own doula business, setting up as self-employed, looking at contracts, insurance, how to get clients, CRB checks.
There is a comprehensive manual for each participant, which is given out during the course. In preparation for the four days every participant is expected to complete a pre-course module and submit that to her trainer at least one week prior to the course.
The home-study is designed to allow the participant to best prepare and reflect. Following the course there is a post-course module to be completed. Once that module is completed to the satisfaction of the trainer then a Nurturing Birth certificate will be issued.
After attending the course, and once you have got your certificate from Nurturing Birth, you can choose to become a member of Doula UK and/or start working right away.