Dream A Little Dream….
Is it your calling to serve pregnant women and their families? Perhaps you’ve always dreamt of assisting birthing women, or maybe you’ve just had this little inkling to find out more. Maybe you’re looking for a new career path, or maybe you would just like to develop a new skill for personal use! Wherever you are, however, you plan to proceed, we are excited and honored to be a part of your journey into the doula world.
As one of the first steps to becoming a certified doula with DONA International, the doula workshop offers an opportunity for exploring the work of the doula including the logistics(business side of things), as well as the heart(why does labor support really matter anyway?). Together, we will embark on a path that will lead new doulas through a journey filled with joy, laughter, awe, and inspiration. CCDS workshops are typically small to mid-size in order to offer doulas plenty of time to get their individual needs met. As a member of the DONA International certification and education committees, Melissa LOVES to mentor new doulas before the workshop, throughout the certification process, and beyond! Melissa considers the workshop the beginning of a lasting relationship of mentorship and makes herself available before, during, and after for questions and guidance. As a graduate of the CCDS doula workshop, you will gain new colleagues from the doula community that have all come through the workshop in the past.
For those on facebook, we have a very active private group that is filled with lots of talented doulas. Having access to doulas in all stages of their doula careers, as well as having access via facebook to ask questions after the workshop, has proven to be a huge asset to taking the doula workshop with Melissa and CCDS.
Still want to know more about the doula workshop? Read on and don’t forget to check out the workshop SNEAK PEAK VIDEO below!
DONA Approved Doula Workshop
This course is for anyone interested in assisting women and families to have a satisfying birth experience. It is designed to help participants become expert labor support providers. We use texts and supplementary literature, video, and practical hands-on skills to explore all aspects of doula services. The workshop is approved as one step in the process to become DONA International Certified Labor Doula, CD(DONA), and is designed help new doulas feel empowered to immediately start serving families as a doula.
According to past Participants…
This Workshop Is:
This Workshop Covers:
- Why Doula?
- Comfort Measures for Doulas
- The Doula Business
- DONA Certification
- Scope of Practice
- Communication Skills
- Getting Started
- Client Meetings
- Ethical Responsibilities
- Working With Care Providers
- History of Childbirth
This Workshop Offers:
- Doula Skills including Intro to Childbirth
- Demonstration of Skills
- Guided Practice
- Business Planning
- Ongoing Mentorship
- Networking With Colleagues
- Space To Share
- Space To Learn
- Space To Grow
And So Much More…..
Intro to Childbirth For Doulas
One of the requirements to become a certified doula with DONA International is to observe a 12-hour childbirth education class, or a 7-hour Intro to Childbirth for Doulas course. This course is included in the 3-day doula workshop(unless specified differently) and meets the certification requirement for CBE observation. It introduces doulas to the process of childbirth as well as updates the participant about common medical interventions. The doula will also learn how to utilize some neat tools (think ping pong balls and balloons to teach dilation to clients) that can be used when working with expectant families! This segment is included in the doula workshop!
Our workshops are approved in the US and Worldwide. Some of our regular training sites in the US include:
Tallahassee, Fl • Pensacola, FL • New Orleans, LA • Huntsville, AL
Birmingham, AL • Nashville, TN • Knoxville, TN • Macon, GA • Savannah, GA • Mobile, AL
*** If you do not see a workshop city/date that will work for you, please contact me about scheduling one in your city.
It is encouraged that participants come into the workshop with a basic knowledge of the normal processes of childbirth. We suggest the following books as you await your workshop, however, they are not required. The DONA Intl. training manual is designed to work hand in hand with the book, The Birth Partner, and it’s highly advisable to have a copy of this book (before the workshop if possible) to utilize while working through the manual.
SOME OF MELISSA’S FAVORITE BOOKS FOR STUDENTS INCLUDE:
- Goer, The Thinking Woman’s Guide to a Better Birth, 1999
- Gaskin, Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth, 2003
- Gabriel, Cynthia: Natural Hospital Birth: The Best of Both Worlds, 2011
- Lothian, DeVries: The Official Lamaze Guide: Giving Birth With Confidence, 2nd edition
- Simkin, Bolding, Keppler, Durham, Whalley: Pregnancy, Childbirth, And the Newborn, 4th edition
Our DONA International-approved doula workshops include the intro to childbirth for doulas component which meets a secondary course requirement for birth doula certification. Starting in 2018, we will also be offering the breastfeeding for doulas course add-on. Participants who take all three components (birth doula workshop inclusive of intro + breastfeeding for doulas) will have […]
It is highly encouraged that participants come into the workshop with a basic knowledge of the normal processes of childbirth. We suggest the following books as you await your workshop, however they are not required. If time permits, attending a childbirth education series in your area is recommended. The DONA Int. training manual is designed […]
Birth Doula Workshop Fees-The fee for the birth doula workshop (including the intro to childbirth) is $475. The Early Bird discount of $50 applies to those who register before the EB deadline(as listed under workshop cities and dates for that particular workshop). While sometimes there are last minute spots in a workshop(even the day before), it’s always […]
Ready to get started on your doula journey? Please complete the below form and submit your registration fee, you will receive a confirmation from paypal that it went through as well as an email from us within a few days that it was received! Full workshop details including exact location and pre-work will be […]
Techniques for Labor Progress Including the Peanut Ball (Approved for 3 DONA International CEUS) Have you heard of the newest tool for use in labor? According to a recent study published by AWOHNN, the peanut ball when used with epidurals has been shown to reduce overall time in labor. Hospitals around the country are adopting peanut […]