Doula Training


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Our certification program aligns with national standards. We have the additional benefit of a local mentoring program, continuing education opportunities, and community resources, providing us with the most professional and truly prepared birth workers.

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Birth Doula Workshop September 20th-22nd, 2019!!

This is a comprehensive 3-day doula training designed for both the new doula just starting a practice and the experienced doula looking for additional support. The class offers an understanding of pregnancy and birth anatomy and focuses on the special role of the doula during this process. This is a hands-on, participatory workshop, which requires an application and some pre-reading of materials.

Your doula training is a step towards certification. Once the requirements are met, you will be certified with Life Cycles Doulas (LCCD) Buffalo Chapter. This is a training program that aligns with national standards for certification but includes additional resources, professional support, continuing education, and a mentoring program through the Buffalo Doula Collective.

Friday, September 20th from 5pm-9pm
Saturday, September 21st from 9am-5pm
Sunday, September 22nd from 9am-5pm

 $500 20 Hour Weekend Workshop               

*What is a doula? What is our role with families and caregivers?
*The significance of birth in women’s lives
*How does a doula affect a woman’s birth?
*How do we work with the birthing community, OB/GYN, and midwives?
*Doulas role – with families and caregivers
*understanding of physiology and anatomy of birth
*understanding of labor progress
*Labor support- emotional and physical
*Comfort measures for birth and postpartum
*the doula’s role, scope of practice, professional ethics, and standards of practice
*the role of a doula in difficult situations like trauma or loss
*what it is to be a doula vs. labor coach vs. friend
*communication skills
*interviewing, contracts, and business development
*the doula’s role as an advocate, offering choice, not advice or judgment
*prenatal visits with clients and how to conduct them
*providing emotional support, including culturally-sensitive support
*newborn care and protecting the postpartum period *breastfeeding support
*hearing your client’s birth story
*Working as a doula in the unique setting WNY has for birth: home, hospitals, and birth center
*Current medical birth practices
*Doula business aspects and professionalism
*Certification process for Life Cycles Doulas (LCD)

There are some pre-reading requirements before attending the workshop.


Certification Requirements:

Birth Doulas:

*Attend the 20-hour workshop $500

*Attend a breastfeeding class provided by the Collective $100. This comprehensive class is designed for the birth doula and includes the information and resources to best support breastfeeding as a birth doula

*Attend a day long tour of WNY birth spaces $100. This tour guides doulas through our local birth spaces, hospital, birth center, and home birth options. You will tour each space, meeting with a representative from each place, gaining knowledge and an opportunity to ask questions, best preparing you to guide families in each space.

*Work with three families, supporting a birth, and submit an evaluation from each birth.

*Attend a childbirth education series approved by the Collective

*Sign code of ethics and scope of practice for the Collective

*Complete open book written exam

Mentoring is optional and offered at a first come first serve basis after completion of the workshop. Each doula will be assigned a mentor and will be supported in all stages, from initial interview, to prenatal visits, shadowing one birth, and postpartum visit. Phone, text, and email support is always available, as is professional development and guidance. The mentor fee is $500. Shadowing a birth with your mentor is included as well and you should be afforded opportunities within 6 months of signing the mentor agreement.

Postpartum Doulas:

*Attend a 20-hour workshop $500

*Attend a breastfeeding class provided by the Collective $100. This comprehensive class is designed for the postpartum doula and includes information and resources to guide and support breastfeeding in the role of a postpartum doula.

*Complete an infant CPR course

*Submit three evaluations of postpartum support with at least 15 hours per family

*Sign code of ethics and scope of practice for the Collective

Doula Support meetings are offered bi-monthly and are open to the public.


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