Birth Matters

DONA Approved Birth Doula Trainings

Chris Cleary is a DONA (Doulas of North America), certified doula and has trained with DONA co-founder Penny Simkin and Kathy McGrath to become a doula trainer. She is also a certified childbirth educator through ICEA and certified Breastfeeding educator. She is currently offering three day workshops to train professional labor assistants throughout the country. Chris’ goal as a trainer is to train doulas from all walks of life by helping DONA realize their vision “a doula for every woman that wants one.”

If you are interested in hosting a doula training in your community, contact us for more details.

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Course Information

doulatraining4During this workshop, you will meet other aspiring doulas with whom you can build a support network within this field. You will learn the skills necessary to provide professional labor support in this fun and interactive workshop. Our workshop will be 26 hours in length (not including your childbirth class portion) to provide you with the most comprehensive training available. Space is limited. Early enrollment is encouraged. We hope you can join us for a wonderful training!

Day One: Introduction to Childbirth for Doulas

8:00am-5:00pm
Day one fills the requirement for DONA International’s Observation of a Childbirth Preparation Series. Topics covered are: Anatomy and Physiology of pregnancy, common discomforts of pregnancy and helpful advice for dealing with them, phases and stages of labor, emotional changes during labor, medications, cesarean birth. All topics covered are in a childbirth class, but the emphasis is on supporting women throughout.

5:30pm-9:30pm
Our evening content will be an introduction to DONA Standards of Care and Code of Ethics.

Day Two: Introduction to Labor Support

8:00am-9:30pm
We will present the dynamics of labor and birth, how to be a skilled companion during childbirth, comfort measures and scenarios to learn the practical and professional approach to dealing with different labors.

Topics covered: Introduction to labor support, prenatal contact, emotional support, comfort measures, the business aspects of a doula business and professionalism within a doula practice.

doulatraining12Day Three: A Deeper Look

8:00am-5:30pm
Covers in-depth labor support strategies, the role of the doula within the medical framework, information on pre and post natal clients, dealing with problem labors and unexpected outcomes, helping assist new parents with breastfeeding, setting up a doula practice.

Topics covered: Cesarean birth, VBAC, epidurals, difficult labors, postpartum contact, normal newborn characteristics & procedures, breastfeeding and postpartum contact.

Prerequisites

Steps 1-4 before doula training

Step 1: Required Reading – at least two of the books on the required reading list through DONA
I highly recommend, The Birth Partner, prior to the workshop. Other books include Pregnancy, Childbirth and the Newborn, Mothering the Mother, The Doula Book, etc…

Step 2: Become a member of DONA International

Step 3: Purchase a Birth Doula Certification Packet (you can actually hold off on this one until you have a birth lined up)

Step 4: Attend a Childbirth Education Series taught by an educator certified by one of the approved organizations. Or attend the 7 hour childbirth class taught by your doula trainer. (This is included in our Doula training)

 

Step 5: Attend a DONA approved Birth Doula Training

Visit DONA for complete certification after your training find steps and information.

doulatraining5Cost and Details

Some locations will have different pricing; this is based on market value in that particular area. The cost of the workshop includes your DONA training manual and all other necessary items for your training as well as the childbirth education component. Costs are listed below with each location. In some of our locations we are able to prepare food on the premises.  If this is available at the location you are interested in attending, drinks, snacks and one meal are offered at $10.00 a day.You will receive a more in-depth description with your confirmation letter.

Payment Options

Credit Card or Money Order/Check

Tuition must be paid prior to the workshop.

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Refund Policy

Refunds are only given as a result of a workshop being cancelled. If you must cancel, your tuition will be put towards a future training date. The exact location is often determined by the number of students attending. Contact us as the date of your training draws near so that you can make necessary arrangements.

Cancellation Policy

Please note that workshops may be cancelled due to low enrollment. If a training is cancelled, you will receive a full refund or be given the opportunity to put your tuition towards a future training near you. If a workshop must be cancelled, you will be notified no less than 7 days prior to the training. Please enroll early as class size is limited.

Confirmation Letter

Upon receiving your payment, you will receive a confirmation letter by email (be sure to provide a current email address during your registration).

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About Birth matters

Birth Matters offers comprehensive childbirth education for families in the Oklahoma City area. All of our classes are taught with the philosophy of "freedom of choice based on knowledge of alternatives." We present current research-based information to empower families to make the best choices for themselves, because ...
EVERY BIRTH MATTERS!

Photography Credit

A very special thank you to Jamie Dunnington with Dimples and Dirt Photography for the use of her photos. Check out more of Jamie's incredible work at jamieallyson.com.

Contact Us

(405) 831-4473
Chris@BirthMattersOK.com
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