Comprehensive Postpartum Doula Training

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Comprehensive Postpartum Doula Training

from 297.00

Postpartum Doulas are quickly becoming one of the most sought after service providers in the birth and baby care industry. Postpartum Doulas serve a unique and important function of providing support to a postpartum family in numerous ways. Postpartum Doulas are advanced professionals, very different from baby nurses or nannies, that provide personalized and evidence based care to their clients. 

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Postpartum Doulas are quickly becoming one of the most sought after service providers in the birth and baby care industry. Postpartum Doulas serve a unique and important function of providing support to a postpartum family in numerous ways. Postpartum Doulas are advanced professionals, very different from baby nurses or nannies, that provide personalized and evidence based care to their clients. 

What does a Postpartum Doula Do?

Well, that all depends on you and your client! Every family is different in what they need and your relationship and role with each one is unique. Some of the things that you may find a Postpartum Doula doing:

  • Breastfeeding support
  • Bottle feeding support
  • Pumping support
  • Help the client recount and process their birth experience
  • Provide emotional support
  • Help identify red flags
  • Provide information on current best practices, as requested
  • Make referrals at the family's request
  • Accompany clients to OB and Pediatric appointments
  • Education and hands on teaching in evidence-based newborn care
  • Soothing the newborn
  • Executing basic newborn care tasks
  • Meal planning and preparation
  • Education and teaching of safety guidelines
  • Helping an older sibling adjust to a new baby
  • Helping to establish a healthy sleep pattern
  • Caring for the newborn so parents can sleep
  • Light housekeeping so parents can rest and heal
  • Grocery shopping
  • and more!

However, the Postpartum Doula is not a nanny, babysitter, baby nurse, or housekeeper. Their function is to support the entire family in their new journey and to assist the parent/s in meeting THEIR parenting goals. 

Why train with Parenting Resources?

A Parenting Resources trained Postpartum Doula has received comprehensive hands-on training by advanced professionals in the field of newborn care, lactation, feeding, safety and nutrition. We have designed our program specifically to fulfill the gap that too many training programs have left. Too many programs are 1 or 2 days long. While that may be attractive to some to "get it done" and move on, it does a diservice to the student and to the families that they serve. 

A Parenting Resources Postpartum Doula student leaves our training:

  • Confident in their ability care for newborns
  • Knowlegable in current recommendations and best practices
  • Skilled in helping to provide personalized feeding support to clients
  • Certain in their ability to lull even the crankiest babies to sleep and be tauted as a baby whisperer
  • Empowered to use their hands-on skills to exceed their client's expectations
  • Armed with all of the knowledge they need to start a business or start working with an agency

But the best part is that a Parenting Resources Postpartum Doula student leaves our training, so long as they pass all assessments, as a Certified Postpartum Doula. That means you can get right to work!


The real Parenting Resources difference is in the curriculum. We challenge you to compare our curriculum to any other training program out there and you will immediately see the difference! 

Our Comprehensive Curriculum

Care of the Parent and Families

What to expect in pregnancy postpartum period and how to assist in a smooth transition
Different learning and care styles of parents and how to work effectively with all of them
Nutrition for the pregnant and postpartum parent
Supporting physical, psychological, and emotional healing for the birthing parent and partner
Working as a team with partners
Meal planning and preparation- presented by our Certified Holistic Health Coach
Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders- how to screen, refer, and support the client
Understanding birth trauma and the impact of the birth experience on postpartum adjustment
Cultural Competency- working with families of color and LGBTQ families

Care of the Baby

Hospital, birth center, and home procedures after delivery
Newborn Care- holding, bathing, swaddling, diapering
All major healthcare organization recommendations
Cues- hunger, sleep, communication
Soothing the infant
Gentle and healthy sleep
Common sleep beliefs amongst future clients
Happiest Baby on the Block
Infant Massage
Cord care, intact care, circumcision care
Setting up a safe sleep environment
Managing nighttime duty for postpartum work
The science behind skin to skin and practical execution
Development and milestones Introducing solids
Signs of distress and illness Issues such as colic, reflux, gas, allergies

Infant Feeding

Advanced breastfeeding
Benefits of breastmilk
Latch assessment exercises and skill building with an IBCLC and CLC
Positioning and ergonomics
Creating a comfortable feeding environment for you clients
Supply and demand and how to assist your client in maximizing supply
Breastfeeding challenges- mastitis, clogged ducts, thrush, lip/tongue tie, etc
Formula selection, preparation, safety, and use
Bottle feeding using a paced feeding method
Variety of feeding options including:
formula feeding, exclusive pumping, SNS use, chest feeding, combo feeding, and donor milk use
Inducing lactation and re-lactation
When to refer out for issues and how to support the lactation plan of care
Assisting the parent in preparing to return to work
Breastmilk storage, preparation
Pumps and parts knowledge, testing, and teaching the parent

Safety, Babywearing, and Car Seats

Universal precautions for postpartum work
Babywearing Safety
Baby Carrier Selection
Babywearing positioning that supports hip health, spine health, and airway safety
Newborn appropriate carrier use and selection
Supporting manufacturer recommendations
Breastfeeding while babywearing
Car seat safety and recommendations
Home safety and assisting in baby proofing
Assisting in setting up a safe sleep environment- crib, a co-sleeper, or bed sharing environment
In depth look at SIDS stats, risks, and guidelines

BONUS: Access to our Online Beginner's Business & Marketing Workshop

Starting your business or practice
Legal considerations
Business and marketing plans
Funding, bootstrapping, and budgeting for your business
Self employment, Independent contracting, working with an agency
Marketing your business
Branding yourself and your practice
Websites, social media, email list building, and outreach
The most important tools you need to get clients
Networking, relationship-building, and getting referrals
Scheduling, contracts, and nailing the interview
Scope of practice
Business and practice ethics
Conflict resolution
Documentation and record keeping
Insurance and protecting your practice
Self care for YOU!


What are the requirements for initial Certification?

  1. Full attendance to all portions of the course
  2. Valid BLS for Healthcare Providers Card
  3. Completion of all online content, if class is online or hybrid
  4. 80% or greater on written exam
  5. 80% or greater on hands on skills assessment 

Interested in birth work as well?
Add on our online Birth Doula training for only $297!


Upcoming Dates

June 9-11, 2017

Location: St. Louis
Course Type: Hybrid Course- 20 hours online / 20 hours in person
Pricing: $749 Regular Price / $599 Early Bird Price before May 1

Schedule
Friday- 4pm-9pm
Saturday and Sunday- 9am-6pm
Online content access grants 3 weeks prior to class date