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Study Doula Course and Learn the Role and Responsibilities of a Doula

The Birth Doula Course outlines the duties, responsibilities, and information required to pursue this personally enriching career. Our course begins with the background of Doula, followed by explanations of what she does and does not do, the advantages a doula may bring during labor, and the significance of communication during delivery.

Here you will learn reflection, a procedure in which we examine what occurred and why it occurred. You will learn why it is vital to reflect as a doula and what benefits you can get from doing so. An organized framework for reflection will also be provided for you to use.

Doulas work with clients with various beliefs and lifestyles. This course teaches you how to effectively handle people who are dissimilar from you and respect others’ beliefs. Assisting a family through grief and loss is one of the most difficult areas of work. Prenatal work is a crucial aspect of the doula’s job. During this time, you will assist them in determining their goals, expectations, and the options that will enable them to have the delivery they want.

Both pregnancy and the postpartum period induce considerable changes in a woman’s physical and emotional health, with nutrition having a significant impact on the baby’s health. This course emphasizes the fundamentals of diet and physical exercise so that you may help women that may be unfamiliar with them.

The physiology of giving birth is a vital skill for childbirth doulas to have. You will learn about labor’s stages, reactions, and various patterns. This course covers the causes of pain during childbirth and pain treatment techniques, and their benefits and drawbacks. You will learn how active labor management differs from traditional labor management.

Our Birth Doula Course will teach you how to assist a woman in her labor and delivery, including posture, massage, breathing, and relaxation techniques, and establishing an ideal birth environment. The Doula Course discusses the most typical causes of complex labor and how a person may aid as a doula.

What you will learn with our Doula Course

  • Scope of Practice of the Birth Doula
  • Practicing Reflectively
  • Ethical Doula Practice
  • Bereavement Practices
  • Labor and Delivery
  • Postpartum Care
  • Prenatal Health
  • Pain Relief During Labor
  • Advanced Labor Management – Difficult Labors and Deliveries 
  • Starting Your Doula Practice

Doula Course - Requirements

The Doula Course is delivered 100 percent online.

To successfully complete this course, a student must:

  • Have access to the internet and the necessary technical skills to navigate the online learning resources
  • Have access to any mobile device with internet connectivity (laptop, desktop, tablet)
  • Be a self-directed learner
  • Possess sound language and literacy skills

Quick Course Facts

  1. Course content is structured for easy comprehension
  2. Registered students gain unrestricted access to the Doula Course
  3. All course material is available online 24/7 and can be accessed using any device
  4. Study online from anywhere in your own time at your own pace
  5. All students who complete the course will be awarded with a certificate of completion

Doula Course Outline

Unit 1: Scope of Practice of the Birth Doula

This course will go over Doula roles and responsibilities and historical perspectives on Doula care, benefits of Doula care, roles and responsibilities, communication, and listening skills. The terminology of labor and birth will be covered in the final portion of this unit.

Introduction to Roles and Scope of Practice

A Doula's main job is to assist a pregnant woman through labor, offering emotional and physical care, comfort measures and support for the woman's partner. 

Topics to be discussed include:

  • Historical Perspectives on Doulas and Birth Coaching
  • Benefits of Receiving Doula Care
  • Roles and Responsibilities
  • Communicating with Clients and Other Healthcare Providers
  • Listening Skills and Overcoming Communication Barriers
  • Terminology of Labor and Birth

Unit 2: Practicing Reflectively

The concept of reflective practice and maintaining a reflective practice notebook will be discussed in this section.

Understanding Reflective Practice

Reflective practice analyses what happened during your time as a Birth Doula, the decisions you made, the actions you did, and the repercussions of those decisions and acts. The goal is to investigate your sentiments about your work and your values and judgments about specific situations.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • Keeping a Journal

Unit 3: Ethical Doula Practice

The ethical and moral frameworks that should guide your practice as a Birth Doula will be covered in this section. It will address dealing with clients with particular health requirements, maternal assessment and care, and Doula/client relationship boundaries.

Ethical and Moral Frameworks for Doula Practice

Birth Doulas' employment demands them to be involved in a variety of scenarios, including ethical responsibility. A Doula's profession includes dealing with ethical dilemmas. Disagreements with other Doulas or healthcare professionals and how you view your position all fall under the category of ethics in practice. The importance of defining ethical standards is that they will offer you a standard set of guidelines.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • Caring for Individuals with Special Healthcare Needs
  • Maternal Assessment and Care Ethics
  • Boundaries in the Doula-Client Relationship

Unit 4: Bereavement Practices

Miscarriage and stillbirth in the context of Doula practice, client care through sorrow and loss, and compassion fatigue and self-care will all be covered in Unit 4. The majority of people begin their careers as Birth attendants. Doulas specialize in assisting families during the joyous experience of childbirth. Doulas are noted for their expertise in this area. Infant loss is, unfortunately, a part of the journey.

Understanding Miscarriage

Miscarriage is defined as the loss of a pregnancy before the 20th week of pregnancy. They are thought to occur in one out of every four pregnancies. It is critical to recognize that a miscarriage affects parents in the same way that a living infant does. A miscarriage would necessitate a grieving process even if the pregnancy were not yet viable.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • Understanding Stillbirth
  • Caring for Clients and Families Through Grief and Loss
  • Compassion Fatigue and Self-Care

Unit 5: Labor and Delivery

The stages of labor and delivery and suitable therapies for posture and relaxation throughout labor will be covered in Unit 5. It will also go over Doula's role in establishing a comfortable birthing environment for home and hospital births.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • Early Labor
  • Premature Membrane Rupture
  • The Labor Process
  • Determining Labor Progression
  • Positioning During Labor
  • Relaxation Techniques
  • Creating the Ideal Birthing Environment for Your Client
  • Doula Roles in Home and Hospital Settings

Unit 6: Postpartum Care

The basics of postpartum care, including postpartum and newborn physiology, assessment, and mental health, will be covered in this unit.

Maternal Postpartum Physiology

The postpartum phase describes the typical changes in a woman's body following childbirth. Women who gave birth vaginally will have slightly different postpartum alterations than those who had a c-section.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • Pain Control and Comfort Measures
  • Nutrition During the Postpartum Period
  • Newborn Physiology
  • Neonatal Assessment
  • Routine Postpartum Screening Processes
  • Postpartum Mental Health

Unit 7: Prenatal Health

Topics related to prenatal health will be covered in this unit. This involves prenatal exercise, nutrition, and making a birth plan.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • Nutrition During Pregnancy
  • Healthy Eating During Pregnancy
  • Prenatal Exercise
  • Developing a Birth Plan
  • How to Write a Birth Plan

Unit 8: Pain Relief During Labor

Pain management throughout labor and delivery will be covered in Unit 8. We will look at the causes, effects, and treatment options for pain. After that, we will have a look at several non-pharmacological and pharmacological pain management options.

Physiological Processes of Labor Pain

According to physiology, labor is the process of a pregnant woman's body emptying the fetus, umbilical cord, and placenta from her body. When a woman goes into labor, the baby is forced lower by the uterus' contractions. The baby is pushed down with additional force by the increased frequency and duration of contractions until birth.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • Perspectives on Pain
  • Natural and Alternative Pain Relief Methods
  • Pharmacological Pain Relief Methods

Unit 9: Advanced Labor Management – Difficult Labors and Deliveries – Part 1

From the perspective of a Doula, Unit 9 will look at how to handle advanced or complex labor. Augmented labor, induced labor, and birthing interventions will all be part of this. While doulas are unable to undertake medical interventions actively, they should be familiar with them. It is easier to educate, support, and fight for your client if you have a solid understanding of the process.

Active Intervention Vs. Anticipated Intervention

Any action taken by a doctor or midwife during labor or delivery is referred to as an intervention. This usually happens when it becomes evident that the mother will need help with birth or when the baby is in crisis and has to be delivered sooner than the mother can.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • Interventions During Birth
  • Induced Labor
  • Augmenting Stalled Labor
  • Fetal Monitoring During Labor

Unit 10: Advanced Labor Management – Difficult Labors and Deliveries – Part 2

Fast and lengthy labors, fetal repositioning, emergency scenarios, and c-sections will all be covered in Unit 10 of the course. We will also discuss Doula's role in assisting the mother during unplanned births.

Fast Births

Precipitous labor refers to births that occur quickly. These are more common in women who have already given birth. Due to the rapidity of labor, they frequently present as emergency deliveries. Precipitous labor frequently leaves the mother with insufficient time to go to the hospital or even for you to get to her to provide Doula support.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • Prolonged Labors
  • Repositioning the Fetus
  • Cesarean Sections
  • Emergency Deliveries
  • Managing Mother's Emotions During Unplanned Birth Scenarios

Unit 11: Starting Your Doula Practice

This course's final unit contains material that will assist you in beginning your professional Doula practice.

Supporting Mothers

Although you are not a medical professional, your job as a Doula can significantly impact your clients' delivery experience. Your role is to support, educate, advocate for, guide, and nurture your client and family during pregnancy and childbirth.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • Working with Other Healthcare Professionals
  • Business Models for Doula Practice
  • Getting Started with Clients
  • Tools of the Trade

Recognition & Accreditation

Upon successful completion of this course and achieving a passing score for the assessment, you will become a qualified Birth Doula. You will also be issued with an international continuing education credit (CEU) certificate, accepted by many Complementary Medical and Birth Doula organizations worldwide.

The Certificate is applicable worldwide, which demonstrates your commitment to learning new skills. You can share the certificate with your friends, relatives, co-workers, and potential employers. Also, include it in your resume/CV, professional social media profiles and job applications.

Unit 1: Scope of Practice of the Birth Doula

  • Introduction to Roles and Scope of Practice
  • Historical Perspectives on Doulas and Birth Coaching
  • Benefits of Receiving Doula Care
  • Roles and Responsibilities
  • Communicating with Clients and Other Healthcare Providers
  • Listening Skills and Overcoming Communication Barriers
  • Terminology of Labor and Birth

Unit 2: Practicing Reflectively

  • Understanding Reflective Practice
  • Keeping a Journal

Unit 3: Ethical Doula Practice

  • Ethical and Moral Frameworks for Doula Practice
  • Caring for Individuals with Special Healthcare Needs
  • Maternal Assessment and Care Ethics
  • Boundaries in the Doula-Client Relationship

Unit 4: Bereavement Practices

  • Understanding Miscarriage
  • Understanding Stillbirth
  • Caring for Clients and Families Through Grief and Loss
  • Compassion Fatigue and Self-Care

Unit 5: Labor and Delivery

  • Early Labor
  • Premature Membrane Rupture
  • The Labor Process
  • Determining Labor Progression
  • Positioning During Labor
  • Relaxation Techniques
  • Creating the Ideal Birthing Environment for Your Client
  • Doula Roles in Home and Hospital Settings

Unit 6: Postpartum Care

  • Maternal Postpartum Physiology
  • Pain Control and Comfort Measures
  • Nutrition During the Postpartum Period
  • Newborn Physiology
  • Neonatal Assessment
  • Routine Postpartum Screening Processes
  • Postpartum Mental Health

Unit 7: Prenatal Health

  • Nutrition During Pregnancy
  • Healthy Eating During Pregnancy
  • Prenatal Exercise
  • Developing a Birth Plan
  • How to Write a Birth Plan

Unit 8: Pain Relief During Labor

  • Physiological Processes of Labor Pain
  • Perspectives on Pain
  • Natural and Alternative Pain Relief Methods
  • Pharmacological Pain Relief Methods

Unit 9: Advanced Labor Management – Difficult Labors and Deliveries – Part 1

  • Active Intervention Vs. Anticipated Intervention
  • Interventions During Birth
  • Induced Labor
  • Augmenting Stalled Labor
  • Fetal Monitoring During Labor

Unit 10: Advanced Labor Management – Difficult Labors and Deliveries – Part 2

  • Fast Births
  • Prolonged Labors
  • Repositioning the Fetus
  • Cesarean Sections
  • Emergency Deliveries
  • Managing Mother’s Emotions During Unplanned Birth Scenarios

Unit 11: Starting Your Doula Practice

  • Supporting Mothers
  • Working with Other Healthcare Professionals
  • Business Models for Doula Practice
  • Getting Started with Clients
  • Tools of the Trade

Entry requirements

Students must have basic literacy and numeracy skills.

Minimum education

Open entry. Previous schooling and academic achievements are not required for entry into this course.

Computer requirements

Students will need access to a computer and the internet. 

Minimum specifications for the computer are:

Windows:

  • Microsoft Windows XP, or later
  • Modern and up to date Browser (Internet Explorer 8 or later, Firefox, Chrome, Safari)

MAC/iOS

  • OSX/iOS 6 or later
  • Modern and up to date Browser (Firefox, Chrome, Safari)

All systems

  • Internet bandwidth of 1Mb or faster
  • Flash player or a browser with HTML5 video capabilities(Currently Internet Explorer 9, Firefox, Chrome, Safari)

Students will also need access the following applications:

Adobe Acrobat Reader

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About this Course

Study Doula Course and Learn the Role and Responsibilities of a Doula

The Birth Doula Course outlines the duties, responsibilities, and information required to pursue this personally enriching career. Our course begins with the background of Doula, followed by explanations of what she does and does not do, the advantages a doula may bring during labor, and the significance of communication during delivery.

Here you will learn reflection, a procedure in which we examine what occurred and why it occurred. You will learn why it is vital to reflect as a doula and what benefits you can get from doing so. An organized framework for reflection will also be provided for you to use.

Doulas work with clients with various beliefs and lifestyles. This course teaches you how to effectively handle people who are dissimilar from you and respect others’ beliefs. Assisting a family through grief and loss is one of the most difficult areas of work. Prenatal work is a crucial aspect of the doula’s job. During this time, you will assist them in determining their goals, expectations, and the options that will enable them to have the delivery they want.

Both pregnancy and the postpartum period induce considerable changes in a woman’s physical and emotional health, with nutrition having a significant impact on the baby’s health. This course emphasizes the fundamentals of diet and physical exercise so that you may help women that may be unfamiliar with them.

The physiology of giving birth is a vital skill for childbirth doulas to have. You will learn about labor’s stages, reactions, and various patterns. This course covers the causes of pain during childbirth and pain treatment techniques, and their benefits and drawbacks. You will learn how active labor management differs from traditional labor management.

Our Birth Doula Course will teach you how to assist a woman in her labor and delivery, including posture, massage, breathing, and relaxation techniques, and establishing an ideal birth environment. The Doula Course discusses the most typical causes of complex labor and how a person may aid as a doula.

What you will learn with our Doula Course

  • Scope of Practice of the Birth Doula
  • Practicing Reflectively
  • Ethical Doula Practice
  • Bereavement Practices
  • Labor and Delivery
  • Postpartum Care
  • Prenatal Health
  • Pain Relief During Labor
  • Advanced Labor Management – Difficult Labors and Deliveries 
  • Starting Your Doula Practice

Doula Course - Requirements

The Doula Course is delivered 100 percent online.

To successfully complete this course, a student must:

  • Have access to the internet and the necessary technical skills to navigate the online learning resources
  • Have access to any mobile device with internet connectivity (laptop, desktop, tablet)
  • Be a self-directed learner
  • Possess sound language and literacy skills

Quick Course Facts

  1. Course content is structured for easy comprehension
  2. Registered students gain unrestricted access to the Doula Course
  3. All course material is available online 24/7 and can be accessed using any device
  4. Study online from anywhere in your own time at your own pace
  5. All students who complete the course will be awarded with a certificate of completion

Doula Course Outline

Unit 1: Scope of Practice of the Birth Doula

This course will go over Doula roles and responsibilities and historical perspectives on Doula care, benefits of Doula care, roles and responsibilities, communication, and listening skills. The terminology of labor and birth will be covered in the final portion of this unit.

Introduction to Roles and Scope of Practice

A Doula's main job is to assist a pregnant woman through labor, offering emotional and physical care, comfort measures and support for the woman's partner. 

Topics to be discussed include:

  • Historical Perspectives on Doulas and Birth Coaching
  • Benefits of Receiving Doula Care
  • Roles and Responsibilities
  • Communicating with Clients and Other Healthcare Providers
  • Listening Skills and Overcoming Communication Barriers
  • Terminology of Labor and Birth

Unit 2: Practicing Reflectively

The concept of reflective practice and maintaining a reflective practice notebook will be discussed in this section.

Understanding Reflective Practice

Reflective practice analyses what happened during your time as a Birth Doula, the decisions you made, the actions you did, and the repercussions of those decisions and acts. The goal is to investigate your sentiments about your work and your values and judgments about specific situations.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • Keeping a Journal

Unit 3: Ethical Doula Practice

The ethical and moral frameworks that should guide your practice as a Birth Doula will be covered in this section. It will address dealing with clients with particular health requirements, maternal assessment and care, and Doula/client relationship boundaries.

Ethical and Moral Frameworks for Doula Practice

Birth Doulas' employment demands them to be involved in a variety of scenarios, including ethical responsibility. A Doula's profession includes dealing with ethical dilemmas. Disagreements with other Doulas or healthcare professionals and how you view your position all fall under the category of ethics in practice. The importance of defining ethical standards is that they will offer you a standard set of guidelines.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • Caring for Individuals with Special Healthcare Needs
  • Maternal Assessment and Care Ethics
  • Boundaries in the Doula-Client Relationship

Unit 4: Bereavement Practices

Miscarriage and stillbirth in the context of Doula practice, client care through sorrow and loss, and compassion fatigue and self-care will all be covered in Unit 4. The majority of people begin their careers as Birth attendants. Doulas specialize in assisting families during the joyous experience of childbirth. Doulas are noted for their expertise in this area. Infant loss is, unfortunately, a part of the journey.

Understanding Miscarriage

Miscarriage is defined as the loss of a pregnancy before the 20th week of pregnancy. They are thought to occur in one out of every four pregnancies. It is critical to recognize that a miscarriage affects parents in the same way that a living infant does. A miscarriage would necessitate a grieving process even if the pregnancy were not yet viable.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • Understanding Stillbirth
  • Caring for Clients and Families Through Grief and Loss
  • Compassion Fatigue and Self-Care

Unit 5: Labor and Delivery

The stages of labor and delivery and suitable therapies for posture and relaxation throughout labor will be covered in Unit 5. It will also go over Doula's role in establishing a comfortable birthing environment for home and hospital births.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • Early Labor
  • Premature Membrane Rupture
  • The Labor Process
  • Determining Labor Progression
  • Positioning During Labor
  • Relaxation Techniques
  • Creating the Ideal Birthing Environment for Your Client
  • Doula Roles in Home and Hospital Settings

Unit 6: Postpartum Care

The basics of postpartum care, including postpartum and newborn physiology, assessment, and mental health, will be covered in this unit.

Maternal Postpartum Physiology

The postpartum phase describes the typical changes in a woman's body following childbirth. Women who gave birth vaginally will have slightly different postpartum alterations than those who had a c-section.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • Pain Control and Comfort Measures
  • Nutrition During the Postpartum Period
  • Newborn Physiology
  • Neonatal Assessment
  • Routine Postpartum Screening Processes
  • Postpartum Mental Health

Unit 7: Prenatal Health

Topics related to prenatal health will be covered in this unit. This involves prenatal exercise, nutrition, and making a birth plan.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • Nutrition During Pregnancy
  • Healthy Eating During Pregnancy
  • Prenatal Exercise
  • Developing a Birth Plan
  • How to Write a Birth Plan

Unit 8: Pain Relief During Labor

Pain management throughout labor and delivery will be covered in Unit 8. We will look at the causes, effects, and treatment options for pain. After that, we will have a look at several non-pharmacological and pharmacological pain management options.

Physiological Processes of Labor Pain

According to physiology, labor is the process of a pregnant woman's body emptying the fetus, umbilical cord, and placenta from her body. When a woman goes into labor, the baby is forced lower by the uterus' contractions. The baby is pushed down with additional force by the increased frequency and duration of contractions until birth.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • Perspectives on Pain
  • Natural and Alternative Pain Relief Methods
  • Pharmacological Pain Relief Methods

Unit 9: Advanced Labor Management – Difficult Labors and Deliveries – Part 1

From the perspective of a Doula, Unit 9 will look at how to handle advanced or complex labor. Augmented labor, induced labor, and birthing interventions will all be part of this. While doulas are unable to undertake medical interventions actively, they should be familiar with them. It is easier to educate, support, and fight for your client if you have a solid understanding of the process.

Active Intervention Vs. Anticipated Intervention

Any action taken by a doctor or midwife during labor or delivery is referred to as an intervention. This usually happens when it becomes evident that the mother will need help with birth or when the baby is in crisis and has to be delivered sooner than the mother can.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • Interventions During Birth
  • Induced Labor
  • Augmenting Stalled Labor
  • Fetal Monitoring During Labor

Unit 10: Advanced Labor Management – Difficult Labors and Deliveries – Part 2

Fast and lengthy labors, fetal repositioning, emergency scenarios, and c-sections will all be covered in Unit 10 of the course. We will also discuss Doula's role in assisting the mother during unplanned births.

Fast Births

Precipitous labor refers to births that occur quickly. These are more common in women who have already given birth. Due to the rapidity of labor, they frequently present as emergency deliveries. Precipitous labor frequently leaves the mother with insufficient time to go to the hospital or even for you to get to her to provide Doula support.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • Prolonged Labors
  • Repositioning the Fetus
  • Cesarean Sections
  • Emergency Deliveries
  • Managing Mother's Emotions During Unplanned Birth Scenarios

Unit 11: Starting Your Doula Practice

This course's final unit contains material that will assist you in beginning your professional Doula practice.

Supporting Mothers

Although you are not a medical professional, your job as a Doula can significantly impact your clients' delivery experience. Your role is to support, educate, advocate for, guide, and nurture your client and family during pregnancy and childbirth.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • Working with Other Healthcare Professionals
  • Business Models for Doula Practice
  • Getting Started with Clients
  • Tools of the Trade

Recognition & Accreditation

Upon successful completion of this course and achieving a passing score for the assessment, you will become a qualified Birth Doula. You will also be issued with an international continuing education credit (CEU) certificate, accepted by many Complementary Medical and Birth Doula organizations worldwide.

The Certificate is applicable worldwide, which demonstrates your commitment to learning new skills. You can share the certificate with your friends, relatives, co-workers, and potential employers. Also, include it in your resume/CV, professional social media profiles and job applications.

Unit 1: Scope of Practice of the Birth Doula

  • Introduction to Roles and Scope of Practice
  • Historical Perspectives on Doulas and Birth Coaching
  • Benefits of Receiving Doula Care
  • Roles and Responsibilities
  • Communicating with Clients and Other Healthcare Providers
  • Listening Skills and Overcoming Communication Barriers
  • Terminology of Labor and Birth

Unit 2: Practicing Reflectively

  • Understanding Reflective Practice
  • Keeping a Journal

Unit 3: Ethical Doula Practice

  • Ethical and Moral Frameworks for Doula Practice
  • Caring for Individuals with Special Healthcare Needs
  • Maternal Assessment and Care Ethics
  • Boundaries in the Doula-Client Relationship

Unit 4: Bereavement Practices

  • Understanding Miscarriage
  • Understanding Stillbirth
  • Caring for Clients and Families Through Grief and Loss
  • Compassion Fatigue and Self-Care

Unit 5: Labor and Delivery

  • Early Labor
  • Premature Membrane Rupture
  • The Labor Process
  • Determining Labor Progression
  • Positioning During Labor
  • Relaxation Techniques
  • Creating the Ideal Birthing Environment for Your Client
  • Doula Roles in Home and Hospital Settings

Unit 6: Postpartum Care

  • Maternal Postpartum Physiology
  • Pain Control and Comfort Measures
  • Nutrition During the Postpartum Period
  • Newborn Physiology
  • Neonatal Assessment
  • Routine Postpartum Screening Processes
  • Postpartum Mental Health

Unit 7: Prenatal Health

  • Nutrition During Pregnancy
  • Healthy Eating During Pregnancy
  • Prenatal Exercise
  • Developing a Birth Plan
  • How to Write a Birth Plan

Unit 8: Pain Relief During Labor

  • Physiological Processes of Labor Pain
  • Perspectives on Pain
  • Natural and Alternative Pain Relief Methods
  • Pharmacological Pain Relief Methods

Unit 9: Advanced Labor Management – Difficult Labors and Deliveries – Part 1

  • Active Intervention Vs. Anticipated Intervention
  • Interventions During Birth
  • Induced Labor
  • Augmenting Stalled Labor
  • Fetal Monitoring During Labor

Unit 10: Advanced Labor Management – Difficult Labors and Deliveries – Part 2

  • Fast Births
  • Prolonged Labors
  • Repositioning the Fetus
  • Cesarean Sections
  • Emergency Deliveries
  • Managing Mother’s Emotions During Unplanned Birth Scenarios

Unit 11: Starting Your Doula Practice

  • Supporting Mothers
  • Working with Other Healthcare Professionals
  • Business Models for Doula Practice
  • Getting Started with Clients
  • Tools of the Trade

Entry requirements

Students must have basic literacy and numeracy skills.

Minimum education

Open entry. Previous schooling and academic achievements are not required for entry into this course.

Computer requirements

Students will need access to a computer and the internet. 

Minimum specifications for the computer are:

Windows:

  • Microsoft Windows XP, or later
  • Modern and up to date Browser (Internet Explorer 8 or later, Firefox, Chrome, Safari)

MAC/iOS

  • OSX/iOS 6 or later
  • Modern and up to date Browser (Firefox, Chrome, Safari)

All systems

  • Internet bandwidth of 1Mb or faster
  • Flash player or a browser with HTML5 video capabilities(Currently Internet Explorer 9, Firefox, Chrome, Safari)

Students will also need access the following applications:

Adobe Acrobat Reader

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Upon successful completion of this course and achieving a passing score for the assessment, you will become a qualified Birth Doula. You will also be issued with an international continuing education credit (CEU) certificate, accepted by many Complementary Medical and Birth Doula organizations worldwide.

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