DONA Birth Doula & Doula Skills:Beyond the Basics - Info Session

Peace! Are you a "Woman of Color" who is interested in becoming a DOULA or a NEW DOULA who is interested in gaining some Advanced Knowledge and Skill, Beyond the Basic Doula Training? Do you know of anyone who has an interest in Pregnancy? They might be interested in becoming a Doula? Please Invite

and Share.

A Doula is someone who is trained to support women during the childbearing year - during pregnancy, labor, birth and postpartum. She provides information so that parents can make informed choices about their care. She helps logistically with planning for birth and baby. She provides physical support when a woman is in labor. She helps during the postpartum period with breastfeeding and newborn care, etc. A Doula helps women in any birth environment - home, hospital or birth center. She supports mothers who are having either vaginal or cesarean births. She does not replace a doctor or midwife. Although some doulas do have advanced education in nursing, midwifery, childbirth education, lactation, etc. She also does not replace the woman's partner. She supports the couple and can suggest ways for the partner to help mom during pregnancy, labor and the postpartum period. Some hospitals have Doulas on staff. Most Doulas however, are hired independently by parents.

It has been shown that when a Labor Doula is present at a woman’s birth, there are fewer medical interventions such as inductions, forceps, vacuum extraction, cesareans, fewer complications, labors are shorter, and babies breastfeed more often and easier which makes them healthier and less at risk for #InfantMortality.

Doulas have been used in many cities across the country to help combat both #MaternalMortality and #InfantMortality because they are an extra set of eyes, ears and hands and are able to development relationships with mothers and families; kind of like the Midwifery Model of Care where the woman and midwife build a relationship by spending time together during longer prenatal visits, etc. It allows for more opportunity to detect if something needs more attention and/or medical care that could help the mother have a better experience.

There are Doulas of all ages, races and all over the world. Currently, there is a need for Doulas of Color to serve mothers of color. There is a huge disparity in Birth Outcomes that desperately needs our attention. Any Doula can serve any mother, however allowing parents to opportunity to work with a provider who looks like them has also been shown to lead to better outcomes for mothers.

The Doula Program I'm offering is called, The Earth's Natural Touch: Birth Care & Beyond - New Doula Skills: Beyond the Basics. We meet on a Monthly Basis and cover a wide variety of topics pertaining to the Role of a Doula and the Childbearing Year from a Culturally Relevant perspective. This will equip you to serve not only women of color but all women who may want to benefit from your skills.

If you do not have a Doula Certification, you will be given the opportunity to take one with us through DONA with approved Trainer Amadoma Bediako.

The program lasts 1 year. During this course of time, we cover many topics including...
- Assistance with your DONA Birth Doula Certification (which can be included in Program for those who need it.)
- The Life of a Doula, its demands and how to handle them.
- Your Role as a Birth Doula
- The Physiology of Labor &Birth
- Understanding the Pregnancy Journey - including Fetal Development, Testing, Warning Signs, Physical and Emotional Changes, Complications, Interventions and more.
- Supporting a Mother's Nutritional Needs during Pregnancy and Postpartum including Culturally Aware Meal Prep.
- Common Hospital Procedures
- New “Trends” in Childbearing and Childrearing
- The Amazing Placenta
- The Postpartum Period - Recovery from Vaginal and Surgical Birth
- Herbs, Homeopathy and Aromatherapy for the Doula and the Families She Supports.
- Womb Trauma, Violence and Abuse
- NICU, Perinatal Grief & Loss
- Teen Pregnancy
- Entrepreneurship Skills
and More.

This is an intense program. Homework is given and Projects will be assigned.

With this program, you will learn about yourself, your strengths and weaknesses and we will work through them through bonding within our sisterhood, The Dada Zuri. This is more than just an average doula training. This is about community building, sisterhood and family.
Here you can meet our 2017 New Doula Skills: Beyond the Basics Program graduates.

If you are called to be an Earth’s Natural Touch: Community Doula & Perinatal Health Advocate, “The Dada Zuri”, please email us ( - Subject: 2018 Dada Zuri Info Session Applicant) a MINIMUM of 2-3 paragraphs telling us who you are, where you are located, what your hobbies and interests are, why you are interested in becoming a Birth Doula and/or applying to be a part of this year’s Earth's Natural Touch: New Doula Skills: Beyond the Basics Program if you have already received your certification along with anything else you think we should know about you. If you are selected to join us, we will forward you the information to attend this year’s information session. *Serious Inquiries Only. *Final Participants for the New Doula Skills: Beyond the Basics Program will be selected through an application process. Due February 11,2018.

NOTE - All Sessions are expected to take place in Bridgeport, CT. Participants traveled from NY and NJ to participant. We're not that far. :-)

The attached video includes some reflections from out last cohort -

In Birth Joy & Love,
SciHonor Devotion of Earth's Natural Touch: Birth Care & Beyond.

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1 Birthing Lane, 06608
18 February , Sunday 13:00

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