While birthing with midwives and other support women has historically been the norm in Turkey as elsewhere, rapid change toward modernization over the past twenty five years has left most Turkish women laboring without support of any kind, whether they give birth in a public or private hospital.
As a profession, the doula is very new, and the gradutates of this program are the first trained doulas in the country. We hope to have enough doulas to form a doula organization in the next few years.
The Icsel Dogum Doula Training Program is lead by doula (DONA, Birthing From Within, Heart and Hands Midwifery Institute), massage therapist (NAPMT) and breastfeeding counselor Julia Steils Pacacioglu.
This course is an initiation into birth as a hero’s journey, and to guiding women and families on their journeys. Because of this, the course involves intense personal work, which forms the foundation for our work with mothers, families and other birth professionals.
Practical skills are also covered, including but not limited to:
– understanding and easing common discomforts of pregnancy
– normal birth from onset to the first week postpartum
– variations from normal labor and how a doula can help
– massage skills
– rebozo skills
– breastfeeding support skills
Participants will learn self care practices to enhance their abilities to care for women as well as themselves. Birth trauma, initial breastfeeding support and the father’s role at birth are also covered.
This course is very hands-on, providing plentiful time for practicing skills before using them during a birth. There is also a great deal of support both from peers and the trainer throughout the program and beyond. Over the twelve month, 100 hour training, participants are required to attend at least 6 births and 6 postpartum visits, fill out self evaluation forms and labor and postpartum progress forms, and complete monthly reading and homework assignments.
www.icseldogum.com Website in Turkish
www.fullcirclehealing.org Website in English
Contact person: Julia Steils