Nurturing Birth offers a 4-day doula training course for anyone wishing to become a birth and/or postnatal doula, or refresh their skills. Courses are held across the UK, with regular visits to Dubai and courses planned to take place in Portugal, Italy, Switzerland and Spain in 2017. We are happy to travel wherever there is a demand for a course!
The Nurturing Birth Directory was created for doulas and other related professionals to promote themselves and their services (all related to antenatal, birth, postnatal and infant feeding support). It is an easy way for clients to find support in their area without having pay a commission fee or give their data. The Directory is international and has different options for listing, all very affordable.
Nurturing Birth offers a mentoring programme for doulas with an Initial Mentoring Programme for those who have recently completed a doula preparation course and are new to doula work, and an Advanced Programme for those who are experienced doulas through one-off debriefing sessions. Our mentoring programme has been designed by a very experienced doula, mentor and EDN member and is focused on relationships, going beyond learning goals to include such things as life/work balance, self-confidence, self-perception and how the personal influences the professional. Mentoring is done by scheduled Skype calls, so is available to any doula wherever she is based. You can choose your own mentor from our small team who are all experienced doulas gifted in empowering and encouraging others, some able to speak several languages.
The aim of the Nurturing Birth doula course is to introduce women to the doula role, looking at antenatal preparation, birth and postnatal support. In a safe, non-judgmental environment we have the opportunity to:
· Debrief our own birth and postnatal experiences (birth, feeding, first few weeks)
· Look at birth: physiology, anatomy, obstetric scenarios, antenatal support and discussions, supporting parents making informed choices, understanding mothers and partners’ needs, how to “be” in labour, knowing your boundaries
· Discuss the role of a birth and postnatal doula and expectations of the client
· Discuss feeding options: an introduction to breastfeeding, the basics of positioning and attachment, understanding some of the common problems faced by mums of newborns, learning how to signpost good support, helping to get Mums off to a good start, safe preparation of bottles for formula feeding.
· Look at some of the common issues affecting new mothers and babies e.g. lack of sleep, visitors, unsettled babies, routines, postnatal mental health.
· Consider the best way to support new families including listening skills, helping the mother find confidence in looking after her own baby, being non-judgmental, signposting quality support.
· Think about the journey ahead – engaging with a mentoring process, getting to know your local scene, making contacts/working with other doulas and health professionals, networking, further study/CPD.
· Consider running your own doula business, setting up as self-employed, looking at contracts, insurance, how to get clients, DBS checks.
There is a comprehensive manual for each participant, which is given out during the course. In preparation for the four days every participant is expected to complete a pre-course module and submit that to her course facilitator at least one week prior to the course.
The home-study is designed to allow the participant to best prepare and reflect. Following the course there is a post-course module to be completed. Once that module is reviewed by the course facilitator then a Nurturing Birth certificate will be issued. There is a strong support network for Nurturing Birth doulas once they have completed their course, with regular e-newsletters and private Facebook groups.
For more information please visit our websites – www.nurturingbirth.co.uk and www.nurturingbirthdirectory.com
Contact Sophie or Florence for details – our telephone number is +44 1299 871091