ACBE's Birth Doula Workshop
A Birth Doula is a professionally trained support person who provides continuous physical,
emotional, and informational assistance to the mother before, during, and after childbirth.
Our birth doula training program is designed to provide you with the skills necessary to become a professional birth doula. You will learn how to support clients through their labor and birth experiences, empowering women and their partners as they make choices through the pregnancy, childbirth, and postpartum stages.
ACBE's 3-day Birth Doula Workshop fulfills two of three in-person training requirements for birth doula certification through DONA International: Introduction to Childbirth for Doulas (Day 1) and Birth Doula Workshop (Days 2 & 3).
ACBE's Breastfeeding Education class is designed to fulfill DONA's third in-person requirement (Breastfeeding Education).
The Birth Doula Workshop is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing for 23.5 continuing education hours. CEP #9357. This continuing nursing education activity is also approved by the Wisconsin Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation for 24.75 contact hours. WNA provider approval number WICEAP-8001.
At the end of the Birth Doula Workshop, the participant will be able to:
Explain the differences between the roles of the doula, midwife, doctor, nurse, and partner when attending a birth
Verbalize the impact of birth on a woman’s life
Identify normal physical changes associated with pregnancy
Define the differences between minor discomforts of pregnancy and warning and danger signs during pregnancy
Understand how a history of sexual abuse or birth trauma may affect pregnancy, labor and birth, postpartum recovery, and breastfeeding
Define the components of initial contact and home visit with the client
Discuss the onset of labor, including the six signs of progress in labor
Demonstrate at least four physiological positions for labor and birth
Define the difference between an induction of labor for medical needs vs. social reasons
Identify at least four non-invasive techniques for relief of pain in labor
Describe at least three labor support techniques for relief of back labor
Define advantages and disadvantages of labor epidurals
Discuss the doula's role when caring for a client who has an epidural
Discuss the doula's role during difficult labors and births
Describe the relationship between a doula and mother during a cesarean birth
Describe the normal newborn and newborn procedures at birth
Discuss the importance of early breastfeeding for both the mother and the baby
Identify requirements for birth doula certification through DONA International
Describe how the normal postpartum period differs from postpartum mood disorders
Explain the importance of postpartum follow-up and processing the birth experience, including closure with the client
Discuss methods for building and marketing a birth doula business
The Birth Doula Workshop is considered the first step in DONA International's birth doula certification process. There are no prerequisites to attend our workshop, but we highly recommend reading DONA's birth doula certification guide (see below) prior to attending the course.
The following two books are recommended, but not required, for reading prior to the workshop:
The Birth Partner (Simkin)
The Doula Book (Klaus, Klaus & Kennell)