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Supporting the Women in Labor: Doula Training Workshop

Sponsored by The Arizona Doulas Organization & Birth Association, Inc. (ADOBE) Approved by Doulas of North America (DONA International, Inc.)

Training Dates

Please contact ADOBE if you are interested in signing up for one of our upcoming training dates.

The Doula Training Workshop
This intensive two day workshop is taught by Mary Langlois, Licensed Midwife, ICCE, CD DONA. The workshop curriculum was developed by Penny Simkin, PT and adapted by ADOBE and constitutes one step towards certification through Doulas of North America (DONA International, Inc.).

Doula Training Workshops usually consist of 6 -15 participants, which is ideal for individual attention, idea sharing, and group participation. The Workshop is designed to help participants become expert labor support providers, and utilizes literature, videos, slides and role play to build knowledge and practical skills.

Workshop Topics

  • The potential psychological impact of the birth experience on families.

  • The role of the Doula prenatally, during labor & delivery, and postpartum.

  • Helping families cope with challenges in pregnancy, labor and postpartum.

  • Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics for Doulas as determined by DONA International, Inc.

Day One: 6:00pm-8:00pm

  • Perceptions and Memories of Giving Birth

Day Two: 8:30am-6:30pm

  • The Lost Art of Labor Support

  • Getting Started as a Doula

  • Ideal Birth/Ideal Client

  • Prenatal Contact between Doula and client

  • Understanding the First Stage of Labor

  • How to provide Labor Support during the First Stage of Labor

Day Three: 8:30am-6:30pm

  • Understanding the Second and Third Stages of Labor

  • How to provide Labor Support during the Second and Third Stages of Labor

  • Challenging and Complicated Labors: Common Obstetrical Procedures and Interventions, Cesarean Birth and VBAC

  • Postpartum Contact between Doula and Client

  • Labor Rehearsal and Role Play

Prerequisites for The Doula Training Workshop
This Workshop is designed for Doulas, Labor assistants, childbirth educators, midwives, nurses and anyone interested in working with childbearing families.

Participants should have knowledge regarding the following childbirth topics:

  • Anatomy and physiology of pregnancy, birth, postpartum, and breastfeeding.

  • Definitions of medical terms regarding labor.

  • Common medical procedures and tests used during normal birth, their risks and benefits.

  • Administration and effects of pain medications.

  • Cesarean indications and procedures.

  • Normal newborn appearance and procedures.

  • Basic relaxation techniques, breathing patterns and other comfort measures for labor.

Workshop Registration & Membership Form

DONA Approved Doula Training
Supporting the Woman in Labor
When your registration and payment is received by ADOBE, a confirmation e-mail will be sent and the approximately two weeks before the workshop you will be mailed a confirmation packet including workshop location, directions/map and a pre-workshop assignment. Lunch is on your own.

ADOBE offers a one year membership that includes group membership with Doulas of North America (DONA International, Inc.). Membership runs yearly, from November 30th to December. ADOBE members will be listed for Doula client referrals through DONA at their request.
ADOBE/DONA Membership                                       $75 .00

ADOBE provides Doula client referrals for members who have signed an ADOBE Independent Contractor Agreement and agree to abide by DONA Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics. Please contact ADOBE for more information about guidelines and procedures for taking Doula client referrals.

Reading Recommended by DONA and ADOBE

  • The Doula Book; by Marshall Klaus, John Kennell, and Phyllis Klaus

  • Pregnancy, Childbirth and the Newborn: The Complete Guide; by Penny Simkin.

  • Nurturing Touch at Birth: A Labor Support Handbook; by Polly Perez

  • The Thinking Woman's Guide to a Better Birth; by Henci Goer

It's also recommended you view DONA's Required Reading List as well.

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