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2014 Birth Doula Workshop

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Event date: 7/11/2014 12:00 AM Export event

Birth Doula Workshop - image2014 Birth Doula Workshop Schedule

The decision to become a doula is a deeply personal and rewarding choice. Mercy regularly hosts educational workshops for anyone who is interested in becoming a birth doula.

Mercy Medical Center – West Lakes is proud to host birth doula workshops. The workshops are intended for anyone who is interested in becoming a doula and will offer hands-on education for providing physical and emotional support to birthing women and their families. Attendees will meet the contact hour requirements for the International Childbirth Education Association (ICEA) certification.

Click here to register now!

Download the 2014 Birth Doula Workshop Flyer


July 11 & 12, 2014
Oct. 10 & 11, 2014


9 a.m.-6 p.m. (both days)


Mercy Medical Center - West Lakes (1755 59th Place, West Des Moines)
Cownie Conference Room

Workshop Fee: 

Registration costs are $325 (including materials) for the two-day workshop.

After attending this interactive training you will be able to: 
- Describe the physical and emotional aspects of labor. 
- List the benefits of continuous labor support and the relationship to the emotional and psycho-social outcomes of labor.
- Describe the long-term impact of the birth experience on a woman.
- Define what universal precautions are and explain how the precautions protects the doula/nurse.
- Identify six ways to progress in labor.
- Explain the effects of stress and pain to the mother and fetus.
- Explain the three Rs (Relaxation, Rhythm, Ritual).
- Identify phases and stages of labor/birth and describe corresponding emotions of each aspect.
- Differentiate between defuse pushing, purple pushing and mother-guided pushing.
- List three ways of emotionally supporting a woman who chooses an epidural.
- List three laboring positions and pushing positions for a woman who chooses an epidural.
- Describe three comfort measures for a woman in labor.
- Demonstrate three labor-enhancing measures.
- List specific comfort measures for back pain.
- Describe unique emotional needs of a woman, her partner and her baby when they experience a cesarean birth.
- Explain the doula role in providing emotional support to the cesarean birth family.
- Identify the role of the doula with initiating the breastfeeding experience.
- List breastfeeding resources.
- List ways to facilitate the families bonding experience.
- Differentiate between the signs and symptoms of postpartum blues, depression and psychosis.
- Describe benefits of membership and certification to different professional organizations.
- Discuss the latest research and the impact on the doula practice.

Register for a 2014 birth doula workshop today!

To register, click over to our easy-to-use online class scheduler, or, contact Mercy Nurse at (515) 243-2584..

Questions? Contact Sharon DeKock at (515) 358-8392 or sdekock@mercydesmoines.org.

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