2013 Birth Doula Workshop Schedule
Mercy Medical Center – West Lakes will be hosting four Birth Doula Workshops in 2013. 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!
Jan. 25 and 26
April 26 and 27
July 26 and 27
Sept. 27 and 28
9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Mercy Medical Center - West Lakes (1755 59th Place, West Des Moines)
Cownie Conference Room
Registration costs are $325 (including materials) for the two-day workshop.
Scholarships are available to cover the full cost of attending this workshop. Anyone who is interested must complete the BWA Scholarship Application Form linked below, and have a colleague, friend or family member complete the Letter of Recommendation Form, no later than June 30, 2013.
Once completed, you may mail your application and letter of recommendation to:
Volunteer Birth Doula Coordinator
Mercy Medical Center - West Lakes
1755 59th Place
West Des Moines, Iowa 50266
Or, email your application and letter of recommendation to:
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.
To register, click here and select Doula Workshop/Training in the Class Name section. If you have questions about the workshop, contact Sharon DeKock, (515) 358-8392, or email email@example.com.
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