Make A Difference!
For some, the decision to become a Birth Doula comes after experiencing their own births. For others, they simply find they have a calling to work with pregnant women at such a special time in their lives. Whether you are already working as a Birth Doula and looking for formal training that will provide you with more knowledge and skills or just beginning, this training is for you!
– Mother Teresa
What is a Doula?
The word “doula” comes from the ancient Greek meaning “a woman who serves” and is now used to refer to a trained and experienced professional who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to the mother before, during and just after birth; or who provides emotional and practical support during the postpartum period.
Studies have shown that when doulas attend birth, labors are shorter with fewer complications, babies are healthier and they breastfeed more easily.
A Birth Doula
- Recognizes birth as a key experience the mother will remember all her life.
- Understands the physiology of birth and the emotional needs of a woman in
- Assists the woman in preparing for and carrying out her plans for birth.
- Stays with the woman throughout the labor.
- Provides emotional support, physical comfort measures and an objective viewpoint, as well as helping the woman get the information she needs to make informed decisions.
- Facilitates communication between the laboring woman, her partner and her clinical care providers.
- Perceives her role as nurturing and protecting the woman’s memory of the birth experience.
- Allows the woman’s partner to participate at his/her comfort level.
How do I prepare for the training?
For the most satisfying experience it helps to be as prepared as possible. Many doula workshops require that you complete a childbirth class prior to your doula workshop.
For DONA certification, all doulas must take a childbirth class not as a pregnant person.
For this workshop it is strongly recommended, but not required, that you attend a quality childbirth class at least 12 hours in length before taking the workshop.
If attending a childbirth class series by a DONA recognized, certified instructor is impossible, you may attend a one-day Introduction to Childbirth for Doulas taught by Chama Woydak (to be scheduled in conjunction with the Birth Doula Workshop.)
Things you should know
Being prepared prior to attendance makes a big difference in the way you are able to implement the material offered in the curriculum. Having a working knowledge of the process of normal birth as well as common procedures in hospital maternity care in your area will allow you to get the most you can out of the workshop. A list of “things it is helpful to know before attending” is below.
To be most satisfied with this workshop and be able to implement the training offered with a greater sense of confidence, participants should already be familiar with the following:
- Anatomy of the reproductive system and breasts
- Physiology of pregnancy, birth, postpartum and breastfeeding
- Definitions of medical terms regarding labor
- Common procedures and tests used during normal birth, their risks and
- The New Stages of Labor as outlined by ACOG
- Narcotic pain medication, administration and effects
- Epidural pain medication, administration and effects
- The cesarean procedure
- Normal newborn appearance and procedures
- Basic relaxation techniques, breathing patterns and other comfort measures for labor
- Benefits of breastfeeding
This information is readily available in the first 2 of these 3 texts from the DONA required reading list:
- The Birth Partner by Penny Simkin REQUIRED for the workshop – bring it with you
- Pregnancy Childbirth and the Newborn by Simkin, Whalley and Keppler
- The Doula Book by Klaus, Kennell, and Klaus
- Optimal Care in Childbirth by Henci Goer and Amy Romano
- Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth by Ina May Gaskin All of these books are on the required reading list for DONA Certification.
To learn more about the path towards certification click here: DONA Certification
Registration and Fees:
The course fee for this 3-day workshop is $425 dollars for early bird registration.
After the Early Bird period the fee goes up to $475.
If you cancel your registration more than 4 weeks prior to the workshop, you will receive a refund minus a $150.00 processing fee.
There will be no refunds within 4 weeks of the start of the workshop unless there is a waiting list and your space is filled. You may apply your registration to another Homegrown Babies workshop. Students registered for the course will not receive refunds for any missed sections of the course and certificates cannot be issued for partial attendance.
Homegrown Babies Doula Trainings take place in beautiful Asheville, North Carolina.
LCCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA)
Chama is a fun-loving, energetic and compassionate mom who has been attending births as a Doula in Asheville since 1999 and teaching childbirth classes in since 2002. Chama is a Lamaze Childbirth Educator and a teacher trainer. She is also a DONA International Birth Doula and a Birth Doula Trainer. Her evidence-based Birth with Courage Lamaze Childbirth Classes support families in cultivating the courage it takes to be an active participant in giving birth and becoming a parent.
As a doula, Chama has a vast and experienced professional skill-set that includes excellent communication skills with families, doctors, midwives and nursing staff. She is amazing at suggestions for labor progress, non-pharmacological labor pain coping techniques including hypnosis for birth, mental strategies, breathing strategies, massage, positioning, homeopathy and aromatherapy.
She also offers labor and immediate postpartum photography, and initial breastfeeding support. Chama has been supporting and inspiring women and families for over 15 years to find what they need to feel safe and strong from pregnancy into parenthood.