Jemma and Anne-Marie have been supporting pregnant women and their families for over 20 years. They have an incredible amount of knowledge and practical, hands on experience. They are the busiest doulas in the North West, frequently attending births in all different settings, along with running regular hypnobirthing classes and providing postpartum support.
The Doula Training Foundation Course takes all the finest parts of all the training Jemma and Anne-Marie have done, combines it with their vast experience and knowledge to bring you (in their opinion!) the best and most comprehensive doula course available. When you train with us, you’ll get to be face to face with other new doulas, we don’t believe that online courses are able to create the same intimate connections so our teaching will always be in person. We purposely keep the groups small so that we can quickly build trust and be fully immersed in all things pregnancy, birth and postpartum. We offer a variety of teaching styles and learning materials throughout the four days.
After completing the course you will feel fully prepared to hit the ground running and get your own doula business off to a great start. Anne-Marie and Jemma also offer on-going support so if you're finding something a struggle or you're buzzing after an amazing birth they would LOVE to hear from you.
Who is the course for?
Anyone who wants to become a doula! You might have children of your own, you might not...that's fine! You may already be in the birth world or you might be new to all this. You may have supported a friend at their birth or you might have never seen a "real" birth before. Perhaps you work as a chiropractor, a hypnobirthing teacher or an acupuncturist and you'd like to know how you can support your clients on another level. If you like people and you learn best in a face to face environment then this is the course for you.
What to expect.
- 4 jam packed days of face to face teaching in a loving and supportive environment
- Some pre-course work so that you start to get an idea of the role of a doula
- Small groups to give you the best learning experience
- Practical skills to help your clients during birth and in the postpartum
- Real life examples, scenarios and role plays to enhance your knowledge and set you up for success
- A follow up mentoring call with Jemma or Anne-Marie
- Access to a closed Facebook group where you can build relationships, ask questions and continue your learning
- 6 months to complete your post course module
- A certificate as proof that you are now an amazing doula!
- Logos to use on your website and promotional material
- A monthly doula cuddle via Zoom
- An invitation to regular doula meet ups in person
The Doula Training Foundation Programme
Opening circle and intention setting
Communication styles, listening skills and language sensitivity
Birth reflection and unpackaging your own journey to becoming a doula
What doulas actually do, antenatally, during birth and postnatally
Hormonal matrix of labour
Physiology of birth
Birth plans and preferences
Stages of labour
Positions for birth, optimal fetal positioning and biomechanics
Rebozo, massage and alternative therapies
Working within the NHS
Comfort measures and pain relief
Immediate postpartum and enchantment hours
When pregnancy becomes complex
Working with husbands and birth partners, solo mums and being the only birth partner
Caesarean and assisted birth
Induction of labour
Postpartum and 4th trimester
Breast and formula feeding
Newborn behaviour and expectations
What to cover in antenatal sessions with your clients
Postpartum support and planning
Interviews, what to expect, what to cover, how to leave
Setting up your business, attracting clients, marketing and networking
Managing clients, "what if's," lone working, working with other doulas
Joining Doula UK and mentoring
Self care and sustainability
The cost for the course is £888. Save your place with a £222 deposit today.
Generally speaking, most new doulas will charge a few hundred pounds for their first client and put their prices up each time, as they gain more experience. Based on this you will have earned and paid for the cost of the course after just 1 or 2 birth clients!