Available Doula Training Classes


Antepartum Doula training

An antepartum doula provides physical and emotional support to the mother-to-be who experiences medical or psychological issues anytime during the pregnancy. Many of these mothers have had pregnancy complications, including multiple babies, and are confined to bedrest up to 20 weeks. The doula will help with household organization, meal preparation, care of older sibling(s), run errands, and provide companionship. The doula is educated in normal pregnancy and complications, ways to support the mother physically and mentally, and how to provide care to the family.

Requirements for certification:

Participants must attend a 16-hour comprehensive in-person training on antepartum care. The newly trained doula must support two mothers with antepartum care in home–eight hours each. Evaluations must be completed and returned. She will be required to read five books from the required reading list. A written 500-word essay on the importance of supporting the antepartum mother and family is required. The newly trained doula will attend a 12 hour Lamaze or other nationally recognized childbirth education class. A local resource list is required and must contain at least 45 local resources from 30 different categories pertaining to pregnancy, birth and postpartum. A written references from any professional that works with pregnant families: nurse, nurse practitioner, midwife, doctor, Lamaze instructor, another certified doula will be obtained.

Once all requirements are completed, you will mail a copy of materials to ABP Doula Training Center. The training center will review all materials and, if complete, you will be awarded a certification as an ABP Doula Training Center Certified Antepartum Doula. You may use the following initials after your name. Mary Smith CAD(ABP Doula Training Center).


Birth Doula Training

A birth doula accompanies the woman in labor, provides emotional and physical support, suggests comfort measures, and provides support and suggestions to the partner. She is limited to emotional, physical, and informational support only and does not perform any clinical or medical tasks. The doula advocates for the mother’s wishes and helps her to write a birth plan. She encourages the mother to communicate with her health care provider and the staff at the hospital or birthing center.

Requirements for certification:

ABP Doula Training Center will provide the required 16 educational doula training hours. The participant must attend a 12 childbirth educational hours. If the participant wishes to attend Full Circle Childbirth Consultant Inc. Lamaze classes, they will only need 7 hours since Kathy is both a certified Lamaze instructor and certified DONA International Birth/Postpartum doula trainer. Participants can go online at www.fullcirclechildbirthconsultants.com and find the dates, time and locations of upcoming Full Circle Childbirth classes.

The newly trained doula will attend three births—two vaginal births and one caesarean birth—and obtain all required paperwork and two good evaluations per birth from medical staff and birthing person. The doula must be present at the birth for a minimum of 5 hours. Doulas are expected to remain throughout the entire birth and one hour postpartum. Other requirements are: writing a five-hundred-word (500) essay on the importance of labor support, read six books from the required reading list, written reference from any professional that works with pregnant families like a nurse, nurse practitioner, midwife, doctor, Lamaze instructor, or another certified doula, and create a local resource list. This resource list must contain at least 45 local resources from 30 different categories that pertain to pregnancy, birth and postpartum. Once all DONA International requirements are completed, you will mail a copy of all materials to DONA International. A reviewer will contact you if additional information is needed. If approved, you will receive birth doula certification and may use the title of Certified Birth Doula (DONA) or use initials after your name; Mary Smith CBD(DONA).


Postpartum Doula

A postpartum doula helps the new mother and partner transition into parenthood. The doula is educated in postpartum adjustment, newborn characteristics, baby care, feedings (both breast and bottle), normal growth and development, postpartum mood disorders, and household organization.

Requirements for certification:

ABP Doula Training Center will provide the required 27 educational doula training hours. The newly trained doula must attend a 12 hour Lamaze childbirth class. She will provide postpartum care to three families—twelve (12) hours to each family; Eight (8) hours will need to be during the day. Evaluations must be obtained from each mother and another person in the home. The doula will also write a five hundred (500) word essay on the importance of postpartum care for the new family. She will read 11 books from required reading list. Written references from any professional that works with pregnant families: nurse, nurse practitioner, midwife, doctor, Lamaze instructor, another certified doula is required. The doula must create a local resource list. This resource list must contain at least 45 local resources from 30 different categories pertaining to pregnancy, birth and postpartum.

Once all DONA International requirements are completed, you will mail a copy of all materials to DONA International. When certification is granted, the doula may use the title of Certified Postpartum Doula (DONA) or use the initials after your name, Mary Smith CPD(DONA).

 

Availability

TWO DAY TRAINING 8:30am-6:30pm

Location

1900 Skipwith Rd.
Richmond, VA 23294

 

Availability

THREE DAY TRAINING 8:30am-6:30pm

Classes held Thursdays-Saturdays

Location

1900 Skipwith Rd.
Richmond, VA 23294

 

Availability

THREE DAY TRAINING

8:30am-6:30pm

Classes held Wednesdays-Saturdays

Location

1900 Skipwith Rd.
Richmond, VA 23294