Doula Care - supporting your birth journey
While every series will differ slightly to engage the interest of workshop participants, we will largely be following the syllabus below. 
Workshops are DVD enriched and interactive.  
Participants will receive handouts. 
           Class One
           Anatomy and Physiology of Birth
Lamaze Six Care Practices 
Imagining your birth 
Preparing for the journey ahead
Stages of Labour 
Understanding the "timeline" of Labor
Signs of labour
What is a "normal"  labour
Physical and emotional changes in labour
What happens if things don't go as planned
Preparing the birth environment (Room)
Warning signs – when you should call your midwife/caregiver

Class Two                                                     
Hands on Comfort Measures 
What causes discomfort?
What brings you comfort?
Reframing pain
Tools for labour - Touch - Breathing - Vocalizing - Music - Lighting - Heat Packs - TENS - Rebozo - Birth Ball 
Early Labour - comfort 
Active Labour - comfort 
Upright Positions
Restful Positions
Variations of labour - back labour - slow or stalled labour    
Precipitous or fast labour 
Second Stage 
Signs of "readiness" to push 
Spontaneous vs. coached pushing 
Avoiding perineal tears

Class Three  
Postpartum Mom and Baby
Delayed cord clamping
Physical - Mom
Taking care of yourself, comforts
Emotions - baby blues - postpartum depression
Placenta encapsulation?  What is that? 
Postpartum dad
Realistic expectations

Physical Baby
Preparing for the early weeks
Skin care
Equipment - crib, bassinet,  strollers, change tables, 
Fluff or Necessary 

Class Four    
Breastfeeding and Baby Wearing
Breastfeeding basics
Skin to skin
Baby lead latch
Out put - Normal Nappies
Is baby getting enough

Baby Wearing - Hands on 
Evaluating carriers
Slings, Mei Teis, Buckle Carriers, Wraps 

Six Care Practices

Lamaze International believes that caregivers should respect the physiologic process of birth and not intervene without compelling medical indication. These evidence-based practices, adapted from the World Health Organization, promote, protect, and support normal birth: 

  • Labour begins on its own
  • Freedom of movement throughout labour
  • Continuous labour support
  • No routine interventions
  • Nonsupine (e.g., upright or side-lying) positions for birth
  • No separation of mother and baby after birth.

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