Doula Care

Supporting your birth journey

Syllabus


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 Labour

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

Pushing

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

Postpartum dad

Communication

Realistic expectations

Physical Baby

Preparing for the early weeks

Diapers

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

Equipment


Baby Wearing - Hands on

Safety

Evaluating carriers

Slings, Mei Teis, Buckle Carriers, Wraps 

Six Care Practices

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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