About Doula Training
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‘Training’ to be a Doula is an unusual term for it, in many ways. Ultimately, the way of a Doula is something that’s usually already there within you. Being a Doula means you're in service to others and most of us can recognise this character trait before we even begin a course! A passion for the miraculous process of birth and the childbearing year, a strong belief in women’s natural capacity to bring life through, patience, faith and the ability to remain grounded are some aspects and qualities which you may also recognise in yourself already. Besides, with this work, we never truly 'qualify' and we're always on a learning curve!
To 'train' in such a grassroots tradition with us means initially spending time with others who feel passionate sbout the childbearing year, and sharing your thoughts and feelings around this is just as important as ‘learning’ ways to support, educate and empower the families you will work with.
“Inspiring, highly informative, well rounded, deep, empowering and kind" Helen
About training with us
The Conscious Birthing Doula Training week is a full and comprehensive foundation for starting to work within this amazing vocation.
What makes this particular course unique is the blend of intimacy, informality and fun alongside dense learning and growth which occurs during our week.
We spend time reflecting on our own birth stories or those around us, which serve as a gateway into the subject and we come back to our experiences again and again during the week, reflecting back on the way in which we experience our stories and how they sometimes change and grow as we learn. Women often find new understanding about their own births and sometimes old hurts or unanswered questions are laid to rest.
Sharing our own thoughts and feelings around birth is the very best foundation for working as a Doula. We gain much from these ‘blueprints’ as we begin to see how they can influence the way in which we might begin our Doula Practice. The opportunity to initiate a clear path to allow a non-judgemental approach is invaluable.
Conscious Birthing Doula training is truly Holistic, in that we examine the medical models as well as the alternatives and spend time on not just what might happen in a Hospital Birth for example, but how our presence could contribute, or indeed hinder the woman's progress. We always include Homebirth, Hospital or Birthing Centre choices, transfers to hospital and waterbirth at home or other venues. We look at what it means to work within a healthcare team and discover ways in which to move with grace alongside your client’s team and to establish good relationships within it.
We examine what it means to be an advocate and learn ways in which to support women and their partners during labour and birth by means of empowerment, as well as traditional comfort measures.
Discussing what you might offer in your Prenatal sessions with a couple, how you might feel at your first birth and what may come up for your client Postnatally for example, allows you to achieve a solid sense of ‘hands on’ information and exploration into the depth of this path. We spend time on the marketing aspect too and discuss ways to start your Practice as a Doula and to network within your community, as well as with other Doulas. We intend to leave no stone unturned and this helps you to leave us feeling curious, confident and excited by your new vocation.
WOW! I came out of this training feeling positively energised, knowledgeable about the body functions during birth and how hormones interracted. My world has changed, I have total faith in the woman's body and I feel confident to go out there and be someone else's doula.
Huge thanks to Kate for making me feel so welcome and for parting with such emotional intelligence as well as practical knowledge. Amazing. I sure will take this with me wherever / whenever I attend a birth. Thank you.
Elise Timmers, April 2011
RESIDENTIAL CARAVANS IN GLASTONBURY
Our courses are fully accredited with Doula UK.