TIDE (Trauma Informed Doula Education) Birth and Postnatal Doula Course

Coronavirus update: There has never been so much trauma in Birth and indeed, in our daily lives. The TIDE courses will continue, as we truly believe that there has never been such a great need for Trauma Informed practice, but we will move onto an online platform (Zoom) until further notice. We will now include discussion around how to support those in the childbearing year, remotely. We will find ways to bring the intimacy of Doula support into Skype, Zoom, email and other digital methods. We will create new rituals and find new supportive measures, using our Trauma Informed and Aware model as a basis for all communication. 

News! We have now integrated the TIDE element to all Birth foundation courses.

Our new TIDE (Trauma Informed Doula Education) Course is a unique, not-for-profit 5 day Birth Doula Training which includes the foundations of our usual Birth Doula Course curriculum, but extends to cover considering working with women in vulnerability, using a ‘Trauma Informed and Aware’ Practice. 

This Course enables you to join Doula UK or Doulas Without Borders (DWB) or both. DWB is a  Doula service in support of women in financial hardship who are experiencing trauma and vulnerability. Many participants will simply utilise the additional information provided in this training to support them in their service to paying clients and many will choose to offer both paid and voluntary services.

You’ll be a step ahead with TIDE, as you’ll have spent some time considering many approaches to offering Doula support and will also have all the same foundational training as your peers. We want you to feel confident to hold space for women on all their different journeys into motherhood.

We cover the same main topics as our other Birth Doula course, such as the physiology of labour, but through an extended lens; one which will provide you with a level of understanding and confidence in supporting women who have suffered traumatic times. We consider how best we might support pregnant women who have experienced rape, domestic abuse/survived intimate partner violence or suffered various forms of loss. We look at supporting a woman and her partner through a more complex journey into motherhood/parenthood, alongside supporting physiological birth in less complex settings.

In respect of the uniqueness of each individuals experience and to prevent us from ever presuming expertise, we use the models of ‘Cultural humility and responsiveness’ and utilise a ‘Beginners mind’ approach. 

We look at some of the more common triggers during the childbearing year and consider how best to collaborate with our clients in creating practical and empowering strategies for labour and birth. We look at modified Birth Plans, discuss disclosure, safeguarding, debriefing, peer support, self care and more. These topics run alongside our usual learning for the course, enhancing your knowledge base to empower you to confidently work with a more varied client base.

Our 5 day training covers: 

  • The Physiology of labour and birth, the positive feedback loop and the fear-tension-pain cycles,
  • The ‘Essential Empowered Stance’ the benefit of supported informed choice,
  • Working with your clients’ triggers and collaboratively creating strategies, 
  • The polyvagal curve and recognising trauma response,
  • What extra considerations might pregnant, labouring or postpartum women in trauma/vulnerability have?
  • Developing resiliency and recognising our own thresholds,
  • Disclosure and Safeguarding issues,
  • Discussion on how we might support a woman experiencing trauma response within the birth room,
  • Cultural humility and responsiveness; considering our own cultural story and developing our awareness of other cultures; what needs, wishes, considerations and adversities?
  • Practicing ‘beginners mind’ with unconditional positive regard; putting your clients expertise ahead of your own and trusting in the individual’s capacity to find their own best resource and tools,
  • Learn comfort measures for labour; ‘Medical, Clinical and Homegrown’ options, covering the medical models through to choices such as use of water birth and homeopathy, with consideration and awareness for working with survivors, 
  • ‘Don't panic!’ A session on using trauma informed or imbued language; how language use can affect physiology
  • New motherhood/parenthood and postnatal care; supporting women/parents in those tender early days of motherhood, towards self-care, bonding and attachment, integration, resilience and well-being,
  • Supporting infant feeding for survivors; considerations and conversations,
  • Self-care, Debriefing, Collaborative work and Peer support; the pillars of a Trauma Informed Doula practice,
  • Joining Doula UK, Doulas Without Borders and more.
  • Setting up practice; coursework, pathways for next steps, marketing and advertising, codes of practice and confidentiality, ethos and guidelines.

Optional extras often include: 

  • Low cost evening massage
  • Low cost candlelit TRE for birth-workers with Kay Dayton - http://www.treglastonbury.co.uk/
  • Film nights with popcorn
  • Extra talks from infant feeding specialist & more

Please ask us for what is on offer for each individual course. 

Profits from this training go directly to supporting women in vulnerability and financial hardship during the childbearing year.

Great blog post at: https://www.acesconnection.com/blog/through-a-trauma-lens-the-need-for-doulas with thanks and all credit to Jenna Brown.

Book your place here on page: http://www.doulatraining.co.uk/doula-training-course-dates-venues

You can find more about DWB at: www.doulaswithoutborders.com