Training & Classes

Introduction to Community-Based Doulas: Roles and Responsibilities

Objective: To provide an understanding of community-based doulas and their essential roles in supporting individuals and families during pregnancy, birth, and the postpartum period.

  • What is a doula?
  • Understanding the concept of community-based doula
  • Historical background and cultural significance
  1. Emotional Support – Techniques for building trust and rapport – Active listening and non-judgmental communication – Advocacy and empowerment of clients.
  2. Physical Support – Comfort measures during labor and birth – Positioning and movement techniques – Massage and touch therapies
  3. Informational Support – Providing evidence-based information – Assisting with decision-making – Promoting informed choices.
  4. Cultural and Social Support – Understanding and respecting diverse cultural practices and beliefs – Bridging language and cultural barriers – Connecting clients to community resources.
  5. Postpartum Support – Breastfeeding support and education – Newborn care guidance – Emotional well-being checks.
  6. Collaborative Care – Working in partnership with healthcare providers – Effective communication and teamwork – Coordinating services with other professionals.
  • Training and Certification – Available training programs and organizations – Certification requirements and process
  • Continuing Education and Professional Development – Workshops, conferences, and online resources – Networking opportunities and support groups
  • Ethical Considerations – Confidentiality and privacy – Boundaries and self-care – Navigating challenging situations
  • Socioeconomic Barriers – Working with low-income individuals and communities – Identifying and accessing financial assistance – Collaborating with community organizations.
  • Racial and Ethnic Disparities – Understanding and addressing systemic inequities – Culturally responsive care – Advocacy for inclusive birthing practices.
  • Sustainability and Funding – Grant writing and fundraising strategies – Collaborative partnerships and program sustainability.
  • Real-life scenarios and problem-solving exercises
  • Sharing experiences and insights
  • QA

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