Workshops
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Workshops

Workshops for Doulas

Calendar 

2022

Intro to Childbirth

  • Fri Jan 21, Scottsdale, AZ
  • Fri Feb 11, Tucson, AZ
  • Fri Apr 01, Scottsdale, AZ
  • Fri Apr 29, Flagstaff, AZ
  • Fri Jun 03, Scottsdale, AZ
  • Fri Sep 16, Scottsdale, AZ
  • Fri Oct 14, Albuquerque, NM
  • Fri Nov 04, Tucson, AZ
  • Fri Nov 18, Scottsdale, AZ

Breastfeeding for Doulas

  • Thu Jan 20, Scottsdale, AZ
  • Thu Feb 10, Tucson, AZ
  • Thu Mar 31, Scottsdale, AZ
  • Thu Apr 28, Flagstaff, AZ
  • Thu Jun 02, Scottsdale, AZ
  • Thu Sep 15, Scottsdale, AZ
  • Mon Oct 17, Albuquerque, NM
  • Thu Nov 03, Tucson, AZ
  • Thu Nov 17, Scottsdale, AZ

Birth Doula Workshop

  • Sat-Sun Jan 22-23, Scottsdale, AZ
  • Sat-Sun Feb 12-13, Tucson, AZ
  • Sat-Sun Apr 02-03, Scottsdale, AZ
  • Sat-Sun Apr 30-May 01, Flagstaff, AZ
  • Sat-Sun Jun 04-05, Scottsdale, AZ
  • Sat-Sun Sep 17-18, Scottsdale, AZ
  • Sat-Sun Oct 15-16, Albuquerque, NM
  • Sat-Sun Nov 05-06, Tucson, AZ
  • Sat-Sun Nov 19-20, Scottsdale, AZ

TENS Workshop

  • TBD

Touch for Birth Workshop

  • TBD

Communication Skills for Doulas

  • TBD
Intro 

"Introduction to Childbirth for Doulas"

$150

As a prerequisite to the Birth Doula Workshop, you must either attend a full series of childbirth education classes, or this “Introduction to Childbirth for Doulas” one-day training. Topics include:
  • The Female Reproductive System
  • Fetal and Maternal Trimester Changes
  • The Stages and Phases of Labor
  • Normal and Complicated Labors
  • The Gate Pain Theory
  • Medications for Labor
  • Comfort Measures for Labor
  • The Cesarean Birth
  • Breast feeding
  • The Newborn
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Doula 

“Supporting the Woman in Labor”
Birth Doula Workshop

$330

My signature workshop, this two to three day training for birth doula certification with DONA International is in the form of a participative workshop with a lot of hands-on practice.

The Workshop

The following topics are covered:
  • the significance of labor on a woman’s life
  • the role and impact of a doula
  • physical comfort measures to assist a woman during the different stages of labor
  • emotions of labor and doula support
  • the role of the doula in medicated labors, VBAC, and cesarean births
  • rehearsing difficult labor situations
  • prenatal and postpartum contact with the client
  • the doula and the partner
  • the newborn and breast feeding
  • running a doula business
  • the DONA certification process

Objectives

At the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:
  • describe the long term psychological impact of birth on women
  • describe the varying roles of the labor support person
  • describe the emotional needs of the laboring woman in both normal and difficult labors
  • demonstrate different comfort measures for labor
  • list ideas for managing practical matters when running a doula business

Prerequisites

This doula training workshop is designed for women interested in helping others have a positive birth experience. It is essential to have a basic knowledge of pregnancy, childbirth and the newborn. As a prerequisite, you must either attend a full series of childbirth education classes, or Penny’s “Introduction to Childbirth for Doulas" one-day training.
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Breastfeeding 

“Breastfeeding Introduction for Doulas”
A DONA International approved workshop

$75

This three-hour workshop for doulas fulfills the breastfeeding requirement for birth doula certification with DONA International. The role of the doula is discussed in each of the following topics:

  • The benefits of breastfeeding and barriers to success
  • Anatomy and Physiology of the Breast and the Baby
  • The Breastfeeding Couple – relationship building, position and latch
  • Breastfeeding in the first few days
  • Breastfeeding in the Early weeks
  • Breastfeeding Challenges
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TENS 

“The use of TENS during Labor”
A DONA International approved workshop

$90 - $120

This half-day training for doulas, nurses, midwives and physicians includes a step-by-step demonstration of the protocol for using Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS) in labor. This hand-held battery-operated device transmits mild electrical impulses through the skin to stimulate nerve fibers. It is a safe, non-drug method of pain relief during labor. Approved by DONA International for four CE hours. Click below to play a video on the use of TENS in labor.
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The video is the result of a collaboration with Jillian Silva, founder of Austin Childbirth.


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This half-day training for doulas, nurses, midwives and physicians includes a step-by-step demonstration of the protocol for using Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS) in labor. This hand-held battery-operated device transmits mild electrical impulses through the skin to stimulate nerve fibers. It is a safe, non-drug method of pain relief during labor. Approved by DONA International for four CE hours.

The article "TENS: The 'Natural Labor' Tool No One Talks About" describes the benefits of using TENS in labor, and is illustrated using the same unit that I introduce to participants in my workshop.
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The article "TENS: The 'Natural Labor' Tool No One Talks About" describes the benefits of using TENS in labor, and is illustrated using the same unit that I introduce to participants in my workshop.
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Touch 

“Touch for Birth”
An Advanced Doula Workshop

$120 - $150

This seven-hour training is designed for doulas and doulas in training who wish to build on their hands-on skills acquired during during their birth doula training. No prior experience in massage therapy is necessary. Approved by DONA International for six CE hours.
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Comms 

“Communication Skills for Doulas”
An Advanced Doula Workshop

$130 to $160

This seven-hour training will be in the form of a participative workshop with a lot of experiential practice and is approved by DONA International for seven CE hours. The following topics will be covered:

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  • Different Types of Listening
  • Five Steps to Effective Listening
  • Good Listener / Bad Listener Exercise
  • Listening with objectivity
  • 7 Steps towards Effective Communication
  • Role-play exercise – prenatal visit
  • Role-play exercise – in labor and delivery
  • Self-study exercise to improve communication skills
  • in8 – using innate skills to support clients
At the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:
  • describe the different types of listening and how they pertain to being a doula
  • describe and demonstrate the techniques used by good and bad listeners
  • demonstrate reflective, non-judgmental listening skills
  • describe 7 components for effective communication
  • demonstrate effective communication at a prenatal visit through role-play
  • demonstrate effective communication in a potential conflict situation
  • describe self-study strategies to improve communication skills
  • use in8 (innate) needs cards and resource cards to support their clients
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