This Pre-Pregnancy Preparation class is designed for women and their partners who plan to conceive; helping them to identify and answer questions related to the physical, emotional, and spiritual aspects of their soon-to-be new lives. During this class, you will gain useful information to help prepare physically and emotionally for pregnancy as well as information that can be implemented prior to conception to help increase the likelihood of a fruitful pregnancy. The class also focuses on the 1st trimester of pregnancy.
These classes are designed to make an expecting woman and her partner or support feel more confident about their upcoming birth experience. The classes will help soon-to-be mothers understand that birth is an ancient process and that they can birth normally and naturally by working with their body's signals.
SciHonor will provide you with tools to be able to navigate your birth in any environment including home, hospital or birth center and whether you desire to have a medicated or non-medicated birth. She will assist the partner in learning comfort techniques to provide more effective support.
These classes will also help parents be able to make informed decisions about their care and their baby's care by providing information pertaining to childbirth and the postpartum period; including breastfeeding AND baby basics. SciHonor will help you to build the knowledge you need to have a self-empowering birth experience.
The Earth’s Natural Touch: Birth Care & Beyond – New Doula Skills: Beyond the Basics Program
Peace! Are you a "Woman of Color" who is interested in becoming a DOULA or a NEW DOULA who wants to gain some Advanced Knowledge and Skill, Beyond your Basic Doula Training?
Do you know of anyone who has an interest in caring for pregnant women? They might be interested in becoming a Doula! Please let them know about our program.
A Doula is someone who is trained to support women during the childbearing year - during pregnancy, labor, birth and postpartum. She provides information so that parents can make informed choices about their care. She helps logistically with planning for birth and baby. She provides physical support when a woman is in labor. She helps during the postpartum period with breastfeeding and newborn care, etc. A Doula helps women in any birth environment - home, hospital or birth center. She supports mothers who are having either vaginal or cesarean births. She does not replace a doctor or midwife. Although some Doulas do have advanced education in nursing, midwifery, childbirth education, lactation, etc. She also does not replace the woman's partner. She supports the couple and can suggest ways for the partner to help mom during pregnancy, labor and the postpartum period. Some hospitals have Doulas on staff. Most Doulas however, are hired independently by parents.
It has been shown that when a Labor Doula is present at a woman’s birth, there are fewer medical interventions such as inductions, forceps, vacuum extraction, cesareans, fewer complications, labors are shorter, and babies breastfeed more often and easier which makes them healthier and less at risk for #InfantMortality.
Doulas have been used in many cities across the country to help combat both #MaternalMortality and #InfantMortality because they are an extra set of eyes, ears and hands and are able to development relationships with mothers and families; kind of like the Midwifery Model of Care where the woman and midwife build a relationship by spending time together during longer prenatal visits, etc. It allows for more opportunity to detect if something needs more attention and/or medical care that could help the mother have a better experience.
There are Doulas of all ages, races and we are all over the world. Currently, there is a need for Doulas of Color to serve mothers of color. There is a huge disparity in Birth Outcomes that desperately needs our attention. Any Doula can serve any mother; however allowing parents the opportunity to work with a provider who looks like them has been shown to lead to better birth outcomes. Through our training, we are not only able to provide services to a limited number of women; we are able to provide services to women of many cultures, races, religions and backgrounds.
Our Doula and Perinatal Health Advocate Program is called, The Earth's Natural Touch: Birth Care & Beyond - New Doula Skills: Beyond the Basics Program. We meet on a Monthly Basis and cover a wide variety of topics pertaining to the Role of a Doula and the Childbearing Year from a Culturally Relevant perspective. This will equip you to serve not only women of color but all women birthing people who may want to benefit from your advanced skills.
If you do not currently have a Doula Certification, you will be given the opportunity to attend a Doula Training weekend with us through Doulas of North America (DONA) with approved Trainer Amadoma Bediako.
The Earth’s Natural Touch: Birth Care & Beyond – New Doula Skills: Beyond the Basics Program lasts 14 months and finishes off with a final Graduation Ceremony in month 15. During this course of time, we cover many topics including but not limited to...
· Assistance with your DONA Birth Doula Certification (which is included in the Program for those who
· The Life of a Doula, Your Role & Demands and how to handle them.
· The Physiology of Labor &Birth
· Understanding the Pregnancy Journey - including Fetal Development, Testing, Warning Signs,
Physical and Emotional Changes, Complications, Interventions and more.
· Supporting a Mother's Nutritional Needs during Pregnancy and Postpartum including Culturally Aware
· Common Hospital Procedures
· New “Trends” and current evidence based research in Childbearing and Childrearing
· The Amazing Placenta
· The Postpartum Period - Recovery from Vaginal and Surgical Birth
· Indigenous Practices surrounding Pregnancy, Birth and Postpartum Healing including those carried on
through the African Diaspora.
· Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders
· Herbs, Homeopathy and Aromatherapy for the Doula and the Families She Supports.
· Womb Trauma, Violence and Abuse
· Traumatic Birth
· NICU, Perinatal Grief & Loss
· Teen Pregnancy
· Entrepreneurship Skills
· The Maternal Health Crisis, Implicit Bias, being Culturally Aware, Competent, Responsive and Humble
in your care for mothers
· The History of The Granny Midwives who we refer to as “Grand Midwives”…and More.
This is an intense program. Homework is given, Projects will be assigned and Service to the Community
With this program, you will learn about yourself, your strengths and weaknesses and we will work through them through bonding within our sisterhood, The “Dada Zuri”, which means Beautiful Sister.
This is more than just your average doula training. This is about community building, growth, healing, sisterhood and family.
Here you can meet our 2017 New Doula Skills: Beyond the Basics Program graduates and the 2018 Students expected to graduate this June 2019. https://earthsnaturaltouch.com/doula-services
If you are called to be an Earth’s Natural Touch: Community Doula & Perinatal Health Advocate, “The Dada Zuri”, please email us an Introductory Essay - MINIMUM of 2-3 paragraphs telling us who you are, where you are located, what your hobbies and interests are, why you are interested in becoming a Birth Doula and/or applying to be a part of this year’s Earth's Natural Touch: New Doula Skills: Beyond the Basics Program. Let us know if you have already received your certification along with anything else you think we should know about you. If you are selected to join us, we will forward you the information to attend this year’s information session.
FOR YOUR INFORMATION – We will only be considering Serious Inquiries. All Introductory Essays to participate in this year’s Info Session are due by email January 20, 2019 by NOON. If you are chosen to attend the info session, you will be emailed further instructions and information. The Information Session will take place February 10, 219 in Bridgeport, CT. If you are not chosen to participate this year, your essay will be valid for the 2020 program if you choose to apply. *SEE EMAIL INFORMATION BELOW.
*After attending the information session, applications will be emailed and the final accepted Students for the 2019 New Doula Skills: Beyond the Basics Program will be selected through an application review process. You will be notified by email.
NOTE - All Sessions are expected to take place in Bridgeport, CT. Participants have traveled as far as 80 miles to participant. We're not that far. :-)
In Birth Joy & Love,
SciHonor Devotion of Earth's Natural Touch: Birth Care & Beyond.
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