Module One

Student Ethics, Conduct and Scope of Practice

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Chapters Include:

Your responsibilities as a DoulaVersity labor doula

What does it mean to provide physical, emotional and informational support?

Understanding the DoulaVersity doula scope of practice

Evidence and research (the hierarchy of evidence):  How to find evidenced based information


Module Two

How Can a Doula Make a Difference?

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Chapters Include:

What’s s a doula?

The birth crisis in the United States

 Racial disparities in birth outcomes

 Understanding disparities in teen pregnancies

Reducing cesarean rates: How can a doula make a difference?

The case for doulas/The evidence for doulas

 Are doulas necessary?


Module Three

The Realities of Being a Doula

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Chapters Include:

Life on call and Family Support

The SuperDoula

 What being a doula *really* means

Self care after births


Module Four

Working as a Doula

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Chapters Include:

Start up essentials

Business email etiquette

The interview

Doula prenatal visits

Birth planning

Postpartum visits

Entering the birth space

Bridging the Gap Between Doulas and Medical Personnel


Chapters Include:

Anatomy of the female genitalia

The pelvic floor

Female reproductive system

The uterus

The cervix

Amniotic sac and fluid

Placenta and umbilical cord

Variations in placentas

The pelvis

Module Five

Basic Anatomy and Physiology

 

Module Six

Understanding Pregnancy

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Chapters Include:

Female reproduction

From zygote to fetus

Physical changes for the baby through the trimesters

Physical changes for the woman through the trimesters

Pregnancy tests and procedures

 

 


Module Seven

Labor and Birth

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Chapters Include:

Preterm labor

Warming up to labor

Signs of labor

Stages of labor


Module Eight

The Hormones of Labor and Labor P.A.I.N.

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Chapters Include:

The hormones of labor

The 10 P’s of labor pain (10 chapters)

 


Module Nine

Labor Comfort Techniques and Skills

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Chapters Include:

Three ways to an easier birth

Gate control

Active birth and maternal positioning

Labor comfort techniques (counter pressure, hip squeezes, and more)

Facilitating relaxation


Module Ten

The Position of the Passenger

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Chapters Include:

The position of the passenger:

The posterior passenger

The asynclitic passenger

The breech passenger

 


Module Eleven

Labor and Birth Procedures & Interventions

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Chapters Include:


The history of medicalized birth

Helping clients use their B.R.A.I.N

Labor and birth procedures

Induction methods

Operative delivery assistance

 

Module Twelve

Variations of Normal Birth

 

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Chapters Include:

Long and short births

Pregnancy complications

Birth complications


Supporting Other Pregnancy and Birth Situations (VBAC, twins, fetal demise, etc).  

 

Chapters Include:

Supporting the mother immediately after birth

The “Golden Hour”

Latching baby to the breast

Physical changes for the postpartum mother  (breasts, lochia, uterus)

Postpartum blues/depression and psychosis

 

Module Thirteen

The Fourth Stage of Labor: Understanding the Changes in the Postpartum Mother


Module Fourteen

The Newborn Baby

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Chapters Include:



The first hour of life

Understanding the newborn from head to toe

Newborn tests and procedures

 

 

 

Module Fifteen 

The Business Aspects of your Doula Practice

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Chapters Include:

Setting up your doula practice

Creating a contract

Business models

Backup doulas

Promoting your business

Furthering your education