Postpartum Doula Training &Careers
What does a postpartum doula do?
A postpartum doula nurtures and supports the new family during this very special time–the birth of a new baby. The postpartum doula helps ease the transition the new mother, as well as the rest of the family, may be experiencing through individualized care, encouragement, and practical information. She assists the new family in the ways that are most important to them, allowing them to rest and care for their baby or providing an “extra set of hands” when necessary.
It sounds amazing - is there a downside?
As with any career, postpartum doula work can have its challenges. Safety is at the forefront of all doula work, as are ethics. You may work with clients who's own parenting philosophy does not match with your own and being in service to women during this special time in their lives means a commitment to their family's needs and putting aside our own beliefs. Some clients may prefer overnight postpartum support, so that is something to consider as well.
Despite the challenges, this also means this work is fulfilling, new and different. We are always learning and it is an incredible honor to be included to be a part of such a special time in someone's life. When we are truly called to do this "heart-work", the fulfillment we get from the level of care we give is almost indescribable, but we can tell you it is a gift to serve in this way.
Do I need a license or certification to work as a postpartum doula?
Though certification is not a requirement, we do believe that the highest level of training does make a difference in the support you offer clients which is why we have offered training here, at Birth Partners, for more than 20 years. Doula certification on a national level is also available from doula training programs and childbirth education organizations, such as DONA International s International and CAPPA, but at Birth Partners, you get the benefit of 29 years of hands on experience, working with clients, providers, and birth places, here, in Connecticut.
We offer two tiers of training, depending on your goals as a postpartum doula:
Phase One Postpartum Doula training:
This phase of training is independent of Birth Partners, designed to explore, discuss and learn about the work of a postpartum doula. The emphasis is on relationship building through effective communication in order to support families is recommended for individuals who have a strong interest in doula work but have had very little to no formal training, or for folks who would like to strengthen their communication skills to support postpartum people.
Throughout the training, participants will have an opportunity to participate through various learning techniques, including online guided learning. Learn the important basics of doula work, including the value of the work for you - and of course, for your clients. Build a foundation of skills you will use in this important work we do including:
What is a postpartum doula?
Scope of practice
Code of ethics
Effective communication for a support person
The basics of newborn care, including bathing, diapering, cord care, breastfeeding, sleep and the newborn, and more!
What is support?
Phase Two Birth Doula training:
Facilitated by the postpartum team at Birth Partners, the advanced phase of training focuses on the nuts and bolts of postpartum doula work, day to day, including assignment of clients and the start to finish work with clients through Birth Partners. This phase is an advanced professional level of postpartum doula training, and enrollment is based on the skills, motivation, professionalism, and commitment of the candidate, an attention to detail and focus on safety, with the goal of serving clients in the postpartum period through Birth Partners*
All along the way, we are here to guide you as you begin to emerge as not just a doula…
but a doula serving Birth Partners clients!
* Phase one doula training is required but does not guarantee admission to the advanced cohort