Course Overview

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Course Overview &

What To Expect

Module 1 – Your Doula Mindset

  • History of Doulas;
  • Knowing your what gives you your how;
  • Self-nurturing and healing to prevent burnout;
  • Identifying and releasing limiting beliefs;
  • Dealing with stress and anxiety;
  • Alternative therapies;
  • Time Management;
  • Problem solving;
  • Effective Communication;
  • Decluttering;
  • What’s in your doula bag – your Mary Poppins bag of tricks?
  • Saying no and not feeling guilty;
  • Supporting all women, no matter how they birth.

Module 2 – Business Savvy Doula

  • Setting up your doula business, insurances and contracts;
  • What is your goal, your mission and your vision?
  • It’s not your business what others think;
  • Connecting with potential clients – your features and benefits;
  • Building rapport and trust;
  • Saying NO and not feeling guilty;
  • Branding;
  • Marketing and advertising tricks;
  • Social media;
  • Mapping out your business plan;
  • Setting up and maintaining your resource library;
  • Understanding how to look for and dissect research;
  • Cross referrals and collaborating with other professionals;
  • Business templates and contracts;
  • Affiliate program for Back to Basics Birthing online course;
  • 12-month Doula Training Academy Membership;
  • Mentoring, Debriefing & Buddy program;
  • Continued education through regular webinars and meetups.

Module 3 – Anatomy & Physiology of Birth

  • Choices in maternity care;
  • Rights of Childbearing Women in Australia;
  • Birth Plans and why they are important;
  • Comprehensive Childbirth Education to ensure the correct information is given to your clients during discussions;
  • Anatomy & Physiology of the pregnant body and hormones.

Module 4 – Hypnobirthing Australia Supportive Caregiver

  • Hypnobirthing Australia Supportive Caregiver training.
  • Understanding the mind / body connection;
  • Fear release techniques;
  • Conditioning the mind for a positive, calm birth by helping women to relax more, fear less, let go of tension and trust their body and their baby.

Module 5 – Your Doula Toolkit

  • Breathing techniques;
  • The 5 Senses of Birth;
  • Massage – muscles, joints and ligaments of the pelvis;
  • Acupressure during pregnancy, labour, birth and beyond;
  • Using essential oils safely;
  • The power behind using Affirmations;
  • The underutilised technique of Visualisation;
  • Music, meditations and hypnosis;
  • Setting up the environment as a safe, comfortable birth space for mother and newborn baby.

Module 6 – Pelvic Pathways – Optimal Positioning

  • Understanding how the fascia, ligaments and pelvis work together for baby to be in an ideal position;
  • Preparing the body to prevent problems not fix them;
  • Effective rebozo techniques;
  • Optimum positioning of baby;
  • Where is baby rather than what is happening to the cervix;
  • Helping to support the progress of labour.

Module 7 – Physiological Birth, Inductions and Interventions

  • What are interventions and how can a couple avoid them?
  • Medical versus natural induction methods & resources;
  • Medical versus natural pain relief options & resources;
  • Working with other health professionals including medical caregivers and sifting through policies and procedures of hospitals.

Module 8 – Variations of Birth

  • Supporting women through a change of circumstances;
  • Working with VBAC women and their partners, including evidence-based information and resources;
  • Birth settings – home, hospital, birthing centre, transfers.

Module 9 – Caesarean Births

  • Supporting women leading up to, during and after caesarean birth;
  • Mother-centred caesareans;
  • Encouraging and supporting a labour caesarean;
  • Healing after caesarean.

Module 10 – Supporting VBAC clients

  • The myths, the evidence and the support;
  • Helping a couple to choose a VBAC supportive caregiver;
  • Preparing for a VBAC.

Module 11 – Stillbirth & Bereaved Parents

  • Supporting couples through loss;
  • Resources;
  • Your own self-care and debriefing.

Module 12 – Self-care strategies to help manage trauma

  • Seeking out help and debriefing after each birth;
  • Compassionate Boundaries;
  • It’s not your birth;
  • Obstetric violence.

Module 13 – Postpartum Support

  • The first hour after birth;
  • Emotional support;
  • Practical skills;
  • Local resources.

Module 14 – Breastfeeding Support

  • Signs baby is ready to feed;
  • Positioning and attachment principles;
  • Signs of successful feeding.

Module 15 – Mother Blessings & Rituals

  • Honouring and celebrating a woman’s journey into motherhood;
  • Emotional, physical, mental and spiritual growth;
  • Discussing different cultures and rituals.

About Us

& Our Mission

The Doula Training Academy was established to educate, inform, encourage, research and to provide an ongoing support network for Doulas across Australia.

At the Doula Training Academy, we embrace the collective knowledge gained from training, tradition and experience and this is passed down from generation to generation – like a legend or folklores. We recognise that it is not just about being present at a woman’s birth – there is so much more to being a doula. Being a doula is about “listening” to a mother, so you hear and acknowledge her hopes, fears and doubts. It is about “open discussion” with her to develop a birth plan that encourages autonomy, alternatives and choices.

It is about building “rapport” with her and her partner so that they trust you. It is about “eliminating your ego” as you can never think you know it all – every day you must strive to learn something new or different, and that will always highlight you as a quality service that provides a woman “satisfaction that exceeds her expectations.”


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