Grateful Doula Services
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PP Doula Trainings

Postpartum Doula Skills Workshops

Facilitated by:

Angie Dobbins-Frisbie
DONA Approved Postpartum Doula Trainer

Chicago, IL - FULL
Seattle, WA**

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Seattle, Washington
Six-week Series Format!
Beginning 2013, this series format will only be
offered upon multiple requests.

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Chicago, IL

April 22, 23, 24 and 25, 2015

6:30 pm to 9:30 pm

Thursday, Friday, and Saturday
8:00 am to 6:00 pm

Sponsored by:

Jan Dowers, CD
Chicago, IL

Use your working knowledge and gain new skills with supporting families in the postpartum period, and begin the process of certifying as a Postpartum Doula with DONA International, the world's premier international doula organization.

The Postpartum Doula

Postpartum Doulas offer education, companionship and non-judgmental support during the postpartum period. The doula assists with newborn care, family adjustment, meal preparation, and light household tyding. The Postpartum Doula offers evidence based-based information on infant feeding, emotional and physical recovery from birth, infant soothing and coping skills for new parents and makes appropriate referrals when necessary.

DONA International Approved 27-Hour Postpartum Doula Skills Workshop

Topics include:

  • The postpartum doula role
  • The postpartum doula's role in breastfeeding support
  • Effective communication
  • The postpartum doula and the newborn
  • Physical and emotional transitions for mother and infant
  • Integrating the birth experience
  • Perinatal mood and anxiety disorders
  • Working with multiples
  • Values clarification
  • Prenatal contact
  • Referrals and resources
  • Business aspects of being a doula
  • DONA's Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics
  • DONA's Postpartum Doula Certification Process

This training is for nannies, birth doulas, childbirth educators, midwives, therapists/counselors, mothers, and anyone interested in supporting families after birth. It is expected that you will have some experience with newborns and postpartum families prior to attending this training.

This DONA Approved Training is one step towards becoming a DONA Certified Postpartum Doula. For certification requirements, go to:

Training Pre-requisites

Participants are expected to have a working knowledge of the following:

-  Physical and emotional adjustment of the birth mother following birth
-  Newborn characteristics and care
-  Breastfeeding basics
-  Common breastfeeding difficulties and solutions

Completed the following postpartum doula workshop prerequisites (A and B) PRIOR to attending your DONA approved postpartum doula workshop:

A.    Complete at least one (1) of the following and bring proof of it to the workshop:

1.     Successful completion of one (1) of the following approved on-line study programs:
        -- Lactation Education Resources - affordably priced Complete Self-Learning Program. Click here to learn more.
        -- Breastfeeding Basics - free on-line independent study program. Click here for directions for accessing and registering for the program. NOTE: Choose Angie Dobbins-Frisbie course.

Breastfeeding Class Observation Form (PDF) confirming participation in a minimum three (3) hour breastfeeding workshop covering the basics of breastfeeding offered to birth and postpartum related professionals (preferred), such as those offered at conferences or in conjunction with DONA approved workshops. The workshop must be taught by an educator with recognized breastfeeding credentials (IBCLC, CLE, or CLC).

3.     Proof of completion of lactation consultant, breastfeeding peer counselor or community breastfeeding educator training.

B.     Read at least one (1) book from each of the following three categories from the Postpartum Doula Required Reading List (PDF):

1.    Becoming a Mother

2.    The Newborn

3.     Breastfeeding

NOTE: One book may actually full fill two or more categories.

Fees & Registration

The cost to attend this workshop is $500* per participant. An early bird special of $450* is available for a limited time for each workshop. For additional information and/or to register, click here.

*Occasionally due to multiple reasons, (state specific operating regulations, location costs), these fees may vary, and thus, Grateful Doula Services (GDS) reserves the right to those variances. GDS will make every effort to make those variances clear to the best of its ability prior to registration.
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