Birth Doula Diploma Course

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What Will You Learn?

With incredibly in-depth study materials, the Birth Doula Diploma Course explains the role and responsibilities of a doula and the skills and knowledge needed to follow this highly-rewarding career path.

The Birth Doula Diploma Course opens with the history of the doula and explains what a doula does and does not do, the benefits a doula can provide during childbirth, and the importance of communication when working in the role.

Reflection is a process through which we look not only at what happened in a situation but also why. Studying the course, you’ll gain an understanding of why, as a doula, it is important to reflect and what can be gained from following this process. You’ll be provided with a structured framework of reflection to follow.

As birth professionals, doulas are likely to find themselves working with clients and colleagues who have different belief systems and lifestyles than themselves. The Birth Doula Diploma Course covers how to work effectively with people who are different from us and how to respect the beliefs of others.

One of the most challenging areas that a doula will work in is helping a family through grief and loss. The course guides you through theories on the grieving process and specific forms of loss, including miscarriage, stillbirth, illness, or infertility.

Working with clients prenatally is an important part of the doula role. It is during this period that you help them to identify their goals, their expectations of you, and determine the choices that will help them to have the birth they desire.

Pregnancy and the postpartum period bring about great change to the physical and emotional wellbeing of a woman, with nutrition, in particular, having an impact on the health of the baby. The Birth Doula Diploma Course explains the principles of nutrition and physical activity, so you can support women who may lack this knowledge.

Essential knowledge for childbirth doulas includes the physiology of labour and birth. You’ll learn about the stages of, responses to, and varying patterns of labour. The course covers pain during labour – why pain is experienced, the pain management options available and the benefits and disadvantages of each. You’ll explore the concepts of active labour management and how it differs from the expectant approach. You’ll learn the practical skills needed to aid a woman during labour and birth, including positioning, massage techniques, breathing and relaxation methods, and how to create an optimal environment for birth. The Birth Doula Diploma Course also covers the more common causes of a challenging labour and how you, as a birth doula, can help.

A doula does not only offer care during the prenatal period and birth but also for the postpartum period. The course explores the services you can provide, along with giving you the information you need to understand the normal physiology and events that should occur during the early postpartum period.

The Birth Doula Diploma Course ends by guiding you through your initial steps to becoming a doula - what your role will entail, recognising the benefits of birth doula support, building relationships and getting ready to work with your first client.

Birth Doula Diploma Course

Course Syllabus

What will I learn on the course?

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  • Introduction
  • Part 1: History of Birth Support
  • Part 2: Benefits of Birth Doulas
  • Part 3: Roles and Responsibilities
  • Part 4: Identifying Your Communication Skills
  • Part 5: Barriers to Communication
  • Part 6: Barriers to Effective Listening
  • Part 7: The Language of Birth
  • Module 1 Assessment
  • Part 1: What is Reflective Practice?
  • Part 2: Reflective Framework
  • Part 3: Writing a Reflective Journal
  • Module 2 Assessment
  • Part 1: Ethics and Morals
  • Part 2: Health Disparities
  • Part 3: Maternal Health
  • Module 3 Assessment
  • Part 1: Dealing with Grief
  • Part 2: Miscarriage
  • Part 3: Stillbirth and Neonatal Death
  • Part 4: Caring for Others
  • Part 5: Supporting Grieving Families
  • Module 4 Assessment
  • Part 1: Initiation of Labour
  • Part 2: Premature Rupture of Membranes
  • Part 3: What Happens During Labour?
  • Part 4: Indicators of Progress
  • Module 5 Assessment
  • Part 1: Physiological Changes in the Mother
  • Part 2: Physiological Changes in the Baby
  • Part 3: Assessing Baby Wellbeing at Birth
  • Part 4: Routine Screening Tests
  • Module 6 Assessment
  • Part 1: The Importance of a Balanced Diet
  • Part 2: Nutrients
  • Part 3: Vitamins
  • Part 4: Minerals
  • Part 5: Tips for Healthier Eating
  • Part 6: Exercise in Pregnancy
  • Module 7 Assessment
  • Part 1: Physiology of Labour Pain
  • Part 2: Attitudes to Pain
  • Part 3: Alternative and Holistic Pain Relief
  • Part 4: Epidural and Inhaled Pain Relief
  • Module 8 Assessment
  • Part 1: Active Management vs. Expectant Management
  • Part 2: Induction of Labour
  • Part 3: Augmentation of Labour
  • Part 4: Electronic Foetal Monitoring
  • Part 5: Episiotomy
  • Part 6: Time Limits During Labour
  • Module 9 Assessment
  • Part 1: Support in the Childbearing Years
  • Part 2: Support from Health Professionals
  • Part 3: Doula Business Models
  • Part 4: First Contact with a Client
  • Part 5: Putting Together Your Doula Bag
  • Module 10 Assessment
  • Part 1: First Client Contact
  • Part 2: Client Meetings
  • Part 3: Writing a Birth Plan
  • Part 4: Setting Boundaries
  • Module 11 Assessment
  • Part 1: Positions for Labour
  • Part 2: Massage During Labour
  • Part 3: Breathing and Relaxation
  • Part 4: Other Relaxation Ideas
  • Part 5: Complementary Therapies
  • Part 6: Being on Call
  • Part 7: Realities of Doula Work
  • Part 8: Ideal Environment for Your Client
  • Part 9: The Role of a Doula During a Home Birth
  • Module 12 Assessment
  • Part 1: Long Labours
  • Part 2: When Labour is Swift
  • Part 3: Malpositioning and a Longer Labour
  • Part 4: Posterior Labour
  • Part 5: Epidural Support and Induced and Augmented Births
  • Part 6: Caesarean Births
  • Part 7: Unplanned Homebirth and Coping with an Emergency
  • Part 8: Managing Conflict
  • Part 9: Managing Disappointment
  • Module 13 Assessment
  • Part 1: Writing a Birth Story
  • Part 2: Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders
  • Module 14 Assessment
Who Would Benefit from This Course?

Primarily aimed at those who wish to become a doula, this comprehensive course will guide you through the theoretical and practical knowledge required to proficiently embody the role.

Those planning to have a child, and their friends and family, may also find the course to be of interest. You’ll discover more about the process of having a baby and the support that can be offered to the expectant mother.

Birth Doula Diploma Course

The Birth Doula Diploma Course will take you up to 150 hours to complete, working from home. There is no time limit for completing this course, it can be studied in your own time at your own pace. This is a Level 3 course and will give you 150 CPD (Continued Professional Development) points.

Upon completion of your course assessments, you receive 2 certificates. A certificate from the Centre of Excellence and a CPD certificate displaying the number of CPD points earned from the course.

This course is registered with the CMA (Complementary Medical Association), which is internationally recognised as the elite force in professional, ethical complementary medicine by professional practitioners, doctors and, increasingly, by the general public. Upon completion of the course you can gain membership to the CMA, which in addition to supplying a professional accreditation, offers a number of benefits, all of which can be found here.

Upon successful completion of this course, learners can also receive a certificate of achievement from ABC Awards and a Learner Unit Summary, which lists the details of all the units the learner has completed as part of the course. (This certificate is optional and costs an additional £15).

ABC Awards is a leading national Awarding Organisation, regulated by Ofqual, and the Welsh Government. It has a long-established reputation for developing and awarding high-quality vocational qualifications across a wide range of industries.

This course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards and Certa Awards Quality Licence Scheme.

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Birth Doula Diploma Course
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