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Birth Doula & Bodywork Therapy

(2 credit hours, 45 clock hours)
A birth doula is a person trained to provide physical, emotional and informational support during the childbirth process. Numerous studies have documented the benefits of having a birth doula present at labor. With the support of a doula, women report having a more positive birth experience and have an increased likelihood of an unmedicated, natural childbirth. In addition to birth doula training, students learn bodywork techniques for prenatal and labor support. The integration of bodywork therapy into the labor experience helps to stimulate the production of natural oxytocin, increasing feelings of well being, and promoting a higher pain threshold. Students learn:

  • DONA International Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics
  • Prenatal support & doula business practices
  • Client communication
  • Labor support and comfort measures
  • Eastern and Western pregnancy and labor support bodywork techniques
  • How to deal with challenging childbirth scenarios
  • About the newborn and basics of breastfeeding support
  • Postpartum support and resources

This course follows the DONA International standards and prepares students so they can apply for DONA certification upon completion of additional requirements. This course provides massage & shiatsu therapists with a unique and complementary skill set that sets them apart from other professionals.

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