Online – Birth Doula Training
also known as Childbirth Assistants, Labour Support Professionals, and Birth Companions
Doulas are trained by Julie to provide emotional, physical and informational support during pregnancy, labour, birth and immediate postpartum.
Is there much work for Doulas? Yes, lots of women wish they had another woman to care for them during their labour for a variety of reasons. Last year there was over 300,000 (three hundred thousand) babies born around Australia, that is a lot of potential clients isn’t it?
Who is ideal to train as a Birth Doula? Women over 18 years of age who are kind, gentle, caring, sensitive, compassionate, and have empathy for others feelings.
Are Doulas warmly welcomed and accepted by midwives in the delivery suites, birth centres and at homebirths? Most certainly yes! They are grateful for the extra help and assistance in our under staffed hospitals. Midwives are often glad to have a Birth Doula arrive at the hospital to support a client who is in labour as the Doula does know what to do with the right skill set and good understanding of comfort measures, instead of friends and family of the labouring woman who are well meaning but quite often more of a hindrance and distraction. Midwives are awesome and always do their best to answer questions and explain as fast as possible during the labour to partner, family and friends BUT they much prefer women to bring a kind, gentle, knowledgeable trained birth Doula as midwives see such a big difference in how much more easily, comfortably, quickly and confidently a woman will labour with the right guidance, help and support.
Are Obstetricians happily endorsing the work of Doulas? Most certainly yes!
In 2017 the American Obstetrician’s Association developed an official Policy to endorse every laboring woman to have access to the care and support of a trained Birth Doula to care for them throughout their labour and birth experience to reduce the need for medication and intervention such as cesarean section and enhance a normal birth such as waterbirth and active birth. The benefit of Doulas is evidence based by research and statistics.
Is it true you need to be a nurse or midwife or doctor first? No, not at all. There is no prior training required as Julie will cover everything necessary for you to be a qualified certified Doula. It would be a nice worthwhile bonus if you already have your first aid certificate or a photographic course completed or a massage qualification but not at all necessary.
Is the course quick and easy to complete? Yes it is with Julie’s guidance via the online version coupled with the workbook supplied you will be amazed how quickly and easily you’ll soak up the knowledge.
I’ve been excited and passionate about all things to do with pregnancy and birth forever. I’m sure this is my calling to become a trained Birth Doula and I’m so excited at the opportunity to go ahead. I’m in a position to pay upfront and I want to get started as soon as possible. What do I do next?
You sound perfect for the course and highly motivated. Good on you.
The next steps for you are:
1. Book in for the online Doula course by emailing [email protected] or call/text her on 0401265530 or (02) 95446441
2. Choose your preferred payment method: paypal, visa, mastercard, direct deposit or cash
3. Julie will email or post the enrollment form
4. Be excited to get started!
Is this course tax deductible? Yes, it is for those who go on to attend births and be paid $$ by clients. Keep a list of any associated costs for your training, setting up as a business and present all info to your tax accountant
Not everyone is concerned about earning money this way, choosing to volunteer for family and friends, and that’s fine, however for those who are wanting this new avenue to be a business career seriously it’s always wise to consult your accountant about the details of your own personal and business financial situation.
Are partner’s happy to have a trained Birth Doula present to assist? Yes, as it takes some of the pressure, physical stress, and emotional burden off the partner by sharing the load over 2 people especially with a long labour.
Is Julie a qualified Facilitator, Birth Educator, Trainer and Assessor? Yes she is fully qualified and very capable of teaching you to a high standard without any of the stress of exams, endless pages of assignments, time consuming homework. Julie is very capable of assessing your knowledge and supporting you in a variety of ways of learning to a good competent standard in the face to face course but not the online course. It is expected that some Doulas will do the online version prior to selecting to attend one of the face to face versions (3 days or more options) and this will be very effective for those who want to feel confident and competent.
Will Julie be available to keep on helping, supporting and mentoring me after the course is over? Yes, this is available with the face to face course but NOT the online course, due to budget restrictions. The workbook created by Julie will provide an excellent source of information and inspiration for you for years to come during your Birth Doula Career. For the online course you will have access to Julie via text, email, phone, skype and whichever other options suits you best.
All the face-to-face Birth Doula Training course dates are listed https://www.julieclarke.com.au/courses-dates/
When am I allowed to begin attending Births as a Doula? As soon as you have successfully registered a placement in the course by full payment and filled in the enrollment form you are ready to have the discussion with Julie about attendance at your first birth as a Doula. Julie will guide you step by step through the process, which is also outlined in the first couple of chapters of the workbook. Previous Doulas have loved the workbook supplied by Julie for the logical process and easy to follow steps in 10 session chapters.
When do I receive my Certification of Completion of the Birth Doula Course? On the final day of the course your beautiful certification endorsing your new qualification will be available to you to cherish. You’ll be delighted at your achievement and what excitement your future holds of attending Births and helping woman and their partners have amazing empowering births for their beautiful new babies.
Do you have a payment plan available for the $500 online Birth Doula Course? Yes, payment plans are available either using cash, credit cards, direct deposit, or in a variety of schedules such as $250 for 2 weeks (or) 4 x $100 spread over weeks/months (or) your own preference prior to the commencement of the course.
All fees must be paid prior to the course starting, which is a standard requirement of any vocational course.
A vocational course means it will assist you towards working and earning money for your own employment in the future.
View the Birth Doula course as an investment in your future towards owning and running your own business.
What if I do the online Birth Doula Course and then decide I want to do the face to face course as well; what options can you offer me? Yes, it’s perfectly understandable that once you have a feel for the Birth Doula Course and your confidence has increased, you decide you’d like to take it a step further and attend in person and enjoy the small group atmosphere. Julie will kindly support you in this journey by allowing you to put the $500 already invested towards any of the 3, 4, 5, or 9 day options which will suit your schedule. The deduction of $500 will make the face to face course more accessible and affordable for you.
What if I can’t afford the Birth Doula Training with Julie? The option of asking family and friends to purchase gift certificates for you for your birthday, Christmas presents and Mother’s Day presents could accumulate enough to assist you towards being able to purchase the course.
You’ll find the option of gift certificates in the bookings/shop section of the website. Or perhaps you are in a close-knit community such as a church group who may be able to provide sponsorship by raising funds to assist you, so in turn you’ll be enabled to provide trained birth support to the parish you belong to.
Important: Prerequisites are to be a kind, caring compassionate person who simply wants to help other women in their journey to motherhood, it is not necessary to be a nurse or a midwife or any other qualification to train as a doula.
Online Doula training course is open to all women over 18 years and you will be warmly assisted by Julie Clarke 0401 265 530
All Face-to-Face Birth Doula Training course dates are listed https://www.julieclarke.com.au/courses-dates/
JULIE IS EXCITED TO SHARE HER 30 YEARS OF EXTENSIVE BIRTH SUPPORT KNOWLEDGE WITH BOTH ONLINE AND FACE-TO-FACE DOULAS.
HOW DOES SHE SHARE HER KNOWLEDGE?
Julie has written the most amazing comprehensive, yet simple and easy to follow, Doula Course Workbook which will provide a structure for your learning at your own pace week by week.
The amazing workbook is filled with all the best ideas to get you started on this fantastic journey, beautiful pics which will convey some of the incredible concepts that words can’t convey, all the “how to’s” on attracting and meeting clients, how to conduct the first coffee chat interview, basic counselling techniques, communicating effectively with clients, meeting the woman’s needs physically and emotionally. Hypothetical exercises are a fun way of exploring lots of “What If” situations and Julie has added these all to the workbook to enable plenty of exploration for preparing Doulas for a variety of smart solutions. There is a complete overview of Pregnancy, labour, birth and early Bonding to assist Doulas gain thorough knowledge of every step along the way. Quick ready reference tables to signpost all the steps through all the labour phases empower Doulas to be very knowledgeable and confident. Guidelines on being a respected, balanced, professional and successful happy Doula are provided. Notes pages help Doulas keep all their jottings, extra thoughts and ideas all in organised locations in the workbook. Presented in a clear, concise, simple, straightforward way the workbook is a brilliant inspirational valuable asset for the Doulas to keep referring to for years to come.
Course curriculum includes but is not limited to these topics. This list just gives you a rough idea of the extensive richness of the face-to-face course inclusions:
The finer art of all the important comfort measures for labour, the active birth positioning and details for effective pushing positions, maintaining an intact perineum, magnificent massage techniques that make women release and relax, the details of breath work, conserving the labouring woman’s energy so she’s not exhausted, how to deal with breech positions, acupuncture acupressure points for overdue and during labour, suggestions for challenging situations, tips on how to observe and listen carefully to a labouring woman to be able to match up your skills with what she needs at the right moment. How to help women use their own facilities at home during pre-labour and early labour prior to coming into the hospital, the use of hospital facilities and being aware of how hospitals vary in what they offer. Waterbirth, benefits, setting up, what to expect. Stages of labour. Enhancing partner’s role. Being part of the team if other friends and family are present. Maintaining harmony and calmness during challenges. Physiology, anatomy, hormones. Enhancing partner’s role, boosting his/her confidence, ensuring he/she is taking care of themselves with sufficient food, breaks if required. Bonding and the first breastfeed. Follow up appointments debriefing the birth experience afterwards. Video footage of births. Photographs. Powerpoint. Small group discussions. Delicious lunches. Laughs. Fun. You will be astounded by how much you gain personally from attending this course with Julie.