What’s your Preferred Choice?
Would you love To Be A Birth Doula or A Post Natal Doula?
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.
The post natal doula course is covering everything in the first year to “mother the mother” and answer all her questions from breastfeeding, sleep and settling skills, how to set up for the new baby in both the mums room and the nursery (babys room) reducing risks of stress, including father’s, relationships, all the usual “what if’s”, extended family, safety, bathing, colic, gastric reflux, swaddling. All the important baby care practicalities are covered.
Doulas are trained by Julie to provide emotional, physical and informational support during pregnancy, labour, birth and postpartum.
Why become a trained Birth Doula or Post Natal Doula?
It’s got to be one of the most richly rewarding jobs on the planet! Being able to make a positive difference to peoples lives by guiding, helping and supporting is heart warming and lifts your spirits like nothing else can. The Doula is truly valued by all!
Training options range from the quickest “3 days condensed” through to the popular “10 session 1 day per week” through to the “Ultimate 12 month course” which includes everything; Birth Doula Training, Post Natal Doula Training, Childbirth Education Training.
Training Course Dates for late 2018 / early 2019:
10 x Mondays: 19 November 2018 to 28 January 2019 with a break for xmas
10 x Tuesdays: 20 November 2018 to 27 January 2019 with a break for xmas
10 x Thursdays: 22 November 2018 to 31 January 2019 with a break for xmas
10 x Mondays: 4 February 2019 to 8 April 2019
10 x Tuesdays: 5 February 2019 to 9 April 2019
14/11/2018 to 18/11/2018 (choice of 3, 4, 5 days course)
21/11/2018 to 24/11/2018 (choice of 3 – 4 days course)
28/11/2018 to 2/12/2018 (choice of 3, 4, 5 days course)
5/12/2018 to 9/12/2018 (choice of 3, 4, 5 days course)
12/12/2018 to 16/12/2018 (choice of 3, 4, 5 days course)
19/12/2018 to 22/12/2018 (choice of 3 – 4 days course)
3/01/2019 to 5/01/2019 (3 day condensed) first one for 2019
10/01/2019 to 12/01/2019 (3 day condensed)
“Ultimate 12 month course” which includes everything; Birth Doula Training, Post Natal Doula Training, Childbirth Education Training. Can be commenced at any time.
When do I receive my Certification of Completion of the Birth Doula Course or Post Natal Doula Course?
On the final day of the course your beautiful certification endorsing your new qualification will be handed 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.
The details for the Post Natal Doula course
see below underlined are the same format as the Birth Doula Course:
Is there much work for all Birth Doulas and Post Natal Doulas?
Yes, lots of women wish they had another woman to care for them during their labour and afterwards 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?
Can I earn a good income by being a Birth Doula or Post Natal Doula?
Yes, the average is $1,000 per birth. Most Birth Doulas book around 2 to 6 births per month. Post Natal Doulas start about $100 per hour. All Doulas tend to create packages for their clients to select from – Julie explains it and guides you.
Within a very short while you will have earned back the money you spent on your training.
Who is ideal to train as a Birth Doula or Post Natal Doula?
Women over 18 years of age who are caring, compassionate, and have empathy for others feelings.
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 Post Natal Doula 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 ready for the courses. Good on you. The next steps for you are:
1. Choose your preferred payment method:
paypal, visa, mastercard, direct deposit or cash (or)
direct deposit details: St George Bank Sylvania Southgate Account: Transition Into Parenthood Account number: 028 538 865 BSB: 112 879 quote reference: Doula training and your name copy and paste receipt to me
2. Fill in the enrollment form and either email or post back to Julie
3.Choose your preferred attendance dates and notify Julie via text or call on 0401265530 or (02) 954464414. Be excited to get started!
Are these courses tax deductible?
Yes it is for those who go on to attend births or post natal work with mothers and be paid by clients. Not everyone is concerned about this and that’s fine, however for those who are concerned it’s always wise to consult your accountant about the fine details of your own personal and business financial situation.
I am a qualified midwife but I’d love to learn all about the art and skill of being a Birth Doula and a Post Natal Doula as this is not covered in the medical training as a nurse/midwife I’ve done – can I attend too?
Most certainly yes, I totally get where you are coming from and all medical staff are warmly welcome.
Are Doulas warmly welcomed and accepted by midwives in the delivery suites, birth centres and at homebirths?
Yes! They are grateful for the extra help and assistance in our under staffed hospitals.
Are Obstetricians happily endorsing the work of all Doulas both Birth and Post Natal?
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 water birth 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 worthwhile if you already have your first aid certificate or a photographic course completed or a massage qualification but not at all necessary.
Are the courses quick and easy to complete?
Yes it is with Julie’s guidance you will be amazed how quickly and easily you’ll soak up the knowledge. It’s easier if you can attend the course with Julie, however some start the Online correspondence and then choose to attend in person and that’s a great idea as well because it’s the best of both worlds.
Are partner’s happy to have a trained Birth Doula or Post Natal 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.
Many partners have to travel overseas for work so having the Post Natal Doula available is a godsend.
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.
Will Julie be available to keep on helping, supporting and mentoring me after the F2F course is over?
Yes, Julie provides 24 months of free ongoing mentoring support for all her Face 2 Face (not Online/Correspondence) trained Birth Doulas. The close friendship continues. You will have access to Julie via text, email, phone, skype and whichever other options suits you best.
When am I allowed to begin attending Births as a Doula or attend Post Natal Doula Work?
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 or first family for post natal work. Julie will guide you step by step through the process.
Do you have a payment plan available for the Birth Doula and Post Natal Doula Courses? Yes, payment plans are available either using cash, credit cards, direct deposit, or in a variety of schedules such as for the online course 5 x $100 or 2 x $250. For the Face 2 Face course $200 for 10 weeks (or) 4 x $500 spread over a couple of 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 and Post Natal Doula as an investment in your future towards owning and running your own business.
What if I do the online Birth Doula Course or online Post Natal 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 and Post Natal 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.
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JULIE IS EXCITED TO SHARE HER 30 YEARS OF EXTENSIVE BIRTH SUPPORT KNOWLEDGE WITH THE TRAINEE DOULAS.
HOW DOES SHE SHARE HER KNOWLEDGE?
Julie has written a beautiful 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, gorgeous 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 client interview, 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, understanding the life journey of womanhood and motherhood, the gifts received, from attending this course with Julie.
How to enjoy the experience of the initial client 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, easy-to-follow, straightforward way the workbook is so valuable 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 fast idea of the extensive richness of the 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.
The Birth Doula course and the Post Natal Doula Course have a convenient condensed course format:
Plan 1. 3 days The Express Doula course on Wed, Thur and Fri $2,000
Plan 2. 4 days The Gold Doula course on Wed, Thur, Fri and Sat $2,250
Plan 3. 5 days The Platinum Doula course on Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat and Sun $2,500
Plan 4. 9 days The Silver Doula Sat,Sun,Mon,Tues,Wed,Thurs Fri,Sat,Sun$3,500
Plan 1: 3 days The Express Doula course
Fabulous 3 days of face to face learning and interaction within a small intimate group.
The 3 days will be fun, highly educational, stimulating, uplifting, inspiring, interesting, enlightening and fascinating. The opportunity to make wonderful new friendships and develop your most amazing and empowering career.
The 3 day Express course generous inclusions are: The Doula workbook 125 pages created by Julie Clarke, a set of 3 pregnancy and birth relaxation CD’s with Julie’s calming voice, no extra charge for sleepover style arrangements staying in the lounge room / course room – carpet, cushions, air-conditioned, using sleeping bags, unlimited hot water in the bathroom for long hot showers.
Or your own charge arranged motel or Airbnb accommodation nearby.
Each day: healthy breakfasts, lunches, plentiful yummy snacks, unlimited refreshments such as tea, coffee, hot chocolate, herbals, fresh organic juices, bottled water x 2 each day.
Optional free inclusions are 7am Yoga and beach walk each morning. Pay for your own dinner each evening at a cheap reasonably priced nearby venue.
Breastfed babies non mobile are welcome and Julie can supply everything for the baby free of charge: fresh clean portacot, change table, baby carrier slings, car seat and pram
3 days The Express Doula course on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday $2,000 includes: 3 x days 10am start to 7pm finish (flexible)
Plan 2: 4 days The Gold Doula course
4 days The Gold Doula course on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday $2,250 everything in the 3 day course plus an extra evening and day with Julie to include a day of either her Mindful Birth course OR Transition into Parenthood course, to learn from listening to her describing labour and birth, the power of the mind and body working together, breathing, relaxation, visualisations, practical comfort measures for labour and her answers to the group’s interesting questions.
Watch, listen and learn how to interact pregnant couples to inspire them to aim towards birthing normally and working as an awesome effective team with their Doula
Plan 3: 5 days The Platinum Doula course
5 days The Platinum Doula course on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday $2,500 everything in the 3 day course plus 2 extra evenings and days with Julie to include a day of BOTH her Mindful birth course AND Transition into Parenthood course as an observer to watch her facilitate the session for a whole day from each course, and learn from listening to her describing labour and birth, the power of the mind and body working together, breathing, relaxation, visualisations, practical comfort measures for labour and her answers to the groups interesting questions.
It is invaluable watch, listen and learn how to interact with pregnant couples to inspire them to aim towards birthing normally and working as an effective team with their Doula
Plan 4: 9 days The Silver Doula course
This incredible course includes everything in the 3 day course plus 6 extra evenings and days with Julie to include a day of BOTH her Mindful birth course AND Transition into Parenthood course as an observer to watch her facilitate the session for a whole day from each course, and learn from listening to her describing labour and birth, the power of the mind and body working together, breathing, relaxation, visualisations, practical comfort measures for labour and her answers to the groups interesting questions. It is invaluable to watch, listen and learn how to interact with pregnant couples to inspire them to aim towards birthing normally and working as an awesome effective team with their Doula.
This course level will provide you with some free time to rest and relax in Julie’s lovely garden to enjoy access to Julie’s extensive library of books and other resources such as DVD’s.
Ask her extra questions and hang out together or even some spare time to exercise, meditate, swim, yoga, lunch.
Importantly, you will receive the complete Mindful Birth course with all its inclusions and the Transition into Parenthood course with all resources, which will reward you with a rich experience to empower you towards being an extremely knowledgeable Doula.
The Silver course, with some time out breaks so you won’t feel overwhelmed and allow you to soak up the wealth of course experience. Julie will include you in her life for 9 days which is a healthy, fun, energetic lifestyle full of pregnancy, labour, birth, newborns and motherhood. If she is called to a birth as a Doula in this time you may well be able to attend with her. You will also be welcome to join Julie’s Mums and Bubs Pram Walking Group session and any Baby Care Support Service visits she conducts during these 9 days. If you can’t quite keep up the pace with her that’s fine, she’ll run a beautiful deep aromatherapy spa bath for you to rest and relax.
9 days The Silver Doula course on Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday $3,500
Bookings are being taken by Julie now and places are limited, once a course is full it will be closed to further bookings, applications for the waiting list will be available.
“The Ultimate Full Doula and Educator 12 month course” includes everything; Birth Doula Training, Post Natal Doula Training and Childbirth Education Training.
The Ultimate Full Doula and Educator 12 month training course, enables you to be fully immersed in all aspects of the training includes all of the above listed educational learning packages. Cost $15,000 – payment plan is flexible.
Commencement is at any time throughout the year. Time out and holiday breaks are allowed.
Flexibility to attend when it suits you whether once or twice weekly, hours are negotiable to suit your lifestyle needs to work around family.
All the learning packages are provided.
Full Mentoring is ongoing for an added 12 months beyond the 12 months training.
Certificate provided at the completion.
What other options aside from Home Study?