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  Course objectives

By completing this course you will gain a huge variety of skills and broaden your knowledge. Importantly you will have opportunities to think critically and consider your responses and reactions to a range of situations that many doulas will find themselves in over the course of their careers.

Course Modules:

  • Recognising What Is Normal & What Is Not
    1. Understand the normal observation parameters in pregnant women and neonates.
    2. How to instantly recognise the warning signs and symptoms when something is not right and when to notify the care provider:
    3. Decreased fetal movement
    4. Dehydration
    5. Temperature
    6. Bleeding
    7. Pain
    8. Signs of labour before 37 weeks
    9. Meconium stained liquor
    10. Itchy palm and feet without rash - Obstetric Cholestasis (You must be able to recognise this as it is potentially life threatening to baby)
    11. Headaches and Visual issues
  • Caring for a woman and her family during an emergency
    1. Interpret the ethical, legal and professional role of the doula in an obstetric emergency.

  • Postpartum haemorrhage
    1. Identify the causes of bleeding in pregnancy.
    2. Recognise appropriate action for a doula caring for a woman bleeding in pregnancy.
    3. Identify normal physiology of uterine involution and haemostasis.
    4. Define and discuss causes and risk factors of Postpartum haemorrhage
    5. Recognise the significance of visual estimation of blood loss.
    6. List how postpartum haemorrhage is managed in hospital.
    7. Describe how a doula can be of assistance during a postpartum haemorrhage.
    8. Recall obstetric interventions for massive blood loss.
    9. Plan how to support a woman wanting a physiological third stage at birth.
    10. Interpret the ethical, legal and professional role of the doula in an obstetric emergency.
  • Neonatal Resuscitation
    1. Explain any variances necessary when performing CPR on a pregnant woman.
    2. Recall the steps in DRSABCD.
    3. Describe the likelihood of neonates needing resuscitation at birth
    4. Discuss the terms used in newborn assessment and examine how they relate to decisions made around neonatal resuscitation
    5. Dramatize the interaction between a doula and the parent/s in the event of a neonatal resuscitation
    6. Identify key elements of resuscitation technique for both mothers and newborns
    7. Addressing the fear of making a mistake when performing resuscitation on mother or baby
  • Birth Before Arrival
    1. Should you leave for the hospital or not?
    2. Specific actions you can take to prepare
    3. What is the doulas role during in this high pressure situation
  • Cord Prolapse
    1. Understanding what is happening
    2. What can cause cord prolapse and when can this happen
    3. How this might be managed by medical staff and what is your role as Doula
  • Shoulder Dystocia
    1. Identifying what is happening. Knowing the warning signs
    2. Who might this happen to?
    3. Shoulder Dystocia - What you can do as doula
  • Maternal Collapse
    1. DRABC
    2. Considerations in pregnancy
    3. First aid certification
  • Debriefing after birth
    1. Basics of debriefing
    2. Reframing pros and cons
    3. Note taking
    4. Caring for yourself after an emergency

We highly recommend that in addition to completing this course you undertake, in person, CPR and first aid training for both adults and infants. In order to receive We Birth certification, this is a requirement.