birth doula training

Simkin Center for Allied Birth Vocations

​Training in responsive birth support, including:

  • Anatomy and physiology of pregnancy, fetal development, labor, postpartum, and breastfeeding

  • Emotions of pregnancy

  • Pain management techniques

  • Medical procedures used in labor

  • Labor variations and complications, including Cesarean birth

  • The emotional and psychological aspects of giving birth and its significance in women's lives

  • The doula's role, professional ethics, standards of practice, and certification

  • Emotional support and physical comfort measures

  • Support for difficult labors, Cesarean birth, and vaginal birth after Cesarean

postpartum doula training

Simpkin Center for Allied Birth Vocations

Training in postpartum support, including:

  • The role of the doula in supporting breastfeeding

  • Bottle feeding safety and techniques

  • Nurturing families with more than one infant

  • New mother care

  • New baby care

  • Integrating the birth experience

  • The emotional transition of the new family

  • Postpartum mood disorders and post-traumatic stress disorder (PMADS)