Increasing access to doulas with online training—October 2020 Newsletter

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Birth & Postpartum Doulas
October 2020 Newsletter
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Lifespan Doulas will continue to offer Live Online Doula Training in 2021!
Many of us reluctantly turned to online training this year, preferring the in-person, hands-on training model but deciding that online training was “better than nothing.” Put me in that group, at least initially. However, the Zoom-based learning experience has been richer than I imagined it could be. AND I heard from many of you, far and wide, who claimed that you could now “finally” take doula training because it did not involve travel away from family for days on end; the expense of a hotel room, travel and meals out; or having to juggle the needs of a breastfeeding infant or toddler. Online training makes doula work (and therefore doulas!) more accessible. Winter/Spring 2021 training dates will be posted online soon. Feedback has been very positive …

“I wasn’t sure how an online class would go, but I thought it was great! The breakout rooms/activities, especially, were a great way for us to interact with each other.”

“It is awesome that you are able to create an environment of camaraderie via Zoom! I have been invited to two Facebook groups based on your classes. The groups like to stay together even after class and that is so cool and such a superpower!”Teaching aids FOR SALE … babywearing practice dollsWEIGHTED DOLLS can be used for hands-on teaching of BABYWEARING. Like new condition (used in one training)! I have seven high-quality dolls of various races, each weighing approximately eight pounds. $50 each OR $275 for all seven. If interested, email

   babywearing weighted dollsWhat does the research say about Pitocin and the 3rd stage of labor?
Read the latest from Evidence Based Birth on this important topic, covering the following:Three main approaches to the 3rd stage of laborHistory of how 3rd stage of labor has been managedHow oxytocin works in the body, and how it differs from synthetic oxytocin (i.e. Pitocin®)The new definition of postpartum hemorrhageRisk factors for postpartum hemorrhage, and whether rates are increasingResearch evidence on the pros and cons of ways to manage 3rd stageGuidelines from around the world on best practicesDoulas Supporting Families through a Loss
griefAmy Wright Glenn is the owner of the Institute for the Study of Birth, Breath, and Death which offers a Holding Space for Pregnancy Loss Workshop. Below are some of her blogs on the topic of pregnancy loss that doulas might find helpful.Holding Space for Pregnancy Loss: 3 components for doulas to consider When the baby dies: Advice for birth doulas who companion the bereavedOn gratitude and grief: Mother donates 92 gallons of breast milk following pregnancy loss Miscarriage matters: In honor of Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness MonthLive Online (ZOOM) Fall Trainings with Patty Brennan
We currently have spots available in all upcoming trainings. Save 10% when you register by the Early Bird Deadline (30 days in advance of the workshop).

DONA Birth Doula Workshops (October 9-11 or December 4-6)

Breastfeeding Basics for Doulas (October 8 or December 3)

DONA Postpartum Doula Workshop (November 12-15)

Doula Business Development Workshop (December 12)

End-of-Life Doula Training (October 24 & 25 or January 16 & 17, 2021)

See our Doula Business Builder Deluxe Training Package and save money if you are interested in both birth and postpartum doula training.Top 5 Questions about Becoming a DoulaDo you have questions about becoming a doula?
We have answers! Join Patty Brennan for a live FREE webinar on Monday, November 2 at 7:30pm (EST). Pre-registration is required. Top 5 Questions about Becoming a Doula.Volunteers Needed for …
Research Study on Nausea and Vomiting during Pregnancy. The study is designed to explore perceptions regarding use of complementary alternative medicine for relief of symptoms. Researcher/doula Deb Blackett is seeking women to participate in one confidential telephone interview ($20 gift card provided to participants). Participants must have a history of nausea and vomiting during pregnancy and have used complementary alternative medicine to alleviate symptoms. If interested, contact, 248-668-5752.

Patty Brennan

Patty is the owner and visionary force behind Lifespan Doulas. For 40 years, she has been a doula, midwife, educator, author, nonprofit executive, and entrepreneur. Patty has personally trained approximately 2,500 people to become doulas. She is the author of The Doula Business Guide: How to Succeed as a Birth, Postpartum or End-of-Life Doula, 3rd Edition.