As a doula, I am always learning and growing. I look forward to future trainings with excitement and appreciation for the knowledge being passed down. Below are the most prominent certifications and trainings that have shaped my experience.
Certified Professional Birth Doula-Activist (CD)
Formally known as ALACE, toLabor (The Organization of Labor Assistants for Birth Options & Resources) is where I received my training and later my certification with. It is a three day workshop designed to train people on being emotional, educational and informational support throughout pregnancy, birth and postpartum periods. The certification requires a take home exam, attendance to 6 births with written evaluations from mothers or hospital staff, 6 personal write ups of what was learned during births, reading list, observing a childbirth education class and a breastfeeding class. The certification is renewed every year with proof of birth attendance, written evaluations and a written yearly overview of new knowledge.
Healthy Children's Center for Breastfeeding:
Certified Lactation Counselor (CLC)
In this 40 hour 5 day certification I was taught the ins and outs of breastfeeding counseling. Most importantly, how to emotionally support a mother while giving her the feedback and advice she is craving. The focus in this training is on getting the latch correct to address most issues. We spent 4 and a half days learning then half a day taking a written and video based exam for certification.
Attended Educational Workshop
This workshop teaches the principles of Balance, Gravity and Movement to promote comfort and easier childbirth.
Different safe techniques are taught to be used prenatally and during birth to help the baby find the best position in the womb for optimal childbirth.