Blissful Postpartum Doula
This training will help you quickly understand the Nashville birth scene and give you the skills to start your doula business. You will get support and connect with other local doulas and birth professionals when we add you to our Nashville Facebook group. After the training we will be here to answer any questions you have as you start your business and serve women. If you are interested, we will also send you information on volunteering as a doula in one of the local hospitals.
Blissful Postpartum Doula Training Covers:
Duties of a Postpartum Doula
Healthy Boundaries and Pacing
Practical and Modest Clothing Choices
Having a Servant Heart for Moms
Providing Unbiased Support for Mom's Parenting Choices
Entering and Leaving Client's home
Holding and Burping a Newborn
5 S's for Swaddling a Newborn
Paced Bottle Feeding and Bottle Care
Signs of Postpartum Depression
Continuing Education Options
Building Resources for Postpartum Clients
12 - 1 Lunch break
1-3 Belly Binding Class (additional $40 fee for this class to cover your muslin binding)
After completing the class, you will receive your certificate via email and the exclusive digital Blissful Birthing Trained Postpartum Doula badge in jpeg format.
Meet your trainer, Jessica McGilvray by reading her bio.
April 4, 2020
September 19, 2020
Requirements for Certification:
1. Attend a postpartum doula one day training.
2. Take a Kimberly Hampton's Breastfeeding for Doulas class or be a La Leche Leader. ($50)
3. Provide postpartum doula labor support to 2 clients and their families. Submit a one page summary of your work with them, what you learned, what went well, and what you think could have gone better.
4. Create a list of Local Area Resources (45 resources in at least 15 categories)
5. Get CPR certified
6. Baby Loss training by Rebekah Porter or via video class.
7. Connect to the community by attending 2 different group meetings. Choose between La Leche League, ICAN, Baby Wearing International, Attachment Parenting International, GroovaRoo, or Nashville Breastfeeding Coalition.
8. Read 3 of the following books and submit a short (2-3 paragraphs) essay of what you learned and how you might use the information in your doula work.
Pascali-Bonero, Debra, and Arnold, Jane Nurturing Beginnings: Guide to Postpartum Care for Doulas and Community Outreach Workers
Placksin, Sally Mothering the New Mother
Kleiman, Karen, and Raskin, Valerie Davis. This Isn't What I Expected: Overcoming Postpartum Depression
Ou, Heng The First Forty Days: The Essential Art of Nourishing the New Mother
Weissinger, Diane; West,Diana; and Pitman,Teresa The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding
1. Training workshop
2. (BCPD) credential: “Blissful Certified Postpartum Doula” will be added next to your name to bring confidence and credibility to your business. Blissful Birthing has been in the Nashville community for over 7 years and is a trusted name throughout middle Tennessee.
3. Receive via email a digital Blissful Birthing Certified Postpartum Doula badge to add to your websites and business cards (png and jpeg format).
4. Sample client intake forms & contracts
5. Addition to our exclusive Facebook page for Birth Professionals where you can connect with other local doulas, ask questions, and get support.
6. Get client referrals through your listing on the Blissful Birthing website.
7. Never have to renew your certification or pay a yearly fee. Certify once and be done!
8.Complete the certification at your own pace matching your family needs.
9. Email support from an established doula. We are happy to answer your email questions
The website will be updated as trainings become available.
To register for the one day birth doula training please click on the book a class button on the page. Contact me if you plan on paying cash.
I am excited to share my knowledge with you and help you begin your journey of serving women to have a blissful postpartum.
If you have any questions please contact Rebekah (BlissfulBirthingTN@gmail.com).
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If you have taken the training, please fill out the survey by clicking here.
Frequently Asked Questions
1) With this doula certificate where can you get hired or what companies hire doulas?
You can get hired with any doula group. The truth is that there is only one "doula" group around here that hires more doulas and they only hire once a doula leaves their group which is not very often. Most doulas start their own business or band together to start a group.
2) Are we signing up only for a class to get info on how to become a doula or is it an actual course?
You are signing up for an actual course. What I cover is listed above and will be a springboard to developing great skills to serve women.
3) Do we get a certificate simply for attending the class?
You will get a trained certificate at the end of the class.
4) Do we pay extra for taking a test for the certificate ? If so, how much is the test?
There is no test. Just a fun day of learning! You are going to be a great doula.
5) Is the certificate good only in certain state or all over U.S?
It is good in any state. No state requires a certificate. You can just start your doula work. If you want to be hired at a hospital, some of them require that you are certified through the organization they pick.
6) How often do you have to retake the certificate test?
Never! Improving your doula skills depends on you. A test is not going to make you a good doula nor tell me if you are good at what you do. Your passion for learning and serving women will drive you to improve in ways that a test never can.
7) Does the certificate expire if you don't do doula jobs?
Nope! It is yours forever.
8) Do you have to report to the state that you are doing doula jobs for your certification to stay active?
No state requires doulas to be trained or certified. It is not a job that is legally mandated in any way. Anybody can all herself a doula. It just makes the job easier if you have been trained.
9) How much does a doula get paid per job?
A doula charges what she wants. Nobody and no law mandates that. A beginning doula charges about $20 an hour. A doula who is certified will charge about $32. It takes about 18 hard working months to start and grow your business. Clients will not fall in your lap. You have to work to get them.
10) What is a day in the life of the doula like?
That is a very tough question to answer. There are many ups and downs. Once nice thing about postpartum work is that you can schedule it. The hard thing is that doing postpartum care 3 nights a week and caring for your own family is exhausting if you do it for weeks at a time.
If you are a trained doula and want more tips to get your business started, visit my new doulas page.
Kimberly Hampton's Breastfeeding For Doulas
Do you want to better support breastfeeding clients? Join IBCLC and pediatric nurse Kimberly Hampton of Middle Tennessee Lactation for a 3 hour training class to go beyond the basics and learn ways to help families who are struggling with breastfeeding. Class costs $50
What will we cover in this class?
*Teaching breastfeeding prenatally to your clients
*How to help the non-latching baby after birth
*Common myths about breastfeeding that moms are taught
*Avoiding booby traps
*Unique situations that make breastfeeding difficult
*Offering emotional support and learning words to avoid when helping moms
*Do’s and dont’s of breastfeeding support
*What really effects milk production and what doesn’t
*Herbal and Nutritional Galactagogues
*We will have lots of question and answer time for you to ask questions!
*You get a completion certificate at the end of your class which can count towards many different doula certifications.