Course curriculum

  • 1

    Welcome!

    • Step 1 - Start Here!

    • Syllabus - Earthwise Doula Certification 2021

    • Live Class Schedule/ Zoom Link

    • How to Submit Assignments

    • Certification Packet - 2021 (PDF)

    • Certification Packet - 2021 - Editable Version

    • Doula Registration Form 2021

    • Core Documents To Be Signed

    • Lecture- WELCOME to the EarthWise Doula Course (33:50)

    • Lecture- Introduction to the Course (22:30)

    • Handout- EWD Course Assignments - Descriptions

    • Handout- EWD Course Assignments and Requirements

    • Resource- References and Materials online

    • Lecture- Pregnancy During A Pandemic Live Lecture (1:40:43)

  • 2

    Week 1

    • Syllabus - Week 1

    • Lecture- Scope of Practice and Code of Ethics (42:20)

    • Lecture- Introduction and History of Doulas (16:49)

    • Lecture- Who are You (as a Doula)? (21:46)

    • Lecture- Cultural Competence (31:25)

    • Lecture- Interview with International Midwife/Doula (25:42)

    • Lecture- Communication Skills (20:00)

    • Lecture- Collaborative Care (23:32)

    • Lecture- Informed Consent, Informed Choice and Shared Decision Making (31:38)

  • 3

    Week 1- Readings, Assignments and Resources

    • Reading - Doula Article

    • Assignment 1: Your Mission Statement and The Power of Why

    • Assignment 2 - Client Registration Form

    • Assignment 3 - Community Resource List

    • Resource - Love, Breathe, Just Doula TED Talk

  • 4

    Live Class 1

    • Live Class 1 - Video Recording (1:03:32)

    • Live Class 1 - Audio Recording (1:03:32)

    • Live Class 1 - Chat

  • 5

    Week 2- Anatomy and Physiology for Doulas

    • Syllabus - Week 2

    • Lecture- Basic Anatomy and Physiology for Doulas (22:36)

    • Lecture- Fetal Development (23:08)

    • Lecture- Fetal-Pelvic Dance (21:27)

    • Lecture- Maternal Adaption- Part 1 (23:04)

    • Lecture- Maternal Adaption- Part 2 (34:19)

    • Lecture- Nutrition Basics for Doulas (25:27)

    • Lecture- Herbs during Pregnancy -Introduction (23:26)

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    Week 2- Readings, Assignments and Resources

    • Assignment 4 - Antepartum Handout List

    • Assignment 5 - Antepartum Handout Assignment and Example

    • Assignment 6 - Business Form: Initial Interview Paperwork

    • Assignment 7 - Nutritional Scenario (Diet Diary)

    • Assignment 8 - Business Form: Doula Log

    • Handout- Safety of Herbs during Pregnancy

    • Resource- Menstrual cycle and Hormones

    • Handout- Fetal Development Chart

    • Handout- Discomforts of Pregnancy

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    Week 3- Antepartum Doula Work

    • Syllabus- Week 3

    • Lecture- Introduction to Antepartum Doula Work (33:29)

    • Lecture- Prenatal Discussions, Informed Consent (29:11)

    • Lecture- Self Care for The Client (and The Doula) (28:27)

    • Lecture- Gender Discussion (22:33)

    • Lecture- Partners, Siblings and Family (22:15)

    • Lecture- Antepartum Doula Paperwork (29:58)

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    Week 3 Readings, Assignments, and Resources

    • Assignment 9 - Business Form: Birth Plan

    • Assignment 10 - Circle of Life/Doula Self Care

    • Handout- 12 Steps to Better Health

    • Handout- Self Care Handout Example

  • 9

    Week 4- Labor and Birth Basics

    • Syllabus- Week 4

    • Lecture- Introduction to Labor and Birth (17:43)

    • Lecture- Stages of Labor (32:03)

    • Lecture- The Four P's: The Passage (12:53)

    • Lecture- The Four Ps: The Passenger (13:44)

    • Lecture- The Four Ps: The Powers (21:08)

    • Lecture- The Four P's: The Psyche (27:44)

    • Lecture- An Additional P: The Provider (19:32)

    • Resource- Holistic Stages of Labor

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    Week 4 Readings, Assignments and Resources

    • Resource- Normal Vaginal Childbirth Video (1:00)

    • Resource- Videos Links - Global Health Media

    • Handout- Holistic Stages of Labor by Whapio

    • Resource- Cervical Dilation Illustration with Ping-pong Ball

    • Handout- Tracking Your Tigers: Effects of Fear on Labor

    • Resource- The Birth of Collins Nicole - Example of a Good Video Birth (5:13)

    • Assignment 11 - FaceBook or Social Media Video Sharing

  • 11

    Live Class 2

    • Live Class 2 - Video Recording (49:48)

    • Live Class 2 - Audio Recording (49:48)

    • Live Class 2 - Chat

  • 12

    Week 5- Birth Doula Work

    • Syllabus- Week 5

    • Lecture- Intro to Birth Doula Work (38:15)

    • Lecture- Breathing in Labor (20:20)

    • Resource- Breathing Practice with Dr. Andrew Weil (5:37)

    • Lecture- Doula Techniques (28:06)

    • Lecture- Second and Third Stage Support (25:54)

    • Resource- The Essence of Coping in Labor by Penny Simkin (4:42)

    • Lecture- Birth Settings and Birth Support (43:07)

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    Week 5 Readings, Assignments and Resources

    • Assignment 12 - Doula Contract/Informed Consent

    • Assignment 13 - Comfort Measures

    • Assignment 14 - Doula Bag

    • Handout- Comfort in Labor - Penny Simkin

    • Handout- A Guide for Doulas Attending Planned Homebirths

    • Handout- Labor Support Cliff Notes

    • Handout- Doula Techniques List

    • Handout- Birth Doula Contract Example

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    Week 6- Doula Work Hospital Setting

    • Syllabus- Week 6

    • Lecture- Intro to Hospital Doula Work (14:22)

    • Lecture- Birth Interventions and the Cascade - Part 1 (37:11)

    • Lecture- Birth Interventions and the Cascade - Part 2 (23:54)

    • Lecture- Coping with Labor (30:20)

    • Lecture- Communication with Hospital Staff (or how cookies make your life easier) (32:45)

    • Handout- Empowered Consumer - Hospital Policy (Birth Monopoly)

    • Handout- Pain Medications Preference Scale (PMPS) -Penny Simkin

    • Handout- Writing a Birth Plan Handout

    • Handout- Birth Plan: Checklist Style

    • Handout- Role Playing for the hospital

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    Week 6- Readings, Assignments and Resources

    • Assignment 15 - Interventions Review

    • Assignment 16 - Pain Medications Review

    • Assignment 17 - Hospital Tour

    • Lecture- Ellis Prayer Method - Bonus video (1:05:02)

  • 16

    Mid-Course Quiz

    • Mid-Course Quiz

  • 17

    Week 7- Unusual Births and Unplanned Outcomes

    • Syllabus- Week 7

    • Lecture- Unusual Positions, including breech (1:00:09)

    • Lecture- Cesarean and The Doula (1:13:30)

    • Lecture- VBAC (Vaginal Birth After Cesarean) (57:10)

    • Lecture- Unexpected Outcomes, Grief, Birth Trauma (1:12:36)

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    Week 7 Readings, Assignments and Resources

    • Assignment 18 - Cesarean Section/VBAC Support Handout

    • Assignment 19 - Grief Support

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    Live Class 3

    • Live Class 3 - Video Recording (41:25)

    • Live Class 3 - Audio Recording (41:25)

    • Live Class 3 - Chat

  • 20

    Week 8- Postpartum Doula Work

    • Lecture- Intro to Postpartum Doula Work (1:23:10)

    • Lecture- Postpartum Care, Warning Signs (1:00:55)

    • Lecture- Postpartum Depression (50:57)

    • Lecture- Postpartum Doula (57:18)

  • 21

    Week 8 Readings, Assignments and Resources

    • Assignment 20 - Postpartum Handout List

    • Assignment 21 - Postpartum Doula Contract

    • Handout- Postpartum Depression Scale

    • Handout- Postpartum Doula Contract Example

    • Handout- Postpartum Doula's Role - DONA Position Paper

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    Week 9- Breastfeeding and Newborn Care

    • Syllabus- Week 9

    • Lecture- Newborn Care- Part 1 (55:06)

    • Lecture- Newborn Care- Part 2 (56:28)

    • Lecture- Breastfeeding- Part 1 (50:38)

    • Lecture- Breastfeeding- Part 2 (1:09:49)

    • Resource- Global Health Media on Newborn and Breastfeeding topics

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    Week 9 Readings, Assignments and Resources

    • Assignment 22 - Newborn Information Handout

    • Assignment 23 - Lactation Support Handout

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    Week 10- Business of Being a Doula

    • Syllabus- Week 10

    • Lecture- Business of Being a Doula - Part 1 (1:23:47)

    • Lecture- Business of Being a Doula- Part 2 (1:43:20)

    • Resource - Book Recommendations for Your Business

    • Handout- Doula Pricing Worksheets

    • Handout- Little Miracles

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    Week 10 Readings, Assignments and Resources

    • Assignment 24 - List of Business Handouts

    • Assignment 25 - Logo Design