Doula Workshops


Birth Arts International
Birth Doula and Postpartum Doula Workshops in Portland, Oregon

October, 2017 at  Andaluz Waterbirth Center

  • October 16th-17th, 2017 9am-6pm Birth Arts Birth Doula Certification Workshop
  • October 18th-19th, 20179am-6pm Birth Arts Postpartum Doula Certification Workshop
  • October 20th, 2017 10am-2pm Essential Oils for Birth and Postpartum Doulas is included for all students

REGISTER HERE


Birth Arts Birth Doula Certification Workshop October 16th-17th, 2017 $550, $100 discount if paid by Sept 15th ($450 if paid by Sept 15th)

A non-refundable $50 deposit paid by Sept 15th holds your space  and will enable me to order your manual and your supplies for the workshop.

Total must be paid by October 1st.


Birth Arts Postpartum Doula Certification Workshop October 18th-19th, 2017 $550, $100 discount if paid by Sept 15th ($450 if paid by Sept 15th)

A non-refundable $50 deposit paid by Sept 15th holds your space  and will enable me to order your manual and your supplies for the workshop.

Total must be paid by October 1st.


If you sign up for both the Birth Doula and Postpartum Doula Workshops you will receive a discounted rate of $800 total if paid by Sept 15th, 2017.

A non-refundable $50 deposit paid by Sept 15th holds your space  and will enable me to order your manual and your supplies for the workshop.

Total must be paid by October 1st.


Essential Oils for Birth and Postpartum Doulas is included for all students on October 20th, 2017


Birth Doula Workshop

420275_10200543092126975_1332983520_nWhy Birth Arts Doula Training?

Birth is a journey. On the road to birth the woman is taken from womanhood to motherhood. The woman is transformed through birth, her birth, her experience. Honoring and preserving the birth experience is the role of the doula. Birth Arts doula trainers are both trained in the Wise Woman tradition and herbalism, these are also brought into the the training program.

As a Doula you can have the exceptional privilege of sharing the unique journey the woman takes when she has a baby. As a Birth Arts Doula you know that you will also have a confident knowledge base, improved assurance and an incredible support network of experiences, trainer and student support. Birth Arts Doula Training explores the physical, scientific and spiritual aspects of birth and being a doula.There are no hidden fees, or certification fees, and no costs for membership or recertification.

11421_10200479829705946_834483290_nCertification Requirements

Attend One Childbirth Education Series- this can be a private childbirth education class or hospital based program. We require this so you know what women in your area are receiving as childbirth education. Hour requirement is 8 hours.

Book List– Read the required books from the book list. We require a few more books than most certifying bodies because we feel it is essential to view birth with an open mind and an educated mind. Reading two to three more books can assist in doing this but it also exposes students to different viewpoints and perceptions of the birth process.

Additional Assignments

You will find the Birth Arts workbook like no other doula training workbook. You will do assignments that look into your heart and challenge you mind and perceptions of birth and labor support. We want students to fully process and achieve their maximum potential. Assignments will challenge your views of birth, yourself and the work you will be doing.

Birth Attendance

We require the documentation of attendance at 5 births. Optimally 1779964_10151888763316612_169696393_nstudents will attend 3 hospital births, one home birth and one cesarean birth. Any combination though and all births are acceptable, but students are not allowed to submit certification evaluations from more than 2 cesarean births or 3 home births, we want students to view birth in as many settings as possible. We do NOT require students to seek evaluations and assessment from the mother’s other health care providers. We are training our doulas not to seek approval, but to work as fully trained professionals.

Technology Suggestions

Birth Arts Students who attend the weekend training workshop should know that there are additional assignments and an eLearning education component to be completed in the period afterwards before certification. There are no additional fees for certification or membership.

Class and Registration Information 

Birth Arts Birth Doula Certification Workshop October 16th-17th, 2017 $550, $100 discount if paid by Sept 15th ($450 if paid by Sept 15th)

A non-refundable $50 deposit holds your space and will enable me to order your manual and your supplies for the workshop.

Total must be paid by October 1st.

REGISTER HERE

Payments can be mailed to Patricia Couch 3104 Portland Rd Newberg, OR  97132 **Please note “Birth Doula Workshop” envelope and payment** Checks, cashiers checks and money orders are the preferred payment.

If you would like to pay by PayPal there will be an additional $10.00 charge. Please contact me by email for PayPal payment information.

Workshop Location: 

Instructor: Patricia Couch, CPM, LDM

Contact: pcouch.life@gmail.com or 503-487-7683 (call or text) with questions


For more information and other training dates and locations go to the Birth Arts International official website.


Postpartum  Doula Workshop

What is a Postpartum Doula? 

Postpartum Doulas are a trained professional that provides physical, emotional, and spiritual, support and guidance to a new mother and the rest of the family.   The Postpartum Doulas is a reference point, assistant and resource for the family in the postpartum period. In addition the Postpartum Doula will also provide breastfeeding support, light household chores, nurture and advice where the family has questions about newborn care and support other members of the family.

Working with the parents the Postpartum Doula can assist in making the transition to parenthood and a successful breastfeeding and family relationships easier. The Postpartum Doula does not take over infant care, but supports and assists the family in learning about newborn, self and family care. They work to empower parents and family members in feeling secure in their care skills.

We teach our Postpartum Doulas the most advanced support techniques and equip them with the best family skills. Becoming a Postpartum Doula through one of our workshops and with the support of online distance learning means you can spend time with an instructor and a group of students then go on to  learn at your own pace, and work with local families.  

A Postpartum Doula will not make or give medical advice, or perform any medical procedures. They do offer education and support and assists the family in finding answers and resources.

Postpartum Doulas should work well with children, be patient, non-judgmental, communicate well, and knowledgeable about newborn care and breastfeeding.  

Postpartum Doulas are helpful for all types of mothers and all types of birth experiences and can also be used by adoptive families or families of multiples.

Become a Postpartum Doula and work in a career you will love.

Class Topics:

  • What is a postpartum doula?
  • The Role of the Doula
  • Home Visiting- Infant and Mother care
  • Honoring Women & Teaching Self-Care
  • Easing into Postpartum life
  • Cultural Diversity
  • Supporting Breastfeeding
  • Newborn Basics
  • Partners & Siblings
  • Herbal Support
  • Special Circumstances
  • Building Your Practice
  • Ethics in Practice
  • Much more..

You will receive the Birth Arts Postpartum Doula training manual which contains a list of certification requirements, study guide, reading list, projects to be completed, up to date information, resources list and more. This workshop compliments the Labor and Birth Doula Training Workshop nicely or can be taken separately. Postpartum Doulas can choose to operate as only postpartum practitioners or in combination with a labor support doula practice.Postpartum Doulas can choose to operate as only postpartum practitioners or in combination with a labor support doula practice. All enrollments are final.

The use of a postpartum doula for mothers can

The subsequent statements are some of the advantages gained by the use of postpartum doulas:

  • Increased chance of breastfeeding successfully.
  • Increased earlier between the infant and birthing person, and the whole family unit.
  • Less chance of infant dehydration and hospitalization with health difficulties due to educated care.
  • A reduced amount of maternal postpartum depression and shorter duration and easier for mother to cope with it if it occurs.
  • Less maternal exhaustion, frustration, trepidation and anxiety during early weeks.
  • Reduction in unnecessary calls to pediatricians.
  • The Partner can get back to work sooner with less anxiety.
  • The Partner can get back to work sooner with less anxiety.
  • More of an understanding of newborn emotional and physical needs and behavior.
  • More care choices, tools for dealing with relations and others.

Who uses Postpartum Doulas?

  • First-time mothers and fathers
  • Families with other children
  • Families with multiples
  • Mothers recovering from Cesarean surgery
  • Partners who need to return to work soon after the birth
  • Mothers planning to be home soon after the birth (because of a short hospital stay, birth center birth or home birth)
  • And more! A postpartum doula can help any family who has just given birth or adopted.

What do Postpartum Doulas Do?

Postpartum doulas decide what their practice covers. Generally they offer:

  • Breastfeeding Support
  • Parental Care and  Support
  • Cooking meals
  • Shopping
  • Cleaning
  • Caring for infant while mother bathes, eats, etc..

Some also offer

  • Other childcare (not directly caring for newborn)
  • Laundry and other household tasks

How much do postpartum doulas make?

  • Generally they make $20.00-65.00 an hour.
  • This is directly linked to your practice and geography. We offer specific training and support to assist you in having a sustainable and professional income.

Course Requirement Outline

  • Students will complete the 400+ pages of educational materials and workbook.
  • Attend to four families in the postpartum period
  • Complete community support activities
  • Participate in business planning activities and working to have a sustainable business focused on the needs of their community.
  • Fulfill reading list requirements
  • Learn to support the needs of the postpartum mother with her specific postpartum needs.
  • Support and supply the family with breastfeeding, baby-wearing, co-sleeping, etc.. resources.

Class and Registration Information 

Birth Arts Postpartum Doula Certification Workshop October 18th-19th, 2017 $550, $100 discount if paid by Sept 15th ($450 if paid by Sept 15th)

A non-refundable $50 deposit holds your space and will enable me to order your manual and your supplies for the workshop.

Total must be paid by October 1st.

REGISTER HERE

Payments can be mailed to Patricia Couch 3104 Portland Rd Newberg, OR  97132 **Please note ” Postpartum Doula Workshop” envelope and payment** Checks, cashiers checks and money orders are the preferred payment.

If you would like to pay by PayPal there will be an additional $10.00 charge. Please contact me by email for PayPal payment information.


For more information and other training dates and locations go to the Birth Arts International official website.