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Lactation Basics for Doulas
(3 CH), This introductory lactation course takes the doula through the basics of human lactation anatomy and physiology, barriers and benefits, and application. This course is approved for DONA International certification.
DEI Bundle For Doulas
3.5(CH), In this three-session bundle, doulas will have the opportunity to explore topics to learn and grow through the topics of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Sessions include: -Black Maternal Health: How Can DONA Doulas Make A Difference? -Postpartum Cultural Traditions; The Doulas Role in Cultural Safety -The Making The Mothers of Gynecology, A Casual Conversation With The Artist
Research and Initiatives to Reduce the Rate of Stillbirth
(1 CH), Every year in the US, 22000 babies are stillborn. This session addresses important details for doulas about stillbirth rates, initiatives, and barriers to improving newborn outcomes.
Strengthening Support for Families Impacted by Substance Use Disorders: Doulas are Vital
(1.5 CH) Substance use disorders (SUDs) are connected to higher maternal mortality rates and risks for maternal/fetal complications. Doulas can provide needed support, education, and referrals for persons seeking evaluation of perinatal substance use.
Finding Our Way in a System Not Built for Us: Staying With the Trouble in a Community Doula Program
(1 CH) Recent research indicates that community-based doula care can reduce health inequities, particularly when culturally and linguistically matched. Doulas also play a crucial role in improving the birthing experience, especially for marginalized communities. This presentation by Dr. Melissa Cheney examines findings from a multimodal ethnography of a Community Doula Program (CDP) in Oregon.
Epigenetics and the Microbiome
(1 CH) Epigenetics and the microbiome- important influences on infant health
Black Maternal Health: How Can DONA Doulas Make A Difference?
(1.5 CH), DONA doulas have a chat with Midwife Jennie Joseph about Black Maternal Health and actionable ways that doulas can make a difference.
And Then She Was Gone… with Charles Johnson
(1 CH), And then she was gone, a panel discussion with DONA doulas and Charles Johnson who has suffered an unimaginable tragedy that strikes too many families; the tragic loss of his spouse just after childbirth. Since Kira's premature death, Charles has made it his life’s mission to save others from the same fate and shares his story and thoughts on the role of the doula in this profound session.
Can We Get Along with Obstetricians?
(1 CH), In this session, Dr. Ebere Azumah, OBGYN will speak to the physician/doula relationship and tangible ways to strengthen it for the betterment of the family.
Significance of Childbirth to the Birthing Person and Family
(1 CH), In this session, Penny Simkin takes us through a review of the research around how people are impacted by the childbirth experience. She dives into factors that make a difference including details on the impact of how the birthing person is treated by healthcare providers, doulas, and others in the birthing experience.