Holistic Doula Training Program
Here at the Naturopathic Institute of Therapies and Education, we offer a Holistic Doula Training Program, led by Dr. Helen Kociba, a board-certified, traditional Naturopathic doctor, who teaches three courses: Miracle of Pregnancy, Miracle of Birth and Miracle of the Newborn & Postpartum.
This seven-month training program is designed to prepare students in assisting the mother, either in-home or in a hospital setting, in the process of natural childbirth. The Holistic Doula program includes seven classes and a final exam.
Not looking for a full diploma? A series of three classes can be taken to earn a certificate. These classes are the Miracle of Pregnancy, Miracle of Labor and Birth, and Miracle of the Newborn and Postpartum. Students who earn a certificate will be able to assist the mother and midwife/doula through the pregnancy, birth and early infancy phases. These classes are schedule approximately every six months. Students may join in the program at any time, taking classes according to the current and printed schedule.
Beginning Essential Oils
This class will better prepare students in assisting the mother through the emotional and spiritual experiences of pregnancy, birth and childrearing. Students learn how to use oils to stimulate or reduce contractions, ease the pain of childbirth and offer welcoming aromas to the newborn baby. Students will also learn how to use flower remedies to help provide the birth mother with confidence, security and hope throughout the many phases of the birth process.
Herbs and Muscle Response Testing
In this class, you will gain a better understanding about the nutritional benefits of herbs, their identification and the proper use of these herbs in the birthing process. You will also learn to evaluate the client’s needs through muscle testing – a non-invasive technique.
Miracle of Birth
Experience labor and birth through vivid stories and evidence-based material of normal birth and its many variations, along with the role of Holistic Doula in medical or home settings. In addition to traversing the labor and birth process in detail, students will learn to apply their knowledge of natural health to such topics as normal physiological birth, evaluating labor progress and ‘when to go to the hospital’, common interventions, labor induction, effective pain relief, complications and surgical birth.
Miracle of Newborn
Understand the extraordinary, though often forgotten, role of postpartum recovery on mother-baby wellbeing. This largely underestimated time may be the most impactful area of a doula’s influence; students will learn about world-wide traditional ‘resting in’ periods, how to help parents strategize to protect their newborn’s critical first ‘Golden Hour’, what babies expect in their first hours and days, the healing role of herbal baths and all about placentas from delivery to encapsulation.Additional topics include how to support successful breastfeeding, hospital options and interventions such as infant Vitamin K, postpartum depression, survivor moms, VBAC’s, and common potholes for mother-babies in the postpartum window such as anemia, jaundice, thrush, mastitis and low milk supply.
Miracle of Pregnancy
Build the foundation for understanding the many dimensions of the birthing process and childbearing year, starting with the role and education the Holistic Doula may bring to the pregnant journey. From the history of birth to supporting the choosing/changing of health care providers, this course explores what can be done prenatally to support healthy birthing.Topics include maternal nutrition; naturopathic approaches to discomforts of pregnancy, pregnancy infusions, medical advocacy, informed consent, supporting mother’s emotional needs, using the rebozo prenatally, positive positioning, preparing for a healthy delivery; and, the growing field of fetal awareness and its effect on birth outcomes.
Proper nutrition is essential in the natural birthing process. In this class, learn about the importance of balance in proteins, fats and carbohydrates, proper foods to be combined, the difference between processed and unprocessed food, and the proper use of vitamins and minerals.
In order to gain certification and become a Holistic Doula, students must pass a final examination, which includes written and oral exams and a practical demonstration of skills.