I will forever be grateful for your patience and your willingness to give your students all the knowledge you have acquired in the field of birth support. My classmates have made a huge impact on me and on my completion of the training...I'm so glad that becoming a doula is part of the reason for me to keep going!
— Desola Amos, Session of April 2020
We have continued to lead the training During COVID-19, using the Zoom platform for the contact hours. The April-June session turned out to be a successful session! We provide contact hours through six Zoom group sessions, lasting 3 hours each. The remaining 7 contact hours, out of the 25 hours planned, will take place in the near future, when hands-on practice and group gathering will be possible. Due to social distancing, this remains the structure of the October session. Additionally, our program uniquely teaches you a set of verbal coaching strategies with which you can provide a series of prenatal sessions - establish relationships, practice labor support tools and prepare your clients for their birth experience. Your contribution is extremely valuable even when it is online!
Aspiring doulas might think that current restrictions on doulas' presence in hospitals and social distancing make the doula service impossible to provide. This notion is understandable due to the emphasis put for many years on doulas' continuous presence and support during childbirth. However, it couldn't be farther from the truth! Doulas are 'emotional first responders', trained to "rescue" those who are in fear, doubt, and pain, and preparing for birth during COVID-19 can be even more overwhelming than it is in peaceful times.
Full house: doula students and BAM midwives came together on Zoom