We have continued to lead the training During COVID-19 using the Zoom platform to provide contact hours. The April-June session turned out to be a successful session, consisting of six Zoom group meetings, 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 in groups will be possible. If social distancing will continue, this will remain the structure of the October session. Additionally, Bay Area Doula Training uniquely teaches you a set of verbal coaching strategies and skills with which you will be able to provide a series of prenatal sessions using online platforms, establish relationships and your leadership position, and prove to your clients how valuable is your contribution to their journey of pregnancy and birth, 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