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 sessions turned out to be successful! We provide contact hours through six Zoom group sessions, lasting 3 hours each. Two practical meetings of 4 hours each will be scheduled during the session in order to allow the students to practice labor support tools. Additionally, our program uniquely teaches you a set of verbal coaching strategies with which you can provide a series of prenatal sessions.
Aspiring doulas may be led to believe that the current restrictions on doulas' presence in hospitals 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 support those who are in fear, doubt, and pain. Being pregnant and preparing for birth during COVID-19 can be even more overwhelming than it is in peaceful times.
The World Needs Doulas!
Full house: doula students and BAM midwives came together on Zoom