On-Going Learning for Doulas and Birthworkers

Aswell as our initial doula preparation course we run a range of workshops and study days for doulas, breastfeeding supporters and other birth workers.

Breastfeeding case studies

Illustration by DD Hayley Shing www.mydoulabuddy.com

Join us for a day (10am to 4pm) of breastfeeding education. Doulas, breastfeeding peer supporters, breastfeeding enthusiasts all welcome. If you’re interested in learning to support breastfeeding mums this workshop is for you.
Explore how the stories that women tell about their breastfeeding relationships teach us so much about how best to support them. Unpick the narratives, share and learn breastfeeding knowledge, find solutions to challenges and foster your empathy with the mothers you support. Oh and if you haven’t seen the famous oil and water demo, here’s your chance!

"Amazing to spend time unpicking and reflecting on women's stories without needing to fix."

"Absolutely loved it and all the storytelling"

"A lovely day full of learning. I only wish there was a day 2!"

"I feel more confident in how to talk to mothers and know the boundaries of a Peer Supporter."

"Brilliant. Really thought-provoking and inspiring."

Workshop fee is £75. Doulas on call can pay a down payment of £25 to reserve a spot. Spaces are limited.

Next Dates: 

Please get in touch if you’d like to do this workshop and we can talk about dates and venues

breastfeeding role play
breastfeeding study day

Tongue Tie Workshop: The Politics and the Passion

Let’s explore the what, why, how and who of tongue tie. How can we best support families through the tongue tie maze? Join us for a day (10-4pm) of learning and sharing.

“…The largest part of a doula’s work is listening. We listen to the stories of mothers and fathers; the narratives of the birth, the emotions of new parenthood, the highs and the lows of life with a baby…[One] day I realised I’d listened to one too many tongue tie stories. It was time to give all these women a voice. I came home and announced on facebook that I wanted stories from parents about their tongue-tied babies. Not even I could have predicted the pain and suffering that appeared in my inbox over the next few weeks…”

There started my obsession with tongue tie; talking to mothers, breastfeeding supporters and Lactation Consultants about tongue tie, working with families with tongue tie babies, learning from the mothers and babies who came my way. All the time, the stories flooded in, teaching me more and deepening my passion to learn more, dispel myths and spread the word.

“Beautiful workshop, really enjoyed it…had many questions answered”
“Very informative and provided me with so much useful and productive information.”
“…now feel so much more confident in signposting women”
“absolutely fascinating day. Can’t believe how quickly the time went.”
“would recommend other breastfeeding helpers do this course”
“wonderful, informative, practical and fun!”
“Awesome! V informative and well-structured”
“Maddie, you have great teaching skills – very lucky to have been able to attend”
“…you have helped me understand my own TT story better”
“Fabulous workshop!”

Workshop fee is £75.(£65 for Developing Doula) £25 deposit to reserve a spot. The day runs from 10am til 4pm
Next Dates: 2nd November 2019

 


Spaces are limited. Please get in touch if you’d like to do this workshop and we can talk about dates and venues

baby eating sunday lunch

Beyond the Breast: Exploring What Weaning Means

This is a workshop for doulas, peer supporters and anyone working with new families. The topic of the introduction of solid food is riven with confusion, conflicting advice and misunderstanding.
When a baby starts eating solids, everyone in the family goes on a journey. Ancestral habits and deeply ingrained pain can be reignited, anxiety can be high and conflict is common. It can also be a time of great fun and joy as we watch the baby explore a whole new world of taste and texture.

Commonly, parents find it difficult to imagine what this adventure might look and feel like to the baby. This workshop explores not just the facts around the introduction of complementary foods, but how we can best support parents to empathise with the baby as they learn this wonderful new skill and crucially, to support parents to really consider their own relationship with food and what they do and don't want to pass down to their children.

This workshop runs from 10am to 4pm and costs £75 (£65 for Developing Doulas). You can book with a £25 deposit.

Next date 3rd November. This workshop is the day after another workshop,Tongue Tie, the politics and Passion'. Please let me know if you'd like to come to both (£125 for both days, or £105 for Developing Doulas)

Please email info@developingdoulas.co.uk to book or ask questions.  The day runs from 10am til 4pm

Spaces are limited. Please get in touch if you’d like to do this workshop and we can talk about dates and venues

Consent in Maternity Care: a practical workshop for doulas

The issue of consent is a hot topic in all areas of life, especially for women and girls. When it comes to maternity care, there are even more misunderstandings, grey areas and lack of emphasis on a woman's ownership of her own body and unborn baby.

This day is to explore the legalities, why and how consent needs to be given and what the doula's role may or may not be when supporting parents during birth and beyond. This is a practical workshop with the chance to explore real world scenarios.

"Really, really useful content and I know I will use it with every client from now on"

"Really useful to hear about different types of consent and laws around assault. Super helpful signposts for how we can support clients...and helped with blame culture and self care when working in tricky situations"

"Thank you for simplifying the issue of consent as much as possible. I wish I'd had this knowledge years ago."

"The session was faultless"

"I am so impressed with your ability to open the room's access to emotion yet still keep time to seamlessly. Hats off to another fantastic workshop, exploring a tricky, complex subject as thoroughly as possible."

Price £75. The day runs from 9.30-4pm. A £25 deposit secures your place. If you are a doula who does Access Fund work, or are in hardship yourself, contact me to discuss a discount.
A proportion of the fee from this workshop goes to AIMS

Upcoming dates:

 

Beyond the Breast: Exploring What Weaning Means

This is a workshop for doulas, peer supporters and anyone working with new families. The topic of the introduction of solid food is riven with confusion, conflicting advice and misunderstanding.

When a baby starts eating solids, everyone in the family goes on a journey. Ancestral habits and deeply ingrained pain can be reignited, anxiety can be high and conflict is common. It can also be a time of great fun and joy as we watch the baby explore a whole new world of taste and texture.

Commonly, parents find it difficult to imagine what this adventure might look and feel like to the baby. This workshop explores not just the facts around the introduction of complementary foods, but how we can best support parents to empathise with the baby as they learn this wonderful new skill and crucially, to support parents to really consider their own relationship with food and what they do and don't want to pass down to their children.

This workshop runs from 10am to 4pm and costs £75 (£65 for unwaged/peer supporters, £65 for Developing Doulas). You can book with a £25 deposit. Please email info@developingdoulas.co.uk to book or ask questions.

Next Dates: 18th July, Cambridge

Other Workshops

Listening Helpfully

Breastfeeding 101

Doulavation, an online course for doulas to extend, elevate and aspire. 

PR|SM Placenta Remedies Training

Our friends over at PR|SM offer an exclusive discount to Developing Doulas Trainees and Graduates. So if you would like to add another string to your bow and expand your birth business into placenta remedies, contact PR|SM for your 10% discount.


Contact us for details

breastfeeding study day