If you are interested in helping new babies, mothers and families to get started on a good life together, and reaping all the rewards of being paid to nurture them, consider being a postpartum doula!
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Baby Blue and Pink offers training for nurturing women who would like to become a DONA-certified Postpartum Doula. If you are the woman who says with a big smile, “I LOVE babies!”, this is your opportunity to turn that love into something more: to help newborns get a beautiful start in life as you nurture them and their familes!
DONA-Certified Postpartum Doula
A postpartum doula is trained to provide support and education for the mother, father, baby, and extended family during the first three months of the baby’s new life with them. (There are also ‘birth doulas’ who attend the laboring mother during delivery.) She is trained to recognize special needs and refer to appropriate resources. She is a teacher and source of information as she helps care for the new baby and nurture the family.
A postpartum doula offers evidence-based information on newborn care, infant feeding (breast or bottle), mother care and coping skills for new parents. She helps with some of the tasks necessary to keep the family running smoothly during this busy time. She has been trained in an intensive classroom setting and then has achieved (or is working towards) certification by DONA or some other certifying body. Her expertise and non-judgmental support create a calm experience for the new family, while encouraging them to develop their own parenting style. For information about Postpartum Doula training and certification offered by DONA-affiliated faculty member Marcia Thuermer, click here.
Additional dates and locations to be announced later.
To pay by check or credit card, contact Marcia Thuermer at (919) 448-6161. Refund policy: Your payment is refundable (minus a $50 administration fee) if cancellation takes place more than 30 days before the training date. If cancellation is made within fewer than 30 days, your payment is non-refundable and non-transferable, but you may take the course another time within one year of cancellation.
DONA-Certified Postpartum Doula Training
Marcia provides DONA postpartum doula training throughout the United States, including Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill, NC; Charlotte, NC; Orlando, FL; Tallahassee, FL; Tampa, FL; Atlanta, GA; the Washington D.C. metro area; Albuquerque, NM; Nashville, TN; and in more regions to be added soon. To learn more about Marcia, click here. The 27-hour course covers these topics:
- DONA ethics/standards of practice
- DONA membership and certification
- Postpartum doula basics
- Effective listening and counseling
- Providing education to clients
- Helping new mothers process their birth experience
- Postpartum physical changes in the mother
- Postpartum mood disorders
- Integrating the baby into the family, including older siblings
- Newborn care and development
- Supporting parents of multiples and providing newborn multiples care
- Breastfeeding and bottle feeding support
- Support for loss and grief
- Values and protocols
- Business and marketing
- Referrals and resources
Membership in DONA is not required to attend this training, but will be required if you wish to become certified by DONA as a professional postpartum doula. DONA membership and certification packets can be found online at dona.org. You will also learn a great deal more about DONA training and careers at their site. The prerequisites for training include the completion of three books from the reading list. Please see the Prerequisites page for detailed information. To learn more about the training and have all your questions answered, contact Marcia via email or call (919) 448-6161 to discuss your interest and your questions.
Registration for Postpartum Doula Training
For upcoming classes simply complete the registration above, check the date and location of the class you want to attend, and purchase your class enrollment by selecting the ‘Buy Now’ link. The 27-hour curriculum and DONA-certified training is $475. and includes all materials required, except the cost of DONA membership and certification fees, which are separate (click here for that information). A $50 discount is available for early registration!
About Your Trainer
Marcia Thuermer, PCD/PDT (DONA), IBCLC. International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, DONA-certified trainer and doula. Currently owner and director of Baby Blue and Pink. Founder and former owner of Triangle Mothercare, Inc., 2002–2012
A Message from Marcia
Welcome to the wonderful world of newborns and their mothers! I’m so glad you are the nurturing kind of woman who loves babies and wants to help their mothers in every way you can to have a calm and beautiful experience as she bonds with her new baby… or babies! I was trained and certified by DONA International, first as a doula, and then as a faculty member trained to offer certification preparation for this professional career. I’ve had extensive education and training in childbirth recovery, newborn care (including preemies, twins and triplets), breastfeeding support and infant nutrition, postpartum mood disorders, colic, acid reflux and infant development.
I’ve earned my IBCLC (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant) certification, teach breastfeeding classes for parents and professionals, newborn care classes for parents, and business and marketing skills for professional doulas. I am well-known in the area as a dedicated professional with a passion for helping new parents and families get off to a great start. As a trainer, I’m committed to helping women be successful professionally in a full- or part-time career doing what they love: nurturing babies and moms.