Postpartum Doula Training (ODIS)
Spring Training 2023
May 6th & 7th
June 3rd & 4th
What is a Postpartum Doula?
Join Om Baby in this ODIS (Organization for Doulas in Sweden) approved four day comprehensive Postpartum Doula training. A Postpartum Doula is usually a woman (not always) that supports the new parents and infant or infants in the postpartum period or fourth trimester. The Fourth Trimester refers to the first 12 weeks after birth where the baby transitions from womb to world and the new parents transition into care of their tiny babe. The Postpartum Doula comes to the home and helps with feeding, healing in the postpartum period, sleep, light housekeeping, light cooking, and emotional support during this transition. Included in the class is certification in Infant CPR as well as unlimited mentoring with Lori. Why a Postpartum Doula training? A Postpartum Doula training gives Birth Doulas another level of expertise when working with their clients in the postpartum period as well as is an opportunity to specialize in the postpartum period alone for those wishing. Upon completion of this course, participants will receive an ODIS Postpartum Doula diploma.
- Full Attendance of Course
- Read required material
- 3 Postpartum Doula Client Reviews
- Short (1-2 page) Essay on Postpartum Doula experience
Highlights of the Training:
- Postpartum Doula Role & Scope of Practice
- The Business of a Doula
- The Art of a Referral
- Anatomy & Physiology of the Postpartum Period
- Postpartum Healing
- AWHONN Post Birth Warning Signs
- Perinatal Mood & Anxiety Disorders
- Newborn Care & Safety
- Infant CPR
- Infant Massage
- The Special Needs Infant
- Support After Loss
Books can be purchased via Amazon or Book Depository which usually offer free shipping. There is also the option to purchase audio books. These books do NOT need to be read in their entirety prior to the course. They are simply a complement to the class.
- Pregnancy Childbirth and the Newborn, 5th edition by Penny Simkin, Janet Whallet, et al. (2016)
- The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding, Wiessinger and West (2010)
- Breastfeeding Made Simple, Morbacher and Kendall-Tackett (2010)
- Mothering the Mother, Plackin (2000)
- The Wonder Weeks, Plooij (2013)
- The Fourth Trimester, Johnson (2017)
About the Instructor
Lori, founder of Doulas of Gothenburg and Om Baby & Wellness, Sweden, is a Registered Nurse in both the U.S. and Sweden with nearly 20 years of experience in Newborn Intensive Care and Postpartum (BB) nursing. She is also a DONA & ODIS trained Doula and and IBCLC (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant). She writes regularly for AWHONN (Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nurses) and American Nurse Today. She is a 200 hour Yoga Alliance Certified Yoga Teacher, a Certified Prenatal (Gravidyoga) and Postnatal Yoga Teacher, Pediatric CPR (HLR) Instructor, and a member of ICEA (International Childbirth Educators Association). Her passion is encouraging new parents as they navigate the world of baby and supporting them in the process of becoming a family.
“I did my postpartum doula training at Om Baby. Never before have I learnt so much in just three days! And Lori manages to create the most inclusive and welcoming atmosphere for everyone, whether you’re coming to hang out with your baby or coming for professional purposes.”
Emmanuelle, Birth & Postpartum Doula
“Lori really knows all the ins and outs of what families need postpartum. As a mum of 3 and birth doula, I thought I knew about the postpartum time but I learnt so much from Lori’s course. I definitely recommend this course to other doulas or those wanting to start out as a postpartum doula. It really isn’t as straight forward as ‘been there, done that myself. There is so much more to think about when it comes to being there for someone else’s mental and emotional health after birth and Lori has captured it from all angles. The course was well worth the time and money invested.”
Klara, Birth & Postpartum Doula
Please note that booking is binding two weeks after the date of booking and a deposit of 1500 kr in Sweden and $150 deposit in Florida due within the two weeks. The full amount is due 7 days prior to the course. In the event of student illness, the course can be made up within one year. In the event of instructor illness, the course will be fully refunded. Payment arrangements can be made.
Infant CPR (HLR) for Doulas
Do you know what to do in the unlikely, but frightening event that a baby is choking or stops breathing? Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is an essential skill -essential for any birth workers. Learn from an expert. Lori has worked nearly 20 years as a Registered Nurse (Legitimerad Sjuksköterska) in neonatal (newborn) intensive care and will guide you through the steps of CPR until you leave feeling comfortable and confidant. Based on Swedish & European Resuscitation guidelines, all participants will receive a certificate of completion. This class is taught in English.
Spring Training 2023
Developmental Baby Massage Teacher Training with Peter Walker
January 10 & 11
January 18 &19
January 22 & 23
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Peter is a teacher’s teacher, physical therapist and international author. He has over 40 years’ experience in the delivery of baby massage training, as well as group and one-to-one sessions with mothers, fathers and carers with babies, and babies and children with ‘additional needs’. His experience in physical therapy and yoga underpins the high quality of this program, with techniques based upon the stages of the baby’s physical and emotional development. Peter is the leading teacher’s teacher in the UK. Credited with the free teaching of baby massage in NHS centres throughout the UK.
Developmental Baby Massage Teacher Training
This course covers the 6 key aspects of Developmental Baby Massage and provides an unparalleled educational experience for professionals that are aiming to teach Developmental Baby Massage. This teacher training course includes high quality learning aids including filmed case studies and slides, and resources given include as a copy of Peter’s best selling international book ‘Developmental Baby Massage’ (4th reprint and update May 2019) plus updated course notes for all delegates and session notes for parents.
For neonatal nurses, nursery nurses, midwives, doulas, health visitors, pre and postnatal yoga teachers and all others working with mothers and babies.
Upon successful completion of the course all delegates will receive a certificate accredited by FEDANT and IPTI.
This teacher training course was originally four days and University Accredited. Now a more convenient two day intensive course, it covers the following 6 critical facets needed to practice Developmental Baby Massage in a professional and personal capacity.
- Emotional Intelligence and a Loving Touch
Birth to 8 Weeks. (Pre and Postnatal Teaching)
The Roots of Bonding and Attachment
Emotional Intelligence and Developing a loving touch, secure holding, and safe tummy time.
Promoting overall good reciprocity to facilitate mother-infant bonding and attachment.
Remedial touch techniques to relieve intra-uterine and difficult birth experience
Holding and stroking techniques prior to massage to relieve physiological flexion and abdominal tension and promoting safe tummy time.
Techniques to release the phrenic nerve and diaphragm and improve respiration.
- Developmental Baby Massage from 8 weeks to Standing.
This part of the course centres on:
Massage – Techniques and strokes are demonstrated to parents using a teacher’s doll, with emphasis on loving touch, and responding to baby’s cues and communication.
Assessment and Remedial Touch
Infant Development – “Nature’s milestones”, joint flexibility, muscular strength and coordination improving circulatory, respiratory rhythms, back strength and overall muscle tone.
The Enteric (“Baby Brain”) and the Central Nervous Systems.
- Infant Balance and Good Posture
This part of the course demonstrates to parents and practitioners:
Primary preparation for sitting and standing using gravity assisted techniques for stronger structural foundations focusing on the transitions from sitting positions to squatting, crawling, standing and eventually walking.
- Therapeutic Play to Relieve Stiff and Floppy Baby Syndromes
Early intervention and physical enablement.
Motivation and movement cranial neuroplasticity.
Gravity and centralised movement.
Remedial touch massage and movement to relieve “Stiff and Floppy” baby syndrome.
This part of the course spotlights:
The guidelines for safe teaching including appropriate baby massage oils and their usage.
- Convening and Teaching Your Groups
This part of the course demonstrates:
How to convene both one to one and group sessions in a safe environment for babies, practitioners and teachers alike.
Post – Course materials include a Bi-Monthly newsletter and post-course support for all teachers.
Soft Postnatal Yoga for Mother & Child with Peter Walker
Dates to be Announced
The Babies Website
TO FIVE YEARS AND BEYOND
An enjoyable two-day certificated course for Health Professionals during which you will ‘soft stretch’ your body and learn how to teach mothers and children to do the same from sitting/crawling onwards.
FOR BABIES AND Young CHILDREN
Following on from Developmental Baby Massage, and not yet being subjected to the same emotional and physical traumas of adulthood the baby’s body remains flexible and supple. Once on their feet and mobile, in lifting and carrying their weight through space babies then become weight lifters and like all weight weightlifters the baby will now start to lose flexibility as they gain strength. The only way to avoid this is to encourage the child to continue to exercise a full range of movement.
This allows a child to strengthen flexible joints and retain suppleness.
This course shows how to do this from sitting/crawling and beyond. For babies and children retaining flexibility and suppleness is far easier than trying to re- gain these attributes as an adult
Throughout pregnancy and following birth, in carrying and lifting the increasing weight of a baby the mother also becomes a weight lifter. This can increase strength and stamina provided her posture is balanced and the mother’s body does not have any prior pain and stiffness. Alternatively, if the structure is not balanced, the everyday lifting and carrying of an ever-increasing weight can have dire consequences leading to stiffness and muscle fatigue.
Only movement will restore movement and this course endeavours to show the easiest possible ways to restore movement and relieve pain and stiffness in the major joints and muscle groups. Common sense techniques that should be common knowledge to all families to relieve pain and stiffness in all the major joints and governing muscle groups and restore ease of movement and a more balanced posture.