My Doula Journey - Training and Courses Attended
Attending a Doula course is the start of an ever evolving journey. I completed my Doula UK Training with Conscious Birthing in March 2014 and completed the Doula UK recognition process in September 2015 (Post Natal) and December 2015 (Birth). This means I have been through an Internationally Recognised and FEDANT approved Training Course and mentorship process. I am also a trained Breast Feeding Peer Supporter.
Courses and Conferences Attended
with Michelle Every, Head of Education Doula UK - This course helps me further my work with loss in the childbearing year and gave me more knowledge to benefit the work I already do in supporting women who have experienced the sadness of miscarriage, still birth, termination, birth trauma, an unexpected end to their breast feeding journey and other losses related to the Child Bearing Year.
including talks by Elizabeth Prochaska , barrister and founder of Birthrights and Mia Scotland, Clinical Psychologist and workshops for birth professionals on perinatal mental health.
with Alex Heath. A 2 day birth trauma therapy workshop, to help further the Birth Trauma, Reframing and Debrief Services I provide, enabling women to find peace with their births and enjoy a more positive experience next time through the use of the Rewind Technique.
with Elizabeth Russell, a workshop to promoting the safe use of oils and acupressure in pregnancy.
University of South Wales Midwifery Society, to assist women who want to have a gentle or more family centred caesarean birth.
with Penny Simkin Understanding and Healing the Effects of Trauma and Sexual Abuse on Childbearing Women. I am really excited to be attending this course, being run by the mother of Doulas, Penny Simkin, who is coming from America. Already experienced in the impact of abuse supporting Survivors, I feel this course can be of benefit to women in South Wales, although it saddens me that such a course is necessary.