Birth Companions Doula School

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The Birth Companions Doula School is expanding!

We will now be offering a 400 hour program that will teach doulas everything from the basics of doula care to advanced doula techniques and complementary practices. I will be inviting expert teachers from around the world to join us on our learning journey, and I hope that you will join us too.

Teaching and Learning!
Teaching and Learning!

I am revising and adding to the Birth Companions Levels One and Two Doula Course that I have been teaching for the past few years. I can never find enough time to teach my students everything they want to know, so I am now offering a full, comprehensive program that  started in September 2014.

For those of you who have completed any of my other programs, or similar programs elsewhere, please find out how much credit you will get for the more advanced courses.

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Level One Doula Course

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Coming up soon!!!

Originally posted on MBC Doula School:

Here is the outline for the upcoming Level One course.

Doula Care Level I

This course is made up of 32 hours of class time, with an eight hour (minimum) practical component. For your practicum you will be shadowing a more experienced doula either during prenatal classes, postpartum support, or during a birth. You will take responsibility of volunteering to work with a doula and a client of your choice.

Classes take place every week, and each class runs for three 1/2 hours. The course costs $400. Scholarships are occasionally available. See here for a registration form and payment details.

The next course starting soon! I am accepting registrations for an intensive Sunday morning class. As soon as we reach full registration (within two weeks) we will start. We will take a break over the winter holidays, with lots to think about!

Here is a general outline. Classes are intense, interactive, and…

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Cranio-Sacral Therapy for Birth Keepers

Craniosacral therapy is an extremely light touch modality that activates a person’s own resources to progress emotionally, physically and psychologically. This therapy is ideal for pregnant and birthing moms and their babies because it is gentle, calming and efficient.

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Sara Vann trained in Craniosacral Therapy (CST) with Andrea Axt at  Craniosacral and Polarity Associates of Montreal. Since then she has been developing her practice and teaching individuals and groups both toward certification and for personal use. She works with women during the childbearing year, as well as with babies, children and seniors.

This is a wonderful opportunity to learn the basics of a gentle technique that can be effectively used for pregnant, birthing and postpartum mothers.

The cost for Level One is $75.00. This course will be held when we reach our minimum of ten students. To register, visit here.

Course Outline:

Level 1 (2 days)

Theory behind CST

Finding the 3 CST Rhythms – primary, mid-tide and long tide

Practice

Level 2 (2 days)

Specific applications for pregnant women

Review of Tides

Cranial work – releasing occiput and sphenoid bones

Sacral work – releasing lumbar vertebrae, sacrum and perineal floor

Foot and hand work – Metamorphic technique

Practice

Level 3 (1 day)

Specific application for babies

Postpartum craniosacral check up

Butterfly touch massage

Active Listening Workshop

Active Listening
Here Rivka is listening to what this newborn has to say!

Doulas (and people in general) need to be good listeners, and listening is a skill that many of us are not so good at. Why is this? The art of conversation is being lost, and with it goes the art of listening. Really listening, so that you can hear what the other is saying, and not jump to conclusions nor simply tell your own story: this is what the Birth Keeper needs to be able to do.

Guest teacher Kota Harbron will be facilitating a workshop on Active Listening on November 23 at 2pm.

Kota Harbron is a facilitator, support-person and aspiring future body-worker with many years’ experience in community-based peer counselling and popular education. They have been involved in facilitation and community organizing work since 2006 – primarily working with high school students, queer and trans youth and survivors of sexual violence. She has been offering active listening workshops to community organizations in Montreal for about five years.

The cost for this workshop is twenty-five dollars: please register here. We will need ten students to run the course.

Listening as a Radical Political Act

Participants in this workshop are invited to reflect personally and collectively on what it means to listen, what it means to be heard. Together, we will review some of the key components of active listening, while considering its origins as well as its many strengths and limitations. In this workshop, participants’ valuable knowledge and experience is called on as we reflect together on the transformative possibilities of listening. You can expect rich discussion, skillsharing and lots of practice opportunities through role-playing and scenarios.

Introduction to Prenatal Yoga for Birth Keepers

Are you interested in learning more about prenatal yoga? Which postures are great for a pregnant body, breathing techniques which are calming through a long labour or ideas for meditations which can be used in preparation for childbirth? Or maybe you`re curious about how you can incorporate prenatal yoga in your doula practice?

If so, this may be the workshop for you.

Sarah Armstrong

Sarah started practising yoga in 2000 while living in Rwanda, and pre-natal yoga in 2007 when pregnant with her third child. Since then, her practice has deepened and she was inspired to take a 200 hour hatha yoga teacher training course (inspired by the Kripalu tradition) with Kelly McGrath when she returned to Montreal in 2011. Through her personal birth experiences and her doula work, she realized that pre and post-natal are the areas of yoga that interest her most, and in 2013, while pregnant with her fifth child she completed Janice Clarfield`s pre-natal yoga teacher training for a conscious and sacred birth.

This class will present Sarah’s basic introduction to prenatal yoga and doula work.

Length of session: 3 hours

The first part of the workshop will take the form of a prenatal yoga class so the participants can really feel in their body the benefits of the postures and will incorporate gentle warm-ups, standing poses, hip and pelvic openers, pelvic floor exercises, vocal toning, breath work and meditation techniques which can be helpful in the pregnant body and in preparation for birth. The rest of the workshop will incorporate a question and answer period and some ideas about how to integrate yoga into your doula practice. Handouts will be provided.

This workshop will take place on December 1, 2014 from 6pm to 9pm, at 6444, rue Lescarbot, Montréal, QC H1M 1M7.

The cost for the workshop is $75 for the public and $50 for MBC doulas or students. As always, scholarships are available on a first-come basis.

To register, please visit here.

This workshop in no way qualifies you to teach yoga (pre-natal or otherwise) nor certifies you as a doula! Workshop attendance can be counted towards the MBC Doula School 400 hour certification program.

More MBC Doula School Programming

Originally posted on MBC Doula School:

I have been working hard to bring this program to reality and things are coming together nicely now. I have invited several wonderful guests to lead us on our learning path and I have had lots of enthusiastic feedback from prospective students. To those of you who are far away, I am working on a web-based program that will retain the friendliness and community of our in-house classes.

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Inspired Birth Attendant Taking Notes @3am.

The cost of the program will be based on credit hours (details to come) and, as always, I am happy to offer scholarships and internships to those who cannot pay. Please do not let your calling to this field be hindered by your cash problems!  

Remember, this program values self-directed study and practical work. I also believe that what we do teaches as much as what we say, so we at MBC Doula School are very…

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A Safe Passage

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We are looking forward to our first MBC Doula School guest teacher who will be presenting A Safe Passage workshop on October 19 and 20, 2014.

A Safe Passage is an Advanced Practitioner Training program designed to help caregivers gain an understanding of the special needs of women survivors of abuse and learn the skills needed to support them through their pregnancy, labour & childbirth and the early postpartum period. This workshop is delivered from a strengths-based prospective, and honours the strength, courage and resilience of women survivors of abuse. This workshop has been approved for 11 LAMAZE contact hours (which DONA recognizes).

Caregivers who would benefit from this training include doulas, midwives, nurses, social workers, and other health and social services professionals caring for women during the transition to mothering.

Jodi Hall has worked with women through the childbearing year since 1996 and has been employed as a full-time counsellor working with abused women and their children since 2002. For more information about this training, please visit ASP here.

This workshop will comprise one component of the MBC Doula School certification program.

This workshop will take place at 6444 Lescarbot, Montreal.

The price for this two day workshop is $250 for the public and $175 for MBC members or students. To register, please visit our registration page here.

As always, flexible payment plans are available and one scholarship will be offered.

MBC Doula School Suggested Reading

Here is the updated reading list for the MBC Doula School courses. I firmly believe that you should read everything that interests you, and then make your decisions and form your opinions. I will be updating a “Recommended Reading” list soon; in the meantime you can take this list as a guide and read as much as you can! Reviews and comments greatly appreciated!

Goodreads | Rivka Cymbalist’s bookshelf: mbc-doula-school-reading-list showing 1-20 of 46 sorted by: author.

Level One Doula Course

Here is the outline for the upcoming Level One course.

Doula Care Level I

This course is made up of 32 hours of class time, with an eight hour (minimum) practical component. For your practicum you will be shadowing a more experienced doula either during prenatal classes, postpartum support, or during a birth. You will take responsibility of volunteering to work with a doula and a client of your choice.

Classes take place every week, and each class runs for three 1/2 hours. The course costs $400. Scholarships are occasionally available. See here for a registration form and payment details.

The next course starting soon! I am accepting registrations for an intensive Sunday morning class. As soon as we reach full registration (within two weeks) we will start. We will take a break over the winter holidays, with lots to think about!

Here is a general outline. Classes are intense, interactive, and sometimes take us places we hadn’t planned. Everything below will be covered, and probably more, but possibly not in this exact order.

Class One

Introductions

“What is a Doula?”

Nutrition and Nourishment

Centering Exercise

Class Two

Introduction to the Childbearing Year

Bare Bones: anatomy of the mother, baby and the breast

Class Three

Questions and Review

The birth process, cardinal movements

Role-playing

Class Four

Doula Care A to Z, the process

Doula Tool Kit

Role Playing

Class Five

Doula Techniques – alternative ways for coping with the pain of childbirth

Role-playing

Class Six

Breastfeeding

Questions and Review

Class Seven

Labor Pain and the Epidural Epidemic

Induction and Natural Birth

Role-playing

Class Eight

Introduction to Common Interventions: C-Section, Episiotomy, Instruments, Internal Exams, Amniotomy

Review

Class Nine

Presentations – Nutrition Guides

Class Ten

Final Review and In-Class Quiz

We will use my book The Birth Conspiracy for the main text, and there is an extensive reading list that I have complied at Goodreads. You can access the group here.
The Birth Conspiracy: Natural Birth, Hospitals, and Doulas: A Guide is available online from Chapters, and also in person at the Concordia Coop Bookstore

More MBC Doula School Programming

I have been working hard to bring this program to reality and things are coming together nicely now. I have invited several wonderful guests to lead us on our learning path and I have had lots of enthusiastic feedback from prospective students. To those of you who are far away, I am working on a web-based program that will retain the friendliness and community of our in-house classes.

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Inspired Birth Attendant Taking Notes @3am.

The cost of the program will be based on credit hours (details to come) and, as always, I am happy to offer scholarships and internships to those who cannot pay. Please do not let your calling to this field be hindered by your cash problems!  

Remember, this program values self-directed study and practical work. I also believe that what we do teaches as much as what we say, so we at MBC Doula School are very respectful of the boundaries and limitations our students may have.

Practical work is fully integrated into the program, as an observer, a volunteer doula, shadow, or as an apprentice or mentor.

Here are the courses:

Doula Care Level I                                                                                                         

  1. Anatomy and Physiology for the childbearing year               
  2. Doula Care I.                                                                          
  3. Breastfeeding I.                                                                     
  4. Nutrition                                                                                  
  5. Practical Component   

Doula Care Level II                                                                          

  1. Doula Care II.                                                                          
  2. Reviewing Medical Interventions                                            
  3. Diagnostics                                                                           
  4. Practical Component                                                            

Introduction to Healing During the Childbearing Year  (Level III)                                                                                       

  1. Challenges During the Childbearing Year: An Overview      
  2. Overview of Healing Modalities                                                   

 Electives                                                                   

  1. A Safe Passage workshop                                                    
  2. Working with Families                                                            
  3. Language and Birth                                                             
  4. Informatics for Birth Workers                                               
  5. Singing Birth                                                                            
  6. Postpartum Intensive                                                              
  7. Healing during Pregnancy, Labor and Birth                          
  8. Healing during the Postpartum Period                                   
  9. Cranio-Sacral During Pregnancy and for newborns
  10. Yoga pre-and postpartum
  11. The Placenta  and Placental Encapsulation
  12. Herbalism
  13. Ribozo
  14. Homeopathy for doulas
  15. Massage: Prenatal, During Labor, Postpartum
  16. The Doula Business
  17. Birth Narrative
  18. Working with marginalized populations
  19. Childbirth Education Course (observe)  
  20. Winter Birth Retreat with Debra and Rivka