Holistic Doula Certificate Courses

Below is the list of Holistic Doula Certificate courses offered at Pacific Rim College.

Fundamentals of Anatomy & Physiology for Doulas (DLA/BMS105)

Students are introduced to the fundamental structures and functions of the human body both internally and externally, including major systems, organs and tissues, and components of microbiology. This course includes theoretical and practical components. Emphasis is on female reproductive anatomy and physiology, including changes that occur during pregnancy, birth, and postpartum.

Prerequisites: – –    Semester: Fall, Winter    Credits: 3    Hours: 45

Doula Training and Ethics (DLA101)

This course introduces students to the essence of being a Doula and the role and services that a Doula provides before, during, and after birth for the mother and partner/family. Primary focal points include establishing and maintaining a meaningful relationship with Mother, support training, and understanding how to provide encouragement while always respecting Mother’s desires and beliefs. Topics within these focal points include the following: Holistic Childbirth Preparation, The Support Role, Breastfeeding, Relationship Building, Postpartum care and more.

A Doula who assists in birth and postpartum care should meet the following competencies:
– Have an understanding of the physiology of birth and the emotional and physical needs of a woman in labour.
– Be prepared to assist Mother and partner/family in planning for and implementing the “birth plan”.
– Have the skills and stamina to provide continuous care, emotional support, physical support, and objective and supportive guidance at all times.
– Have the ability to assist Mother and partner/family to obtain the information that they need in order to make informed decisions.

Prerequisites: – –    Semester: Fall, Winter    Hours: 48

Intro to Midwifery & Primary Health Providers (DLA102)

Understanding the role of midwifery in pregnancy and childbirth is paramount to a Doula. Key areas covered in this course include an introduction to the collaborative model of care for the childbearing woman by the Doula/Midwife Team and other Obstetrical Providers in the context of our rapidly evolving society.

Prerequisites: – –    Semester: Fall, Winter    Hours: 21

Intro to “Family Support” for Doulas (DLA104)

Doulas assist women in all stages of childbirth, which often includes assisting other family members. The primary focus of this course is to provide communication skills and techniques to assist the family and/or partner before, during and after birth. Students also learn to support and empower the mother with decision-making confidence and comfort.

Prerequisites: – –    Semester: Fall, Winter    Hours: 15

Intro to Herbal Medicine for Doulas (DLA105)

Herbs have been used for millennia to assist in childbirth. This course covers the fundamentals of herbal medicine in the context of pre-pregnancy, pregnancy, birth, postpartum, and baby and child care.

Prerequisites: – –    Semester: Fall, Winter    Hours: 21

Tai Qi for Doulas (DLA106)

Tai Qi Chuan is the Chinese system of healing that uses specific movements and exercises that are intended to harmonize and improve both body and spirit. This course, containing both theoretical and practical components, introduces students to the fundamental theories and practices of Tai Qi Chuan. Emphasis is placed on movement and breathing techniques leading up to birth, during birth, and after birth.

Prerequisites: – –    Semester: Fall, Winter    Hours: 15

Holistic Nutrition for Pregnancy and Childbirth (DLA107)

An integral part of most natural therapies is nutrition. Since food is a primary source of energy, it has a great potential to influence our health. In order to utilize the power of food we must understand its nature and function. Foods have their own specific temperatures, flavours, and actions, as well as affinities for certain organs. When these qualities are understood, dietary therapy can be applied to treat both general and very specific disorders.

As there are many ways to approach nutrition, this course explores a number of different perspectives including traditional ways of eating based on indigenous cultures, the benefits of eating locally, the use of culinary herbs and whole foods as medicine, and the modern lifestyle and environment. Emphasis is placed on nutrition in context to pre-pregnancy, pregnancy, post-pregnancy and childhood development.

Prerequisites: – –    Semester: Fall, Winter    Hours: 21

Acupressure for Pregnancy and Childbirth (DLA108)

Acupressure is a therapeutic massage that can be used alone or in conjunction with acupuncture and herbal medicine. Through both theoretical and practical components, students learn the basic principles and common therapeutic techniques, learn how to treat various common syndromes, and gain an understanding of how to apply those in a therapeutic setting. Emphasis will be placed on pregnancy, birth, and postpartum care.

Prerequisites: – –    Semester: Fall, Winter    Hours: 10

Yogatherapy for Doulas (DLA109)

The practice of yoga is more than a thousand years old and is a fundamental resource in many cultures for maintaining health and wellness. Students are introduced to harmonizing breaths, postures and visualizations that can be taught to their clients for inner balance and physical relaxation.

Prerequisites: – –    Semester: Fall, Winter    Hours: 15

Thai Massage for Doulas (DLA110)

Thai Massage helps the Doula to therapeutically connect to the client through assisted stretching, acupressure and gentle joint mobility. Choreographed movements help to enhance circulation throughout the body and bring about a sense of integration in body, mind, and heart to both the client and practitioner. Students gain both theoretical and practical skills in Thai massage that relate to pregnancy, birth and postpartum care.

Prerequisites: – –    Semester: Fall, Winter    Hours: 15

Doula Research and Presentations (DLA112)

This course supports students in researching and presenting on topics related to pregnancy, birth, and postpartum.

Prerequisites: – –    Semester: Fall, Winter    Hours: 15

Business Skills for Doulas (DLA113)

This course provides students with information necessary to utilize their education and qualifications in a professional capacity. Students are introduced to business planning and development, marketing strategies, systems for business set-up and record keeping/financials. Skills such as creativity, resourcefulness and critical thinking are vital to succeeding in the business arena where change is constant and decisions are based on variable factors.

Prerequisites: – –    Semester: Fall, Winter    Hours: 15

Homeopathy for Pregnancy, Birth and Postpartum (DLA115)

Although the perspective of ‘like heals like’ was first described by Hippocrates over 2000 years ago, homeopathy as we know it today emerged out of Europe approximately 200 years ago. In India, Gandhi described homeopathy as the perfect science and recently quantum physics has explained how such minute substances can have such powerful effects in acute and chronic health conditions. These dynamic medicines, which are made from many substances from across the planet, are accessible, sustainable and when used correctly can heal in deep and profound ways. In treatment, homeopathic remedies are able to treat imbalances/diseases ranging from emotional blockage, the common cold to more serious acute and chronic illnesses. This course focuses on using homeopathy to support the overall vital force of parents and children, and to support the overall birthing process.

Prerequisites: – –    Semester: Fall, Winter    Hours: 14

Doula Practicum (Preceptorship) (DLA120)

Each student is required to attend two births (under the supervision of a qualified Doula). Students have 12 months to complete this assignment starting from the day of completion of all classroom studies of the Holistic Doula Certificate. All required projects and papers in relation to this are also due within this 12-month period. During this time students may partake in the Doula Mentorship.

Prerequisites: – –