The Nurturing Place
Table of Contents
About the Course
Course Faculty
What is a Doula?
Who relies on a doula
Program Agenda
Suggested Reading

"We are now discovering the long-term effect on families of treating women as if they were merely containers to be opened and relieved of their contents; and of concentrating on a bag of muscle and birth canal, rather than relating to and caring for the person to whom they belong." 
----Sheila Kitzinger
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The Childbearing Year - breastfeeding, childbirth preparation, infant massageBirth Doula Training - Learn significance of childbirth, labor support, prenatalPostpartum Doula Training - infant and new mother careAdvanced Doula Training
Training birth companions to nurture the innate strength
and courage that lies within each woman.
About the Course
The intensive three-day workshop will help the participant:
  • Recognize the significance of childbirth in the life of a woman.
  • Demonstrate at least three prenatal and postpartum support skills.
  • Devise a plan to offer optimal support in a variety of labor situations.
  • Appraise personal values and their relationship to labor support.
  • Assess standards of practice and plan methods of business management.
This course offers the expertise of highly trained faculty, and uses supplementary text, videos, slides, and role-play to build theoretical knowledge and teach practical skills. A complete syllabus is included with the course. This training comprises one step in the certification process for Doulas of North America (DONA).

Workshop Date: September 12-14, 2019 Click to register
Location: Salt Lake City, Utah
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Registration Fee: $305 by August 16, 2019
$325 by September 7, 2019

Course Faculty
Kristi Ridd-Young All of The Nurturing Place courses were designed and are presented by Kristi Ridd-Young, ICCE, CD(DONA), and DONA-approved Doula Trainer. She was recently introduced as a speaker at an educatorÔŅĹs conference like this: "Kristi is an experienced childbirth educator and doula. She is the former International Childbirth Education Association (ICEA) Utah Coordinator and DONA (Doulas of North America) Administrative Director and board member. Currently she is the president of the Midwives College of Utah and the Midwifery Education Accreditation Council.

During her 27 years of teaching, Kristi has facilitated many doula trainings throughout the country; she has been invaluable in helping many expectant mothers and their partners develop skills and the inner strength needed to experience a positive birth. As a caring, compassionate doula and former midwife, she has attended hundreds of women. Kristi has been mentored by many of the leading experts in the field of childbirth but, most of all, she credits her six children and seven stepchildren for much of the wisdom and knowledge she shares."
What is a doula?
A Doula:
  • Recognizes birth as a significant life experience.
  • Understands the physiology of birth and the emotional needs of a laboring woman.
  • Provides continuous support, practical comfort measures, and an objective viewpoint to aid in decision-making.
  • Complements the care provided by the womanís partner and birth attendants.
  • Protects and nurtures the memory of the birth experience.
Who relies on a doula?
Childbearing women and couples, midwives, physicians, and labor and delivery nurses appreciate the resources, techniques, knowledge and continuous empathetic support a doula provides.

Recent studies indicate the use of a doula:
  • Decreases labor length by 25 percent.
  • Decreases oxytocin use by 25 percent.
  • Decreases motherís request for pain medication by 30 percent.
  • Decreases cesareans by 50 percent.
  • Increases fatherís participation level. (Mothering the Mother, Klaus, Kennell, Klaus, 1993)
Birthing families and caregivers are welcoming doulas as the newest member of todayís maternity care team.
Program Agenda
Day 1 9:00 - 5:30
Registration & Introductions
Birth - A transformation
What Is A Doula?
The Benefits of A Doula
The Prenatal Interview(s)
Creating a Plan to Communicate Preferences
Emotional Preparation and Education
Cultural Humility and Awareness
Intrapartum Support
Comfort Measures for Labor
Day 2 9:00 - 5:30
Review & Assessment
Comfort Measures Practice
Second Stage Overview
Challenging Labor Management
Routine Procedures: Epidurals, etc.
Cesarean & VBAC Support
Newborn Care & Breastfeeding
Postpartum Nurturing
Labor Scenarios and Role Play
Affirmations & Birth Journaling
Day 3 9:00 - 5:30
Review & Assessment
Giving Support Through Loss
Developing Personal Style
Standard of Practice
Code of Ethics
Values Clarification
Establishing A Practice
DONA and Local Doula Association
Ask and Receive, Next Steps
Closing Circle and Evaluation
This course is designed for those who have had some experience in the field of childbirth. If you have NO childbirth experience, please call Kristi so she can help you design a prerequisite program.
Suggested Reading
Please complete as many of the book on DONAís required reading list as possible before the training. The list can be found at Birth Doula Required Reading List. It is not required, but recommended, that the reading be done prior to the program.