birth doula training

Simpkin Center for Allied Birth Vocations

​Training in responsive birth support, including:

  • Anatomy and physiology of pregnancy, fetal development, labor, postpartum, and breastfeeding

  • Emotions of pregnancy

  • Pain management techniques

  • Medical procedures used in labor

  • Labor variations and complications, including Cesarean birth

  • The emotional and psychological aspects of giving birth and its significance in women's lives

  • The doula's role, professional ethics, standards of practice, and certification

  • Emotional support and physical comfort measures

  • Support for difficult labors, Cesarean birth, and vaginal birth after Cesarean

postpartum doula training

Simpkin Center for Allied Birth Vocations

Training in postpartum support, including:

  • The role of the doula in supporting breastfeeding

  • Bottle feeding safety and techniques

  • Nurturing families with more than one infant

  • New mother care

  • New baby care

  • Integrating the birth experience

  • The emotional transition of the new family

  • Postpartum mood disorders and post-traumatic stress disorder (PMADS)

certified lactation educator

Evergreen Perinatal Education

Training in best practice lactation care, including:​

  • Prenatal breast assessment

  • Cultural influences on infant feeding choices

  • Importance of breastfeeding for the teenager

  • Evidence-based care

  • Predictable newborn behaviors

  • Importance of positioning and latch in early breastfeeding

  • Assessment of newborn latch and suck

  • Supplements for breastfed babies – when are they needed?

  • Maternal nutrition

  • Hyperbilirubinemia (jaundice)

  • Breastfeeding challenges and problems 

  • Maternal medications and breastfeeding

  • On-going breastfeeding problems – yeast, mastitis, abscess, plugged ducts

  • Breastfeeding multiples

  • Breastfeeding the premature infant

  • Relationships in the breastfeeding family

  • Care of the slow to gain, poorly gaining infant

  • Relactation and nursing an adopted baby

  • The grief of a failed breastfeeding experience

  • PMADS and breastfeeding

  • Breastfeeding and the working mother

  • Breastfeeding the older child

  • When breastfeeding ends

my training

As a professional doula, I’ve received DONA certified training, and maintain my skills and knowledge through continued education and research. This training helps me stay up to date with the most relevant information, and ensures I’m providing you with the best care possible. I invite you to review my training qualifications and experience below.

I am a Certified Birth Doula (PALS), and am completing my postpartum certification (NAPS).

spinning babies training

Spinning Babies certified training course

Training in Spinning Babies techniques, including:

  • Belly sifting

  • Forward leaning inversion

  • Side-lying release




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Edmonds, WA, USA