Depending on where you do your training, you’ll do your course with either Irene Bourquin, Barbara Hanrahan, Avis Coxon or Colleen Pedersen, who are all experienced Midwives.

Kindly note that due to Covid-19, very few doulas are able to work in Hospitals, this has affected the practical side of the course in most Provinces, meaning that you cannot complete your course until the practicals have been done.

Your training will take place over a period of 6 months, during which time you will put together a portfolio of your experiences. This portfolio is assessed at the end of your course in addition to a 3 hour written exam.

The course will cover these and other topics:

  • Philosophy of Birth and Understanding Labour
  • Supporting Women in Labour: Labour etiquette
  • Being part of the labour team
  • Pregnancy and Labour Warning Signs
  • Natural pain relief in labour
  • Relaxation techniques for labour
  • Tools for labour: Acupressure, Aromatherapy and more
  • Compassionate use of medicated pain relief
  • Coping with unexpected outcomes
  • Breastfeeding
  • Dealing with loss
  • Post-partum depression
  • Information on setting up your Birth Companion Practice

There is also a portion of practical experience you will need to acquire in between the lectures on theory. You will be required to attend a number of births, first as an observer and then as a participant. These births will take place in a variety of settings in order for you to gain this experience before you go off on your own. You may also get to shadow an experienced Doula in order to gain confidence in your abilities (depending on what area you are doing your training in).