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The Parenting Resources
Online Doula School

 

Birth and Postpartum
Doula Certifications

On Your Schedule. At Your Pace.
In Your PJs.

Today is the day to make your doula dreams come true.

Parenting Resources, the Premier Education and Support Center for New and Expectant Parents and the Professionals Who Serve Them, bring you The Online Doula School!
 

Why Choose the Parenting Resources
Online Doula School?

 

affordable and
Pay as you go so you can starT today!

Videos, demos, and lessons on your schedule & Pace

Community of instructors & Students 

 
I just wanted to say that attending the training with it's it's awesome business savvy training gave me the courage and skills to expand my business to bring other caregivers on board. I am launching Park Cities Baby Whisperers in the next month and we definitely are target marketing our clientele. -Donna Parrish, Parenting Resources Graduate
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There is no comparison to our
Comprehensive Curriculum 

Pregnancy and the Prenatal Period

Anatomy and physiology
The pregnant body
What to expect throughout pregnancy
Nutrition and health for the pregnant parent
Assisting in birth plan creation
Current recommendations for the prenatal period
Facing fears and aprehensions
Talking to clients about birthing options
The role of stress during pregnancy

Childbirth for Doulas

All types of birth
Stages of labor and how to support the birthing parent throughout the entire labor
Relaxation and its' importance during labor
Natural pain relief, i.e. acupressure
Labor and pushing positions
Labor simulations
Challenges for the parent, family, and doula during birth
Emotional support during labor
Comfort measures throughout labor
Common and uncommon procedures in the hospital and birth center settings
Common medications used during labor
Supporting clients in a variety of birthing settings
Supporting difficult births
Bereavement support

Care of the Parent and Families

What to expect in pregnancy postpartum period and how to assist in a smooth transition
Different learning and care styles of parents and how to work effectively with all of them
Nutrition for the pregnant and postpartum parent
Supporting physical, psychological, and emotional healing for the birthing parent and partner
Working as a team with partners
Meal planning and preparation- presented by our Certified Holistic Health Coach
Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders- how to screen, refer, and support the client
Understanding birth trauma and the impact of the birth experience on postpartum adjustment
Cultural Competency- working with families of color and LGBTQ families

Care of the Baby

The baby's experience during all stages of labor
Hospital, birth center, and home procedures after delivery
Newborn Care- holding, bathing, swaddling, diapering
All major healthcare organization recommendations
Cues- hunger, sleep, communication
Soothing the infant Gentle and healthy sleep, common sleep beliefs amongst future clients
Happiest Baby on the Block
Infant Massage
Cord care, intact care, circumcision care
Setting up a safe sleep environment
Managing nighttime duty for Postpartum work
The science behind skin to skin and practical execution
Supporting the Magical Hour
Development and milestones Introducing solids
Signs of distress and illness Issues such as colic, reflux, gas, allergies

Infant Feeding

Advanced breastfeeding
Benefits of breastmilk
Latch assessment exercises and skill building with an IBCLC and CLC
Positioning and ergonomics
Creating a comfortable feeding environment for you clients
Supply and Demand and how to assist your client in maximizing supply
Breastfeeding challenges- mastitis, clogged ducts, thrush, lip/tongue tie, etc
Formula selection, preparation, safety, and use
Bottle feeding using a paced feeding method
Variety of feeding options- formula feeding, exclusive pumping, SNS use, chest feeding, combo feeding, and donor milk use
Inducing lactation and re-lactation
When to refer out for issues and how to support the lactation plan of care
Assisting the parent in preparing to return to work
Breastmilk storage, preparation
Pumps and parts knowledge, testing, and teaching the parent

Safety, Babywearing, and Car Seats

Universal precautions during birth
Universal precautions for postpartum work
Babywearing Safety
Baby Carrier Selection
Babywearing positioning that supports hip health, spine health, and airway safety
Newborn appropriate carrier use and selection
Supporting manufacturer recommendations
Breastfeeding while babywearing
Car seat safety and recommendations
Home safety and assisting in baby proofing
Assiting in setting up a safe sleep environment- crib, a co-sleeper, or bed sharing environment
In depth look at SIDS stats, risks, and guidelines

BONUS: Access to our Online Beginner's Business & Marketing Workshop

Starting your business or practice
Legal considerations
Business and marketing plans
Funding, bootstrapping, and budgeting for your business
Self employment, Independent contracting, working with an agency
Marketing your business
Branding yourself and your practice
Websites, social media, email list building, and outreach
The most important tools you need to get clients
Networking, relationship-building, and getting referrals
Scheduling, contracts, and nailing the interview
Scope of practice
Business and practice ethics
Conflict resolution
Documentation and record keeping
Insurance and protecting your practice
Self care for YOU!

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24/7 Access Across All of Your Devices

 

Enroll Now in the Parenting Resources
Online Doula School

 

Single Certification
Postpartum Only

2 payments of
$197

Pay As You Learn

Instant Certification Upon Passing

Access to Postartum Related Modules

Access to our Online Community

BONUS Beginner Business Training

BONUS Guest Instructor Videos

LIFETIME Access

*Dual Certification*
Birth AND Postpartum Certifications!

3 PAYMENTS
 OF $247

SAVE OVER $100!

Pay As Your Learn

Access to All Modules

Instant Postpartum Doula Certification

Instant Student Doula Certificate

Easy Birth Doula Certification Path

Access to our Online Community

BONUS Beginner Business Training

BONUS Guest Instructor Videos

LIFETIME Access

 

Single Certification
Birth Only

2 PAYMENTs OF
$197

Pay As You Learn

Student Doula Certificate Upon Passing

Access to Birth Related Modules

Access to our Online Community

BONUS Beginner Business Training

BONUS Guest Instructor Videos

LIFETIME Access

The most comprehensive birth + postpartum doula training in the country has now made their program available to YOU, no matter where you live! 

You receive the same amazing training, support, and accountability as our traditional in-person classes.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

+ Do I have to be tech savvy?

Never fear! Our online classroom allows you to navigate through the course easily. But just in case, you'll also have a video tutorial, showing you around the classroom and giving clear and easy to understand instruction on how to use it.

+ What are the Requirements for Certification for Birth Doulas?

  • Send in a valid BLS for Healthcare Providers card
  • Completion of 2 required reading books
  • Pass the exam administered at the end of the training
  • Attend 3 births and submit our Labor Attendance Confirmation Form, to be signed by the clients.
  • Maintain current membership with the Parenting Resources Professional Network
  • Complete 30 Continuing Education Hours every 3 years. (We have many available for you in person and online, but we will also accept IBLCE approved classes)

+ What are the Requirements for Certification for Postpartum Doulas?

We are the only program in the United States that Certifies their Postpartum Doulas upon successful completion of the course!

  • Send in valid BLS for Healthcare Providers card
  • Completion of 2 required reading books
  • Pass the cumulative exam administered at the end of the training
  • Maintain current membership with the Parenting Resources Professional Network
  • Complete 30 Continuing Education Hours every 3 years. (We have many available for you in person and online, but we will also accept IBLCE approved classes)

+ When can I access the course content?

Immediately! You can get started right this very second!

+ What is the refund policy?

If you don't LOVE this course, contact us within 2 weeks of purchase and we'll give you a free refund- no questions asked.

+ Can I start the training if I haven't finished my payment plan?

Yes, you sure can! Our Online Doula School allows you to pay as you learn. However, you cannot receive your Certifications until your payment plan is completed.

+I am totally in and excited about this program! However, I can't fit any of the available payment options into my budget.

Shoot us an email to kate@parentingresources.org and we'll see if we can work it out :)

 

Meet Your Renowned Instructors

Kathy Loughren, MSN, ARNP, IBCLC 

Kathy has been a neonatal expert for well over 30 years, serving as a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner and Board Certified Lactation Consultant. She is also a Certified Birth and Postpartum Doula. She has worked around the country in NICUs, as well as serving as an expert legal witness on neonatal cases, and sees clients throughout St. Louis as a Lactation Consultant. She has attended well over 10,000 births and continues to work clinically in the St. Louis area. She is the co-founder of Parenting Resources, the Premier Education and Support Center for New and Expectant Parents and the Professionals who serve them. She is known as a gifted speaker, teacher, and excellent bedside clinician, along with being seen as a professional who cares for and includes families in their baby's care. While she impacts the lives of babies and caregivers in her practice and teaching, she also brings her vast knowledge and passion to students as a lead instructor in the Parenting Resources Professional Network certification programs including Postpartum Doulas, Birth Doulas, Newborn Care Specialists, Perinatal Health Educators, and Babywearing Specialists throughout the country and online.

Kate Schnetzer, MHA, CBS, CLC, CPST

Kate holds as Masters in Health Administration and is a Certified Babywearing Educator, Lactation Counselor, Postpartum Doula, Child Passenger Safety Technician, and holds Certifications in Child Welfare and has been trained by Postpartum Support International. She has been serving families for over 10 years and is the co-founder of Parenting Resources, the Premier Education and Support Center for New and Expectant Parents and the Professionals who serve them. She is a business and marketing guru while also sees dozens of private babywearing consulting clients each week. She also brings her babywearing, safety, and business expertise to students as a lead instructor for the Parenting Resources Professional Network certification programs including Postpartum Doulas, Birth Doulas, Perinatal Health Educators, and Babywearing Specialists throughout the country and online.

Want to learn more about us and our other programs?

Visit our St. Louis Parenting Center website at
parentingresources.org

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