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Natural Awakenings San Diego

Birth Doula Skills Workshop

May 31, 2013 10:10AM

A Birth Doula Skills Workshop is being held July 25-28 at the Simkin Center for Allied Birth Vocations at Bastyr. During this four-day workshop, participants will learn responsive birth support in a team-taught environment by world class faculty.

The workshop will provide new options for people who dream of serving women and families in pregnancy, birth and postpartum. Attendees will gain the skills to provide meaningful and important connections with families during an epic life transition.

The curriculum includes anatomy and physiology of pregnancy, fetal development, labor, postpartum, and breastfeeding; components of prenatal care and the midwifery model of care; emotions of pregnancy; pain management techniques; 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; newborn care and breastfeeding support and much more. The workshop also includes Introduction to Childbearing (DONA International certification requirement).

Bastyr University California opened in fall 2012 with an inaugural class of naturopathic medicine students, becoming California's only fully accredited naturopathic medical school. A Bastyr education offers a broad foundation that prepares students to follow their hearts and flourish as successful holistic professionals.

The Bastyr University Clinic, based at the Sorrento Valley campus, offers comprehensive family health care to the San Diego community.

Cost: $649. Location: 4106 Sorrento Valley Blvd, San Diego. For more information, call 858-246-9700, email [email protected], or visit

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