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There is a wisdom in the stories that our grandmothers tell us. It’s the medicine of generations.  The stories of our collective pasts, and the hope for our future. The world of birth is not new and neither is the work of the birthkeeper.

When you decide to become an Abuela doula, you will be encouraged to reach back into your cultural heritage to bring forward the traditions of your mothers and your mothers’ mothers. The role of a doula is to support and to be with women as they travel through pregnancy, birth and those early postnatal days. To sit in and share the wisdom of the Abuelas, the grandmothers.

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.  Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.  It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. – Marianne Williamson

Become a Doula

There is a wisdom in the stories that our grandmothers tell us. It’s the medicine of generations. The stories of our collective pasts, and the hope for our future. The world of birth is not new and neither is the work of the birthkeeper.

When you decide to become an Abuela doula, you will be encouraged to reach back into your cultural heritage to bring forward the traditions of your mothers and your mothers’ mothers. The role of a doula is to support and to be with women as they travel through pregnancy, birth and those early postnatal days. To sit in and share the wisdom of the Abuelas, the grandmothers

 

“The first day of the course I noticed I was in a room filled with women of colour, and different cultural backgrounds, here to learn the wisdom of the Abuela Doulas… This course takes you back to the times when Granny Midwife was around, I learnt so many things that I can bring into my world as a doula, as a mother, as a sister and as a friend.”

Doula Preparation Course

Knowing what a doula is, and knowing what it is to be a doula, recognising that the preparation course is precisely that. Preparation. An Abuela doula should seek to learn more, network and engage with other birth and postnatal professionals and hold herself to a good personal code. 

This is a four day, interactive course. An application form will be sent and the course explained to enquirers – this includes structure and fees. The pre-course module will be sent with the application form and is expected to be completed before starting. The post course module should be completed within 9 months. 

COST: £750

 

Postnatal Sankofa

Most postnatal courses concentrate on the household chores that doulas perform and getting parents back into ‘normal’ life. Abuela Doulas are there to teach you how to truly nurture and nourish women where they are, enabling healing and restoration. You will honour your clients. 

We emphasise the need to be culturally safe and to move beyond mere competence to true, unbiased support. We will dig deep into cultural support and care – it is the perfect compliment to the Red Tent practical postpartum course.

Level Up! Advanced Doula Course

As an Abuela doula, you will be encouraged to reach back into your cultural heritage to bring forward the traditions of your mothers and your mothers’ mothers. The role of a doula is to support and to be with women and birthing people as they travel through pregnancy, birth and those early postnatal days.

We invite you to sit in and share the wisdom of the Abuelas, the grandmothers.

Rooted: Become A Birth Keeper

This is a six month, birth keeper course that covers the whole perinatal period. The course for those that are committed to becoming doulas and want to go in deep.

Monthly Leading Lights session with Lorna Phillip Nicola Goodall Kay Lakka Adelaide Harris Illiyin Morrison and Maisie Hill

Six online modules Independent study modules that cover the perinatal period

Face to face portion – 3 days

Reading and reflection week where you go in deep with one of the books on the reading list

Bonus offerings Including the Abuela Goodie Bag, access to Loving the Multiple Parents online course, a workshop all about tech, a certification guide

Price: £2,500

 

I felt you made the course for us as individuals, you brought things out of each of us.

Find Your Abuela Doula

Choosing a doula is a very personal thing. Your birthkeeper will walk alongside you as you welcome new life into your home. Your Abuela brings the wisdom of the Abuelas with them.

Cultural Competency Course

Cultural Competency is a set of behaviours, policies and attitudes that form a system that allows cross cultural groups to effectively work individually and within organisations where mutli-cultural situations are present. In changing the colour of the landscape, we need to be able to live and work effectively within it. Without cultural competency we find health disparities, service users turning away and complaints.

This workshop aims to work through the way we work culturally and how to implement best practice when working within the birth world. Looking at our language, awareness of self and ways of working, this is going to be a full day with role play as well as individual and group work. We look forward to your active participation. On occasion this workshop is available to travel to you – please be in touch to discuss this.

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