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Greensboro, North Carolina

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© 2017 by The Labor Lady, LLC. 

IBFA Core Goals

Train bridge builders: 

  • Provide basic medical knowledge of pregnancy, birth and the postpartum period to our professionals

  • Teach professional communication so our practitioners can facilitate the shared decision making process and build bridges between the doula and medical communities.

Teach culturally safe care:

  • Be culturally aware/inclusive through self-reflection 

  • Recognize and respond to problematic behavior in healthcare situations in ways that help decrease maternal and newborn morbidity rates in our local at-risk communities, as well as make birth less traumatic for our clients.

  • Remind practitioners that cultural competency is an ongoing process, not a box to check off.

Develop sustainable businesses:

  • Equip birth and postpartum professionals with the knowledge and critical thinking skills so they can provide well-rounded, common-sense guidance and support to their clients.

  • Assist new birth professionals as they create stable businesses within their communities.

From Our Founder...

The Birth of IBFA

 

After years of providing  doula care, mentoring new doulas and teaching parents, I realized my passion for bridging the gaps in the birth community.  Namely, the often misunderstood roles of both doulas and medical professionals, cultural awareness, and an emphasis on doula self-care. In addition, I saw that doulas could use a more rigorous certification process with access to direct mentors.  As such, IBFA provides training that is culturally inclusive for our ever-diversifying communities, teaches doulas how to engage with the medical staff in healthy, intelligent ways, and how to create a sustainable business.  All of our courses are designed by partnerships between an experienced doula (or other certified birth professional) and a medical professional so our information is evidence-based, current and relevant.

We train bridge builders that understand the complexities and truths about modern childbirth. 

Our Courses

(WE ARE NOT CURRENTLY HOLDING CLASSES)

A 12-hour course covering: the history of birth and doulas in America, global birth cultures and trends, the art of therapeutic communication, cultural awareness, anatomy and physiology of labor, comfort measures, the scope of practice, setting up a doula business and doula survival tips. The post-training certification process includes attending 5 births, gathering client and medical team feedback, attending a community childbirth class, assigned readings, essay completion and direct mentorship. 

BIRTH DOULA

A 10-hour course covering: the importance of childbirth education, childbirth in America, global birth cultures and trends, the art of therapeutic communication, cultural awareness, childbirth basics, group learning dynamics, teaching tricks, and creating, marketing, and teaching your own childbirth education course.

The post-training certification process includes creating a class outline including interactive activities, compiling a community resource list, essay completion and direct mentorship. 

CHILDBIRTH EDUCATOR

A 12-hour course covering: the state of postpartum care in America and global trends, history and role of the postpartum doula, the art of therapeutic communication, cultural awareness, anatomy and physiology of postpartum recovery, medical and complementary therapies used to support recovery, basic newborn care, basic breastfeeding support, scope of practice, and setting up a doula business. The post-training certification process includes providing care for 3 families, gathering client feedback, attending a community breastfeeding class, assigned readings, essay completion, and direct mentorship. 

POSTPARTUM DOULA

An 8-hour course covering: the role of the breastfeeding peer counselor, therapeutic communication and cultural awareness, anatomy and physiology of breastfeeding, managing supply and demand, common problems, teaching bottle-feeding for breastfeeders, pumping basics,  and in-person latch assistance with a mom and newborn. 

The post-training certification process includes providing breastfeeding support to 5 mothers with IBCLC supervision, creation of client documentation system, assigned readings, essay completion, and direct mentorship. 

BREASTFEEDING PEER COUNSELOR

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