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.
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