Due to the unprecedented global health crisis of Covid-19, we have decided to postpone the DONA International Doula Training with Jenn Fontaine until early 2022.
We hope to announce training dates and locations in the very near future, so watch this space!
This course is primarily aimed at experienced birth doulas who are seeking to add to their existing skill set and to expand their doula practice by offering postpartum support. However, new doulas, or people wanting to work in the postpartum space specifically may also apply for this course. In 2021, this course will be available in Melbourne and Sydney.
To be completed before the training:
- Video class on listening skills
- Video class on grief and loss
- Read Pregnancy, Childbirth and The Newborn by Penny Simkin et al (2018 edition)
Videos will be sent out two weeks before the course.
noun: the transition into motherhood
This three full-day course will help you acquire the knowledge and hands-on skills to support families after the birth of their baby. You will learn how to help in the early weeks of parenting, how to provide evidence-based information to help families feel confident in caring for themselves and their baby. You will be trained in all aspects of care and support for mothers and their families after a baby is born.
The role of the postpartum support person:
Our role is flexible. From family to family, day to day, even hour to hour, the role is constantly changing based on the needs of the individual family.
New mothers need nurturing and encouragement, maybe more than at any other time in our lives. We will hear them, process with them, and support them while giving them time to adjust to the profound changes of motherhood.
Assisting new mothers to get the nutrition and sleep they need to thrive, while helping them to acquire the skills to confidently care for her baby.
Partners, parents, siblings! We help check in, answer questions and offer support. Helping everyone bond, tips for managing, making suggestions and offering encouragement to all family members in ways that can help them learn positive ways to be involved in the new household.
We are trained to support normal breastfeeding. Positions, tips, information and encouragement. If they are feeding with bottles and formulas, we can help with that as well.
Informational support and referrals:
It is important for postpartum doulas to have a working knowledge of current research, local resources and when and where to refer in the community.
Help with household tasks, meal preparation, light housecleaning, errands, sleep. We want the families to feel strong, confident and bonded with their little one.
Through discussion, teachings and hands-on learning we will cover the following topics:
- Clarity in our support role
- Listening skills
- Effective communication
- Processing birth
- Postpartum physiology
- Postpartum physical recovery process and help for common complaints
- Postpartum emotions
- Postpartum mood disorders
- Postpartum relationships, sexuality
- Nutrition and healthy habits, healthy meal planning
- Breastfeeding support and other feeding options
- The needs of the infant; sleep, skin-to-skin, attachment
- Infant care; bathing, baby wearing, nappy options
- Home organisation; recognition of home safety, and tips on household tasks
- Sibling needs and tips
- Supporting multiples, and unique family situations
- Cultural Competency and recognizing the role that culture plays
- Evidence-Based Care and Informed Choice
- Grief and Loss
About the Trainer
LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), PCD(DONA), CLE, Lamaze Program Director
DONA International Birth Doula Trainer
Jenn is a certified DONA International birth doula, a DONA International Birth Doula Trainer, and a certified Lamaze Educator and accredited Lamaze Program Director.
Jenn has been working as a birth doula for 17 years and has had the honour of attending hundreds of births. As a doula, she strives to provide non-judgmental support to families and support them in all their decisions while building the mother up and helping her realize her own amazing strength. She has worked as a childbirth educator for 15 years and is passionate about passing along her knowledge to families and other doulas, knowing that she is learning just as much from them! She absolutely loves doing doula trainings and helping new doulas find their own path.
Jenn currently lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada with her ripped bodybuilding husband, Marc, her four amazing kids and two drooling bulldogs George and Scarlett. She is undergoing treatment for her coffee addiction but there are doubts as to its success.
Have a question for Jenn? Send her an email!