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Postpartum Doula Training

We are thrilled to announce that Jenn Fontaine will finally be returning to Australia in 2022 to teach her own unique postpartum doula training across Australia!

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 2022, this course will be available in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne.

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.

Training Dates 2022

Sydney: Saturday October 15th to Monday October 17th, 9am – 5pm each day

Melbourne: Monday October 24th to Wednesday October 26th, 9am – 5pm each day

N.B We are still confirming venues, but the trainings will be held at centrally located metro locations.

Investment

Register more than 6 weeks out from the start of your chosen course and save with our early bird discount!

Early bird rate: $700 incl. GST
Full rate: (if you register less than 6 weeks prior to the start of your chosen course) $900 incl. GST

Please click HERE to read the Terms & Conditions before registering.

Click HERE to register now!

Bundle and Save!

Jenn will also be offering a 4-day DONA International approved birth doula training.

Register during the early bird period for both the DONA Birth Doula training AND the postpartum doula training and save $300!

Total cost for both the 4-day DONA Birth doula training PLUS the 3-day Postpartum Doula training: $1,375 incl. GST

There is also the option to do the Postpartum doula training PLUS When Survivors Give Birth.
Total cost for the Postpartum Doula training PLUS When Survivors Give Birth: $925 incl. GST.

For all you extreme birth nerds out there, you also have the option to complete all three courses with Jenn Fontaine. Bundle all three trainings together and SAVE!

Total cost for the 4-day DONA Birth doula training PLUS the 3-day Postpartum Doula training PLUS When Survivors Give Birth: $1,600 incl. GST

Please click HERE to read the Terms & Conditions before registering.

Click HERE to register now. You can select your chosen bundle in the registration form.

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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.

Emotional support:

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.

Physical support:

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.

Family support:

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.

Feeding support:

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.

Other Support:

Help with household tasks, meal preparation, light housecleaning, errands, sleep. We want the families to feel strong, confident and bonded with their little one.

Course outline:

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
  • Referrals
  • 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 recognising the role that culture plays
  • Evidence-Based Care and Informed Choice
  • Grief and Loss
  • Business

About Your Trainer

Jenn Fontaine
LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), PCD(DONA), CLE, 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 Fontaine is an international trainer and has been involved in birth work for over 19 years. Her love of learning and supporting families in a non judgmental way makes her stand out as a leader in her work. She has worked as a childbirth educator for 16 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 also specializes in trauma-informed education.

Jenn is a wife, a mum to four, a loss and trauma survivor, a trainer and a mentor. She lives and practices in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

Have a question for Jenn? Send her an email


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