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#1 of 6 Old 09-11-2010, 12:16 AM - Thread Starter
 
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Just like the title says, what do you all think is the best postpartum doula course out there?

What are some of the best books to read?

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There is 1 book I have heard of - I forgot what it is, temporarily.

I think that crisis counseling training would be most beneficial to me in my work with postpartum women - though I haven't taken any, yet. Also of course lactation training is useful - I'm a lactation educator now, maybe I will certify as a CLE.

In addition, I think motherhood is really useful training, and of course reflective listening skills. Anyhoo, I want to start developing routines, similar to what Flybabies make themselves: flylady.net

If anyone has routines they'd like to share, I'd love to know some of them.
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Well, I have the Motherhood thing down. I have four children and my oldest will be turning 10 next month. I'm also trained as a WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counselor and I worked there for a little over three years part-time.

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I'm headed in this direction myself.

Two books that I have, but have not yet read are:
Mothering the New Mother and Nurturing the New Family.

I was hoping to take a course offered in my area too but I just can't afford it right now for time and financial reasons. At this point, from what I've heard from other PP doulas, is that deep listening is key, understanding basic newborn care, trouble shooting breastfeeding problems, and being able to do light housework. While I would like to increase my lactation knowledge, I think I could certainly do all of these things.

I'd be curious to hear about what paths others have taken to become PP doulas.

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I just signed up with Birth Arts and have just started the coursework. I felt like I needed a certificate because while I do have a 14 mo and have attended a lot of LLL meetings, I felt I would need a confidence booster when I am talking with potential clients. I also have had issues keeping my own feelings out of the way when I am listening to others so I felt like this might help with my listening skills too.
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How is the Birth Arts Course so far?

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