When you decide to become an Abuela doula, you will be encouraged to reach back into your cultural heritage to bring forward the traditions of your mothers and your mothers’ mothers. The role of a doula is to support and to be with women as they travel through pregnancy, birth and those early postnatal days. To sit in and share the wisdom of the Abuelas, the grandmothers.
There is a wisdom in the stories that our grandmothers tell us. It’s the medicine of generations. The stories of our collective pasts, and the hope for our future. The world of birth is not new and neither is the work of the birthkeeper.
Birth Preparation Course
Knowing what a doula is, and knowing what it is to be a doula, recognising that the preparation course is precisely that. Preparation. An Abuela doula should seek to learn more, network and engage with other birth and postnatal professionals and hold herself to a good personal code.
Postnatal Sankofa Course
Most postnatal courses concentrate on the household chores that doulas perform and getting parents back into ‘normal’ life. Abuela Doulas are there to teach you how to truly nurture and nourish women where they are, enabling healing and restoration. You will honour your clients.
Level Up! Advanced birth keeper training
This is for birth keepers – doulas, midwives and all working within perinatal care. It is a chance to deepen your practise and ensure that you are working in cultural humility and safety. You will leave with a reproductive justice fire in your belly.
These are four day, interactive courses – currently held online*. An application form will be sent and the course explained to enquirers – this includes structure and fees. The pre-course module will be sent with the application form and is expected to be completed before starting. The post course module should be completed within 9 months.
We emphasise the need to be culturally safe and to move beyond mere competence to true, unbiased support. We will dig deep into cultural support and care – it is the perfect compliment to the Red Tent practical postpartum course.
*We plan to return to face to face courses once it is safe to do so.