Dolphin Method Doula Training and Certification
We are very pleased to offer our unique Dolphin Method™ birth doula certification and training for those seeking a fascinating and rewarding career as labor support professional or to deepen their understanding and skills as doulas.
The information, experience and wisdom shared in this certification program has been developed and refined, collectively over 40 years and more than 800 births; with amazing and powerful results.
We look forward to guiding you through the process of birthing yourself as a Doula and establishing yourself as a professional in the birth community.
Dolphin Method Doula Training and Certification
The Dolphin Method doula training will give you all of the tools necessary for you to work with birthing families prenatally, during and after childbirth. You will have the skills, confidence and knowledge to support your client in a hospital, or out-of-hospital birth facility, and feel comfortable in knowing that you have the necessary skills to improve their birth experience.
Doula training includes:
- Stages of Pregnancy, labor and childbirth
- Techniques for helping women through every stage of labor
- Working at hospitals & birth centers
- Helping your client understand their options
- How to engage emotionally with your clients
- Labor positions and techniques
- Psychology for doulas
- Basic massage techniques for labor
- Alternative birthing styles and situations
Basic Childbirth Education
The Basic Childbirth Education section of our training will teach you:
- Anatomy and physiology of pregnancy and birth
- Signs of labor onset
- Normal physiological birth – stages of labor
- When birth needs help – medical interventions in the hospital setting.
- Cesarean birth
- Early Postpartum procedures for the birthing person and baby- including initial breastfeeding
This is required learning, as much of what we talk about in the doula training is based off of this training session.
Hypnosis for Childbirth
Hypnosis for Childbirth is the cornerstone of our Dolphin Doula Method, and when utilized, is an extremely effective technique for assisting pregnant people at all stages of pregnancy and labor. Hypnosis for Childbirth helps the pregnant person adjust mentally and physically to the dramatic changes happening to her body and life.
By practicing deep relaxation through self-hypnosis, the expectant mother:
- Strengthens the bond with baby which helps facilitate parent-infant attachment after birth
- Manages anxiety around the labor and birth process
- Accesses her individual and unique source of strength and calm
- Reframes the pain associated with pregnancy and childbirth and reinforces positive sensations
What is a doula?
Traditionally, doulas are people who provide informational, emotional, and physical support for the pregnant person and their support team before, during and after childbirth. A Birth Doula stays by the pregnant person’s side throughout their birthing experience, the doula coaches the pregnant person’s and their team through this life changing process of childbirth, helping them feel safe and informed as they move into parenthood.
Birth Doula Requirements
- Complete all pre-recorded videos and attend all live Zoom session
- Provide continuous doula services for three births starting before active labor onset and staying with the family for the around the first 2 hours postpartum.
- Write a hypnosis induction for Childbirth Relaxation/Pain management
Classes and other certification recommendations
- Child and Adult CPR & First Aid Training
- Read and sign the Dolphin Method code of Ethics & Standard Operating Procedures
- Pass the Dolphin Method exam
Why take the Dolphin Method™ Doula Training?
The Dolphin Doula Method certification course is one of the most comprehensive Doula trainings in the world today. You will emerge confident in your abilities to support new families prenatally and postpartum in the following ways: Physically, nutritionally, mentally and emotionally with the training in hypnosis. You will feel confident in your knowledge of practical techniques for pain management, and in your ability to advocate and communicate with the medical staff attending the birth.
How long will it take to complete the doula certification?
This depends on how you approach it and how quickly finish all the requirements. The course itself is offered over 3 weekends in addition to the time spent watching the pre-recorded videos. Once you have completed all other requirements, you will be mailed your Certified Doula (CD) credential. You have up to one year to complete the certification, but it can be done in less time.
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I had an opportunity to attend doula training in 2000 from another group. It was a group of 9 women, and lasted 3 days. We spent time going over childbirth physiology, massaging and breathing techniques for relaxation. We watched videos of European water births, home births and hospital births. About an hour was spent on lactation with a representative from the Le Leche League. No discussion was mentioned of “bad” or difficult outcomes, how to deal with the birthing family or the doula’s emotional component.
Back then I recognized that this group and I had a philosophical difference. I feel that the birth experience is the mother and her partner’s experience. The choices they make are theirs and should be respected whether I agree with them or not. This group was more focused on home birthing, “all natural childbirth” and “only breast feeding,” or you would not be a good parent.
I am thrilled that Dolphin Method Doula training falls more in line with my own thinking. Making judgments and forcing an experience on someone is not comfortable for me. You’ve taught and reinforced my thought processes, enhanced my learning to include hypnotherapy and voice modulation to promote relaxation and focus. Meeting with the psychologist, and learning how to appropriately deal with the difficult situations was invaluable.
I am grateful that you’re providing follow-up meetings to support our training and allow us to meet and experience other doulas. These days of training are invaluable to me, and I intend to use the techniques and guidelines in my doula work. Thank you again for your openness and this opportunity.
Taking the Dolphin Method Doula training has been the best thing I have ever done for myself. It is an absolute honor to be learning from such amazing and knowledgeable women. I realized that being a doula means that you are not only apart of the birth of the baby but also the birth of the mother and partner as well. After giving birth, using the dolphin method, I truly believe the confidence and calm power a woman gains stays with her throughout her entire life.
Instilling that confidence and power in women during their labor changes the outcome drastically. While I drove home tonight from an all day class, I felt as light as a cloud. I felt like I could relax myself and have the same effect on another person. I felt like I had the power to transfer my positive energy into another person, creating a different perspective and outcome for that person. Tonight I truly felt confident in myself and that I can be an incredible doula. What a high!
I am buzzing again tonight with all the information that was given during training today. We spent the majority of the day soaking up as much of Jennifer’s vast wealth of information on hypnosis as possible. She walked us through the process of testing clients for their primary way of processing: kinesthetic, visual or auditory. I was riveted the whole time with all the information as we went through each exercise, and it was so immensely valuable for me to be taken through the process of discovering my own primary sense (and now I know that I can chalk that up to the fact that I am highly kinesthetic, and so I learn best by doing…).
It’s as if my entire life’s journey has been in preparation for this chapter on my path. Tonight was the first day of Dolphin Method Doula Training. It was only two days ago that I finished Dolphin Method Prenatal Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training with Jennifer More, which was incredible. I hung onto every word she said, she spoke with such clarity and wove in all kinds of incredible birthing stories. When I arrived home each day after the training I would excitedly regurgitate all that I had learned. I was hooked on the Dolphin Method and was thrilled to sign up for the Doula Training.