Our two directors, Lauren and I, attended a DONA International Postpartum Doula training hosted in Asheville, NC on April 6th-8th of this year. Our trainer, Jen Chandlee, hosted the training where she works at Homegrown Families Health & Education Center. Their education center is absolutely beautiful and all inspiring! My personal dream is for our organization to open a similar center right here in Pitt County, North Carolina, but that is a five-year goal for the future. :)
At this training, we learned a wealth of knowledge we have already carried back and used in our Eastern North Carolina communities (currently we have assisted over 10 women and family units! That is not including the emails, calls, text messages, and other inquiries we have received). Our trainer has over 20 years of experience in this field. Through case studies, scenarios, art, digital media, conversation, and so much more, our group shared 27 in-person hours together in an environment that was extremely conducive to learning.
To get a little more specific, the two of us as new postpartum doulas learned about and how to: our scope of practice and how to stay in it, DONA's Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics, common shifts, client intake process, effective communication, postpartum physical changes, acting in the role as an educator, multiples, breastfeeding, integrating baby into the family unit, perinatal mental health, resources and referrals, loss and grief, and more. The conversations were unforgettable. The wealth of knowledge that was imparted on us we are still processing and soaking in! As we have begun to work with clients, we are seeing how first-hand this training was invaluable to our mission and work to be done here in Eastern North Carolina! We are honored and excited to have Jen agree to come conduct this same training for our doula collective members next month!
And if the super thoughtful and kind gentleman who works at Trader Joe's in Asheville, NC is reading this, thank you again for these beautiful flowers! What a treat they were and they made our afternoon training session a little more lovely!