Hands-On Workshops


Get Your Doula On! is a series of workshops offered in Waterloo, Ontario for doulas and birth professionals to explore and hone their practical, communication, and business skills.

These workshops are run by certified CBI trainers, Grace Van Bruwaene (birth and postpartum doula, co-founder of Birth Trauma Ontario) and Johanna Veenendaal-Knowles (birth, bereavement, and postpartum doula, and childbirth educator), and are open to all birth professionals who wish to attend.

We’re kicking the series off with our first workshop: Comfort Measures in Labour and After the Epidural.

As doulas, one of the biggest issues we help clients prepare for and navigate, is pain in labour. In our morning session, Johanna and Grace will cover practical ways to help clients feel better during labour. But pain isn’t just a physical sensation. What emotional and societal underpinnings contribute to this as well? During this session we’ll explore the narratives around birth in our community and society as a whole and how we can best prepare our clients for their big day.

“If my client gets an epidural, does this mean I failed?”  

“Once my client gets an epidural, a doula isn’t needed anymore. I might as well go home.”  

“I want an epidural, so I don’t need a doula.”

During our afternoon session, we’re going to discuss some of these statements in a lot more detail! Why might a client get an epidural? Are epidurals judgements on our doula skills? How can we support clients who are planning on getting an epidural? What support might they need? What does it look like to support clients after the epidural is placed? Throughout this session, we’ll not only explore the many narratives around epidurals, but give you practical tools to best support your clients, however they labour.  

Join us Saturday November 19th 2016 from 9:30am to 4pm.
Workshop Fee: $95 USD (approx. $125 CAD)

Coffee, tea, and snacks will be available during meet-and-greet at 9:30 (and throughout), with our first session starting promptly at 10am. A catered lunch will be provided.

Cancellation Policy:

Cancellations prior to November 13th will receive a full refund. Cancellations after November 13th will receive a 50% refund. If you are called to a birth the day before, or day of the workshop please contact Grace or Johanna as soon as possible. Your fee will be put towards another workshop in the series, unless other arrangements are made.

This workshop will take place at:

OurVillage by The Birthing Space
29 Willow Street
Waterloo, Ontario
N2J 1V7

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