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Medical Doula (Labor Coach) Studies | General Info

A doula is a licensed professional who provides support to women during pregnancy, labor and childbirth.

The profession of the doula is one of the oldest in the world. A search of Jewish texts reveals that female labor coaches were an integral part of the delivery team at every birth since ancient times.

The doula provides physical and emotional support to pregnant women and their families. Doulas are familiar with all aspects of pregnancy, birth and new parenthood, and accompany the family from the moment of the first meeting with the couple during the pregnancy until three months after delivery.

International studies have shown that women who had a doula’s support during pregnancy and childbirth exhibit less anxiety while in labor, have shorter labors, use fewer pain relieving drugs, undergo fewer Cesarean  sections, instrumental (forceps or vacuum) births and medical interventions, and suffer less from post-partum depression.

This course teaches the skills necessary for combining western medical practices with methods from complementary medicine.
Only Shelem College offers studies affiliated with a hospital, such that a large part of the material studied is medical information taught by well-known doctors.

Combined Track | Medical Doula (Labor Coach)

Combined tracks combines a number of courses that can be learned separately. The advantage of Medical Doula (Labor Coach) combined learning program is acquiring an integrated toolkit synchronized between different fields of study and acquisition of knowledge in different disciplines. In addition, the combined track cost cheaper than the seperate courses together.

Courses in the Medical Doula (Labor Coach) track:

A doula is a licensed professional who provides support to women during pregnancy, labor and childbirth. The profession of the doula is one of the oldest in the world. A search of Jewish texts reveals that female labor coaches were an integral part of the delivery team at every birth since ancient times.

Choice of therapeutic touch courses

The logic of reflexology, map of the foot, pain diagnosis , introduction to all the body's systems from the perspective of reflexology, professional principles, therapeutic techniques, practical experience. Personal empowerment, psychopathology, reflexology of the hand and palm.
Enrichment workshops: Cupping and Hopi candling
Extensive professional specialization: Neurology, gynecology, metabolism, podiatry. Self- enrichment, diagnosis of personality through the structure of the palm.
Guidance in the preparation of an in-depth research project. Methods of diagnosis and treatment.

Medical massage is a particularly effective therapy whose value has been proven and is recognized by conventional medicine.

Teachers staff

Orit Houzman
Korin Itzkowitch
Liat Shik Nave
Anat Tel-Oren
Gila Ronel
Tzvia Tenenbaum
Ronit Malkin
Bracha Safra
Ron Gilam
Rabbi Ahron Harel

syllabus

1st Year
[1700]
Medical Doula (Labor Coach)
196 Hours [49 Meetings]
[1701]
135 Hours [38 Meetings]
[9510]
Anatomy and physiology
112 Hours [38 Meetings]
> Choice of therapeutic touch courses
[4100]
Multidisciplinary Holistic Massage
152 Hours [38 Meetings]
[7000]
reflexologi
190 Hours [38 Meetings]
Total: 595 Hours [163 Meetings]

Curriculum

Medical Doula (Labor Coach)

Anatomy and physiology of the female body

  • Changes during pregnancy
  • Physiological birth
  • Hormones during pregnancy and childbirth
  • Tests during pregnancy and childbirth
  • Pelvic floor in pregnancy and after childbirth

Preparation for childbirth

  • Techniques for physical and emotional management of active labor 
  • Local / general anesthesia, relaxation, positions and breathing techniques, guided imagery, breathing, reflexology.
  • Birthing contractions vs. false labor
  • Pelvic floor – tools for preserving and strengthening the pelvic floor before and after childbirth
  • Individualized childbirth preparation
  • Various ways of leading pre-natal groups

Symptoms of the birthing process

  • Support during the stages of childbirth
  • Fetal monitoring
  • Progression of labor
  • The  latent stage of labor
  • Managing delivery. combining proper breathing,
  • positions, food and drink.
  • Obstetric pain relievers, anesthetics 
  • Presentations in delivery

Support during active labor

  • Support during delivery with epidural 
  • Support during VBAC

Varied use of complementary medicine in the delivery room

  • Yoga, massage, reflexology.
  • Guided imagery, breathing and relaxation.
  • Shiatsu, Su Jok and healing
  •  Rebozo: assisting with a shawl
  • Practical aromatherapy workshop, treatment with oils
  • Bach flowers

Difficulties during and following delivery

  • Unexpected delivery outcomes
  • Stillbirth, sudden infant death
  • Childbirth recuperation – support after delivery

Halachic and legal aspects

  • Attending a birth on Shabbat, holidays and fast days
  • Spiritual birth. The doula’s role during and after delivery.

The doula career

  • Pre-natal courses – guidance in building the courses
  • Ongoing telephone support, meetings, during childbirth
  • Vision and establishing a business 

 

Diplomas

1st Year

Diploma from Shelem College
Diploma from the Israeli therapeutic touch associations

 

Shelem College Diploma

Israel Reflexology Association Diploma

 

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