Powerful Prenatal Relationships

This session is designed to increase participant’s confidence initiating professional prenatal relationships with clients that create value, empowerment and positive change in their own and their client’s lives. Based on research with birth doulas, the information has been found to be relevant to any professional working with pregnant families.  We will cover topics for prenatal visits, relationships with partners, and an exercise in reflection and cultivating wisdom. Different kinds of prenatal relationships will be covered, from the one hour visit in a volunteer program to a multi year relationship in a community program.  We will spend time turning the seven principles of Powerful Prenatal Relationships into personal actions (from the last chapter in Dr. Gilliland’s book, The Heart of The Doula).  Flexibility is built into the outline to meet the specific needs of the participants who are present that day.

Participants will be able to:

  • Apply the seven principles of powerful prenatal relationships to create value, empowerment and positive change in their own and their client’s lives.
  • Create an effective schema of topics to use at prenatal visits for a variety of client types. 
  • Determine best approaches to involving partners in their own prenatal relationship with the doula, nurse, or family visitor.
  • Characterize and reinforce that the doula's primary role of support of their clients is the most valuable and helpful; rather than being a problem solver, fixer or educator.
  • Utilize the nine questions from the Debriefing The Visit Exercise to develop insight into themselves and their clients.

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