Postpartum Doula Training in Brooklyn

Hi Laura, thanks for taking some time to chat with us today at Baby Caravan. We are so excited to host you in October for the CAPPA Postpartum Doula training.

Baby Caravan: What brought you to working with mothers and babies?
Laura Nance: As with many people, it was my own personal experience with the births and postpartum periods of my own children. I discovered there is a huge gap in the education and support of new families. The focus is on the pregnancy, the labor, the nursery and all the “stuff.” Then once the baby is born the new mother is often times left on her own to figure everything out. A lot of times if she has the help, it isn’t the right help. The education women are getting isn’t evidence based. All of these things lead to women being depleted at a time they should be really growing and experiencing joy.

BC: How do you feel postpartum doulas help mothers and babies the most?
LN: I like to use the illustration of a trail guide, someone who is familiar with the path and there to guide others along the path. But the person has to do the hiking themselves, the trail guide doesn’t carry them, only guides them. Postpartum doulas have experience and expertise to educate and support new families; they can guide them, but they don’t carry them. So the doula really helps the family figure out that they have the ability to do it all themselves, they just need someone to show them the ropes and assist them until they can do it on their own. So I guess, the way postpartum doulas help the most is by boosting the new mom’s confidence in herself and her ability to be a mom.

BC: What’s your favorite part of being a postpartum doula?

LN: That moment when that new mom realizes her ability as a mom to her baby. I love seeing that confidence.

BC: What are a few things a new mom can do to plan for a smooth and enjoyable postpartum experience?

LN: Get help. As American women we tend to suffer from Supermom Syndrome; we think we need to be able to do everything. We think that asking for help is a sign of weakness. A new mom needs to be focusing on her own physical and emotional healing and getting to know her new baby, not shopping, laundry, cooking and cleaning. And get sleep. Whatever the amount of sleep she got before she had the baby, or really before she got pregnant, that is how much she still needs, if not a little more. She won’t be getting it at long stretches at night but she still needs that many hours of sleep in a 24 hour period.

BC: Why CAPPA? What benefits do doulas have by certifying with CAPPA?
LN: CAPPA is an international organization that has trained and certified thousands of birth professionals since our beginning in 1998. We are recognized for our professionalism, longevity and unsurpassed personal customer service to our members. Our curriculum is standardized and revised on a regular basis to make sure the content is based on the most recent and relevant information. We also offer multiple certification programs and sponsor continuing education for our members.

This is just the tip of the iceberg. So when someone certifies with CAPPA they get a comprehensive education from a long-standing and professional organization that will mentor them and personally assist them on their journey. And did I mention we have a FREE annual conference for our members with outstanding speakers??

BC: That's awesome!! What book are you currently reading?

LN: HAHA, I’m actually reading more than one, which is something I never used to do. Personally I’m reading Pillars of the Earth for the second time and the Call the Midwife books. And for professional development I am reading Sunshine After Storm, Natural Healing after Birth and Making More Milk.  

BC: I LOVE Call the Midwife, I'll need to check out some of the others as well. Thank you so much for taking the time to chat with us today. We are so looking forward to hosting you in October for the Postpartum Doula Training at Diaperkind in Gowanus.

Jen Mayer