DONA Birth Doula and ICEA Postpartum Doula Workshops Scheduled at Brookings Health System

Posted: 9/10/2012

As a part of the ongoing initiative to improve labor, delivery, recovery and postpartum care, Brookings Health System will host two doula workshops this fall.

The popular DONA Birth Doula workshop will be offered on Sept. 28 and 29 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. in hospital conference rooms A and B. This workshop provides hands-on education for providing physical and emotional support to birthing women and their families. It is one step in meeting the requirements for becoming a volunteer doula at Brookings Health System.

On Oct. 5 and 6, Brookings Health System will host an ICEA Postpartum Doula workshop from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. in hospital conference rooms A and B. This workshop focuses on hands-on education for providing physical and emotional support to new moms and their families during the postpartum period.

Each workshop costs $350, with the fee waived if applying to become a volunteer doula at Brookings Health System. The workshops are recommended for doulas, nurses, lactation counselors, childbirth educators and other health care professionals.

Both workshops will be lead by Marilyn Hildreth of JM Birth Consultants, a registered nurse, chair of the CIMS mother friendly nurse recognition program, and an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant.

People interested in these workshops may register online at www.jmbirthconsultants.com; use the promo code “volunteer” if signing up as a volunteer doula at Brookings Health System.

Questions about the classes or information on becoming a volunteer doula may be directed to Brookings Health System’s Obstetrics Director Mary Schwaegerl at (605) 696-8811 or mschwaegerl@brookingshealth.org.

For more information on Brookings Health System’s volunteer doula program, please visit www.brookingshealth.org/doula.

About Brookings Health System

Brookings Health System, located in Brookings, South Dakota, includes a 49-bed hospital, the 79-bed Brookview Manor nursing home, and Brookhaven Estates apartments. It is a non-profit, city-owned facility that offers the community a full range of inpatient, outpatient, and extended care services. The emergency room is staffed 24 hours a day and provides around the clock medical-nursing care for patient needs ranging from minor injuries to life threatening crises. For more information about the services offered at Brookings Health System, please call (605) 696-9000 or visit us on the Web at brookingshealth.org.