A Doula for Everyone
Organized by: Alaska Birth Connection
EVENT DATE Aug 26, 2016
What is a Doula?
The word "doula" comes from the ancient Greek meaning "a woman who serves" and is now used to refer to a trained and experienced professional who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to the mother before, during and just after birth; or who provides emotional and practical support during the postpartum period. Studies have shown that when doulas attend birth, labors are shorter with fewer complications, babies are healthier and they breastfeed more easily.
The Goal of this Fundraising is to train more women in the art of Doulaing here in Alaska, especially minority women. We will be bringing a certified Doula instructor from the CAPPA Doula Organization to Anchorage to hold a 3 day workshop. Because there is a lack of minority women who are Doulas, we will focus on encouraging women from all ethnic backgrounds to attend.
Anchorage, Alaska is one of the most ethnically diverse cities in the country, yet the vast majority of Doulas are white, well educated middle class women. Your donation will help to provide scholarships to low income women in our community so they may attend a Doula training, and get a certification that can lead to a job that will help provide their families with extra income while serving women during labor, birth and postpartum. A benefit to our entire community.
CAPPA is an international certification organization for Doulas, Childbirth Educators and Lactation Educators. Since our foundation in 1998, we have certified thousands of perinatal professionals. As one of the first and most comprehensive perinatal organizations in the world, CAPPA is respected for its longevity and its commitment to excellence in both education and unsurpassed student and member support