“Do-lah”, I would articulate as I go into what I call my ‘one-minute elevator speech,’ explaining to astounded faces exactly what a doula does.
The Birth Doula
A Birth Doula is essentially a birth coach. She supports the expectant parents by providing information and emotional and physical support, enabling them to have their unique best birth experience, regardless of the outcome.
During the pregnancy, she works together with the parents as a team to help determine what is important to them during the birth experience. She then puts together a plan to help them achieve exactly what they want. During the birth itself, she is there to support, reassure and encourage both the mother and the father. After the birth, she is there to help ease the transition into breastfeeding and parenting, enabling the parents to feel supported throughout.
Many women who aspire to become doulas have had a doula at their birth and had such a wonderful experience that they want to help other women achieve the same thing. Some women have experienced a less-than-ideal birth, wish that they could have had a doula at their birth and wish the same for everyone else. Some women have not given birth at all but want to serve other women during this incredible time in their lives. What unites these women is the belief that women and their families deserve to have a positive and safe birthing experience that they will look back on with satisfaction for the rest of their lives.
The Postpartum Doula
A Postpartum Doula is essentially the ‘jack of all trades’ on mothering and newborn care. She supports the new parents by providing information, emotional support and heaps of practical support, thereby easing the transition into parenthood.
During the pregnancy, she meets with the parents to find out their needs and concerns for the postpartum period. She then works with them to prepare a plan to help them achieve a smooth transition into parenthood. After the birth, she supports the parents with breastfeeding or bottle feeding, newborn care and postpartum issues. Most importantly, she teaches the parents practical tricks and tips for coping with the stress of a newborn so that they can really enjoy this special time.
If you would like to make a profound impact on someone’s life, come join Singapore’s DONA Doula workshops. This is your first step to becoming certified with the largest and the oldest doula organization in the world and share the Four Trimesters Vision of improving maternity care for women and their families.
“When I attended my first DONA International conference in 2006 in the USA, I was in a room full of more than 200 Doulas. On my goodness, what a wonderful experience to be a place where everyone understands what you do as a Doula and is happy to doula you through your journey as a Doula. The feeling is phenomenal. Having initially trained as a Doula via an online distance program, I highly recommend training with DONA International for a more supportive and professional experience!”
It is an exciting time to be a DONA International doula, a member of the premier doula association in the world. Women across the globe appreciate and value the experience of having a knowledgeable, experienced companion who stays with them through labor, birth and beyond. Birth doulas offer emotional support, encouragement and wisdom throughout labor and birth. Postpartum doulas support women and families through the transformation that a new baby brings to a family.
With over 7000 birth and postpartum doula members and growing, DONA International is the largest doula association in the world. We support doulas by providing quality training and meaningful certification. We serve mothers and families by providing access to information and research about doulas, childbirth and the postpartum experience. DONA International certification sets the bar for doula education and professional development. It indicates to families that a doula has achieved a high level of training and professionalism.
Click here to become a DONA International certified birth doula.
Click here to become a DONA International certified postpartum doula.
•Introduction to Labor Support
•Women’s Anatomy; Stages of Labor; Pain Control Gateway; Optimum Fetal Positioning
Day 2: DONA Birth Doula Workshop (1)
•DONA International (Vision & Mission Statement; Standards of Practice; Code of Ethics)
•Prenatal Support & Doula Business
•Support in Labor; Comfort Measures
Day 3: DONA Birth Doula Workshop (2)
•The Newborn & Breastfeeding
•The Growing & Expanding Role of the Postpartum Doula in Singapore
•Prenatal & Postnatal Contact
•Information on Postpartum Doulas; Scope of Practice; and DONA
•After the Birth and the BFHI Facility
•Birth Debrief- Integrating the Birth Experience & How Birth Interventions interferes with breastfeeding
•Father, Mother and Baby Bonding
•Postpartum Physical Changes in the Mother (both vaginal & cesarean)
•Understanding Baby’s Zones
•Bringing Baby Home: The changing role for mother, father & siblings
•Nutrition & Confinement Practices
•Postnatal & Infant Massage
•Postpartum Mood Disorders
•Loss & Grieve
•In case of complications or special circumstances
•It’s my baby!
•Referrals (we are inviting various speakers to give talks ie. Osteopath; Chiropractor; Physiotherapist, Naturopath)
•Rehearsals of Learned Skills (we will invite mothers and babies to role play and practice)
•The Doula as an Educator
- 2002: Four Trimesters was founded by Dr. Amy Chin-Atkins and a group of newly certified doulas who wanted to start working as a doula after taking their doula training.
- 2003: Ginny Phang joined and took over when Dr. Amy Chin-Atkins had to relocate because of work. Four Trimesters offered Active Birth antenatal classes taught at Oasis Yoga Studio and offered birth doula services. We also had a monthly support group that Ginny operated out of her 3-room HDB flat home office on weekends while she worked full time as a secretary.
- 2005: From taking on one client every 2-3 months when she started, the demand for doula services increased and Ginny left her full time job to pursue her passion for working as a doula full time. She trained as a HypnoBirthing practitioner and started teaching HypnoBirthing classes as well as educating the hospitals in Singapore about HypnoBirthing.
- 2006: Four Trimesters helped bring about the first waterbirth at both National University Hospital and Mount Alvernia Hospital as well as homebirthing with Dr. Lai Fon-Min. Four Trimesters also moved to Holland Village. Ginny went to the USA to certify as a DONA Birth Doula Trainer.
- 2007: Ginny was selected as a nominee under the Women’s Weekly Woman of the Year award for her work in promoting a better birth experience for women and their families.
- 2010: Ginny was awarded the DONA Fellowship and went to the USA to train as a Postpartum Doula Trainer. As she was traveling around South East Asia to promote HypnoBirthing and a better birth experience, she started offering DONA Birth Doula Training and trained the first batch of DONA Birth Doulas from Singapore. This was when the Four Trimesters team was born.
- 2014: To take her vision of improving maternity care to the next level, Ginny created a wider outreach by forming the Four Trimesters Birth Ambassador Doula Network where she can share her experience of being a doula, running a doula business and mentoring with a wider network of doulas globally – both new and experienced – to guide and mentor them through their journey of becoming a doula. Trained to be a Gottman “Bringing Baby Home” Educator & Energy Worker; Business Development Manager at A Company For Women
- 2015: Certified as a Spinning Babies Approved Trainer and has since taught Spinning Babies Workshops in San Diego, Prague, Hungary, Jakarta, Bali, Seoul and of course, Singapore. Her next stop is teaching in Australia in 2017.
- 2017: The opening of the Four Trimesters Birth Sanctuary – Birth Centre, Birth House & Birth Community.
Click here to read more about Ginny.
I attended my first birth as a Doula 11 years ago. Even though I did not have a Doula at my own birth, it felt like I was slipping into a pair of old, familiar shoes. And now, more than 800 births later, I can definitely say that Doula work is my calling. Training with DONA International and directly under birth legend Penny Simkin was such a privilege. She taught me that “Doulaing with a warm heart is all that matters” and until today, no matter where I am at with a laboring mother, coming from the heart is all that truly matters. – Ginny
Being a doula is more than just being a doula. This workshop has taught me a lot more about oneself and the ‘surrounding’ skills to be a better doula. Ginny was excellent in giving personal anecdotes that made it all the more real and encouraging to us new aspiring doulas. It comforted me to know that I could do the course with my little bub present so that I could actually attend!
I have 3 kids and all my birth experiences were different. I engaged Doula services for my second and third births and Ginny was my doula for the third one. She coached me on breathing and visualizing techniques at every step of my labor to help me relax and hasten the labor process. Her presence gave me a great sense of peace and confidence, empowering me to birth a 4kg baby naturally, drug-free and the way I wanted. I could not have done it without her. I have come to know Ginny and recognize that she does her work with compassion – she puts her whole heart into it, which gives her the ability to empathize with pregnant women, their fears as well as their physical, mental and emotional needs. This made me want to be a Doula myself because Doula work is more than just about birthing. When I learnt about the Doula Workshop, I jumped at the opportunity to train with Ginny. It is already a privilege to have Ginny as my Doula but also a bigger privilege to have her as my Doula Trainer. Every lesson is exciting and enjoyable as the program is highly interactive and interesting. She possesses a wealth of knowledge and experience as a Doula and is passionate and unselfish in her teaching, always patient to explain things in detail. Ginny is an exceptionally talented trainer who knows how to deliver an interesting, stimulating, challenging and fun program. For anyone who wants to be a Doula, this is the place to be! – Sufen Papharanssang
• Trainers: Marya Molette (U.S.A) & Ginny Phang (Singapore)
• Online Mentoring (Slack)
• Webinars (1 x Birth + 1 x Postpartum: 2 sessions a month)
• Website Listings & Ratings (coming soon)
• Opportunity to observe & attend births (min. 10 births from start to end to qualify for the next tier)
• New Doula Tier: Volunteer at Births in exchange for certification requirements (min. 10-20 births as primary doula)
• Doula Hospital Registration under Four Trimesters & opportunity to observe & attend births at hospitals & home births
• Certificate in Four Trimesters Advanced Doula Mentoring Program (Double Degree) (CEUs)
• 12 month program at SGD100 per month(Instalment payment)
Spinning Babies Only Workshop – Singapore
Dates: Saturday, 26 August 2017
Dates: Saturday, 2 December 2017
Time: 8.30am – 6pm
Trainer: Ginny Phang
DONA Birth Doula & Spinning Babies Workshop – Singapore
Dates: 23, 24, 25 & 26 August 2017
Time: 8.30am – 6pm
Trainer: Ginny Phang
Postpartum Doula Workshop – Singapore
Dates: 28 – 31 August 2017
Time: 8.30am – 6pm
Trainer: Ginny Phang
To register for the DONA Birth & Postpartum Doula & Spinning Babies workshops:
1. Fill up the registration form.
2. Upon confirmation of the workshop, we will email you an invoice via paypal.
EARLY BIRD PROMOTION (valid for August workshops)
DONA Birth Doula + Spinning Babies (SpB): 23-25 Aug + 26 Aug 2017: $1600
DONA Postpartum Doula: 28-31 Aug 2017: $1200
Register by 14 August 2017 for early bird discount:
– DONA Birth + SpB + DONA PPD: $2800
One time payment: $2400 (save $400)
3 month instalment: $2550 (save $250)
– 15% discount for those who have signed up for either of our DONA workshops before
– $500 refresher for those who would like to attend the workshop again (you will receive a certificate of attendance)