Overview - 2018/2019
If you have a passion for accompanying individuals and families through their reproductive journey, equipping and supporting them to access information and resources to make the best choices for their own care, a rewarding career as a doula may be the perfect fit for you.
Doulas are unregulated health care professionals whose role involves advocacy, education, counselling, collaboration and negotiation to provide physical, emotional and informational support to individuals and families across the full spectrum of their reproductive choices.
Fanshawe's innovative certificate program is the first of its kind in Ontario. Using an evidence-informed and social justice approach, the program emphasizes the role of the doula in the health care community and prepares students for a career providing families with information and support across their reproductive journey.
Students will develop the specialized knowledge, skills and experience necessary for ethical, culturally safe, client-centred doula practice.
As part of the program, students receive valuable hands-on experience through two practicum courses where they are introduced to the complex, multi-dimensional world of the health care system, all of which prepares them to run a business, including entrepreneurship, sales and marketing, and personal financial management.
For graduates interested in continuing their education in health care, Fanshawe's Doula Studies program provides students with the recommended year of post-secondary studies.
Mary Anne Krahn RN MScN EdD (c)
Quality assurance and Doula Studies coordinator
Phone: 519-452-4430 x6057
Admission Requirements - 2018/2019OSSD with courses from the College (C), University (U),
University/College (M), or Open (O) stream
Academic and Career Entrance Certificate (ACE)
Ontario High School Equivalency Certificate (GED)
Mature applicant with appropriate preparation
English Language Requirements
Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate proficiency in English by one of the following methods:
- A Grade 12 College Stream or University Stream English credit from an Ontario Secondary School, or equivalent, depending on the program's Admission Requirements
- Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) test with a minimum score of 550 for the paper-based test (PBT), or 79 for the Internet-based test (iBT), with test results within the last two years
- International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic test with an overall score of 6.0 with no score less than 5.5 in any of the four bands, with test results within the last two years. SDS Program Requirements.
- Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL) test with an overall score of 60 with no score less than 50 in any of the four bands, with test results within the last two years
- Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE) with a minimum score of 53, with test results within the last two years
- A Cambridge English Test (FCE/CAE/CPE) with an overall score on the Cambridge English Scale of 169 with no language skill less than 162, with test results within the last two years
- An English Language Evaluation (ELE) at Fanshawe College with a minimum score of 70% in all sections of the test, with test results within the last two years
- Fanshawe College ESL4/GAP5 students: Minimum grade of 80% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 8, 75% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 9, or 70% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 10
Recommended Academic Preparation
- Any Grade 12 English (C), (U), or (O)
- Grade 11 or Grade 12 Biology (C) or (U)
- Grade 11 Health Care (C) OR Grade 12 Human Development Throughout the Lifespan (M)
Recommended Personal Preparation
- Knowledge of and interest in working with pregnant people, women, children and families
- Development of personal responsibility and emotional maturity by participating in social organizations interested in helping people
- Willingness to collaborate with others in the delivery of family-centred maternity care in collaboration with members of the health care team
- Show respect for the diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contribution of others
- Ability to effectively communicate in conversational English
Applicant Selection CriteriaWhere the number of eligible applicants exceeds the available spaces in the program, the Applicant Selection Criteria will be:
- Preference for Permanent Residents of Ontario
- Receipt of Application by February 1st (After this date, Fanshawe College will consider applicants on a first-come, first-served basis until the program is full)
- Achievement in the Admission Requirements
The following items are applicable to the program and are time sensitive. Please refer to www.fanshawec.ca/preplacement for important information about preparing for placement by the due date.
- Possession of a Standard First Aid course certificate (either St. John Ambulance or Canadian Red Cross or equivalent) and a Basic Rescuer course certificate - Basic Life Support (BLS) for Health Care Providers (HCP) in accordance with the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada Canadian Guidelines for CPR
- Evidence of Good Health (Immunizations are required for certain clinical placement settings)
- Police Record Check and Vulnerable Sector Screening, including a check of the Pardoned Sexual Offenders Database
- Placement Agreement
- Privacy and Confidentiality Agreement
- Travel to practicum placements or site visits will be required
Level 1 Credits HLTH-1230 Historical Context-Reproductive Culture 3 This course introduces students to the historical, cultural, and situational factors influencing the delivery of maternity care systems locally and around the world. Students examine the influences and consequences of the medicalization of birth and the renewal of doula and midwifery care models. Topics also include current fertility trends and the importance of supporting the diversity of all mothers and pregnant people. This course is linked to the following Program Learning Outcomes (PLO) 1,2,4,9,10 HLTH-1231 Anatomy & Physiology of Reproduction 3 This course introduces the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to understand and teach information about conception through to postpartum to expectant parents. Topics will include embryology, anatomy, physiology including hormones and immunology. Basic medical terminology related to the reproductive years including diagnostic screening tools for preconception, fertility, pregnancy, birth, and postpartum will be explored.This course is linked to the following Program Learning Outcomes (PLO) 3,4,5,6,7,10 HLTH-1232 Preparing for Birth 1 3 The course continues to build on the students communication skills in developing the doulas support system both professionally and personally. Students begin to develop resources to enhance their knowledge of prenatal nutrition and optimal fetal development. This course examines the emotional and physiological process of birth for the laboring person, partner, and/or support person. The student recognizes the relationship between emotions and physiological changes during birth and postpartum, and responds to subtle cues accordingly. The student practices hands-on support skills, explores the role of a doula, and describes the value of holding birthing spaces. This course is linked to the following Program Learning Outcomes (PLO) - 1,4,6,7,8 HLTH-1233 Postpartum 1 3 This course focuses on identifying the needs of the new parent, baby, and family as they transition into the early postpartum days (1-10 days). Students are encouraged to discuss and reflect on the cultural context of newborn care, such as the socio-environmental space of the family. Skills, strategies, and resources to become responsive to the emerging needs of families in transition are developed. This course is linked to the following Program Learning Outcomes (PLO) - 1,3,4,5,7,10 HLTH-1234 Self & Others 3 This course focuses on understanding interpersonal relationships in order to effectively navigate the complex and multidimensional world of the health care system. Students critically explore their personal beliefs, values and assumptions, about themselves as part of a family, culture and different communities. This course enhances interpersonal communication as the learner becomes more self-reflective, learning to nurture supportive relationships while setting professional boundaries. This course is linked to the following Program Learning Outcomes (PLO) - 1,2,8,9,10 WRIT-1048 Reason & Writing 1 for Health Sciences 3 This course will introduce health sciences students to essential principles of reading, writing, and reasoning at the postsecondary level. Students will identify, summarize, analyze, and evaluate multiple short readings and write persuasive response essays to develop their vocabulary, comprehension, grammar, and critical thinking. HLTH-1236 Practicum 1 3 This first term practicum enables students to develop an understanding of the breadth and depth of the role of the doula. Each week students are assigned a different observational experience where they have an opportunity to attend prenatal and postpartum programs in the community facilitated by a variety of practitioners. Students begin to apply concepts learned in the classroom to the practical environment. Practicum placement hours are comprised of a combination of in-home, institution, and community based services. This course is linked to the following Program Learning Outcomes (PLO) - 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10 Level 2 Credits HLTH-1235 Critical Appraisal of Research 3 This course prepares students to become knowledgeable consumers and users of research to advance client-centred care and doula practice. Basic strategies for identifying knowledge gaps through literature review and appraisal are identified. Students are introduced to ways of knowing and questioning, including traditional, embodied wisdom/intuition, professional norms, and empirical evidence, related to health research. Quantitative and qualitative research designs, and processes that assist in the development of critical appraisal skills pertinent to doula practice are emphasized. Students are prepared to become critical appraisers of various types of health information encountered in doula practice to nurture effective and responsible client-centred care and interprofessional collaboration. Students have opportunities to explore how doulas may participate in research as part of their on-going commitment to their developing professions knowledge base. This course is linked to the following Program Learning Outcomes (PLO): 1 to 10 HLTH-5020 Birth Topics-Adv 2.5 This course prepares student to identify, understand, analyze and discuss various ? available during pregnancy, labour, and birth. Students will practice the skills required to synthesize and translate this knowledge to their clients and the wider community. This course is linked to the following Program Learning Outcomes (PLO): 1, 4, 6, 7, 8, 10 HLTH-1238 Diagnostics, Informatics & Technology 3 This course will extend students knowledge, skills and confidence with technology commonly used to assess and share health information related to reproduction and newborn care. Students will explore the professional application of information technology within the doulas scope professional practice.This course is linked to the following Program Learning Outcomes (PLO): 4,5,6,7,10 HLTH-5021 Postpartum Topics-Adv 3 This course focuses on postpartum adjustment and the spectrum of postpartum experiences, including stillbirth and child protective services. Students knowledge and skills to identify and support common concerns including feeding decisions for parent and baby, newborn development, nutrition and mental health will be expanded. Students will develop effective strategies for client education and community referral resources.This course is linked to the following Program Learning Outcomes (PLO): 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,10 BUSI-1121 Small Business Creation 3 Students will gain the principal skills to successfully start and manage a small business. Students will also gain a basic understanding of the activities and demands associated with running a small business, such as market research, legal issues, managing risk, managing people, leadership, operations management and growing a small business. Students learn problem solving and decision-making skills related to a small business. The course culminates with the students creating and presenting their business plan. HLTH-1240 Supporting Transitions 3 A doulas scope of practice within the context of supporting the transition from conception through pregnancy to postpartum is explored to provide students with the knowledge, skills, and caring attitudes that will enable them to promote health and wellness with individuals, families, and community members. Taking a closer look at the complexity of reproduction in contemporary society, students will explore how conception changes the dynamics within families and between partners. The doulas role in providing support during these transitions will be examined. This course is linked to the following Program Learning Outcomes (PLO): 1, 4, 5, 8, 10 HLTH-1241 Practicum 2 6.7 This second term practicum enables students to develop an understanding of the breadth and depth of the role of the doula. Each week students are assigned a different observational experience where they have an opportunity to attend prenatal and postpartum programs in the community facilitated by a variety of practitioners. Students begin to apply concepts learned in the classroom to the practical environment. Practicum placement hours are comprised of a combination of in-home, institution and community based services. This course is linked to the following Program Learning Outcomes (PLO): 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10
Careers - 2018/2019
Doulas are professionals who provide non-medical care and support to families across the reproductive cycle. Fanshawe's one-year innovative certificate program provides in-depth training that will provide students with a strong foundation of knowledge, practical skills, and valuable field placements to prepare them to have a rewarding career helping families across their reproductive journey.
Most Doulas are self-employed, and graduates of this program will be prepared to develop and manage their own business. Given the comprehensive nature of the program, graduates will be able to work as a full-spectrum Doula, Birth Doula and a Postpartum Doula. Graduates will also be prepared to work in clinics, health units, social service and community centres providing childbirth education workshops, post-natal care workshops and breastfeeding clinics.
More Information - 2018/2019A One-Year Ontario College Certificate ProgramProgram Code: DLA1
Campus Code: LC (LC - London)
15 week terms
Academic Calendars available at www.fanshawec.ca/academicdates
ContactSchool of Nursing: 519-452-4220
Program DescriptionThis program emphasizes the dynamic role of the Doula in the health care community to prepare students for a rewarding career collaborating with the birth team to provide families with information and support for a healthy pregnancy, a safe and satisfying childbirth experience and a comfortable postpartum period. The curriculum captures the specialized knowledge, skills and experience that Doulas require relating to anatomy, physiology, and the emotional, psychological and cultural aspects of birth. Students are also introduced to business management/entrepreneurship concepts and strategies including business ethics and contracts, marketing and sales techniques and personal financial management.Learning Outcomes
- Assist with the delivery of family-centred maternity care in collaboration with members of the health care team.
- Examine the historical, political, and cultural aspects of the provision of maternity care both locally and globally and identify how they shape the experiences of contemporary mothering to meet the needs of clients.
- Apply knowledge of the anatomy and physiology of a woman during pregnancy, birth, and postpartum to address the concerns and needs of clients.
- Provide evidence-informed physical, emotional, physiological, and psychosexual support to enhance the comfort, health, and well-being of individuals and families as they negotiate the various transitions associated with pregnancy, birth, and postpartum.
- Provide families with community and online resources related to the childbearing years to empower clients to make evidence-informed choices regarding pregnancy and birth options and newborn care, including infant and newborn nutrition.
- Describe diagnostic testing procedures and medical interventions routinely used during pregnancy, labour, birth, and the postpartum period, and recognize the normal ranges and parameters for those test results.
- Identify early signs of maternal physical and mental health concerns, and refer clients to appropriate community resources in a timely manner.
- Foster professional relationships with clients, family members, caregivers, and other doulas.
- Establish and maintain a professional doula business in accordance with professional, legal, and ethical guidelines.
- Identify and support clients' needs based on the theories of diverse social determinants of health, cultural humility, and intersectionality and the principle of harm reduction.
Program PathwaysFor information about Program Pathways visit www.fanshawec.ca/programpathways.
- Graduates of the Doula Studies program may be interested in a Midwifery Education Program (Bachelor of Health Sciences (BHSc) in Midwifery).
- The Doula Studies Certificate program will provide students interested in pursuing a career in a health profession with the recommended year of post-secondary studies.