AMERICAN FAMILY CENTER, LLC
1616 W. MAIN ST MESA, AZ 85203
Effective: February 2017
Owned and operated by: Kelly Townsend CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), MAS-IFP
Birth Doula Training
This is one step in becoming certified by DONA International as a birth doula. The purpose of this training is to give an introductory overview to the skills and information necessary to prepare the student to provide doula services to childbearing women. Upon completion of this course, the learner will be able to provide emotional, physical, and informational support to women and their partners before, during, and after childbirth. This 16 hour course will cover prenatal contact, the process of birth, comfort measures, hospital procedures and policy, postpartum, newborn care, and breastfeeding as it relates to providing services as a Doula.
Basic Introduction to Childbirth
Prior to attending a birth doula training, the student must have a basic understanding of childbirth. This 7 hour course will provide the information needed to be able to keep up in the doula training. Topics covered are anatomy & physiology, the stages of labor and delivery, interventions used, basic breastfeeding information, postpartum physiology and newborn care.
Advanced Doula Training
The advanced doula training can be on various topics that will enhance the skills of the trained doula. Topics might include perinatal health and psychology, epigenetics and pregnancy, the doula and the cycle of abuse, posterior labor, difficult births, etc. These classes will be 5 hours in length and are designed to help the trained doula be more efficient with the clientele she works for.
To participate in the program, the student must register and pay the registration fee, as well as pay for the class in full prior to the commencement of the first day. The student must also have completed all of the prerequisites for DONA International prior to beginning training.
Intro to Childbirth - $100
Birth Doula Training - $250
Advanced Doula Training - $75
1. A payment of $50 is due with signing of the enrollment agreement.
2. Balance of tuition options:
$200 due no later than 2 weeks prior to class, payable by cash, check or credit card
Down payment of $75 due 4 weeks prior to class, with the balance to be paid in 2 installments in the amount of $87.50. Tuition to be paid in full by the beginning of the program.
A $50 discount will be offered to every student that signs up in the same class as the student who referred the class.
If for any reason an applicant is not accepted by the school, the applicant is entitled to a refund of all monies paid.
Three-Day Cancellation: An applicant who provides written notice of cancellation within three days (excluding Saturday, Sunday and federal and state holidays) of signing an enrollment agreement is entitled to a refund of all monies paid. No later than 30 days of receiving the notice of cancellation, the school shall provide the 100% refund.
Other Cancellations: An applicant requesting cancellation more than three days after signing an enrollment agreement and making an initial payment, but prior to entering the school, is entitled to a refund of all monies paid, less the administration/registration fee of $50.
Educational Delivery System
All classes will be done in person, there is no online coursework.
Participants must have basic knowledge of the process of birth. Therefore, it is recommended that the following prerequisites be completed prior to the beginning of your course:
Verify and/or pay for DONA International Membership (Recommended)
Read five books from the approved reading list, and the DONA international position paper
Complete the basic self-knowlege assessment tool
Provide documentation that you completed the breastfeeding course
Satisfactory Completion of the Program
In order to receive a certificate, the student must participate in all 16 hours of the training. Should the student miss a portion of the training, they can either make it up on the following training or make arrangements to cover the information that was missed.
SUBMITTING AN OBJECTION
When submitting an objection, the following procedure must be followed:
• Complete the Submission Form for Lodging an Objection here explaining the details of the objection. Include all relevant facts and any supporting documents. Reference the specific DONA International Standards of Practice or Code of Ethics alleged to have been violated if known and understood. Objections filed anonymously are unacceptable and cannot be processed.
• Email the completed Submission Form for Lodging an Objection and supporting documents to
GrievanceChair@DONA.org with a copy to DONA@DONA.org.
•The objection must be received no later than
eighteen (18) months after the date of the alleged occurrence.
If the student complaint cannot be resolved after exhausting the Institution’s grievance procedure, the
student may file a complaint with the Arizona State Board for Private Post-Secondary Education. The
student must Contact the State Board for further details. The State Board address is:
1400 W. Washington, Room 260
Phoenix, AZ 85007.