When you decide to become an Abuela doula, you will be encouraged to reach back into your cultural heritage to bring forward the traditions of your mothers and your mothers’ mothers. The role of a doula is to support and to be with women as they travel through pregnancy, birth and those early postnatal days. To sit in and share the wisdom of the Abuelas, the grandmothers.
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. – Marianne Williamson
Doula Preparation Course
Knowing what a doula is, and knowing what it is to be a doula, recognising that the preparation course is precisely that. Preparation. An Abuela doula should seek to learn more, network and engage with other birth and postnatal professionals and hold herself to a good personal code.
This is a four day, interactive course. An application form will be sent and the course explained to enquirers – this includes structure and fees. The pre-course module will be sent with the application form and is expected to be completed before starting. The post course module should be completed within 9 months. COST: £500 CLICK FOR MORE INFO
Wisdom of the Abuelas Course
A one day workshop is a CPD course for doulas, birthkeepers and other birthworkers who have already done a doula preparation course, and/or have been working in the birth world for some time. CLICK FOR MORE INFO
We believe that there should be a doula for all women. Each woman should be able to look within her own community and culture, as well as beyond, to find her doula. It is a very special and intimate time, so becoming a woman’s doula is a privilege. Abuela doulas bring a sense of home.
Being a doula does not start and end with birth. It’s about supporting each family for as much of the journey as they wish. On completion of this course, Abuela doulas should be able to:
• work with a base set of values and principles
• network and build links within the local birth community
• build a greater knowledge of birth support and what it means to be a doula
• develop insight into personal motivations with a sense of not imparting these onto others
• encourage the practice of taking personal responsibility and informed consent
• list the benefits of antenatal, birth and postnatal support
• set up, network, market their doula business
Working as a doula leaves a lot of space for self-reflection. Just as you journey alongside your clients, a mentor will walk alongside you. A mentor gives you space to debrief and process.
It is wonderful to sit at the feet of any wiser, older, sister. There you will find accountability, empathy, honesty, reliability, a critical friend who will challenge you, give you faith, push you along and help you with your boundaries.
Abuela courses are facilitated by award winning doula Mars Lord. She has been a birth keeper for over a decade. After attending the Paramana Doula course with Michel Odent and Lilliana Lammers, a spark was lit within her and the passion that she discovered for birth and supporting women has fired her soul ever since. She has had the privilege of working with hundreds of women.
Her work with pregnant women and their families has led her to speak at conferences and to lead workshops, namely Loving The Multiple Mamas. She has had the privilege of speaking at Mumsnet’s Bumpfest, twice, the Doula UK Conference (2016) and Feminism In London, twice. She also ran the inaugural Reproductive Justice Retreat (Nov 2018).
Watch Mars speaking at the Doula UK Conference, 2016
In 2018 we hosted our first Abuela Retreat. A weekend retreat of CPD, workshops, discussions, ceremonies & rituals as well as activism for black birth keepers, doulas, midwives, natural health advocates and women’s wellness practitioners who know our clients deserve excellence.
tbc for 2019
Doula Preparation Courses:
Friday 8th February – Monday 11th February 2019. London
Friday 15th March – Monday 18th March 2019. Birmingham
Thursday 30th May – Sunday 2nd June 2019. Berlin
Friday 28th June – Monday 1st July 2019. London
Friday 13th September – Monday 16th September 2019. Birmingham
Friday 18th October – Monday 21st October 2019. London
Reproductive Justice Retreat 2018 Mars Lord 29th November 2018 Devon in the winter probably isn’t everyone’s idea of a long weekend away, but that’s where eighteen women found themselves on 22nd November 2018. We arrived to a beautiful set of cottages in Witheridge....read more
Cultural Competency In The Birth World Mars Lord 6th September 2018 One of the problems with talking about cultural competency, is that the studies aren't quite there yet. A problem that we have when we talk about cultural competency in the UK is that people within...read more