Stillbirthday Bereavement Doulas (SBD) provide support prior to, during and after the birth of your miscarried or stillborn baby. They are qualified to provide support in situations of fatal diagnosis, carrying to term, and NICU care. SBD doulas are equally prepared to provide comprehensive support in live birth outcomes, including subsequent “rainbow” pregnancies, and can serve as a labor support in all birth situations.
Your SBD doula submitted a letter of intent to provide bereavement support, she has studied through a rigorous 8 week training, she has passed with an 80% or higher on each weekly exam, she has read and reviewed books relating to pregnancy, birth and child loss, she has completed an investigative assignment in her community, and she is knowledgeable in the following subjects:
- the physiological process of childbirth
- how childbirth is different and similar in trimesters
- the importance of birth order and how it is impacted by loss
- how to support a mother in labor in any trimester and in any outcome
- how to help a mother build a birth plan, particularly in an expected live birth outcome or carrying to term
- how to provide immediate support when establishing a relationship prior to the birth isn’t possible (such as unexpected pregnancy loss)
- how to preserve the fleeting moments the family has with their miscarried or stillborn baby
- how to incorporate personal wishes, extended family and siblings in the birth experience
You are invited to view the complete guidelines and curriculum of our SBD doulas.
This is a full listing of all of stillbirthday’s trained bereavement doulas (SBD). For a complete listing of all doulas, including those who are trained outside of stillbirthday but who choose to list with stillbirthday and comply with our Principles of Service, please visit our complete birth support professionals listing.
If you’d like to become an SBD doula, visit our registration.