Reproductive Health During the Corona Virus Pandemic

COVID-19: Are you prepared to serve your clients?

Preparing as a Doula, Lactation Consultant, or Perinatal Educator

As infectious disease specialists continue to study the impacts for population groups, health care personnel are receiving guidance to best care for infected persons, to create isolation protocols and other containment practices, to protect staff from infection and to organize emergency response plans. For providers who work outside of hospital or clinic settings, particularly in private practice, there is a need for accurate information and the establishment of transmission –specific protocols.

As doula, perinatal educators, LCs in private practice, are excluded from centralized information sharing, providers of reproductive health support services need access to best practice guidelines. If you’re caring for families in this way, how are you going to be responding?

Let’s together do what we can to do what we do best: keeping families informed, supported, healthy and well.

Latest Updates

Mar 25 2020

Shelter in Place: What does it mean for us?

If you’re working as a doula, lactation consultant or First-Year Specialist, community health worker, would your care of families be considered an essential duty? Read your local ordinances for your region, but with current guidelines in place for California, Illinois, and Wisconsin, leaving your home to work with families in their homes would be permissible. Whether you should, we’ll explore ...
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Mar 25 2020

Labor Support Redefined: Updates to our Best Practices for Doulas

On March 16th, we launched the COVID-Best Practices Course for Lactation Consultants, Doulas and Perinatal Educators.  It brought together providers around the country and it has since cultivated some meaningful conversations and collaborations.  So thank you, dear birthkeepers, and let’s keep it going. We’ve created a format for Community Conversations, and just had our first discussion last night. While we ...
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Mar 24 2020

Coming to Our Senses

I was remembering this morning the way that I would feel in my body when I drove the unpaved road that led to a family cottage that I visited regularly for almost a decade. The drive to the Northwoods would take a little more than 4 hours yet most vivid in my imagination are the final 4 or 5 miles. I know the ...
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Mar 14 2020

COVID-19: Are you prepared to serve your clients?

As of this writing, there are more than 1200 confirmed cases of COVID-19 infection and dozens of deaths reported deaths in the United States. The ‘Pandemic’ threshold has been reached. The COVID – 19 virus has spread to 111 countries around the world and community spread is increasing. A week ago, it was possible that you were pondering if this ...
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COVID-19: Best Practices Online Course

For Doulas, Lactation Consultants and Perinatal Educators

COVID-19 will be impacting us for the foreseeable future.

If you work with expectant families, you know how important it is to manage fears and to support trust and confidence. Families will rely on us to be prepared, to be knowledgable and to be reassuring. How can you learn what you need to know so that you can be effective?

We’ve updated our course in July, 2020, to support your practice and your safety with Best Practice Guidelines. Be prepared to care for others safely.

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Karen Laing, IBCLC, AMT is a Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) teacher and has worked in reproductive health care for more than 25 years, both providing care and training and mentoring midwives, doulas, and lactation consultants.

Training Program

First Year Specialist / Postpartum Doula

If you’re exploring starting a doula program, or establishing more consistent training standards, the training and ongoing mentorship available through WisdomWay Institute is unmatched. While many groups emphasize the business of caring for families, we focus on the skills involved with caring for families, including not only solid training in lactation support, postpartum health, newborn and infant development and wellbeing, and emotional health/mood disorders, but a training that is designed to prevent burnout, cultivate deep listening and establish a Relationship-Centered model of care.

Our programs are designed to earn the trust of families, referral partners, and community stakeholders who are looking for providers who have skills, knowledge, and a framework for delivering care that is safe, compassionate, equitable, and carefully organized around a scope of practice framework.

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When we get caught up in hope, happiness relies on a certain outcome. To be a heartful caregiver, we abandon that ‘goal’ oriented way of thinking and we train to be in full and fearless contact with what is actually happening, not what might be or what might be escaped. When we convey confidence, and compassion, we offer something more unconditional, more authentic, than hope. Hope can come and go, but this kind of caring, is boundless.

– Karen Laing

"Let’s do this work together to bring the kind of caring presence that heals"

Karen Laing