Virtual Doula Service Challenges and Strategies
Doulas are an essential part of the birthing family’s perinatal caregiving team. Doula care is typically associated with hi-touch in-home or in-hospital non-medical services including emotional, physical and advocacy support.
This session will discuss the unique challenges of delivering doula services via virtual platforms especially during national emergencies such as Covid-19. Strategies and recommendations to improve the quality of virtual or hybrid doula care for both the families and the doulas will be shared.
- Discuss 2 benefits and 2 barriers to giving doula care via virtual or hybrid methods
- Discuss the importance of professional development, mentoring and peer support to deliver best outcomes within telehealth doula practices.
- Identify the value of doulas using telehealth platforms to address the need for a culturally congruent and sensitive perinatal support person as an essential member of the maternal health team.
- Identify at least 2 unique challenges of Community Doulas serving maternal communities with high disparities and explain how virtual services can support the need for evidence based education, emotional support and advocacy.
CEUs will NOT be offered for this webinar. The webinar will be recorded and can be accessed for 1 week following the live-broadcast. If you are unable to attend live, please still register and the link to the recording will be e-mailed to you following the webinar.
Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_sSlXUM4BSF62ekUHfSuOGw
Khefri Riley, CLEC, CPYT, HCHD is a Doula, Childbirth Educator and Prenatal Yoga Specialist who has taught thousands of birthing people; mothers, fathers, and babies, to mindfully embody the multi-faceted experience of new parenthood and yoga. She has attended over 300 births, serving families at all major hospitals in Los Angeles County and is the current owner of Los Angeles Birth Partners and Urban Goddess Lifestyle. She brings over 17 years experience as a Certified Lactation Educator Counselor, Birth and Postpartum Doula, Doula Trainer, Newborn Care/Childbirth Educator and Hypnobabies “Hypno-doula”. Khefri is serving as Joint Program Creator and Co-Director of The Frontline Doulas – Centering the Community Program funded by the Health Net and produced by Diversity Uplifts Inc.