We use the ancient and time-proven techniques of an open compassionate heart, our hands,
and our voices
Death Doula Pet Death Doula Pregnancy Loss Doula Dementia Doula
Advanced Hypno Death Doula When a Baby Dies
Birth Doula Online Training
This is a "hands off birth" Doula course. I have training Doulas for 25 years and feel deeply concerned that mothers are being offered far too many interventions. Not just medical interventions but all sorts of "I can fix that for you" by so many therapists and Doulas.
I have been birthing with village women in many countries over the past few years where there is no medical support and, when given time, together with the birthing knowledge inside them, birth works.
I share these concepts with you. Whilst I am aware many of us work in medicalised settings, and I do too, I build in ideal ways to integrate the reality of choices women are being offered, and ways to better support them in their decision making.
Death Doula Online Training
Death is coming back into the community. People are looking for someone to hole the space for them as they make life changing decisions. Doulas train to be able to hear clearly, declutter their own minds, and offer solutions that enhance the experience of dying
Death is not the enemy.
Not living life fully is.
$590 for the 10 modules, which are posted weekly on Facebook , you have 6 months to complete
$90 holds your place.
Enquiries & enrolment firstname.lastname@example.org
When we live with "what if" and fears we didn't even know we had, we restrict us experience the things that enhance our live. Death fits into this. Getting your Advanced Directive in place whilst you are healthy or facing a life threatening illness is a huge bonus. It forces to see the reality that we are all dying. Just some more actively than others.
I was one of the first Palliative Care nurses in Australia so understand the gaps that existing services do not fill. It was then that I chose the route of Doulaing people. The medical model is not working for many people who feel ok not to have treatment and accept dying as a normal transition in life.
Death Doulas serve you as an independent practitioner, hearing your needs, and finding a path with you to live your life until you die. In co-operation with the medical staff, palliative care, celebrants and funeral directors and all the choices you have, life becomes more meaningful.
So whether you just want to be ready when dying presents itself in your own life, serve a family member, offer your services to the community, or look at the opportunity for a whole new career, this course will open all those opportunities. Join us:
2022 Courses commence regularly
Face to Face Death Doula Training
This is the same as the Online Course created by Denise and now being facilitated by Barb Ferguson, Doulabarb, who will bring her own storytelling component. As a birth doula I went into birth suite conscious of the fact that there could be a death as I specialised in a volunteer capacity with complicated births that resulted in the birth of Angel babies. Working with refugees and asylum seekers has given me a broad knowledge and insight into many cultural traditions surrounding both birth and death. This moved my focus into the connection between the world of birth and death. I've now been doing this work for many years in many different countries.
Having now worked with many Palliative Care nurses we see the gaps in the services Nurses are able to give because of funding and time. We work beside you, your family and the medical team to fill those gaps and offer alternatives to traditional care. Supporting dying at home if that is your choice. Guiding your knowledge of family led funerals. We serve the family that is caring for you, then they are more effective in their role.
We often care for people who prefer not to involve family or have no one to call on.
All this knowledge is shared with you in our workshops facilitated by Barb Ferguson & Ruth Boydell.
$490 for 2 day intensive $90 holds your place
email email@example.com for more information
Advanced Hypno-Death Doula
$590 10 Modules and Zoom sessions
Enquire for dates firstname.lastname@example.org
We further explore death, dying, attitudes and fears
We look at the impact of Covid on people's fears and beliefs.
The challenges we face as Doulas at this time.
Our focus is on comfort.
Better understanding the types of illness people face at the end-of-life
Challenges people face managing discomforts of the illness, chemotherapy and radiotherapy.
We explore the use of Hypnotherapy, CBD Oil, CBD:THC, Theraputic Touch,
Aromatherapy and whether it is a time to use it, music, song, art therapy and any other modalities people find soothing, helpful and comforting for the person who is now at the end of their lives, the family around them, and community in general who is touched by the person's llfe.
We continue to build your personal attributes, emotional & spiritual, to open your hands and heart to serve others.
We walk beside you as you move towards your last breath on earth. Whatever your beliefs, fears or challenges you face, we explore comfortable and effective options
We negotiate with family and friends
We offer all sort of funeral options. We discuss green options and shroud wrapping. We have inside truth about cardboard and timber coffins.
This is an amazing course for everybody to look at your fears and death and dying whilst you are healthy
Incredibly informative if you have a life threatening illness
Pet Death Doula Online Training
Facilitated by Barb Ferguson
Face to face 1 day
This workshop is designed to guide birth and support workers, and death doula to help families navigate the loss of a baby, either through miscarriage, abortion, still birth or neo natal death. We explore gently through ritual and ceremony the recognition of a baby’s arrival and how we can gently farewell a baby. The processes for registrations, funerals and burials will also be touched on.
Join Barb in an intimate setting as she shares both Denise and Barb’s rich lived birth doula experiences spanning decades, cultures and countries
It is so hard even imagine the thought of a baby dying, no matter what stage of life that happens, 10 minutes pregnancy, up to a few weeks after birth.
The next stage of death in a child’s life is better resourced by hospital mostly, and even though they do death at birth very well, there is a long life for a mother and her family to face with out that child, and I believe with a very accessible tribe of Death Doula, who specifically get pregnancy loss as a monumental memory even if it is was from choice of abortion. A mother existed just for a moment in time.
This course is really important to me to share with woman so we can open the space to maternal and child loss and to honour the little ones who passed through my Uterus and life.
Death conversations are important. Accepting that death is not the enemy, but the way we respond to it is something I feel compelled to do. Trying to better understand if there is a more comfortable way to step through our grief…if that is even possible. By “holding space” for woman to talk and to be heard, it opens the door to integrating her story, here thoughts and feeling more comfortably and “effectively” into her life, and grieving to pass through her in its own time as she emerges to her new self.
With every pregnancy, there is possible death for mother and baby. At every birth, there is a possible death. As a birth Doula, this became just a little to real to me over the years I serve woman.
This seems so extreme to almost expect, or at least deep somewhere inside as a Doula, allow the possibility of a death during this magical mind blowing phase of a woman life. And yet it is all so normal, almost predictable. Modern medicine has not necessarily change outcomes. We just have different ones, with different criteria.
Whilst many pregnancies and birth are simple (or should be), there will always be those woman, no matter how clever medicine is that will experience loss, devastation and sadness.
$90 deposit will hold your place
contact Barb on 0419545093 with questions
When a baby dies
Dementia Doula Training
$490 6 weekly Zoom sessions
6 modules online posted to a Facebook Study Group page
$90 deposit holds your place
For more info. and enrolment email email@example.com
My qualifications as a Dementia Doula from many years as a carer for my parents in law. In retrospect, my mother-in-law showed signs of dementia in her 60’s. On visiting her house we spent endless hours looking for her glasses, keys and jewellery. They had always been put in a safe place; sometimes never to be found for weeks, if ever. She became anxious and not as pleasant to be around to being non-verbal and non-functioning, but very mobile, sleeping by day, aggressive and walking all night. She always knew me but not her 3 children. It is such a cruel disease. My father-in-law followed a completely different path. Equally challenging but we managed to keep them in their home, with many services we paid for until a year before they both died 9 months apart. The both died around 90.
I have been working as a birth and death doula for many years and have huge respect for serving people to live their lives their way.
I worked for a while in Tasmania as a Recreational carer and set up and ran a dementia program. I thought I had tools and insight but back in the 1990’s was just the beginning of understanding behaviours and concepts beyond drugging people, tying them to their beds and chairs.
As a Registered Nurse, caring for people in non- lock-up environments with inadequate staffing levels and almost no skills, was challenging and devastating and cruel for the people we were trying to care for.
I realised by combining my intuitive instincts with my creative capacity and a willingness to not expect an outcome, individuals responded to a wide range of options offered to them.
One of the biggest lessons I have learnt is to not try and stimulate them, but to follow their lead. Day time is for rest and provide a safe space and ideally activities at night.
A Dementia Doula:
lets go of the past, and lives each day with the person where they are at with a sense of hope
willingness to just be and place no pressure on the situation recognises that dementia is just one part of a person's life.
understands the progression of dementia, the complexity, and the emotional needs
created with the anxiety, fear and lost feelings
creates a possible life plan for the person and their family put in pace their plans for life and death
works as a team ideally to navigate needs and care throughout the course of their dementia
provides emotional support, physical comfort measures, an objective viewpoint and assistance to traverse the changes brought by the disease
facilitates communication between the person with dementia, their peers, their family and professional caregivers
brings calm and time to the situation without pressure
avoids at all costs making the person try to remember
avoids showing disappointment to the person and encourages the family to stay in the moment and enjoy what is possible
2022 Courses commence regularly
$390 5 weekly Zoom sessions
5 modules online posted to a Facebook Study Group page
$90 deposit holds your place
For more info. and enrolment email firstname.lastname@example.org
When our precious pets/companions prepare to leave this earth or unexpectedly die, we are faced with an ache deep inside. Sometimes, a bigger pain than when a family member or friend dies. We anticipate life without them, whether to treat them medically, and contemplate how we might navigate life without them.
We look at ways to prepare ourselves, the role they play in our lives and how much that has shifted in recent years, particularly in COVID times.
We explore being with them at home for a while, ways to mange their bodies, and ceremony around that.
Whether you are doing this for your own development around death and dying or a career possibility, join us to discover choices, thoughts and feelings around a furry cuddly, or not so furry slightly creepy (to some of us), pet.
2022 Courses commence regularly
As Doulas we stand by women, "hold space". serve women as they step through many situations that occur during a woman's reproductive years
$490 6 modules and 6 Zoom sessions weekly
A Facebook study group where the Modules are posted each week. The Zoom sessions are recorded so you can work at your own place.
It is so hard to even imagine the thought of a baby dying, no matter what stage of life that happens, 10 minutes into pregnancy, or up to a few weeks after birth.
The next stage of death in a child’s life is better resourced by hospital mostly, and even though they do death at birth very well, there is a long life for a mother and her family to face without that child, and I believe with a very accessible tribe of Death Doulas, who specifically understand pregnancy loss as a monumental memory even if it is was from choice of abortion. A mother existed just for a moment in time.
This course is really important to me to share with women so we can open the space to maternal and child loss and to honour the little ones who passed through my Uterus and life.
Death conversations are important. Accepting that death is not the enemy, but the way we respond to it, is something I feel compelled to share.
Trying to better understand if there is a more comfortable way to step through our grief…if that is even possible. By “holding space” for a woman to talk and to be heard, it opens the door to integrating her story, her thoughts and feelings more comfortably and “effectively” into her life, and for grieving to pass through her in its own time as she emerges to her new self.
With every pregnancy, there is possible death for mother and baby. At every birth, there is a possible death. As a Birth Doula, this became just a little too real to me over the years I have served women.
This seems so extreme to almost expect, or at least deep somewhere inside as a Doula, allow the possibility of a death during this magical mind blowing phase of a woman's life. And yet it is all so normal, almost predictable. Modern medicine has not necessarily changed outcomes. We just have different ones, with different criteria.
Whilst many pregnancies and birth are simple (or should be), there will always be those women, no matter how clever medicine is, who will experience loss, devastation and sadness.
They all deserve a clear-minded person who can hear and respond to their needs.
This course will open the door to better conversation around death and loss. We will look at green funerals and ways to wrap, and manage little bodies.
Be that person whom she can lean on, have a clear and strong voice at such a vulnerable time and walk into her grief with her and find a way for her to navigate the strong feelings she will experience!