"If we did all the things we are capable of, we would literally astound ourselves"
My name is Winona Morland. I am the creator and developer of the prenatal education and professional training courses. I can not take all the credit though I have learned from so many wise and wonderful people. Some in person and some who will never know the impact they have had.
I have been supporting women, babies and families for over 30 years. First through having my own children, providing childcare, teaching playschool, providing a safe place for foster children and with my journey supporting families from pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding and postpartum over the last almost 14 years.
I have created a curriculum that encompasses the whole motherbaby. That gets to the heart of the matter and sees each person as an individual that deserves the very best support based on solid information and the wisdom of the ages. Whether parents are taking a prenatal or breastfeeding course, or a student is taking my perinatal support training I am committed to quality and integrity.
"When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all your thoughts break their bounds: Your mind transcends limitations, your consciousness expands in every direction, and you find yourself in a new, great, and wonderful world. Dormant forces, faculties and talents become alive, and you discover yourself to be a greater person, by far,
than you ever dreamed yourself to be."
-Pantanjali(second century B.C. philosopher) with contributions
by the more modern Caral Hartley
Education and training for the professional during the perinatal year
Vision: To create a community of perinatal specialists that are a source of information, knowledge, and wisdom; guiding and supporting families on the journey of pregnancy through to parenting.
Caring- Feeling and showing consideration and empathy for those we serve
Compassion- knowing our clients and treating them fairly and justly
Confidence- acting in a right, proper and effective way
Communication- learning and knowing our clients and being open and honest with them
Consistency- being reliable, in harmony and in agreement with our clients
Connection- understanding our clients and they, knowing our beliefs and philosophies
Mission: Training with a holistic perspective that sees all aspects of the motherbaby. Encouraging physical wellness and knowledge. Sharing wisdom that encourages the innate intelligence of the motherbaby. Validating the emotional aspect that can lead to a deeper understanding and knowing. Acknowledging the spiritual practices and beliefs of families and the importance and foundation that it provides. To provide opportunities and connections, confidence and collaborations, all from the heart.
QAVAH is a philosophy that my parents used as they worked with horses and people. It is a way of being confident, to trust, to meet, patient and to wait.
DIAKONEO meaning to actively serve – literally, "kicking up dust" because "on the move." and it means caring for the needs of others as the Lord guides in an active, practical way.
and of course
DOULOS(where the word doula is from) meaning "bondservant.". A bondservant is a slave who becomes a freeman yet still chooses to give up her personal rights of freedom to stay and serve a master. A decision that she is willing to take for the rest of her life.
Moto: Education and training for the professional during the perinatal year
Behavior guidelines for specialists may include:
Validate, motivate, and educate women and her family during pregnancy, labour, birth and the postpartum period
Understand the range of normal physiology of pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding, and infants and know when to suggest referral to a care-provider
Initiate and celebrate with women and their families as they become mothers
Provide education and promote well-being related to childbearing and parenting for woman, families, and communities
Educate and support women in making decisions for their own family, during pregnancy, labour, birth, and the postpartum period
Communicate effectively with the woman, her family
Build a collaborative relationship with a woman and her families. To have the ability to develop, maintain, and strengthen partnerships with others who can provide information, assistance, and support.
Convey confidence in a woman’s ability to meet challenges, to understand her own responsibility, authority, and freedom to decide how she will accomplish her goals
Provide continuity of support throughout the perinatal period
Promote and support normal birth
Set and maintain high ethical & personal standards. Paying close attention to detail, accuracy, and completeness. Showing concern for all aspects of the work and follow up; provide information about care alternatives including options, risks and benefits, and support the client in decision-making.
Communicate to clients’ own boundaries and abilities. Being trustworthy and reliable
Maintain autonomy and self-development. Learning lessons from experiences and steering one’s own development process. Work on own development purposively
Being able to adapt and deal with change
Having integrity by sharing complete and accurate information as well as maintaining confidentiality. Meets own commitments. Always doing the best in whatever circumstances are presented
Imagine if in every community there was a source of information, knowledge and wisdom that could guide and support families through the journey of pregnancy through to parenting. That's what I imagine and what my goal is with education and training for the perinatal year.
A holistic perspective that sees all aspects of the motherbaby. Encouraging physical wellness and knowledge. Sharing wisdom that encourages the innate intelligence of the motherbaby. Validating the emotional aspect that can lead to a deeper understanding and knowing. Acknowledging the spiritual practices and beliefs of families and the importance and foundation that it provides. All these things and more is what women and their families are looking for as they begin to prepare for life with a new child.
I look forward to working with families and the women that serve them. My hope is to provide opportunities and connections, confidence and collaborations, all from the heart. -Winona