The birth industry is an optimistic one, filled with happy images of healthy babies, but in reality, many babies are born with a birth defect or genetic disorder. Some of these are abnormalities of structure, function, or body chemistry that will require medical or surgical care or could have some effect on the child’s development (developmental disability).

Recent estimates in the United States show that about one in six, or about 17%, of children aged 3 through 17 years have one or more developmental disabilities [1]. Many of these are diagnosed during pregnancy or shortly after birth, an event that leaves mothers and fathers overwhelmed with powerful emotions and doubt about their ability to care for their child properly.

This course is designed to equip the Doula serving parents that have learned that their baby may be born with a developmental disability.