The birth industry is an optimistic one, filled with images of perfect, healthy babies, but in reality, many babies are born with conditions that can cause impairment in physical, learning, language, or behavior areas. These conditions begin during the developmental period, may impact day-to-day functioning, and usually last throughout a person’s lifetime.
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 . Many of these are diagnosed during pregnancy or shortly after birth, an event that leaves mothers and fathers overwhelmed with powerful emotions and doubts about their ability to care for their child properly.
This course is designed to equip the Doula to serve expecting mothers and fathers that have learned their baby may be born with a developmental disability.
Course Prerequisite: Madriella Birth Doula Certification, Madriella Postpartum Doula Certification, and the Madriella Professional Development Course.
This course requires 1 textbook, Different Dreams:Reflections and Realities of Raising a Child With Developmental Disabilities
|The Role of the Doula
|Some Common Developmental Disabilities
|What is a Developmental Disability?
|Autism Spectrum Disorder
|Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD)
|Cerebral palsy (CP)
|Intellectual disability, (formerly known as mental retardation)
|Vision and Hearing Impairment
|Fragile X syndrome (FXS)
|Research Assignment: Different Dreams
|Book Report: Different Dreams
|Practical Help for Parents of Children with Developmental Disabilities
|Offering Practical Help to Parents
|Final Project Instructions
|Supportive Organizations for Down Syndrome
|Supportive Organizations for Autism Spectrum Disorder
|Supportive organizations for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
|Supportive organizations for Cerebral Palsy
|Supportive organizations for Intellectual Disability
|Supportive organizations for Spina Bifida
|Supportive organizations for Muscular Dystrophy
|Supportive organizations for Vision and Hearing Impairment
|Supportive organizations for Kernicterus
|Supportive organizations for Tourette Syndrome
|Supportive organizations for Fragile X Syndrome
|Final Project Due