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Gather - Support - Network - Learn

Join Krista Maltais, AdvPCD/PDT(DONA), ALC, for a weekend of learning!

Reunite with those you have trained with; network with other postpartum doulas and perinatal professionals; share your experiences and find support as we gather together. This weekend will provide 11 Continuing Education Units with DONA International*, satisfies the 3 hour Breastfeeding Basics requirement for Postpartum Doula Certification, and offers a chance to receive Infant/Adult CPR certification! Snacks and drinks will also be provided daily.

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Breastfeeding Basics: Understanding Lactation as Perinatal Professionals with Krista Maltais This 3 hour workshop satisfies the breastfeeding requirement for DONA International Birth/Postpartum Doula Certification and covers specific topics such as: Benefits of breastfeeding, breast anatomy & physiology (milk ejection reflex, supply & demand), infant’s contribution and readiness to breastfeed (reflexes and feeding cues), latch and effective suckling skills, breastfeeding positions and holds, early breastfeeding challenges (engorgement, nipple soreness, milk supply), and when to refer to a lactation professional.

Becoming Your Brand: How to Own Your Space Online with Mandy Major (3 CEUs*) Doulas! Believe it or not, you’re not only a local business. You are also a brand with limitless reach. And in this seminar, you’ll receive the essential building blocks you need to hone that brand and live confidently in the digital world. In this interactive three-hour course, we’ll break down common misconceptions about being a “brand,” and show you how to build a platform (*note that word!) that is authentic, genuine, and 100% true to your values as a service provider. You’ll get a crash course on how to navigate social media and curate your own “social footprint.” You’ll discover what SEO is and why it matters. You’ll learn how to hone your virtual voice, find and engage your audience, and avoid common pitfalls when marketing yourself.

The “Fourth Trimester”: Herbal Allies for the Postpartum Period with Krystina Friedlander (2 CEUs*) In traditional medicinal systems, the postpartum is considered an especially vulnerable period in a person’s life. The physical challenges of pregnancy and childbirth require a period of rest—often specified as 40 days of complete rest and support—to allow the body to recuperate. This class introduces the use of herbs as teas, in foods, and in other preparations, as a means to relieve common challenges of the postpartum period. Learn to distinguish between safe, general approaches, and specific treatments that require referral to a trained herbalist or other appropriate practitioner.

Supporting Families in Grief: Tools for Birth Professionals with Amy Peterson (3 CEUs*) Working with families around birth, means you will likely be faced with supporting a family in grief at some point. Engaging with families around birth is a sacred privilege; entering this space during grieving is a huge responsibility. This class will cover the ways grief impacts families, what type of behaviors grieving people may demonstrate, and how you can best support them, as well as yourself, as a birth professional

The Doula’s Role in Preventing Pelvic Floor Dysfunction with Dr. Ryan Bailey (3 CEUs*) Learn the pelvic floor’s role in labor and delivery; why healing is crucial for normal function; signs and symptoms of common pelvic floor dysfunction; ways to reduce pelvic floor injury in birth; ways to support healing of the pelvic floor (even after c-section!); where to refer your client when you suspect pelvic floor dysfunction to be present.

*Currently waiting for DONA International Continuing Education Units (CEUs) to be approved

Want to attend   only   the Breastfeeding Basics: Understanding Lactation as Perinatal Professionals workshop? Register for the class on Saturday March 2nd   HERE  !

Want to attend only the Breastfeeding Basics: Understanding Lactation as Perinatal Professionals workshop?

Register for the class on Saturday March 2nd HERE!

Our recertification process ensures that the doula remains proficient in the field, as well as keeping their skills and knowledge base up-to-date.

Meet Our Professional Speakers


Amy Peterson AdvCD(DONA), SBD, CLC Supporting Families in Grief: Tools for Birth Professionals

Amy is a certified Birth and Bereavement doula through She has been a DONA International certified birth doula for over ten years. She has an extensive history of working with families in crisis both as a foster parent and as a doula. Amy was trained in adult education through the University of NH and NHDCYF. Amy founded and leads a perinatal loss support group through Wentworth-Douglass Hospital in NH.

Krystina Friedlander

Krystina Friedlander, CPM The Fourth Trimester: Herbal Allies for the Postpartum Period

Krystina is a licensed NH midwife (NHCM) and Certified Professional Midwife (CPM). In addition to her midwifery and doula work, she is a graduate of the Boston School of Herbal Studies and has a clinical herbal practice primarily attending to issues around fertility and reproductive health. Krystina has attended births since 2010 as a ToLabor trained doula, and began attending home births as a midwifery apprentice in 2013, working with a small practice in the Boston area, and then a high volume Concord, NH birth center in 2017. She graduated from the National Midwifery Institute in spring 2018 and received her CPM and license in October 2018. Krystina has taught classes related to herbalism for fertility, pregnancy and the postpartum, herbal safety, childbirth, and fertility awareness across the New England area, online, and internationally.

Ryan Bailey

Dr. Ryan Bailey, PT, DPT, WCS The Doula’s Role in Preventing Pelvic Floor Dysfunction

Dr. Ryan is Doctor of Physical Therapy, earning her degree from the University of New England. She is a Board Certified Women’s Health Physical Therapist and Prenatal and Postpartum Exercise Specialist with training in Pilates. Dr. Ryan has extensive training in maternal pelvic health and exercise through the Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute and countless years of mentoring and work with women of all ages. Dr. Ryan also has a special interest in family dynamics and early childhood development earning her bachelor's degree in Family Studies from the University of New Hampshire.


Krista Maltais, AdvPCD/PDT(DONA), ALC, BS Family Studies Breastfeeding Basics: Understanding Lactation as Perinatal Professionals

Krista is the Founder and Owner of Relief - Parenting Respite & Resource Center and Relief Doula Agency, as well as being an Advanced Lactation Consultant, a DONA International Advanced Postpartum Doula and Postpartum Doula Trainer, and a Certified Childlight Yoga Infant & Toddler Instructor. Krista holds a BS in Family Studies from the University of New Hampshire and has assisted hundreds of perinatal families in the Seacoast, NH, Southern ME, and North Shore, MA areas for more than twelve years. .


Mandy Major, M.A. Journalism, Postpartum Doula Becoming Your Brand: How to Own Your Space Online

Mandy holds an M.A. in journalism from Columbia University and has nearly 20 years of experience writing, editing, managing, strategizing, and marketing content for national and global brands. She has worked for companies including Hearst, Scripps Networks Interactive (now Discovery), Penguin Random House, and Active Interest Media. Now, Mandy has put that expertise to work as the founder of Motherbaby Network, a postpartum doula service and media company based in Connecticut.


Stacey Bunyar, American Heart Assoc. CPR Instructor Infant & Adult CPR/AED Certification

Stacey is a birth and postpartum doula, owner of Baby Beginnings NE and is an American Heart Association Certified Instructor.

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Looking forward to seeing you again in March!
— Krista