My guest Suzanne O'Brien is the founder of Doulagivers - a program that offers non-medical training to individuals who wish to care for their loved ones and neighbors at the end of life. She'll share the good news of positive changes that have been happening at home and abroad for the end-of-life doula movement.
In this interview you will learn:
What "doulagiver" means
How the need for end-of-life doulas is going to increase over the next few decades
About the national movement to provide certification for end-of-life doulas
Why certification is important
How communities around the world are requesting training to improve end-of-life care
About a free webinar Suzanne will present on End-of-Life Doula Training for Caregivers and Volunteers
Suzanne B. O’Brien is a registered nurse. She has worked most of her nursing career in hospice care and oncology care In 2008 Suzanne began offering free community educational seminars at her local library. These workshops taught families how to care for their loved ones at the end of life.
In 2012, Suzanne went on a self paid volunteer hospice trip to Zimbabwe, Africa. It was on this trip that Suzanne saw people being trained to “sit” with the person who was dying and “guide” them through the end of life journey. Without the luxury of medications and equipment, this concept was so effective. This reminded Suzanne of the birthing “doula” concept and when she came back to the US, The Doulagivers End of Life Doula Training was born.
Today, Suzanne B. O’Brien RN is the proud Founder and Creator of the award-winning program Doulagivers: End of Life Doula Training, Eldercare Doula Training, and Doulagiver Care Consultant Training. She is a founding member of The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organizations ( NHPCO ) End of Life Doula Council and is a founding board member of The National End of Life Doula Alliance (NEDA). “Awarded Worldwide Leader In Healthcare” by the International Nurses Association for creating Doulagivers. She is also an end of life educator, consultant and author of the #1 International Bestselling book Creating Positive Passings & End of Life Doula Level 1 Caregiver Training (2015) — a guide to learning the invaluable skills of how to care for someone at the end of life.