Birthwise offers Doulas of North America (DONA) Birth and Postpartum Doula training workshops several times per year. These one and two-day workshops are the first components for national certification as a DONA Certified Doula.
What is a doula?
The word “doula” comes from the ancient Greek meaning “a woman who serves” and is now used to refer to a trained and experienced professional who provides continuous physical, emotional, and informational support to the mother before, during, and just after birth; or who provides emotional and practical support during the postpartum period.
Studies have shown that, when doulas attend births, labors are shorter and less likely to have complications. After birth, babies are healthier and breastfeed more easily.
When you become a certified birth doula, you gain a respected credential. DONA International certification means that you have met a high international standard, ensuring expectant parents and their birth care providers that you will adhere to the highest standards of conduct and ethics. It means you are trained to support a woman emotionally, as well as educated to help her determine the services and information that she needs during labor and childbirth.
Tara Campbell CD (DONA), BDT, LCCE
Tara is a DONA certified Birth Doula and Birth Doula Trainer. She trained with Doulas of North America (DONA) co-founder Penny Simkin before founding the Birthing Gently practice in 2001.
Tara believes that, “Each birth is as individual, unpredictable and meaningful as each one of us” and, therefore, supports a mother’s choice to birth her child in whatever way is most comfortable to her.
Tara teaches that doulas must provide women with the unbiased tools needed to make informed and evidence based decisions regarding the care they are receiving.
Birthwise Doula Workshops
The DONA International Birth Doula Workshop, presented by Tara Campbell of Birthing Gently, is a sixteen-hour, two-day workshop that introduces students to the basic knowledge and skills of the professional birth doula. This course is the first step towards obtaining the doula certification that qualifies a person to provide support to a mother before, during, and just after birth.
The Postpartum Doula Intensive, also led by Tara Campbell of Birthing Gently, is an eight-hour, one-day intensive in postpartum doula care. The course qualifies participating doulas to offer postpartum care to mothers and babies – including emotional support and newborn care. Birthwise students need not be certified doulas to participate.