The word “doula” comes from the ancient Greek meaning “a woman who serves” and now refers 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.

DONA International certification is the highest international doula certification 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.

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 body of 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.

Candidates for Doulas of North America (DONA) certification who complete the birth doula workshop are eligible to begin attending births for clinical practice. See DONA for complete certification requirements and more information about doulas.


2017 Workshops

April 1 & 2 (Sat & Sun), 9am-5pm

August 5 & 6 (Sat & Sun), 9am-5pm

November 11 & 12 (Sat & Sun), 9am-5pm

Prerequisites

A general understanding of the stages of birth

A general understanding of labor and birth medications

Suggested Reading

The Birth Partner by Penny Simkin

Easy Labor by Dr. William Camann


Mom-Friendly Environment

Students are welcome to bring non-mobile children and to breastfeed/pump in class. If your child becomes disruptive, we ask that you step outside the classroom, returning when he or she has calmed down.


Coursework

Length of Class: 8 Hours, Day 1

Presents the dynamics of labor and birth, how to be a skilled companion during childbirth, and how to soothe and comfort a laboring woman. Topics to be covered: Introduction to labor support, prenatal contact between doula and client, emotional support, comfort measures, business aspects of a doula practice.

Length of Class: 8 Hours, Day 2

Covers in-depth labor support strategies, the role of the doula within the medical framework, guidelines for pre and postnatal contact with clients, how to deal with problem labors and unexpected outcomes, how to contribute to breastfeeding success, and specific tips for setting up practice as a doula. Topics to be covered: Cesarean Section, VBAC, postpartum contact between doula and client, difficult labors, the newborn and breastfeeding.