Doula Training

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DONA Certified Birth Doula Training
Love birth?  Love mamas?  Then maybe becoming a doula is just the thing for you!

In our DONA-approved workshop, you’ll gain the fundamentals of becoming a birth doula. Through discussion and hands-on activities, you will learn the skills and tools essential to provide support for mamas and their families from pregnancy, through labor and birth, and into the early postpartum time.

Topics covered include: Introduction to doula labor support; Importance of birth memories; Hormones of pregnancy, labor, & birth; Emotional support for birth; Communication skills, values, and cultural sensitivity as a doula; Physical support for birth; Doula’s role with interventions, Cesarean &; VBAC; Doula’s role during immediate postpartum & with the newborn; Breastfeeding support; DONA certification process and membership; Prenatal and postpartum doula visits; Setting up your doula business & birth community involvement

This workshop is open to anyone looking to gain more knowledge about supporting women during the childbearing years, including, but not limited to, educators, nurses, birth professionals, students, mamas, yoga instructors, and bodyworkers.

Required texts for workshop (available for purchase on-site at Enlightened Mama):
The Birth Partner: Everything You Need to Know to Help a Woman Through Childbirth, Fourth Edition (2014) by Penny Simkin.

Those wishing to become a DONA-Certified Birth Doula will have additional certification requirements, which will be discussed during the workshop. These requirements are also described at

Fee: $375
Non-refundable deposit of $50 due at time of registration

2017 Doula Training Dates

August 18-20–Intro to Childbirth & Breastfeeding for Doulas on August 17

October 13-15–Intro to Childbirth & Breastfeeding for Doulas on October 12

December 8-10–Intro to Childbirth & Breastfeeding for Doulas on December 7

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2018 Doula Training Dates

February 2-4–Intro to Childbirth & Breastfeeding for Doulas on February 1

April 5-8 in Lake Arenal COSTA RICA!!!–Intro to Childbirth & Breastfeeding for Doulas included in course

April 27-29–Intro to Childbirth & Breastfeeding for Doulas on April 26

June 22-24–Intro to Childbirth & Breastfeeding for Doulas on June 23

August 18-20–Intro to Childbirth & Breastfeeding for Doulas on August 17

October 26-28–Intro to Childbirth & Breastfeeding for Doulas on October 25

December 7-9–Intro to Childbirth & Breastfeeding for Doulas on December 6

Breastfeeding for Doulas
Enlightened Mama also offers a Breastfeeding for Doulas course that satisfies the breastfeeding certification requirement of DONA certification. In this course, you’ll learn the skills necessary to help mamas establish breastfeeding and gain confidence in supporting them through early days. This 3 ½ hour course is offered periodically.

Fee:  $75

Introduction to Childbirth for Doulas/Class Observation for Certification 
As part of the certification requirements set forth by DONA, you must either enroll in Introduction to Birth for Doulas OR observe a series of childbirth education classes.  We offer the Intro to Doulas course the day prior to the Birth Doula Workshop, and to count towards the requirement, it must be done before the training. You may observe any of the Enlightened Mama Childbirth Preparation series either before or after the training. You may also attend an alternative approved course.

Fee:  $100


Enlightened Mama

Classes & Groups held at our sister site:
Everyday Miracles, 1121 NE Jackson St, Suite 119 Minneapolis, MN 55413

Office Lactation & Mama Groups:
MN Birth Center, 624 Smith Ave S
Saint Paul, MN 55017

tel: 651.528.6733
fax: 651.528.6733

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