From the beginning of time, birthing people have been cared for and nurtured as they become parents. Family, friends and neighbors from the community would rally around the new family to help guide them through their pregnancy, birth and tender early weeks and months with a new baby. Today that can’t always happen, but birthing people still benefit from support during pregnancy and birth. Enter the birth doula. Research shows that people who use a birth doula are: less likely to need Pitocin, less likely to have a cesarean birth, less likely to use any pain medication, and more likely to rate their childbirth experience positively.
Being a birth doula sounds magical and amazing… and IT IS! You get to be with birthing people and families in very powerful and intimate moments. You get to see people at their strongest and at their most vulnerable. You get to hold the door open for new humans to enter the world… It is a gift and an honor to be a doula.
It is also very difficult work. Difficult physically, emotionally, mentally, spiritually, relationally… difficult in ways you will not be able to imagine. Our goal is to help every woman who wants to become a doula SUCCEED at this work. We not only offer a comprehensive, DONA Approved doula training, we offer continuous 24/7 support and mentoring to new doulas, advanced coursework, ongoing training, and a sliding scale to ensure that our training is accessible to anyone who feels the call to be a doula. PLUS, our workshop is co-led by a midwife and a doula trainer who have almost 50 years of combined experience.