Workshops at Birthwise Midwifery School

DONA International Birth Doula Workshop:  March 15 & 16, 2014

Have you always wanted to become a trained DONA International Birth Doula or learn more about who and what doula’s do?  Here is the perfect opportunity.  Join us for our DONA International Birth Doula Workshop, presented by Tara Poulin.  

 Tara Poulin is a DONA (Doulas of North America) certified Doula, and has trained with DONA co-founder, Penny Simkin, to become a Doula trainer. She is currently offering the following two-day workshops to train professional labor doulas.

 Course Description:

 This 16 hour DONA International birth doula…

 DAY ONE: Introduction to Labor Support – Level I- 8hrs

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.

 DAY TWO: Basic Doula Training – Level 2- 8hrs

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.

After the workshop you will be considered a DONA trained doula and can start attending births towards certification. For the complete list on the other requirements to complete your certification please visit

 Recommended Reading:

  • The Birth Partner by Penny Simkin
  • Easy Labor by Dr. William Camann

 We hope you will have a general understanding of the stages and phases of birth before attending the workshop, as well as a basic understanding of the current medications offered for labor and birth. This information can be found in the books listed above.

 Register Today!- DONA Birth Doula Training Registration & Workshop Description March 2014 PDF