Doula Training

Doula Training-March 2014

July 26 & 27, 2014

DONA Birth Doula Training Registration July 2014 PDF

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, has trained with DONA co-founder, Penny Simkin, to become a Doula trainer. She is currently offering   two-day workshops to train professional labor doulas at Birth Wise Midwifery School.  Trainings usually take place  in the fall, spring and late summer.

Course Description:

 This 16 hour DONA International Birth Doula Training consist of:

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 DONA certification (Please note:  Certification is not Required for Admission to Birthwise Midwifery School.  You must have taken the Birth Doula Training and it DOES NOT have to be DONA certified). only taking the . 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.