Let’s make your doula dream a reality.

You love birth and babies, and you’re ready to turn that passion into a fulfilling career.  Yes! I’m here to help you learn the ropes of this incredible calling. I hope you’ll join me for a doula training.

DOULA TRAINING

You love birth and babies, and you’re ready to turn that passion into a fulfilling career.  Yes! I’m here to help you learn the ropes of this incredible calling. I hope you’ll join me for a doula training.

It’s an amazing honor to support families when they welcome new life. They are inviting you into one of the biggest transitions of their lives.

I have loved this work for more than a decade, and I started my doula training program so I could share everything I’ve learned with you. I’m a DONA approved trainer, which means my workshop is the first step toward certification with DONA International — the world’s largest and most respected doula certifying organization. If you’re ready to become a doula, this is the place to start.

SUCCEED. SUSTAIN. GROW.

The intersection of these areas is what makes my trainings unique. Every doula training includes the basics of what you need to support people physically and emotionally, but I bring in two other important areas to help you get off to a great start — creative, interactive learning and a special focus on combining heart with smart business strategy.

Heart+Soul+BirthPros
tiffany townsend

"If you are thinking about doula training, just take this workshop! So many of the doulas who are THE doulas in the Grand Rapids area have been trained by Jessica — that says a lot. I loved that Jessica covered both the doula information and the business perspective that you might not get anywhere else. Because this process isn’t just about supporting families, but also creating a sustainable living for yourself. Jessica’s training really helped me reach my goal to become a full-time doula in less than six months. If you have a passion for birth and are ready to get rolling, do it."

Tiffany Townsend • Grand Rapids, Michigan

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"Jessica’s doula training was incredible. I felt such a connection and sisterhood with all of the other doulas, from so many different backgrounds, who had the same heart for birth that I do. I had a really difficult first birth, and I was awestruck by the concept that birth isn’t something to be feared, it can be positive, love-centered and transformative experience — even euphoric. Jessica was professional and organized, balanced with those earthy-birthy vibes that I love. She had this gentle strength to understand us as people and also guide us to be successful doulas."

Jessica Stackowicz • South Bend, Indiana

Jennifer Carpio Zeller

"I was a doula in the 1990s, and I was actually surprised and impressed at how much things have changed. Jessica’s training was wonderful. It reminded me of the details I had forgotten and also introduced new tools like the rebozo and the peanut ball. I loved the constant variety of the workshop. I’m used to sitting in a classroom and listening, but Jessica’s doula training was so much more. We were hands-on, interacting and problem-solving together. You just can’t beat Jessica’s deep level of experience. If you’re on the fence, the training will totally help you figure out if this field is right for you. I was so jazzed up to become a doula again and ready to get started!"

Jennifer Carpio-Zeller • Kalamazoo, Michigan

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"I’m a nurse and just fell in love with labor and delivery in school. But we didn’t really cover all of the comfort measures, positions and nurturing in nursing school, it was more focused on monitoring and medicines. Jessica’s training helped me understand the support side of birth much better, and I even learned new things about the physiologic process of birth. As a nurse, I advocate for my patients every day, and try to serve as a bridge of communication between them and their providers. Jessica taught me how to do that even more effectively. I loved the training, I really didn’t expect to be so inspired! There was so much discussion and hands-on practice, it wasn’t just bookwork or a PowerPoint. Jessica is so positive and professional. Her success as a business owner really enhanced the training, and I left feeling unexpected inspired to maybe start my own business someday too."

Nikki Canetti • Hartland, Michigan

Elon Geffrard

"I brought Jessica in to my area to teach a community based doula training, specifically focused on supporting women of color. It was such a great workshop — heartwarming, comfortable and inviting, but also solid skills that we could use right away. I loved the wide range of teaching techniques and all the chances to practice hands-on. Jessica engaged all of our senses. I was already trained as a childbirth educator when I took the doula workshop, but Jessica really expanded my toolbox. I use so many of the exercises and techniques that she taught us when I’m working with families. The nurses were impressed with all the new techniques I was able to use at my very first birth after the training."

Elon Geffrard • Detroit, Michigan

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"As a nursing student, I wanted to take Jessica’s doula training to learn new ways to support women in labor and also to get an advantage to be hired in obstetrics, labor and delivery, or mother-baby — it’s a really competitive area of nursing. I loved that Jessica incorporated so many evidence-based practices. She made it clear that the medical staff wasn’t the enemy, we are all partners and allies on the team. I picked up so many tools I can use a nurse, I’ll work better with doulas when a patient has one, and I also know I could work as a doula myself. Jessica didn’t just give us the skills for doula-ing, she also shared sample contracts, how to figure out your rate and ways to find clients. I felt so much camaraderie with the other doulas because of the ways Jessica had us interacting and working together. I really loved it."

Rand Bennett • Honolulu, Hawaii

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"I had taken an online training with another organization, but I decided to take Jessica’s workshop for more experience with the hands-on side of doula work. It was great to be face to face with Jessica, to be able to ask questions in person, and to hear other people’s questions. The hands-on was the biggest piece for me. I can see it in pictures and read about it, but I didn’t always know if I was doing the techniques right before Jessica’s training. I loved the four-day format, all the hands-on, and the really great connections with other doulas who are in the same place in our careers — we have each other now. I’m glad it was a DONA approved training, too, because it’s the best known and very respected doula organization."

Taylor Bodell • Leslie, Michigan

Courtney Caranguian doula

"I am also a postpartum doula and a lactation educator, and Jessica’s birth doula workshop is definitely the best training I’ve attended. It was really hands-on, and super inclusive. I felt safe talking about the disparities in our birth community, and Jessica’s really knowledgeable about equity. People of color get exhausted by having to do so much education in other spaces, but Jessica includes that automatically in her training. Some other trainings I've attended have felt limited and restricted, but everything about Jessica’s teaching was fluid, natural and organic. I loved it."

Courtney Caranguian • Honolulu, Hawaii

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"I traveled from two states over because I just had to learn from Jessica. Even by email, I could tell she wasn’t just doing this as a business, but she also had so much passion and warmth, it was heartfelt. Even though I didn’t have a medical background in birth, I knew really quickly that I belonged in this training, and that it was a safe space for all of us. Everything was interactive and hands-on, with book work mixed in with fun activities. The training was passionate, pure and so educational. I left those four days knowing I could really be a doula! Jessica brought me so much closer to my true calling. There’s not a question in my mind, without a shadow of a doubt, I’m going to be able to do this."

D'Lana Wojciechowski • Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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"I explored some other doula trainings, but everything about Jessica’s workshop just spoke to me. This call to become a doula is a passion from my heart, and I needed a trainer who really lives this work, and truly loves this work as a calling. I felt all of that from the website and Jessica’s bio, but when my midwife also recommended Jessica as THE trainer I should seek out, I knew I had to do it. I was going to drive wherever needed so that I could study under her. I was 33 weeks pregnant myself when I took the training. I felt nurtured, and grounded, and so connected. Jessica made everything so real and tangible. It was amazing and empowering, and I’m so ready to offer that up to other women as a doula."

Lavon Washington • Ann Arbor, Michigan

But will *you* get what you need from our training?

We think so. If you like numbers, we're happy to share our annual evaluation scores.

At the end of every training, we ask participants 12 evaluation questions, where they rate the training on a scale of one to five. Every DONA International trainer uses the same evaluation. Fives are superior, fours are excellent, threes are good.

In 2018, we trained 122 doulas. Most of them gave us all fives on every evaluation question. 99.9 percent of responses were either 5-superior (94.7%) or 4-excellent (5.2%). One person, on one evaluation question, gave us a 3-good. We haven't had a single 2 or a 1.

Our average score out of 1,464 evaluation questions, on a scale of 1-5? 4.946. So chances are good, we think you'll be pretty delighted with our time together.

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Some recent evaluation comments:

“I pride myself in my evaluations and consider myself a professional yelper, with that being said, I RARELY give all 5s!! You deserve it!!” 

“Jessica, you have been a role model in so many ways — not only as the type of doula I strive to be, but as the type of woman I would like to be. I feel so blessed, energized and filled by this training and your wisdom.”

“You were amazing, thank you for being a wonderful teacher and an accepting and loving woman.”

“I hate to be that person who just says that everything was perfect, but seriously, Jessica, the class was awesome. I loved your content and your energy!”

“Perfect workshop. Incredible teacher. Happy doulas.”

Take a look inside our birth doula training.

  • You get to practice hands-on.

    This isn’t a sit-and-listen kind of doula training. You’ll be engaging, practicing, laughing and learning hands-on the whole time. Why does that matter? Because getting hands-on means you’ll remember the techniques more easily and feel confident using them right from the start, even with your very first client. My training is four days because interaction and practice take time, and doulas can’t build and grow a great practice unless they really know their stuff.

  • I'll tell you everything.

    I’ve been a doula for a dozen years, and DONA International has named me as an advanced birth doula (an honor earned by fewer than 60 doulas around the world). I’ve supported families at home, in the hospital and in birth centers. Did I mention that I’m also a certified postpartum doula? I’m still actively attending births and helping families at home afterward, which means I have current information — and fresh inspiration — to help you on your own journey into this amazing work. I don’t hold anything back when I’m training doulas, and I’m dedicated to helping you avoid some of the mistakes I made early in my career.

  • We’re going deep on natural birth and medical birth too.

    Unmedicated birth can be so beautiful and empowering, and so can an epidural or a family-centered cesarean. A lot of trainings don’t teach doulas all the skills they need to support families when the going gets complicated. I’ve learned that sometimes those high-tech births are the ones where our clients need our support the most. Along with lots of great info on physiologic birth, my doula training also includes extended sections on how to support a client with an epidural or during a cesarean birth. After my workshop, you’ll be ready to offer great support, wherever your clients’ births lead. And hey, we just opened up your target market too — doulas aren’t just for natural birth.

  • Speaking of target markets, you’ll get the inside scoop on doula business.

    I’m the owner of Michigan’s first and longest-running doula agency, which means I’ve learned a lot about building a successful doula business. I’ve been invited to speak at conferences around the world on this topic, and we keep up with it on the blog here, too. In my workshops, we spend four hours talking about how to launch your business. It’s rare to find a doula training that both goes in-depth on labor support and devotes this much time to business skills. Again, this is why my training is four days — we don't skimp in either area. I love the business side of birth work and I’ll help you discover your love for it too.

  • Not just business, but business + heart.

    My area of specialty is combining your heart, your love for families and your passion for birth with making a sustainable living. At Heart Soul Birth Pros, we talk about the triple win — business structures and decisions that are good for families, good for the doula, and good for your broader birth community. I’ll show you how you can combine all of those elements to make a real difference and also make a great living. I’ve been doing that for my whole career.

There are three main types of people who take our trainings:

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People who are completely new to birth work

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Childbirth educators, postpartum doulas or former doulas

3

Nurses, midwives and even a few doctors

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"I totally jived with Jessica’s personality, and she has such an open, warm and inviting way of presenting the information. Her doula training was evidence-based and rigorous, but also friendly and heart-centered."

Andrea Hewitt, Nashville, TN

Suzanne Bell

"I had an amazing experience at my doula training and I’m so thankful I got Jessica as my trainer. I feel really confident in my new doula skills but I also learned a lot about myself and how to be a better listener."

Suzanne Bell, Cincinnati, OH

Here’s a quick look at the four days we’ll spend together:

• the basics of birth (even labor and delivery nurses tell me they take away new perspective and tips!)
• the doula’s role (and our special superpowers to impact the hormones of labor)
• massage and hands-on comfort measures
• becoming a great communicator (with clients and medical staff)
• supporting clients through disappointment, grief and loss
• physiologic birth and complicated births (pain medication, cesareans, etc.)
• ethics and scope considerations
• supporting vaginal birth after cesarean
• helping clients with malpositioned babies
• strategy for developing your business

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YOUR DOULA WORKSHOP INCLUDES FOUR HOURS OF ADVANCED BUSINESS TRAINING.

Plus my exclusive guide to finding your first 10 clients.

My doula workshops always include four hours of business training to help you launch your business. I started offering that as part of my trainings because I saw too many doulas scrambling after a workshop to figure out how to find clients and get started. I don’t want you to have to scramble! I have been a doula for more than a decade, and I run Michigan’s first and longest-running doula agency. I’ve learned a lot about attracting clients and I want you to be able to get your business rolling right away.

Here are some of our business topics (most doula trainers don’t explore these):

TARGET MARKET. Why is important to identify a target market? Who is your ideal client? What do they value and where will you find them?
BRAND IDENTITY. Why are you unique among doulas? We’ll look at the special gifts and skills you’re bringing to this work and how you can weave that in to how you present your business.
NETWORKING. I’ll teach you the best way to network (and get referrals) and how to avoid the common pitfalls that could make your marketing efforts all for nothing. You’ll also learn why you should never, ever ask someone if you can pick their brain — and what to say instead.
SOCIAL MEDIA. Facebook? Twitter? Instagram? And once you pick a platform, what should you post? You’ll learn where pregnant Millennial moms can be found, and I’ll give you my list of 50 ideas for social media posts to make your next steps easy.

We'll cover overall business building and long-term strategy in our workshop, of course. But I’ve found that brand new doulas are usually focused on finding their first 10 pregnant families, a special hurdle to jump. That’s why I wrote the Doula's Guide to Finding Your First 10 Clients — so you’ll have an easy overview on how to get started. The guide normally sells for $19.99, it is yours for free when you attend my birth doula workshop.

2019 Birth Doula Trainings

CHATTANOOGA (Cleveland), TENNESSEE
March 8-11, 2019
8:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.
2235 Candies Ln NW, Cleveland, TN
Earlybird registration February 8

KALAMAZOO, MICHIGAN
March 22-25, 2019
8:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.
2001 Hudson Ave., Kalamazoo, MI
Earlybird registration February 22

GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN
May 31 - June 3, 2019
8:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.
233 Fulton St. E, Grand Rapids, MI
Earlybird registration April 30

 

LANSING, MICHIGAN
July 26-29, 2019
8:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.
3333 S. Pennsylvania Ave. #1101, Lansing, MI
Earlybird registration June 26

GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN
October 25-28, 2019
8:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.
233 Fulton St. E, Grand Rapids, MI
Earlybird registration September 25

HONOLULU, HAWAII
November 8-11, 2019
8:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Earlybird registration October 8

Want a birth doula workshop in your city? If you can find at least six people ready to put down a deposit and help us find a training space, we're happy to come right to you.

MICHIGAN, INDIANA, TENNESSEE, HAWAII TRAININGS

(include Intro to Birth for Doulas, Doula Workshop + Breastfeeding for Doulas)

Early Bird Package

$199
  • plus two more payments of $200 before the course begins.

Early Bird Full Payment

$599
  • Save money by making a single payment at the time of your early bird registration. Early bird registration ends one month before your training begins.

Regular Payment

$649
  • for registrations after the early bird deadline.

or...

OHIO DOULA TRAININGS

(include Intro to Birth for Doulas + Doula Workshop)

Early Bird Package

$199
  • plus two more payments of $175 before the course begins.

Early Bird Full Payment

$549
  • Save money by making a single payment at the time of your early bird registration. Early bird registration ends one month before your training begins.

Regular Payment

$599
  • for registrations after the early bird deadline.

Want a training in your city?

If you come to me with six or more doulas ready to register, I’ll work with your schedule to bring a training right to you!

We'll have an amazing time together.

You don’t want to sit through four days of boring lecture! I’ve poured my heart into creating a workshop that is fun and interactive. Because I also train childbirth educators for Lamaze International, active learning is really important to me. Research shows us that adults learn better when they are engaged and hands on… And I want this information to stick with you so that you can use it all as you support families in the years ahead. We have a great time in our four days together, and I focus on taking care of you, just as you’ll be taking care of your clients. Think warm smiles, tea and healthy snacks, stretches, relaxation and mindfulness activities, plus chocolate. Always, always chocolate for the doulas.

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Your new doula career starts  here.

Are you ready to jump in together? I’d love to have you join us for a birth doula workshop. If you still have questions, visit our FAQs page and learn more. Otherwise, get started by filling out the registration below. To make it easy for you, we offer the option of paying upfront now or a payment plan of three payments.

Let’s get started!

Register for your doula training now.

Registration requires your deposit or full payment at this time. Questions? Visit our FAQs page or email info@heartsoulbirthpros.com before you register.

I look forward to meeting you!
-Jessica

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sally

"I was feeling really stuck in my professional life and I needed a change. There were all these pregnant women showing up in my life and a friend mentioned she wanted to be a doula. I looked into it and realized, wow, I wanted to be a doula too! Jessica’s training was amazing — empowering, inspiring and engaging. Every day was so filled with knowledge and the time went by really fast. The workshop was a really great foundation to help my build my business. I tell everyone who’s thinking about taking Jessica’s training, you’ve gotta do it!"

Sally Ackerman • Cincinnati, Ohio

Suzanne Bell

"Jessica is an amazing educator. She has such a passion for birth and families, and she was understanding, compassionate and emotionally supportive. She always lifted us up and made us feel validated. There was so much variety in all of the different teaching techniques and I was always engaged (even though I have ADHD). I feel confident in what I learned and I’m ready to go out and be successful as a doula. It was super helpful to spend so much time on the business skills that we’ll need to get started."

Suzanne Bell • Cincinnati, Ohio

bdr

"What an incredible four days. It was amazing to meet Jessica and learn so much from her and the other amazing doulas she gathered. She is just the perfect trainer. Jessica knows SO MUCH (maybe even all the things 😉 ), but she’s also warm and approachable, and just wonderful. I have never been so into learning. There literally wasn’t a single moment where I felt bored or anything less than completely enthralled. As an introvert, things like this can be hard for me, but I wasn’t ever uncomfortable in this space. It was an amazing training."

Michelle Haskell, Lansing, Michigan