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Ah, let’s start at the beginning! Doulas help make birth better. We’re non-medical support people who help families through the birth process. Think Sherpa-guide in the mountains! We support families physically and emotionally, and we help them advocate for what they need and want during the birth. We have great research that shows that doulas improve outcomes for birthing people and their babies.
Not at all! Everyone is welcome, there are no age or education requirements. Sometimes people know for sure they want to work as a professional doula, and sometimes my training is a starting place to explore whether the birth field in general is right for them. (We see a lot of future midwives in our workshops!) All are welcome.
You’ll get the most out of my birth doula training if you can read two books before our time together: “The Birth Partner” by Penny Simkin, and “Natural Hospital Birth” by Cynthia Gabriel. If you can only read just one, start with “The Birth Partner.” Look for the latest edition of both books.
I also ask that everyone who takes my workshop talks with someone of an older generation about their birth. Ask about the general experience, but pay special attention to how she felt, how much detail she remembers, and if she recalls specific things that someone said to her during the birth (doctor, nurse, midwife, partner, etc.). Does the memory seem clear and does it seem to have an emotional impact, even still?
Payment plans are available for our earlybird registration. You only need to start with a first payment of $200, and then make two more payments before your workshop. Everything has to be paid before the start of our first day of training.
For every 10 doulas who register for our training, we offer a partial scholarship to a low-resource woman of color who wants to take our workshop. Black babies in particular are dying at high rates in the United States, and offering scholarships is one way we can help address those disparities. If you are a woman of color who otherwise wouldn’t be able to attend our workshop, please email Jessica to be put on our wait list for partial scholarships to become available as workshops fill.
Heart Soul Birth Pros trainings are the first step toward certification with DONA International. All of our trainings meet these two requirements for certification: the birth doula workshop, and the childbirth education requirement (intro to birth for doulas). If you attend a Michigan doula training, those workshops also include breastfeeding for doulas (which meets a third requirement for DONA certification). You can find the full list of certification requirements at www.dona.org. Your doula career starts as soon as you finish our workshop, though! You can still charge for your services while you’re working toward DONA certification.
This is one of our specialties! Every doula training we offer includes four hours of business training, specifically focused on how to find clients and get your business rolling. Most doulas work independently, but some also work in partnerships or for an agency, a nonprofit or a medical system. We’ll tell you about all the options and help you figure out which one might be right for you. When you attend our workshop, you’ll also receive our Guide to Finding Your First 10 Clients, an exclusive booklet that gives you a step-by-step guide to getting started. We also offer our unique Doula Mentoring Program, which will give you access to monthly calls and 10 minutes in the spotlight every month to focus on your doula business. Coaching is also available if you want to take it even a step further!
The latest data from the Listening to Mother’s Survey reports that 6 percent of American women use a doula for their birth. That’s a lot of people who want doulas! Maybe even more importantly, the survey also showed that for parents who did not use a doula but understood the doula role, 27 percent wishes in hindsight that they’d had a doula. What a great market opportunity! More and more people are realizing the benefits that doulas can bring to their birth, and we’re also seeing an increase in hospital-based and nonprofit doula programs. Yes, there’s demand.
In the early years of the doula profession, there was mostly just one way to be a doula: on-call, 24/7, from 38 to 42 weeks of your client’s pregnancy. We’ve gotten much more creative and flexible since then, so this career can be more open and accessible to lots of people. Some doulas still operate in the traditional mode of 24/7 call time, which is a great way to form a deep connection with your clients. Others decide on a partnership model (usually two to four doulas) where one of the partners attends the birth, based on a call schedule. There are lots of options to craft a doula career that can work in your life, and we outline all of the possibilities together during the training.
Do you have hands and a heart? Then you have what it takes to be a great doula. The heart of what we do is to offer compassionate, professional support to help nurture families through their birth. You can totally do that! Our doula trainings give you the solid foundation you need to get started in this work as a true professional, and we offer lifelong training options to help you continue to grow and improve. The world needs more doulas, and you’re clearly called to this work or you wouldn’t be here looking at our site. We’re here to lift you up as you help families navigate one of the most important and beautiful times of their lives. Yes, you have what it takes!