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Advanced Doula Training: Home Birth

Our DONA-approved Advanced Doula Training Workshop is designed for experienced birth doulas who want to expand their services into the home birth and birth center settings.

Our course offers you an opportunity to

  • Explore your feelings about the safety of home birth,
  • Acquire skills to deal with problem labors and hospital transfer,
  • Learn the differences in caring for a woman choosing to birth in her space, and
  • Practice connecting and communicating with her selected birth team.

Completion of this training includes 12 contact hours of continuing education that can be used for your DONA re-certification.

Am I be ready for the Advanced Doula Training?

If you have completed a DONA-approved Birth Doula Training and attended at least 25 births as a doula, you are ready to join us at our Advanced Doula Training.

You will benefit most from our workshop if you have also worked with VBAC clients, women with high risk health conditions, and attended a few cesarean births.

Ultimately, the focus of your doula work is on the family’s birth goals.

Workshop Dates

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Class Schedule

We use pre-course questionnaires, videos, supplementary literature, and role-play scenarios to enhance communication and teach practical skills.

Day 1 – 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Every training is modified for each class. We make adjustments based on the students’ experiences described in their questionnaires and our in-depth knowledge and experience of home birth.

The evening session is an exploration of the doula’s feelings, experiences, and concerns with home birth.

Day 2 – 8:00 AM to 5:30 PM

This class is designed to enhance your skills in community based birth. We assist you to recognize various communication styles and understand their impact on team work.

You and your classmates explore the differences and similarities of community birth and institutional birth. Emphasis is placed on the importance of appropriate, culturally sensitive, and ethical support of birthing families regardless of their selected birth space.

We use videos and scenarios to cover a broad spectrum of home birth situations. You learn how to support women and their partners in coping with both complicated and uncomplicated labors at home. Skills necessary to handle unexpected hospital transfers are covered as well.

Guest speakers may include doulas from the community experienced in home birth to share their thoughts, experiences and best practices.

Workshop Preparation

Your class will be personalized based upon your questionnaire and that of your classmates.

Prior to the start of this course, please do the following

  • Submit our online Doula Home Birth Questionnaire within 1 week of the training
  • Read The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace by Chapman & White or The Five Love Languages, Gary Chapman or review the website

DONA Advanced Doula Training Registration

Your registration includes 12 contact hours of Continuing Education from DONA International that may be used towards re-certification.

Complete the registration form below and pay the full amount of $300 one week prior to the course to reserve a spot in the workshop. Late registration (on a space available basis) is possible, for an additional fee of $40.

Important Cancellation Information

If cancellation is received in writing by one week prior to workshop, a full refund less a $40.00 administrative fee will be refunded. After that time, no refunds will be given; however, you may designate a substitute to use your registration or transfer to a future Home Birth training within 1 year of the cancelled training.

Additional Payment Options

Other acceptable forms of payment are PayPal, Cash App, and check or money order payable to Gerri Ryan. You can send checks to Gerri at the address shown under “Payment Methods” on the course flyer.

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