Doulaing the DoulaDONA International Birth Doula Training Workshops

Workshops for Nursing and Medical Students


Nursing and medical students are welcome in all workshops, but this one is designed with your future career needs in mind. Many nursing students are wanting experience in labor and delivery before completing school. Doula work can help to meet that need. Still others are uncertain whether obstetrics and midwifery are the right choice. The workshop can provide concrete answers to those questions.

The curriculum has been adapted to present both what a doula might do and what a nurse might do in certain situations. I have also include some skills that are normally only in advanced workshops. Nurses who have a repertoire of labor support skills have much more to offer their patients! Nurses and physicians will also affect a lot more people than doulas will – they can be powerful influences on physician practice and hospital protocols. On the third day of the workshop, I have an experienced labor and delivery nurse discuss the realities of her work with participants and answering their questions.

Nurses and physicians will attend more births than a doula ever can – they have the possibility of influencing the births of thousands of mothers and babies. Our training can teach you the skills of caring for others that are left out of most health care curriculums, but are vital to providing emotional support for all patients. I am excited and proud to help you become the care provider that you hope to be.


Below are comments from our past participants. These comments were written spontaneously on my evaluation forms. Numerically, the workshop participants rated the workshop an average of 97 out of 100 – an A by any standards!


“This workshop was very beneficial for nursing students. You were awesome and really engaging.”

-Edgewood College Nursing Student

“I really feel this workshop gave me something I was missing from nursing school.”

-UW-Madison Nursing Student

“Nothing needs improvement! Everything flowed well in a smooth sequence. What I really enjoyed is you used so many methods of teaching. I could tell you knew what you were doing and you were well prepared. Thank you!”

-UW Madison Western Campus Nursing Student

“I loved talking with the L & D nurse, she was amazing. Her visit really helped bridge the gap from doula to nurse. I also loved watching the videos and doing the hands on positioning and comfort work.”

-UW Madison Western Campus Nursing Student

“I have never heard anyone else talk so respectfully when discussing medical caregivers, nurses, and differing viewpoints on medical care.”

-UW Oshkosh Nursing Student

“I really enjoyed this. I learned a whole lot that I know I will use.”

-UW-Madison Nursing Student

“Amy has a great background in research that really enriches the workshop. She is very enthusiastic about birth work and the difference it makes.  The atmosphere was amazing, so relaxing and inviting!”

-Edgewood College Nursing Student




I wish I would have taken this before I had my clinical rotation!