Doulaing the DoulaBirth Doula Training and Certification

About Amy Gilliland

Amy is…

  • passionate about training doulas, which is why people love her!
  • personally invested in your learning experience.
  • delivers information in a way that’s entertaining and fun!
  • a believer that the doula’s power is in her ability to build relationships with medical staff as well as a wide variety of families.
  • recognized by DONA International as “inspirational” and “logically organized, professional, non-judgmental, engaging and amazing.”
  • a doula in everything she does, and feels you need to be doula-ed in your training to more effectively doula someone else.
  • widely respected by the doula community internationally and by birth professionals in the state of Wisconsin. She was asked to join both the board of the Wisconsin Association for Perinatal Care (WAPC) and the Dane County Fetal Maternal and Infant Death Review Board (FIMR).
  • completed YWCA (and other) trainings in healing racism and uncovering white supremacy; am committed to training multi-culturally with conscious awareness of cultural influences on group processes
  • a published researcher, with articles published in peer reviewed journals such as the Journal of Perinatal Education, JOGGN, Sexuality and Culture, Midwifery and the Wisconsin Medical Journal.
  • a mentor to other doula trainers.
  • a ‘thought leader’ and ‘visionary’ in the doula profession.
  • a widely sought speaker for conferences.
  • a provider of advanced education for nurses.
  • offers a catalogue of over 60 hours of original continuing education topics.

Not all Doula Trainings or Doula Trainers are alike!

As a doula trainer, I love what I do. Participants who attend my trainings change birth, and change people’s lives for the better. They understand what is important and life changing, not just with doula work, but by listening and talking intelligently with all people about their birth experiences.

Nurses affect change every day, even when they are not able to offer one-on-one continuous care as a doula does. They are invaluable in creating a quality experience for laboring mothers and may see hundreds of mothers in their careers.

Doulas develop intimate relationships with pregnant people and their families in the months before the baby arrives and provide continuous care during labor and birth. By filling such an important niche in the maternity care team, doulas influence family life for the better – one birth at a time.

I care deeply about offering the best labor support trainings I can to effect positive change in the world through acceptance and empowerment of mothers and other laboring people. In trainings I can effect positive change in the world by helping all people understand the significance of birth events in all people’s lives. In my workshops, doulas and nurses learn physical skills, receive emotional support, information and inspiration to begin and continue this important work.

I want to doula you through your workshop, and hope you will choose to join me at one of my trainings.

For more on choosing a doula training, read my BLOG post on the topic – Top Ten Questions For Choosing A Doula Training.

Past Clients Include:

  • Harambee Village Doula Program, Madison, WI
  • Reedsburg Area Medical Center, Reedsburg, WI
  • Black River Memorial Hospital, Black River Falls, WI
  • Herzing College, Madison, WI
  • Marquette University Nurse Midwifery Program, Milwaukee, WI
  • MOMS Medical Students Group, UW Madison School of Medicine and Public Health, Madison, WI
  • Blanket of Love, Milwaukee, WI
  • Covenant Health Care, Milwaukee, WI
  • St. Joseph’s Hospital, Milwaukee, WI
  • CESA District 5, Early Head Start, WI
  • Dane County Parent Council, WI
  • Birthing Ways, Duluth, MN

  • Guild of Wisconsin Midwives
  • Southwest Wisconsin Technical College, Fennimore, WI
  • UW-Madison School of Nursing Perinatal Interest Group
  • Minneapolis School of Massage and Bodywork
  • Sinai Samaritan Hospital, Milwaukee, WI
  • UW Extension Family Living Programs
  • Waukesha Memorial Hospital
  • Fairview Medical Center, MN
  • St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, Appleton, WI
  • Winnebago County Health Department, IL
  • Ounce of Prevention Fund, Chicago, IL
  • American Indian Family Center, St. Paul, MN
  • Richland Memorial Hospital

Thank you for understanding that everyone learns differently – I was so relaxed working with you.