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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 women and their families throughout pregnancy 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:

  • 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


DONA International

DONA International (previously Doulas of North America) is a professional association for current and future labor and postpartum support providers. DONA members are committed to providing the highest quality support to women and their families during the perinatal period. This non-profit organization certifies doulas to an international standard, is a strong communication link among many doulas practicing today, and offers continuing education through annual conferences and local workshops. DONA International’s referral line provides over 500 referrals a month to women seeking labor support. As of May 2015, over 11,000 doulas have been certified by DONA International.

Our Basic Birth Doula Training Workshop is one of the first steps on the path to becoming a certified doula through DONA International. Another step is completing a required reading list. Most of the books are prerequisites to taking our workshop. There are other steps that must be completed in order to become certified including attendance at births and completing childbirth education. The checklist is available on our site on the Already Registered page. For more information or any specific questions about certification, please contact DONA or search their Facebook page.

For more information, contact:

DONA International
35 E. Wacker Drive., Suite. 850
Chicago, IL 60601-2106

Phone: (888) 788-DONA (3662)
Fax: (303) 755-7363
Thank you for understanding that everyone learns differently – I was so relaxed working with you.