Doulaing the DoulaBirth Doula Training and Certification

Online Workshop

Have you already registered for the online workshop?

Welcome! Your workshop starts now!

Your space is confirmed when the registration form and payment have been received. You will be emailed a confirmation letter with details about the training. If you do not hear from me within a few days, please contact me again. During the preparation phase of the workshop, you’ll complete your book reading, read about certification and ethics, watch some videos, fill out the pretest, and hopefully take the Childbirth Education for Professionals class. If you have time, here are projects you can do now or later to begin your doula practice.

Your doula training really does start as soon as you sign up!  I will send you a confirmation letter with your individual details, most often within a day or two of signing up.  You will want to:

1. Make sure you reply to the email to let me know you received it. It’s the only way I know we’ve connected!  (15 seconds)

2. You will receive a link to a Get To Know You Better” form. This helps me to know more about you as an individual so I can tailor what I present to the group. I like to know YOU which is one of the ways I doula you through the process. If I don’t know your hopes, dreams, and experiences I can’t do that nearly as effectively! This form also confirms your shipping address and awareness of the course policies. (10 minutes)

As an online training participant, it will be up to you to set up your learning environment, locate a learning helper, download some apps, and gather some household items to use for learning activities. All of that information is listed in the DTD Online Birth Doula Training Preparation Checklist. I encourage you to download it right away so you can plan your time more effectively.

3. Choose two books to read. Always get the most recent edition you can find, in our field that’s important. For a pregnancy book suggestion, we like The Simple Guide To Having A Baby (authors differ) or The Mother of All Pregnancy Books by Ann Douglas.  The book you choose needs to include the information you need to answer the pretest (see #5).  (3-4 hours)

For your labor support book, you have three choices:  We like The Nurturing Touch At Birth: A Labor Support Handbook by Paulina Perez.  You could also read The Birth Partner: A Complete Guide to Childbirth for Dads, Doulas, and other Labor Companions by Penny Simkin or The Birth Partner’s Quick Reference Guide and Planner: Essential Labor and Childbirth Information for Partners and Helpers by Penny Simkin and Katie Rohs.  We also recommend but don’t require The Mocha Manual to a Fabulous Pregnancy by Kimberly Seals-Allers.  (2 – 4 hours)

4. Review the list of “things you are expected to know before attending”. Participants get the most out of the workshop when they are prepared and have a working knowledge of childbirth and its related procedures. For example, we will discuss how a doula helps a laboring person who has an epidural. I will not cover information that would be in the childbirth class, such as epidural administration, side effects, or when a mother can receive an epidural. The pretest (below) is designed to highlight what I think is important for you to know. (15 minutes)

5. Please download, read and fill out the DTD pretest from this webpage and send it to me two weeks before your workshop begins. The pretest is a preparation exercise that narrows down for you what I expect you to know and the issues I want to hear your perspective about. It enables me to get to know you better and for you to feel more confident about your background knowledge. Don’t lose sleep over it – a completed test that arrives a week later is much better than a rushed one received on time! You can send me a Google Drive link, a pdf, a Word document, or fill it out longhand and mail it in an envelope with a stamp. I can’t print a jpg or png file (photos) or a pdf converted from a jpeg. (2 hours)

6. Read the Doulaing The Doula Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics, and skim our certification options.  (15-20 minutes)

7. Pay any remaining tuition. We don’t ship your supply box until your tuition is paid in full (see bottom of page). Thank you!  (5 minutes)

8. Create accounts on Google Drive (gmail), Zoom, and Padlet. We will be using these technologies to communicate with one another.  Padlet is like a gigantic wall where you place sticky notes.  Here is an example. (10 minutes)

9. As part of our commitment to cultural competency to our doulas, we ask workshop participants to spend time focusing on these issues before class. An important topic in perinatal care today is the issue of racial disparities in birth outcomes and racism in health care. There are some key historical events that affect how patients experience their perinatal care.  We recommend viewing these three videos: “How The US Health Care System Is Still Haunted By Slavery” (9 mins) and “The Culture War Between Physicians and Midwives” (6 mins), and “Midwives Address Health Disparities” (10 mins). These videos may be triggering for people of color whose lives are affected by these issues. Please use self care strategies if you choose to watch – breathing, grounding, ‘pleasure’ triggers close by (pets, blankets, a pretty view, etc). (25 minutes)

We also recommend reading the O magazine article, Getting Sick While Black. This link opens to a scanned pdf of the print article, suitable for a computer or tablet.  (12-15 minutes)

If you have more time, we also recommend the documentary “the AMERICAN dream”, featuring midwife Jennie Joseph, CPM, LM, a very important person in the modern midwifery movement. “The women tell their own stories: they know what is wrong, they share their hopes, they share their fears, and they share about their American dream, related to maternal health in the US.” (45 minutes)

These other preparation tasks are optional and depend on your goals:

10. For people wanting to begin a doula business: You may be interested in completing the Doulaing The Doula Marketing Exercise. People who complete all six steps of the exercise may participate in a Mastermind on the last day of the course, getting input from other people about their initial business plan. Here are the first four questions on the exercise, which you can complete before the training. You’ll receive the rest of the exercise in your training manual. You’ll also want to set aside a half hour to complete the last two steps on your own before the morning of our last day.

11. If you are eager to get started, there are several tasks you can do before attending your training. You’ll want to have them accomplished before you start attending births. They are listed here: “Seem Like A Long Wait?”

12. You may be interested in reading some posts on my Blog, Doulaing The Doula.

Policies To Be Aware Of

Absences: If you miss a required portion of the training, you can make up that one or two hour session by attending that session during another online or in person training. Alternately, you can arrange for an individual learning session with the training assistant for your class to cover the material; there may be an additional fee for your training assistant’s time. You will not receive a completion certificate until all required sessions have been attended.

The Doulaing The Doula Box of training supplies is not shipped until your registration fee has been paid in full. You may make payments, but make sure you allow enough time for UPS or FedEx GROUND shipping of your box to you from Madison, Wisconsin. You may pay extra for two or three day shipping, as long as it is paid before we ship the box.

If your box of Doulaing The Doula training supplies HAS been shipped to you (even if you have not received it), there are NO refunds for the training. You can transfer to a future online OR in person workshop one time with no transfer fee. If you decide to attend an in person workshop, there are no refunds for any difference in tuition. You may also transfer your tuition to another qualified person. It is your responsibility to inform us of the change in registration via email; make sure the new participant registers with us; AND to get them your box in a timely fashion

This information is posted on the web site under “Course Policies”. The registration form asks you to agree with these policies before sending.

I look forward to getting to know you more at the workshop!

Amy