Foundations of Doula Practice

Sound Guidance to Help Your
Doula Practice Flourish

Foundations of Doula Practice is open to anyone, including those who have not trained with us, because we want ALL doulas to be successful. Join our experienced Foundations Coaches during this nine meeting course, designed to help you focus on your target clients; set up your practice paperwork; decide on a media/marketing strategy; develop your vision for your doula life; prepare for client meetings, and to support you through your first birth support experiences. Foundations of Doula Practice meets every two or three weeks in a small group. You also receive a one hour one on one session with your Coach, which you can take advantage of at any time.

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Course Content

Open to All Doulas

Your experienced doula Coach will mentor you through nine topics. Participants will have creative projects to complete before each meeting. This original curriculum is unique to Doulaing The Doula, and was designed by Amy Gilliland to be insightful, fun, and educational. Join others in a supportive atmosphere as you grow your doula selves!

Each meeting includes some prep work and discussion about culture, colonization, or other relevant topic to doula support. In our readings, group work, and time together, we strive to be respectful of all peoples and their differing experiences.

The topics covered are:

Week 1: Who Am I? Who Is Supporting Me?

Week 2: Getting Out of My Own Way and Who Are My People?

Week 3: What is my Vision for My Doula Practice? What is my Purpose?

Week 4: How Am I Compensated? What are my Rewards?

Week 5: How Will People Know What I’m Doing? Getting the Word Out

Week 6: How will I Organize Everything? How Do I Implement my Plan?

Week 7: Beginning The Client Relationship

Week 8: Doulaing in Times of Grief and Loss

Week 9: Creating A Team with Medical Staff; Revisit Your Vision

Plus: One-hour private discussion with your Coach at the time of your choosing!

Course Work

All participants are required to complete the reading list (six print or audio books from 21 choices). Participants may upload their book response in writing or via video.

When you sign up for the Foundations of Doula Practice Coaching Program, you will receive:

  • The Foundations of Doula Practice Program Workbook by Amy Gilliland
  • A copy of the Doula Business Guide Workbook by Patty Brennan
  • Six months of small group mentoring from a qualified Certification Coach
  • Debriefing and support sessions to discuss the births you attend
  • One hour of one-on-one time with your Certification Coach to be spent how you wish
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