Would you like to help women and their families in your community have more positive birth experiences?
Become a Birth Doula for BirthWorks and receive our high quality, premium, comprehensive training that includes a unique, experiential approach which integrates the mind, body, and spirit.
Ideals of a BirthWorks Doula
A BirthWorks Doula:
- Believes that birth is a deeply spiritual and joyful experience that impacts a woman’s entire life.
- Recognizes that integration of the mind, body, and spirit generates a more positive birth experience.
- Sees herself as a companion to the birthing woman, providing information to help her develop a birth plan prior to birth and staying with her throughout her entire labor so she can feel safe to let go and give birth.
- Understands that emotions and nutrition of the pregnant woman have a great impact on the health of her baby from its life as a fetus through adulthood.
- Believes that breast milk provides optimum nutrition for the newborn baby, and therefore encourages breastfeeding whenever possible.
- Respects the privacy of a laboring woman and her family.
- Is trained to recognize the progress of labor by observing body physiology, facial expressions and speech.
- Knows that her role is to support the social structure of the birthing environment, i.e., caregivers, family and friends, and to meet the emotional needs of the parents, providing suggestions and information as necessary. Her role is not to provide medical support or to make decisions for the expectant parents.
- Keeps talk to a minimum, knowing her actions speak for her. She can remain humble, calm, loving, peaceful, and harmonious, so the baby can be welcomed into a quiet and loving atmosphere.
- Sees herself as an important member of the birth team, all on a journey together with birthing parents, caregivers and other doulas, sharing their love of birth and having mutual respect and cooperation with each other.
- Trusts her conscience when responding to events surrounding the birth process and releases any fears and expectations of the birth outcome.
- Fills her heart with compassion and is prepared to help anyone of any age, race, religion or community, acknowledging that babies are beings of love and should be met with only one language, the language of the heart.
- Realizes that it is important to limit her number of clients so as to create a balance between her own responsibilities to her family and to those she serves in birth.
- Strives to see good, think good thoughts, speak kind words and listen to what is good, knowing these feelings can only come out of love.
- Believes that the ability to love is essential for the health of the body, peace of the mind, and joy of the spirit.
The BirthWorks Doula Certification Program is a 4-Step Process
Complete the enrollment form and pay applicable fees.
Complete your BirthWorks Doula Journal Workbook.
Attend a three-day BirthWorks Doula Workshop and complete reading and written exercises.
Attend two births and obtain evaluations from the mother and a professional member of the birth team for each birth.
Doula Program Fee: $275
Doula Workshop Fee: Up to $525
Click Below to Complete the Enrollment Form
Would you like to become a BirthWorks Trainer and teach our Childbirth Educator and/or Doula Workshops?
Meet women nationwide who wish to become BirthWorks Childbirth Educators and/or Doulas in their communities?
BirthWorks Trainer's Workshop
The BirthWorks Trainer’s Workshops are designed to provide hands-on experience in leading various segments of both the BirthWorks Childbirth Education Workshop (CEW) and Doula Education Worskhops (DEW). Participants find this experience very valuable in increasing their level of confidence in preparation for teaching their own workshops. Ample time is devoted to questions and further explanations of various techniques are given as needed. Much attention is given to the importance of and specific techniques used to increase a feeling of safety in a group setting. After the Trainer’s Workshop, participants will co-teach a BirthWorks Childbirth Education Workshop and/or Doula Education Workshop with an experienced BirthWorks Trainer.