Natural Resources has been training Doulas for over 30 years!
We are confident our Doula training is the very best in the Bay Area. Our coursework includes a core program and additional classes on supplementary topics. As an organization that not only trains doulas but also educates and supports new and expecting families we are uniquely positioned to support you on your professional journey.
We offer training and professional support for doulas in the Bay Area
Our comprehensive birth and postpartum doula trainings are offered 2-3 times per year in San Francisco. Sessions are on weekends/evenings to accomodate your work schedule.
Connect with Families
Meet families interested in finding the right person to support and guide them through the childbirth and/or the postpartum period.
Ongoing Learning + Support
We have continuing education for doulas, and also host monthly doula support groups.
Birth Doula Training
Our training includes 37 hours of engaging instruction that prepare you for the role of a Birth Doula. Enrollment includes a comprehensive electronic booklet full of information and resources and an in-person, classroom experience with in-depth discussion on the process of childbirth. Students have the option of becoming certified after completing additional training requirements.
Postpartum Doula Training
Our 22-hour program is a thorough preparation in attending newly expanded families. Enrollment in the program includes a comprehensive electronic booklet full of information and resources and an in-person, classroom experience with in-depth discussion of the care & support of a newly postpartum parent. Students have the option of becoming certified after completing additional training requirements.
We strongly recommend you become certified. While there are no government or health agencies who oversee Doula certification, it is community and professional standard that a Doula will receive a thorough and robust training. Completing certification requirements imparts trainees with additional theoretical and practical knowledge, and demonstrates a commitment to a high level of professionalism, responsibility and reliability.
After your Core Doula Training, you have 2 years to complete the Certification Requirements.
Ongoing Support and Guidance
Doulas who train with Natural Resources get additional benefits beyond their first rate education. Since we work directly with expecting & new families we are in a unique position to help you connect with those looking for support.
Our new Doulas receive:
• Access to free marketing via a listing on our Resource Directory for one year or until they are charging market rate for their services.
• Invitations to networking events.
• Reduced Professional Membership fees.
• Priority access to parent/doula meet & greet events.
• Direct connections to parents looking for doulas.
• And more.
“I originally signed up for the class merely as a 'fun' way to learn about pregnancy. And now here I am, one year later: taking clients, attending workshops and living the doula life! I enjoyed every minute of the class and really appreciated the breadth of topics covered. One client told me 'I would never guess that you have only attended a couple births'. Many thanks to Natural Resources, Michelle and Tracy!”
Already a Doula or Birth Professional? Consider a Professional Membership today.
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