Birth Doula Core Training: In Person
Please note: N95 mask or KN95 mask is required during the course of the in person sessions. Please also bring paper or digital proof of your COVID-19 vaccination + booster record to the first session.
The Natural Resources Birth Doula Core Training is the most comprehensive in the Bay Area and includes ongoing community support and Natural Resources professional perks
IMPORTANT: All Core Training sessions will be held in person at Natural Resources. Reproductive Justice on Tuesday, April 11, will be held via Zoom. Labor Support Massage on Tuesday, April 25, will be held in person at Natural Resources. Mind, Body, Spirit Connection During Birth will be held in person at Natural Resources on Tuesday, May 2.
During labor, a birth doula may offer suggestions of comfort measures and positions using their knowledge of the anatomy, physiology, emotions, and hormones of labor to facilitate a smooth labor. A birth doula remains with the laboring person throughout their labor and birth continuously. Research shows that continuous labor support reduces a person's likelihood of having pain medication, increases their satisfaction with their birth and their chances of a spontaneous vaginal birth. Birth doulas work in all birth settings.
Our training is 37 hours of engaging instruction that prepare you for working in the role of birth doula. You will receive an informative training binder, local resources for volunteer opportunities, and the option of certification after completing additional hands-on training.
-Any in person session may be moved to Zoom pending COVID cases.
-Michelle is an active midwife and may be called to attend a birth during a scheduled session. Please hold the following dates in the event one of your sessions needs to be rescheduled: May 25, June 1, and June 8.
-Course content is outlined in the Details tab.
-Sessions scheduled on Thursday are Core Training Sessions while Tuesday sessions are Supplemental Topics.
-Payment details are outlined in the Details tab.
-Click here for the Birth Doula Certification Requirements.
The program includes:
-28 hours of Core Training
-Comprehensive understanding of labor and birth
-Comfort measures and relaxation techniques
-Positions for an active birth
-Emotional support for the birthing person and their partner
-Consumer advocacy and informed choice
-Understanding the pros and cons of medical technology in birth
-Establishing a successful doula practice
In addition to the Core Training three supplemental classes on special topics are included at no extra charge:
-3 hours of Reproductive Justice taught by Roots of Labor on Tuesday, April 11, from 5:30-8:30pm (Virtually).
-3 hours of Mind/Body/Spirit Connection During Birth taught by Sandra Lloyd will be held on Tuesday, May 2, from 5:30-8:30pm (In Person).
-3 hours of Labor Support Massage taught by Lauren Brown will be held on Tuesday, April 25, from 5:30-8:30pm (In Person).
-Regular price is $925.
-The Early Bird rate is $875 and available for a limited time.
-Payment plan price is $950 and requires a 50% deposit to hold your space. Balance is due 2 weeks prior to start date. Please call store to pay remainder of balance 415-550-2611.
Regular cancellation policy applies to all pricing options. We offer store credit only with at least 1 week notice, no refunds are given.
Michelle Welborn is a Certified Professional Midwife, Licensed Midwife, Childbirth Educator and Doula. She has attended over 600 births in homes, hospitals and birth centers. Michelle trained with The National Midwifery Institute, DONA, Lamaze International, Natural Resources, and The Farm Midwifery Clinic, but she considers birthing women and their partners to be her greatest teachers. For more information, visit www.welbornbaby.com
Labor Support Massage: Lauren Miller Brown is a San Francisco Bay Area native who specializes in providing nurturing, connective, therapeutic massage, doula services and childbirth education classes. She has been a birth doula for since 2007 and feel very fortunate that she is so passionate about her work and that she found it at such a young age. Her work continues to inspire her to this day and she can't imagine doing anything else.
Lauren's road to birth work began after taking a Doulas of North America training in 2007. After completing her Doula certification she enrolled in Alive and Well! The Institute of Conscious Bodywork in Marin County. Lauren completed her massage training in 2008 and has been working as a bodyworker ever since. After massage school, Lauren worked as a massage therapist at The Mindful Body in San Francisco from 2009-2015, focusing on prenatal massage in particular, as well as with a wide variety of clients, including athletes, yogis, and San Francisco's tech community.
Mind/Body/Spirit Connection During Birth: Sandra Lloyd- Giving birth is one of the primary initiations a woman may experience in her lifetime. Safeguarding this passage into Motherhood is paramount in the care and support Sandra provides. As a hypnotherapist and shamanic practitioner, she is uniquely qualified to guide clients in addressing challenges that arise prenatally, during birth and postpartum; specifically issues related to anxiety, trauma, depression, family patterns, addiction, health and relationship. She appreciates clients who want to dive deeply into healing old patterns, "clearing the path" for birth. Sandra's skillfulness as a doula is enhanced by her fierce advocacy and a wicked sense of humor.