Birth Doula Core Training: In Person
The Natural Resources International Birth Doula Core Training is the oldest and most comprehensive live, in person training in the Bay Area. Our training includes 38 hours of engaging instruction that prepares you to work in the doula profession. NR also provides ongoing community support and professional perks to all of its new doulas.
IMPORTANT: All sessions will be held in person at Natural Resources except Reproductive Justice. This session will be held virtually. Zoom information will be provided to you prior to your session.
- Birth Doulas act as a collaborator, support and advocate for the birthing person as they move through the transitional space known as labor. They use their continuous presence and knowledge of the anatomy, physiology, emotions and hormones of labor to empower the birthing person and facilitate best outcomes. The support of a Birth Doula may include helping to create a birth plan, suggestions of comfort measures and positions during labor and birth, and caring for the emotional well-being of the birthing person during and directly after labor. 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 including birth centers, homes & hospitals.
-Any in person session may be moved to Zoom pending COVID cases.
-Michelle is an active midwife and Claudia is an active Doula. They 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: March 7 and March 14.
-Course content is outlined in the Details tab.
-Payment details are outlined in the Details tab.
-Click here for the Birth Doula Certification Requirements.
Why train with Natural Resources?
As an organization that directly educates and supports new and expecting families, we are uniquely positioned to have a holistic view of the needs of both doulas and parents.
Our training is comprehensive, occurs over multiple weeks (rather than an intense weekend), and offers more lecture hours than many programs. This allows for:
Ample opportunities to connect with your cohort, building a network for backups, partnerships and other support.
More time to fully absorb and comprehend the content, ask questions, and receive feedback.
Attendees receive instruction from multiple facilitators, and various guest speakers present their experience, expertise, tips, and tricks throughout the course of the training.
Our robust certification process allows doulas the opportunity to gain additional knowledge and get hands-on experience.
You'll be able to confidently work with families and market yourselves to potential clients and even birthing facilities.
The program includes:
-38 hours of Training
-Comprehensive understanding of labor and birth
-Comfort measures and relaxation techniques for non-medicated birth as well as once interventions have been introduced
-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
-Supporting the birthing person and family in the immediate postpartum
-Establishing a successful doula practice including birth plan templates, client intake templates, and business plan templates.
-Reproductive Justice session hosted by Roots of Labor (You will be provided with a recorded class to review within the first 10 days of your training. The session on Sat, Jan 27, 9:30am- 11:00am is a LIVE, virtual Q&A with the Roots of Labor team)
-Regular price is $975.
-The Early Bird rate is $899 and available for a limited number of students.
-Payment plan price is $1,000 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
Claudia was born and raised in San Francisco's Mission district. She utilized NR many years ago following the birth of her oldest child, now 27 years later- she is giving back to the very place that helped her. Claudia is a mother of two loving sons. She has a background in nursing and worked in Oncology and Hospice for 15 years and in Reproductive Health since 2016. Claudia loves helping families in their journey with compassion, support and empowerment. She believes through her experiences as a Nurse and as a Mother;that is what has prepared her to become a doula. Claudia completed her birth and postpartum doula training with Natural Resources in 2021. She felt the training just solidified her drive and desire to do birth work. She has been working as a Doula in the SF Bay Area since 2021 and has helped over 130 families in hospital, home and birth center settings.