Passionate about birth and/or postpartum?
Empathetic & sensitive to the needs of others?
Interested in becoming a doula?
Harmony Doula Mentoring offers Community-Centered (also called Community-Based) Doula Training workshops at Homestead Birth Center in Modesto, Welcome Home Community Birth Center in Sacramento, online, and occasionally throughout the Central Valley, Delta Valley, and East Bay.
Our Community-Based Birth & Postpartum Doula Training Program is a 40-hour course. It encorporates an introduction to birth and postpartum doula work, as well as many of our advanced doula skills courses, for a truly well-rounded experience. Our goal in this very comprehensive program is for our doulas to feel confident that they can support birthing and postpartum people and families to the fullest of their abilities.
"Teri is an INCREDIBLE teacher, and so knowledgable in all aspects of pregnancy, birth, postpartum, breastfeeding, and so much more! I feel very well prepared and am confident in knowing I will be an excellent doula. So grateful for this training!" - Corinne
Working toward certification?
Want to advance your knowledge of breast & chest feeding?
After completion of this course, you will be able to:
This workshop fulfills the DONA and CAPPA requirements for lactation education and will prepare you to offer breast/chestfeeding support for your clients. It is taught using a variety of teaching methods including lecture, videos, roleplay and Q&A. Certificates of completion will be awarded. If you are seeking DONA or CAPPA certification, please bring the appropriate documents for Teri to sign.
Interested in advancing your skill set?
Want to know how you can improve outcomes?
Classes available (*** denotes classes that can be taught virtually / online):
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Interested in scheduling a workshop for your local doula community? Teri is available and willing to travel throughout the US to teach on a variety of topics. Combine topics to make a half day, full day, or full weekend Advanced Training Experience.
Really listen to your clients. Meet them where they are at. What do they want? What do they need? What are their hopes and expectations?
In watching your client, what is their body languages telling you? Are they open? Are they safe? Are they grounded? Are they trying to reposition their baby through movement?
Trust yourself. Follow your instincts. Be compassionate and nurturing. Do what you’re moved to do. Say what you’re moved to say. Be authentic.
Being on-call, waiting for a labor to start, then waiting on a baby to come can take a long time. You have to be able to sit in the waiting without getting bored, discouraged, or impatient.
Be available, be present, be consistant, be impecible with your word. When you commit to attend a birth or assist a new family, it's important to follow through and be at your best. Always have a back-up in case you cannot do that.
Myth: You have to have given birth yourself
False. There are many wonderful and effective doulas who have never given birth or parented a child.
Myth: You have to identify as female
False. A doula can be anyone who cares about and understands the needs of birthing and postpartum people.
Myth: You have to be "crunchy"
False. Every person deserves the doula that is right for them. The only commonality between all doulas is their commitment to supporting people in their journey through pregnancy, birth, or postpartum.
Myth: Doulas only support unmedicated births or don't support cesareans
False. Doulas support birth. Birth is a full spectrum of experiences. Doulas advocate for people being an active decision-maker on their care team and to choose the path that feels the most right to them, whatever that might be. Some doulas may choose the kind of client they prefer to work with or have an ideal client, but if the client's preferred birth plans change, the doula continues to support them.
Myth: You can't make a living as a doula
As an individual, you will decide how you run your business: if you want to volunteer (some doulas do), if you want to offer low or reduced rates (some doulas do), if you want to price yourself at the top of the scale (most doulas don't, but some do), how often you want to work (many doulas work part-time, others work full-time). If you want being a doula to be your primary source of income and you're willing to put in the effort it takes to be a successful business person, then you will.
Myth? You have to fight the system
This one is true. All birthwork is political. You have to care about birthing and postpartum people and how they are
treated. You have to be aware of whether or not they are being heard and understood, and advocate for them when they are not. Being in an environment where this might not be
true is hard on doulas.
The Harmony Doula Mentoring team offers regular mentoring and peer review sessions to doulas who train with us in order that they feel supported in the work they are doing.