Community-Centered Doula Training
for Birth & Postpartum

How do I become a doula?

It is an honor to welcome a new child into the world, to encourage and support people through the process of pregnancy, birth, and postpartum. It is also an exciting time to participate in the community as a childbirth and postpartum professional. Whether your clients are choosing hospital, birth center, or home births, or already have a newborn at home Harmony Doula Mentoring can help you to have the skills you need to provide compassionate, culturally competent emotional and physical support, using evidence-based practices from both new innovations and time-honored traditions.

Our Community-Centered Doula Training Workshops are designed to build your confidence, knowledge, and skills as a doula, guiding you toward a great start to a successful career as a childbirth professional. The Workshop includes our 5-hr Lactation Support and 4-hr Trauma-informed Care classes and many of the advanced skills offered in our single subject workshops, as we believe these are skills all birth doulas should know. These carry 11 Continuing Education Credits from DONA International. Students who are approved by the staff midwives at the Homestead Birth Center and Welcome Home Community Birth Cener can volunteer at the center and to get valuable hands-on birth experience with a supervising doula.

We are committed to training community-based doulas to serve the members of their own community. It is our mission to increase access to doula care for every member of our community and increase knowledge of the unique health disparities facing pregnant people in the Central Valley, thereby leading to greater equity and better birth outcomes for all. The complete workshop is an approved doula training for midwifery students at the Midwives College of Utah.

In the Community-Centered Doula Training workshop, you will learn:
  • The role of a doula as an advocate working with members of the care provider team and the benefits of a doula in birth and/or postpartum.
  • A holistic approach to the year surrounding birth, including nutrition and physical and emotional wellness.
  • Strategies and skills for supporting emotional wellbeing and healthy physical recovery, including practicing trauma-informed care.
  • Basic lactation support and newborn feeding skills.
  • Critical thinking skills for assessing research and evidence.
  • Effective communication, active listening, conflict resolution, and advocacy skills.
  • Marketing and business organizational skills.
Some students choose to take only the birth or postpartum portions of the training. The Birth Doula portion includes:
  • The anatomy and physiology of labor and the biomechanics of the pelvis
  • Interventions and augmentations available in integrative medicine, and their associated benefits and risks
  • Theories of pain perception and the potentials consequences of fear in labor
  • Physical and emotional "toolkit strategies" for improving the hormonal cocktail of labor, using pelvic floor releases and movements to open the pelvis and optimize space for baby, reducing fear and anxiety to increase comfort and coping, including massage, bodywork and positioning, movement, acupressure, TENS units, herbs, aromatherapy, and more
  • Discussion of culturally and ethically responsible rebozo use
The Postpartum Doula portion includes:
  • Information on perinatal and postpartum mood and anxiety disorders.
  • Healthy sleep practices and newborn care that set up clients for success in early parenting

Investment for full course (birth and postpartum): $650

Payment plans available, or save $75 with Early Bird or World Doula Week Discounts available. Partial scholarships maybe be available for people who self-identify as BIPoC, LGBTQ, and/or native spanish speakers. Please inquire for availability.

Investment for partial course, birth or postpartum: $450

Contact us to arrange a series that suits your schedule or register for an upcoming session.