Training to become a labor doula is an amazing journey.  My goal is to help you focus your passion into a fulfilling career, provide you with resources and information you’ll need, and nurture you as you get grow into the unique doula you will become.

Why take a Rocky Mountain Doula Training Workshop?

You are preparing for a career that requires a nurturing heart, strong labor support skills, and business savvy. Training with Rocky Mountain Doula will connect your nurturing heart to the skills and knowledge you’ll need to be successful as a doula. Curriculum is designed to engage a variety of learning styles as well as encourage interaction rather than passive learning. Training workshops are 18 hours, and include plenty of hands-on, role-playing, and discussion-based learning.

Topics covered in the workshop include:

· CAPPA certification and policies
· Practical application of Scope of Practice, ethics, and integrity
· Building bridges with medical/midwifery professionals
· Modeling and teaching positive communication and self-advocacy
· Support for every stage of labor and birth
· Hands on practice of proven comfort measures and labor support techniques
· Emotional support for labor and birth, as well as unexpected events
· Hospital procedures – risk/benefit as well as alternatives and support
· Cesarean and VBAC support
· Prenatal and postpartum consultations and support
· Breastfeeding initiation and support
· Business development, marketing, and networking to create a successful career
· And much more!

In addition, you’ll receive a Labor Doula Starter Kit, a collection of items for your doula bag to get you started. This includes educational models and informational laminates you can use with your clients, a beautiful fair trade handmade Mexican rebozo, and a variety of other goodies, all contained in a useful tote bag you’ll use over and over.

You’ll leave the training workshop with confidence to begin your practice and the skills to become successful!

When are you coming to my city?

I usually schedule two training classes per year in the Denver metro area, two per year in Boulder county, at least one in Colorado Springs or surrounding areas, and I leave room in my schedule for trainings in other areas. If you don’t see a training class scheduled in your area, please contact me to inquire about Hosting a Training.

Questions to Consider

“Shouldn’t I take the cheapest training I can find?”

In a word, no. First of all, your career and YOU are worth more! Also, do you remember the saying “You get what you pay for”? A cheaper trainings is not going to be as complete, will not include all of the skills you need, and may not leave you with the possibility of certifying with a reputable and internationally recognized organization. If you’ve done some research, you’ve seen online boards and groups where doulas discuss aspects of their work. Look for boards or pages not owned by any particular certifying body and check out what these professionals say about their education and certifying bodies.

“Does it matter who is teaching the workshop?”

Definitely! Look for organizations that have rigorous standards for their instructors, and for instructors who have a great deal of experience both in the field and as instructors. I’ve been working as a doula since 1998, and teaching workshops for women to become CAPPA Certified Labor Doulas since 2005. I hold trainings all over Colorado, in neighboring states, and annually at the CAPPA Conference. I love seeing new doulas begin their journey with confidence!