We have two courses scheduled for 2024

Cost: $675 (Canadian)

taught by Gloria Lemay

Jessica Austin, with a Doula client.

Jessica Austin, with a Doula client.

This course will give you the skills to assist women giving birth at home or in hospital. Doula services are in demand. There is a pre-reading requirement. Please email waterbirthinwoman@gmail.com for further information and to register for the course.

The course will be on Zoom and assignments and tests will be on Google Classroom.
12 Classes 2 and a half hours long. In 2024, this will be the next available course.

Course One: Wednesday evenings (Pacific Time)
Wednesday January 17 to April 3 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. (Pacific)

Course Two: Wednesday evenings (Pacific) September 4 to November 20 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. (Pacific)

Successful students will receive Wise Woman Way of Birth Doula Training certification.

Class 1: Introductions, birth “politics” and Language
Class 2: Preventing Problems before the Birth: Nutrition. Prenatal Screening
Class 3: Types of “support” in birth: Midwife, Dr, Obstetrician, Doula — what are the differences? Comparison of home and hospital choices. Assisting your client in making a clear Birth Plan for the chosen place of birth.
Class 4: Anatomy and fetal positions, introduce the concept of “pain” and normalizing birth sensations through knowing the anatomy. Introduction to the concept of breech and twins as variations of positions.
Class 5: Medical Birth Phases and the “real” phases of birth and how to recognize them.
Class 6: Breastfeeding and early days postpartum and newborn care / Doula Role in these.
Class 7: Common Interventions and the Intervention Cascade. (Fetal monitoring, ultrasound, epidurals, Caesarean, vacuum, forceps, etc.)
Class 8: Preventing Birth Derailment in common scenarios and special situations: Induction for Postdates, augmenting a “slow” birth, a diagnosis of Low or High Amniotic Fluid Levels, Meconium, premature release of the membranes, vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC).
Class 9: “Informed Choice”: what it *really* means and how to use it as a tool for your client vs a tool for enabling the institutional model of birth, more work on creating a Birth Plan with a client
Class 10: Business Basics: Finances, record keeping, professional practices, client confidentiality, and effective advertising. Structuring a plan for working with clients from interview through to completion.
Class 11: Comfort Measures, supporting Long Births, Helpful things to say, Water Birth.
Class 12: Staying calm when the baby comes: what to do if things change quickly and the doula is the most knowledgeable person present.,
Write Exam. Goal setting for next steps, further Resources.


    • Yes! The dates for 2022 are:

      February 5 to April 23 (Saturday morning class)

      June 1 to Aug 17 (Wednesday evening class)

      Oct 1 to Dec 17 (Saturday morning class)

      Let me know if one of those series works for you and I’ll reserve a spot for you. Gloria

    • That’s what we thought, too, Michelle. Surprisingly, we’ve managed to give the students lots of assignments that duplicate the
      hands on part of the course. Something we never did when we were doing “live” classes is to require students to find a pregnant
      woman in their community to practice interviewing on different subjects. This has led to many of the pregnant women asking the
      student doula to attend their birth. This is another thing we didn’t plan but we’re very happy about it.

  1. Last call for the final course of 2022. The course will be 12 Saturday mornings for 2 1/2 hours on Zoom (10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Pacific). Course begins on Oct 1, 2022 and concludes Dec. 17, 2022. Cost $675. Taught by Gloria Lemay. Homework and assignments on Google Classroom. This is not your usual doula training. The course will teach you how to advocate with confidence and build a business with integrity.

    • Julia, I’ve posted the dates/times of the course in the blogpost above.
      We update the material on a regular basis. Payment for the course depends on where you live. People in Canada tend to send money by Interac transfer. From the United States, the easiest thing tends to be a Paypal transfer. Thanks for asking.

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