‘Training’ to be a Doula is an unusual term for it, in many ways. Ultimately, the way of a Doula is something that’s usually already there within you. Being a Doula means you're already in service to others in some way and most of us can recognise this character trait before we even begin a course! A passion for the miraculous process of birth and the childbearing year, a strong belief in women’s natural capacity to bring life through, patience, faith and the ability to remain grounded are some aspects and qualities which you may also recognise in yourself already when considering the path of Birth or Postnatal Doula. One of the wonderful things about this work is that we never truly 'qualify' and we're always on a learning journey.
To 'train' in such a grassroots tradition with us means initially spending time with others who feel passionate about the childbearing year, and sharing your thoughts and feelings around this is just as important as ‘learning’ ways to support, educate and empower the families you will work with. After we've spent time considering our own attitudes and feelings, we begin to put the building bricks of birth physiology, hormonal interplay, techniques for supporting and empowering and many more, into place.
About training with us
The Conscious Birthing Doula Training week is a full and comprehensive foundation for starting to work within this amazing vocation.
What makes this particular course unique is the blend of intimacy, informality and fun alongside dense learning and growth which occurs during our week. We offer variations of study, from our Doula Foundation Course (which includes pathways for both Birth and Postnatal Doualing) to our specific ‘full immersion’ Postnatal Doula Course. We now proudly offer our new TIDE (Trauma Informed Doula Education) addition to the foundation courses.
We spend time reflecting on our own birth and postnatal stories or those around us, which serves as a gateway into the subject and we come back to our experiences again and again during the week, reflecting back on the way in which we experience our stories and how they sometimes change and grow as we learn. Women often find new understanding about their own births and new motherhood journeys and sometimes old hurts or unanswered questions are laid to rest.
Sharing our own thoughts and feelings around birth is the very best foundation for working as a Doula. We gain much from these ‘blueprints’ as we begin to see how they can influence the way in which we might begin our Doula Practice. The opportunity to initiate a clear path to allow a non-judgemental approach is invaluable.
Conscious Birthing Doula training is truly Holistic, in that we examine the medical models as well as the alternatives and spend time on not just what might happen in a Hospital Birth for example, but how our presence could contribute, or indeed even hinder the woman's progress. We always include Homebirth, Hospital or Birthing Centre choices, transfers to hospital and waterbirth at home or other venues. We discover ways in which to move with grace alongside your client’s team and to establish good relationships within it.
Our TIDE course includes information and awareness on supporting women with more complex needs and our Postnatal course offers much depth for supporting those tender days after birth.
We examine what it means to be an advocate and learn ways in which to support women and their partners during the childbearing year by means of collaboration and encouraging of empowerment, as well as spending time looking at traditional comfort measures.
Kate skill sharing with Baa, a traditional midwife in West Africa
Discussing what you might offer in your Prenatal sessions with a woman/couple, how you might feel at your first birth and what may come up for your client Postnatally for example, allows you to achieve a solid sense of ‘hands on’ information and exploration into the depth of this path. We spend time on the marketing aspect too and discuss ways to start your Practice as a Doula and to network within your community, as well as with other Doulas. We intend to leave no stone unturned and this helps you to leave us feeling curious, confident and excited by your new vocation.
“Inspiring, highly informative, well rounded, deep, empowering and kind"
"I loved your passion Kate..and that you shared your wisdom from you, not syphoned from a training rhetoric."
"I now have an insight into a doula's knowledge, and the relationship between a doula and her clients. As a midwife I feel it is vital to understand a doula and her knowledge to be able to give the best combined care to a woman. However the best part of the course was being able to reconnect with holistic care, learning remedies and techniques I was previously unaware of and would not have learned in my training. To know that all natural techniques have been tried before moving into medical ones will give me greater peace of mind, and most importantly, the best care possible for a woman in labour."
"I found the course content massively informative and empowering. Lots of laughter whilst learning, the perfect combination!"
"Really thorough, but not too overwhelming..well paced."
WOW! I came out of this training feeling positively energised, knowledgeable about the body functions during birth and how hormones interracted. My world has changed, I have total faith in the woman's body and I feel confident to go out there and be someone else's doula.
Huge thanks to Kate for making me feel so welcome and for parting with such emotional intelligence as well as practical knowledge. Amazing. I sure will take this with me wherever / whenever I attend a birth. Thank you.
“A relaxed and open environment in which to learn. The dense content of the course was offset beautifully by opportunities for self-reflection and open discussion.”
"An excellent overview of the both the factual material and attitudinal issues involved in Doulaing. The information pack is really comprehensive and full of some really useful reference material. I was impressed with how much detail we were able to pack in over the five days without feeling rushed. I learned some great skills and deepened my knowledge and understanding of the physiological process of birth, as well as current medical practices. Over and above the practical learning, what made this course special was the approach to the personal journey and role of the Doula. Questions around managing oneself, one's relationship with one's client, staying calm and present throughout the most difficult and challenging circumstances were managed wisely and were ever present in the room, permeating the whole training."
"Thankyou for a wonderful week, full of endless knowledge and wisdom. A hugely inspiring week which has left me feeling empowered; amazed by Women, Men, Babies and the cycle of life!"