I have been working as a doula since 1995. As I worked as a doula and gained experience, I naturally started to meet more and more doulas and act as a mentor to them. I was happy to do it. Mentorship always gives as much to the mentor as the mentee. It’s an opportunity to reflect on my own practice as I help others find their way through theirs.
My enjoyment of mentoring doulas led me to train as a DONA Birth Doula Trainer in 2003. I had to develop my own curriculum and have it approved by DONA International, so I did not start training doulas until 2005.
Since then, I have offered two or three DONA International-Approved Birth Doula Workshops each year at The Mothering Touch Centre in Victoria. I can accommodate up to 18 participants in each of the workshops. There is one spot in each workshop which is reserved for a low-income doula-to-be who would like to trade her work as the snacks-and-tea coordinator for part of the fee.
My doula workshops are process-focussed and interactive. They allow time for participants to discuss and work through their beliefs and assumptions about childbirth, about childbearing women, and about doulas.
Would you like to host a Birth Doula Workshop in your community? Contact me – I would be happy to work with you to make it happen!
For more information about Birth Doula Workshops, dates and fees, please click here to visit The Mothering Touch Centre’s website.