Doula Training & Mentoring - with Warm Welcome Birth Services

Deepening the Spiral
Advance Doula Training & Retreat

Are you ready to deepen your practice, gain new skills, and nourish your passion for birth? Open to experienced birth doulas, this intimate residential retreat will offer skills workshops, experiential practice of techniques, and guided reflection & discussion of our work. Between sessions, take time to unwind, enjoying the tranquility of a peaceful retreat center with a wood-heated sauna, hiking, swimming or stargazing.

Topics covered may include: Moxibustion for natural labor invitation/augmentation; Optimal Fetal Positioning; Clearing Issues Around Birth, Pain, Sexuality, & Parenthood; Deepening Your Touch Sensitivity & Intuition.

Guest teachers
Chaya Leia Aronson is a Registered Nurse, Certified Practitioner and Teacher of the Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy, bellydancer, doula, and mother. During our retreat weekend, she will teach an introductory session on Maya Abdominal Massage, and will offer a limited number of slots for private treatment during the weekend. Learn more about Chaya's embodied wisdom offerings at Purple Rose Abdominal Massage.

Nancy Lustgarten is a Licensed Acupuncturist, and a trained facilitator of The Work of Byron Katie. She will teach a session on Transformative Inquiry, which is a simple process of questioning your stressful thoughts and beliefs. It is useful in exploring any issue or relationship, past or present. These simple questions allow you to closely examine the issue to find what's true for you. This can lead to powerful and liberating shifts in perspective. Some examples of stressful thoughts we might want to explore include, "That doctor/nurse shouldn't have...." or "During that difficult birth I wish I had...." or "Hospitals should...." Read more about Nancy's work here, and learn more about how she helps people return to their true nature which is joyful, loving, and peaceful.

An additional topic will be determined by the interests of the participants. Potential topics include: Introduction to Fetal Palpation; Supporting Families Through Loss; The Business Side of Your Practice;  Optimal Nutrition; Collaborating for the Best Possible Cesarean Birth;  and Protecting the Baby's Experience.

Taught by Michelle L’Esperance, Certified Professional Midwife, Warm Welcome Birth Services.


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Tuition, accommodations, and delicious meals: approximately $950, depending on venue.
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Michelle L'Esperance, Certified Professional Midwife