The Workshop

The Birth Doula Training Workshop is a doorway into a deeply rewarding field of work. Taught by a homebirth midwife who has also worked as a doula for 23+ years, it covers all the essential teachable skills needed to launch your practice. Four inspiring days of instruction, lecture, case studies, role play, multi-media presentation, discussion, reflection and lots of hands-on practice will give you the tools you need to begin this powerful work with birthing women and families.

Topics and Skills Include:

-The lifelong impact of the birth experience

-Anatomy, physiology, emotional and spiritual process of birth

-Benefits of natural birth

-Prenatal preparation

-Emotional support

-Guided imagery, visualization

-Informational support and client education

-Supporting fathers/partners

-Dozens of comfort measures for labor

-Developing your intuition and touch sensitivity




-Movement, positioning, and sound in labor

-Early breastfeeding support

-Supporting clients through cesarean births

-Medicated and induced births

-Vaginal Birth After Cesarean (VBAC) support

-Basic business organization

-Continuing education resources

-Prenatal and postpartum appointments

-Postpartum support for mothers, babies, and partners

-... and much more!

Warm Welcome Trainings are also open to those who have completed Doula Training in the past and need a refresher on their skills. Special tuition discount may apply; please inquire.

"Though I didn't expect to feel ready, I believe I am. I feel like I could walk in to any laboring mother and be able to emotionally, physically and mentally support her. That is incredible. I've never left any training feeling so prepared. " 2008 student

Michelle- It has been a pleasure and an honor to learn from you. So open. This space that you have helped birth has felt safe, comfortable, and natural- flowing with our thoughts and stories and needs. Thank you! As much as there is a lifetime of learning ahead on this path, I feel that this time together has prepared me to step out onto it. Many thanks, many blessings, -Mira

Upcoming Workshops for Doulas

Several Birth Doula Workshops and Postpartum Doula Workshops will be taught by Warm Welcome in the next year. Visit our Registration page for dates and other info. 

If you are interested in bringing a Warm Welcome Doula Training to your area, please email or call. Help organize the logistics of the training and you will receive significant discounts on your tuition!

Want to hear a free sample of Michelle's teaching? Check out this 33-minute podcast interview on the Motherlove blog, as Michelle explains the problem and solutions to Occiput Posterior position and back labor.

Doulas, also known as "professional childbirth support," work in cooperation with doctors and midwives to enhance the birthing experience. The role of the doula is not a medical one; it encompasses the more personal aspects of birth. Numerous studies have shown that the presence of a trained doula at birth has remarkable results, including:

  •  50% fewer cesarean sections
  • 60% fewer requests for epidural anesthesia
  • 50% fewer instrumental deliveries (forceps, vacuum)
  • 40% reduction in the use of Pitocin (an artificial hormone)
  • First time moms' labor averages two hours less
  • Mothers and babies bond better
  • Mothers and fathers/partners bond better
  • More successful breastfeeding

Peace on Earth Begins with Birth- and you can help make it so!

Please call or text(413) 858-5048 during business hours, or send a message through the secure form below to receive a registration packet.

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