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Michelle L'Esperance, Midwife & Doula

Upcoming Workshops

Birth Doula Workshop - In-person Session

Put your passion into action with a feminist birth doula workshop that's absolutely practical, heart-centered, and unforgettable! In just a few intensive and inspiring days, gain the skills to launch your feminist doula practice. Includes practice session with pregnant parents. Tuition $900. Partial scholarships available for BIPOC since 2015.


FALL 2023

October 14, 15, 21 & 22  - Register Now!

Northampton MA area



January 27, 28, Feb 10 & 11


Postpartum Doula Workshop -

Nurture the Family

Do you believe that good beginnings matter? Families benefit in so many ways from the skilled support of a postpartum doula in the tender early weeks and months. In three intensive days, learn what you need to start providing this essential support.  Northampton MA.


Fall Dates Coming Soon!

from doula Lillian Roberts

"The decision of where to invest my precious time, energy and money became an easy one when Michelle announced her upcoming virtual workshops and trainings. Michelle effortlessly holds space for a sense of ease, community and fun in her classes. She is a naturally gifted teacher who holds a wealth of knowledge and wisdom from her experiences as a Certified Professional Midwife, doula, and long-time doula trainer. I look forward to Michelle's classes knowing that not only will I have an incredibly enriching learning experience, but that I will l also leave feeling uplifted and refreshed."

2020 online workshop participant

Creative Movement: Practical Prep for a Positive Birth

This non-athletic class draws on the body wisdom of yoga and dance, offering you the opportunity to learn practical techniques for a smoother, easier birth. In this class, pregnant people and their partners will learn how to use pillows, birth balls, chairs, birth dance, and the physical support of their partner and/or doula during birth.

$45 pair, $30 single, scholarships available.

March 5, 2023 Northampton Text to reserve your spot 413 858 5048

April 2, Amherst

Find Your Dream Clients- Publicity for Doulas

Are you eager to be attending more births, but unsure of how to meet clients?  In this in-person workshop with expert doula and homebirth Midwife Michelle L’Esperance, learn how to find clients who will love what you have to offer (even if that's virtual care). We’ll cover phrasing, visuals, platforms, and how to handle early contacts well.  BIPOC and other discount may apply. Bundle with two other continuing ed classes for doulas and save. Email for future dates.

Great Intakes: The Questionnaire

I send an 80+-item questionnaire to new clients. Their responses give me a huge boost in understanding their perspective, past, values, and hopes. You'll learn what to ask, how to respond, and resources to share. Discover how supercharging your prenatal visits will lead to a comfortable, confident connection during birth. You get an editable copy of the whole document for your use. BIPOC and other discount may apply. Bundle with two other continuing ed classes for doulas and save! 

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Sustainable Birthwork

How do you, as a caregiver, commit to also caring for yourself? Keep doing the work that you love, and bring your best to the families you care for. We'll cover coping with sleep disruption, on-call tips, healthy boundaries, recovering after difficult births, and practice management. By Michelle L'Esperance, birthworker since 1996. Bundle with two other continuing ed classes for doulas and save! Email for future dates.

Better Cesarean & Vaginal Birth After Cesarean

Two day workshop. Originally created as a continuing education class for trained doulas, this workshop now also welcomes parents who are preparing for their own VBAC. We cover how parents, doulas, midwives and OBs can cooperate to create a healthier, more emotionally positive cesarean experience. Then we delve into approaches for prenatal and labor use which increase rates of vaginal birth, addressing both psychological factors as well as specific physical techniques. Tuition $450 doulas, $350 expectant parent who is not a doula.

Speedy Birth for Doulas

Be the first person in the room to be calm and grounded when a birth is unfolding with lightning-quick intensity! Learn to recognize the first signs of a labor that is on the fast track; how to keep the birther centered and positive through an intense labor; the signs of when you need to get going to the planned place of birth. Also covers basic skills of how to safely catch a baby and care for a newborn in the first minutes if birth unexpectedly occurs before professional is present, including proper handling of the delivery of the placenta. Tuition $200, BIPOC discount may apply.

Safe Training in Pandemic Times

We are committed to providing top-notch doula training in a setting and manner that is as safe as possible during the pandemic, while continuing to give you structured opportunity for the human connection and touch that is a deep part of birth work.

Virtual participation may be possible for some workshops- please ask.

-Flexible roll-over policy if you or a close contact of of yours need to quarantine during the workshop dates.

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