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Michelle L'Esperance, Midwife & Doula

Birth Doula Workshop Tuition

Tuition for the Doula Training Workshop includes ~30 hours of instruction by a Certified Professional Midwife, your Doula Resource Notebook (a valuable collection of articles, methods, reference materials, and business paperwork to use as you launch your practice), and opportunities to stay in touch for graduates of the course. You are also eligible to have an individual phone mentoring session with the midwife after the Workshop. There are no hidden costs; no membership requirements, certification or renewal fees. Tuition with option to certify is $900.

Tuition Payments

Your place is guaranteed when we receive your deposit. Deposit is $100 for Birth Doula Workshop; $80 for Postpartum Doula Workshop. This deposit is non-refundable but may be transferred in full to a future session if you communicate that request to us at least two weeks before the workshop begins. Your balance is due by 14 days before the first day of class.  Balance for Birth Doula Workshop is $800; for Postpartum Doula Workshop it's $400. Preferred payment method is Venmo. We also accept Cash App, check or money order, or Paypal.

Payment Plans, Discounts, Scholarships & Work Study



Your place is guaranteed when we receive your deposit. Deposit is $100 for most 4 day workshops. Your balance is due by 14 days before the first day of class.  Balance for Birth Doula Workshop  or Postpartum Doula Workshop is $910.


Refer a Friend

Refer a friend who attends the workshop and receive a $25 gift card. Think birth books!


Early Bird Deal

Email or text us for the current Early Bird Deal!


Foreign Language Discount

A discount is available for those who are functionally fluent in a language other than English, and plan to serve a disadvantaged population using that language. 10% discount. Inquire for code.



Each session, one or two participants assist me with set up and clean up each day of in-person workshops. This averages 30 minutes per day, though it varies. The role involves lifting, carrying, and potentially moving things up stairs. Work study discount $25/per day.


Extended Payment Plans

Each workshop, I accept up to 3 participants for an extended payment plan. The initial deposit remains the same. By 14 days before the workshop commences, amount equaling at least 50% of tuition is paid. The balance is due within the next two months. References required, please email to request more details.


College Students

Students at Smith, Mt. Holyoke, Hampshire, Amherst College, and University of Massachusetts Amherst have successfully obtained partial or full funding from on-campus sources to attend this training. Some students have done so by individually requesting support from a dean of the college, others have petitioned for funding as an organization, and yet others have found on-campus grant funding.


Refresher Discount

For those who have completed a Birth Doula Training with any organization in the past, you may attend Warm Welcome's Birth Doula Workshop at a discounted tuition of $150 off regular rate.  Past refresher students have described Warm Welcome's workshop as "basic AND intermediate rolled into one". Get up to speed on pandemic-times approaches and turbo charge your birthwork with our rigorous training!


Scholarships for People of Color; Affirmative Action

Warm Welcome directly subsidizes $1200 of tuition assistance for people of color and white latinx for each Birth Doula Workshop; $550 for Postpartum Doula Workshop. Curious why? Great! Read these four articles and I think you'll agree this is important.

Healthier Pregnancies for Indigenous Women, Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities, Current Relevance of Affirmative Action, and finally Reverse Racism Isn't a Thing.

If you are a BIPOC and financial assistance would make it possible for you to attend this workshop, please email for details.

Subsidies of 15-50% are available.

doulas teaching

newly trained doulas teach birth techniques in northampton massachusetts

How much do doulas earn?

In the Amherst/Northampton MA area, the typical range of fees for birth doula care (including prenatal and postpartum visits) is $800-$1400+. This varies based on what geographic area the doula works in, level of experience, whether they have any other relevant skills (such as being a yoga teacher, Licensed Massage Therapist, Acupuncturist, etc), and what package of services the doula offers. The doula determines, for example, how many prenatal and postpartum appointments to have with clients, and at what point in their labor to will join them. Many doulas in the Pioneer Valley area work on a sliding scale basis. Fees in metropolitan areas often run in the range of $2000-$3000+ per birth. Midwives who also work as doulas usually earn $1800- $2500+ in Western Mass.

Postpartum doulas in the Amherst/Northampton area earn between $25-$50 an hour, with $30 an hour being typical.

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