September 9 2020 6:00 pm   through   December 16 2020 9:30 pm
Phone: 425.602.3361
Full Registration $ 689.00
Simkin Course Types
Course Type: Birth Doulas
Campus Online
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Learn responsive birth support, taught over a 12 week period. This virtual workshop will consist of the same DONA approved curriculum. This new format is a 12-week course consisting of 3½ hours of classroom time each on Wednesdays from 6 to 9:30 pm. This course covers the same material as the traditional 4 day intensive but offers a more spread out schedule for people who want more time to digest the material. This 12 week format will begin September 9 and ends December 16. No classes on September 23, November 11 and 25. Please also account for about 2-4 hours of work outside of class each week. Full tuition: $689. Please contact us directly for more information on our Virtual Zoom Class Assistant position.

The Curriculum

  • Anatomy and physiology of pregnancy, fetal development, labor, postpartum, and breastfeeding
  • Components of prenatal care and the midwifery model of care
  • Emotions of pregnancy
  • Pain management techniques
  • Medical procedures used in labor
  • Labor variations and complications, including Cesarean birth
  • Communication and listening skills
  • The emotional and psychological aspects of giving birth and its significance in women's lives
  • The doula's role, professional ethics, standards of practice, and certification
  • Emotional support and physical comfort measures
  • Support for difficult labors, Cesarean birth, and vaginal birth after Cesarean
  • Newborn care and breastfeeding support
  • Values clarification and cultural sensitivity
  • Includes Introduction to Childbearing (DONA International certification requirement)

Course Notes

Certificates of completion will only be issued to students present for all of the sessions and who have completed the Online Learning Modules. In order to receive your certificate of completion, you must complete all of the Online Learning Modules before the end of the workshop. Read Simkin Center Registration Policies

Required Texts: (click here for information on where to obtain texts.) Latest editions encouraged.

  • The Birth Partner: A Complete Guide to Childbirth for Dads, Doulas, and All Other Labor Companions by Penny Simkin
  • The Doula Book: How a Trained Labor Companion Can Help You Have a Shorter, Easier, and Healthier Birth by Marshall Klaus, Phyllis Klaus, and John Kennell


One DONA-approved birth doula trainer, see Simkin Center Faculty, lead each Birth Doula Training.
More information: See Simkin Center Website

Contact Us:
Call us at (425) 602-3361