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April 7 2021 6:00 pm   through   June 30 2021 9:30 pm
Phone: 425.602.3361
Full Registration $ 725.00
Simkin Course Types
Course Type: Birth Doulas
Campus Online
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12-week format from April 7, 2021 to June 30, 2021 on Wednesday evenings from 6pm-9:30pm taught by senior instructor, Laurie Levy. (No Class May 5). This course is perfect for people who prefer learning in shorter classes over a longer period and want to learn with a close cohort of students and can complete up to 4 hours of flipped content between classes. This virtual workshop will consist of the same DONA approved curriculum as the traditional 4 day intensive but offers a more spread out schedule for people who want more time to digest the material. Full tuition: $689. Please contact us directly for more information on our Virtual Zoom Class Assistant position. Register NOW- Registration will close March 26, 2021 or if we have reached max capacity.

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


Each Birth Doula workshop is led by a distinguished DONA International-approved trainer whose leadership is recognized in our professional maternity and childbirth communities.  Our trainers are active, working doulas with thriving doula practices in Seattle, Washington.  Guest lecturers of diverse cultural backgrounds are invited to speak on their areas of expertise, see Simkin Center Faculty.
More information: See Simkin Center Website

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