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January 16 2021 8:00 am   through   January 24 2021 5:30 pm
Phone: 425.602.3361
Full Registration $ 689.00
Simkin Course Types
Course Type: Birth Doulas
Campus Online
Audience The public, professionals and others interested in childbirth vocations
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2-week format from January 16-17 and January 23-24 on Saturdays and Sundays from 8am-5:30pm taught by Kim James. This course is perfect for people who want to complete their workshop in the quickest format. Must be able to complete 4 hours of pre-workshop modules before the course begins and up to 4 hours of flipped content between the first and second weekend of class. Please contact us directly for more information on our Zoom Class Assistant positions at (425) 602-3361. REGISTER NOW! Registration will close January 10, 2021. NOTE: Due to Washington State and King County health advisory guidelines regarding social distancing, we are offering this class virtually, via Zoom. Students will receive additional information, including login information once registered.

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 Books (latest editions encouraged)

  • Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Newborn (Simkin
  • The Doula Book (Klaus, Kennell, and Klaus)
  • The Birth Partner (Simkin)

Recommended Books (latest editions encouraged)

  • The Doula Business Guide Workbook: Tools to Create a Thriving Business (Brennan)
  • The Labor Progress Handbook (Simkin) 
  • Bearing Witness: Childbirth Stories Told by Doulas (Doran and Caron)
  • Birth Ambassadors: Doula and the Re-Emergence of Woman Supported Birth in America (Christine H Morton PhD)


Kim James, DONA-approved birth doula trainer. See Simkin Center Faculty bio.
More information about us: See Simkin Center Website

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