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DONA Doula Training

A doula is someone who provides physical, emotional and informational support before, during and immediately after childbirth. Our workshop is the first step toward obtaining your DONA doula certification. In our workshop you will be learning the skills to provide excellent service to all supported families. Workshops will cover evidence-based instruction on the benefits of doula support, history of birth and hands-on techniques to help start your journey.

The Doula Trainers

Gerri Ryan, LM, CPM, FACCE, CD (DONA) is an educator and practicing midwife with doula experience in hospital, home and birth center settings. She is the founder of San Diego Birth Network, a non-profit association of birth practitioners in San Diego County and the Co-Director of Nizhoni Institute of Midwifery.

Lisa Simpkins, IBCLC, CCE is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, doula/childbirth educator.

Guest speakers may include doulas from the community to share their thoughts and experiences in setting up a practice and working as a doula.

Workshop Preparation

I. If you are not one of the following:

  • Midwife
  • Nurse with labor & deliver experience
  • A childbirth educator
  • Currently a doula but desiring certification
  • Or VERY familiar with process of birth

Then please consider taking our Introduction to Childbirth class OR completing a childbirth education series (student observers are FREE) at a birthing facility or with a private birth educator.

II. In addition, please read the latest editions of the following texts before class:

  • Pregnancy, Childbirth & the Newborn, Simkin
  • The Doula Book, Klaus, Kennell, Klaus
  • The Birth Partner, Simkin

All books are available for purchase from DONA at or from or your local bookstores.

Our new format includes the required three hours of lactation training to assist you in completing your DONA Certification.

The deadline for registration is Friday one week prior to the course. Walk-in registration (on a space-available basis) is possible for a fee.

DONA Doula Training Class Schedule

3-Day Workshop

  • January 12-14, 2018
  • June 8-10, 2018
  • August 24-26, 2018
  • November 9-11, 2018
  • January 11-13, 2019

Weekend classes are Friday 1:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Saturday and Sunday 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

Weeknight Workshop

  • March 4, 7, 11, 14, 18, 21 (Sun/Wed)

Weeknight classes are held Sunday and Wednesday 6:00 PM to 9:30PM for three consecutive weeks.

Introduction to Childbirth Course

For those with NO knowledge of birth, and cannot observe a childbirth class series. This class is subject to cancellation if the minimum number of 2 students are not enrolled. This class is NOT required.

DONA Doula Training Registration Information

Download our flyer or contact us below for more information.