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Becoming a Doula TRAINING TOPICS
and Upcoming Workshops
  • What is a Doula?
  • The Role of a Doula - What a Doula Does and Doesn't Do
  • Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice of a Doula
  • DONA Certification Overview
  • Prenatal Contact and Interviewing
  • Birth Plan Preparation
  • Emotional Support in Labor and Birth
  • Physical Support in Labor and Birth
  • Physical and Emotional Comfort Measures including: Hydrotherapy, Positioning, Counterpressure, Use of Hot and Cold, Massage, Acupressure, etc.
  • How to Support Difficult Labors
  • How to Help Facilitate Rotation and Descent of Posterior or Asynclitic Babies
  • Epidurals and Other Medications
  • How to Support Women Utilizing Pharmacological Pain Relief
  • How to Facilitate Partner Support
  • Cesarean Sections
  • Vaginal Birth After Cesarean
  • What is the Ideal Birth Experience?
  • Breastfeeding Initial Latch
  • Immediate Postpartum Support
  • Processing the Birth Experience with the Mother
  • Labor and Birth Scenarios and Practice



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You'll automatically be added to our Becoming a Doula community. We'll invite you to our private Facebook group and you'll receive updates of upcoming workshops and other events relevant to your birth worker path.

At the training, you'll get delicious lunches and snacks throughout, and you'll receive a resource book of copy-able handouts and articles for use in your own doula practice.


This training is one of your biggest steps toward certification as a doula with DONA.

There are three perquisites to attending this class.

  1. You must have a good working knowledge of the basics if birth like station, dilation, effacement, stages of labor, etc. If you don't, I suggest reading a couple basic birth books before your workshop dates.
  2. You must have watched The Business of Being Born before coming to class. This is streaming on Netflix.
  3. You must have watched Orgasmic Birth before attending the training. This is available to rent on Amazon for $1.99.

Non-mobile nursing babies are allowed but please be considerate of other students. Older nursing babies are allowed to visit on breaks but not during class.

*Workshop fees are non-refundable but can be put toward future trainings if you aren't able to attend the workshop you registered for.

Melissa Chappell is an entrepreneur, author, speaker, trainer and humanitarian. She has worked with hundreds of expectant parents and students over the course of nearly 20 years in the field of childbirth as an Internationally Certified Doula and Doula Trainer with DONA International, and in the capacity of childbirth educator and student midwife. Melissa sits on the board of a Haitian non-profit humanitarian organization called Naturopaths Without Borders, and regularly travels to third world countries to work with local midwives and pregnant and birthing women. She owns Raw Melissa LLC, a for-profit food company that has successfully been in business nearly a decade and is the author of Purposeful Eating, Finding Pleasure in Food and FAVES, Fruits and Veggies, Energy’s Secret. She’s currently at work on her second cookbook and a new book on nutrition in pregnancy.
WORKSHOP COST and applicable discounts
Registration Fee: $375 (general)
Early Registration Discount: $325 (valid up to 30 days before the event)
CSM Student*: $300

*CSM Discount applicable ONLY to currently enrolled CSM students

November 17, 2016
Business Training Event
$60 (general public)
$50 (doula training participants only)
$40 (distance web conference attendees)
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November 18-19, 2016
Birth Doula Training

9:00AM–6:00PM, Provo, UT
Early Registration Fee: $325 | CSM Student: $300
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