Q. What is the Required Attendance?
A. Workshop participants must attend the entire training to receive their certificate. In other words you must attend all 8-hrs of the Childbirth Education Class on the first day to receive your certificate of attendance and you must attend all 2.5 days of the Birth Doula Workshop to receive your certificate of attendance.
Q. Are There Any Prerequisites?
NO! Workshop participants do NOT need to have any prior clinical or medical experience to attend this workshop. And you do NOT need to have given birth to become a birth doula. We simply ask that you attend ALL 4 DAYS. We do recommend reading these prior to the workshop:
- DONA International Birth Doula Position Paper, available at www.dona.org
- The Birth Partner by Penny Simkin
If you feel you don't want to attend the Introduction to Childbirth Education for Birth Doulas Class - just know that we only encourage that for women who: have adequate training as a childbirth educator, midwife, or labor and delivery nurse. Additionally, having gone through the birth process does not exempt you from needing to attend the Childbirth Education class. Please contact Nicole or Katie to confirm that your experience meets this requirement.
Q. What is Your Refund Policy?
A. Cancellations made at least three weeks prior to the start of the workshop will be granted a full refund, minus a $75 administrative fee and any charges incurred via PayPal (tax and service fee.) Cancellations made with 21-days of the start of the workshop are not eligible for a refund. When a last minute cancellation takes place we always offer you to attend our next training. These transfers are subject to space availability and will be negotiated on a case-by-case basis. We will know if space is open in the next workshop 7 days prior to that workshop and we don't hold space in the workshop for people who have missed a previous workshop.
In cases of family emergencies and/or sudden illness, attendees may be able to transfer credit to a later workshop date, plus a $50 administrative fee.
Q. Are Breastfeeding Mothers Welcome?
A. Breastfeeding moms are welcome to bring their BABES-IN-ARMS-ONLY to entire workshop!! Private space may be provided to moms who prefer to pump. And we ask that those deciding if bringing their baby is a good decision or not, to also consider the learning style of the other workshop participants. Please contact Nicole and Katie before signing up for our workshop, if you plan to bring your baby, caregiver, or need pumping accommodations to get pre-approval!!
Q. Can I bring grown children?
A. In general we recommend that grown children not join the training. The reason we lean in this direction is that women share and process a wide variety of experiences at doula workshops, sometimes traumatic past sexual experiences and traumatic birth experiences can be discussed. It’s our goal that our workshop remains a safe space for all participants and we wouldn’t want them to feel uncomfortable sharing due to a child’s presence in the room.
Q. Are There Scholarship and Payment Plan options?
A. Yes, we proudly offer scholarships and payment plans for persons of color to every workshop we conduct.
Nicole and Katie strive to fulfill the vision of DONA International of "A doula for every woman who wants one" through our workshop scholarships. We recognize the atrocious birth outcomes for minority communities in America and how value doula support can be for those laboring persons. For every three workshop students who pay in full, one participant will be offered a scholarship. Workshop scholarships are offered based on financial need, and a demonstrated commitment to community service focused on our priorities listed below. Please read below our description of priority. If you do not fall in to that description we encourage you to consider a payment plan option.
Please request a scholarship application from contacting us via our contact page. We will consider your application and then respond with a partial scholarships (or payment plan options for those who do not meet our guidelines for the scholarship.)
Priority is given to staff, families, and volunteers associated with the Family Health and Birth Center, and Mary's Center for Maternal and Child Care, Inc., and Women of Color. Nicole and Katie will discuss with you what you are able to afford and develop a plan that works for you.
****** Please note that because we offer a limited number of scholarships, we always make sure that a payment plan option is available to everyone. For payment plans, we ask that you make a $75 non-refundable deposit via paypal to: firstname.lastname@example.org and then four $100 payments per month after that. Please email us via our contact page to inquire about making a payment plan deposit.
If your question was not answered here, please feel free to email us.