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 Scholarship and Payment Plan options?
A. Yes, we proudly offer scholarships and payment plans to every workshop we conduct. Katie and Nicole strive to fulfill the vision of DONA International of "A doula for every woman who wants one" through her workshop scholarships. For every three workshop students who pay in full, one student will be offered a scholarship. Workshop scholarships are offered based on financial need, and a demonstrated commitment to community service. Please request a scholarship application from contacting us via our contact page. We will consider your application and then respond with either a partial and full 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. Katie and Nicole will assess financial need based on the guidelines set forth by the US Department of Health and Human Services 2015 Poverty Guidelines. These are the same income guidelines used by local community health centers to provide health services to the uninsured, or underinsured families.
******For payment plans, we ask that you make a $75 deposit and then four $100 payments per month after that. Please email us via our contact page to inquire about making a payment plan deposit.
Q. Are There Any Prerequisites?
Required - Attend the one-day Introduction to Childbirth Education class, or have adequate training as a childbirth educator, midwife, or labor and delivery nurse. Please contact Nicole or Katie to confirm that your experience meets this requirement.
Required - Read the DONA International Birth Doula Position Paper, available at www.dona.org
Recommended - The Birth Partner by Penny Simkin.
Note: Workshop participants do NOT need to have any prior clinical or medical experience to attend this workshop.
Q. What is Your Refund Policy?
A. Cancellations made at least two weeks prior to the start of the workshop will be granted a full refund, minus a $50 administrative fee and any charges incurred via PayPal. Cancellations made within two weeks of the workshop are not eligible for a refund. 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. These transfers are subject to space availability and will be negotiated on a case-by-case basis.
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. Nicole and Katie recommend bringing a caregiver to assist with baby care, and provide breaks. 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, 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.
If your question was not answered here, please feel free to email us.