Birth Doula Training

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Begin Your Career as a Birth Boot Camp Doula

At Birth Boot Camp, we believe that birth can be a defining moment in a woman’s life. Evidence shows that birth doulas play an important role in birth outcomes and satisfaction. Birth Boot Camp Birth Doula training gives you the education, tools, and support you need to help families have amazing birth experiences and impact women, children, and families in your community. 

Start your own birth business with the best training and materials to serve clients in your area. Join our amazing community of passionate birth professionals who support and encourage one another every step of the way.  Whether you are looking to take 2 clients a year or plan to make this your full time job, we are here to support and encourage you in your birth doula training!

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Everything You Need In One Place for Birth Doula Training!

In-person & Online Trainings Available 

Instant Access to Training Modules

Childbirth Education Included

Breastfeeding Education & Training

Business Training

Ongoing Mentoring & Support

Marketing Materials

Doula Handbook 

Supporting Arms Workbook for Your Clients

Complete your work beforehand and LEAVE CERTIFIED

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Childbirth Education

This is included in your training! You will have immediate access to our online childbirth classes to deepen your understanding and knowledge about pregnancy, birth, and beyond.

Breastfeeding Training

Learn how to support your clients during their breastfeeding journey with our Lactation Intensive for Birth Professionals.

Receive Your Doula Handbook

Every doula receives a copy of the Birth Boot Camp Doula Handbook. It’s 150+ pages of helpful information, resources, and tips.

Supporting Arms Workbook

This amazing workbook is for your clients! It’s full of information to help guide your birth plan visits with them and to help prepare them for their upcoming birth.

Leave certified

You will complete all of your coursework before your training and leave certified! This is one thing that sets BBC apart. This puts everyone on the same page education wise and we are able to dive deep into being a doula and running a business while we are all together.

Ongoing Mentoring & Support

After you complete your training you will be part of an amazing organization. Birth Boot Camp is a family! We’re here to support you as you grow your business and attend more and more births.

One All-Inclusive Price of $795

In-Person Training

3 day workshop

Hands-on training

Complete the reading and all training modules before your live training

Receive your materials at your training

 Build community with other attendees at the training

Online Training

Self-paced

Must be completed within 1 year after starting

A mix of reading, online videos, and written work, etc. 

Materials will be mailed to you

Ongoing support from our Headquarters team

Early BirdPay In FullPayment Plan

Save $100 by signing up as an Early Bird!*

*Early bird pricing is available until 3 months before scheduling deadline.

Training Dates

January 19-21, 2023 | Sacramento, CA | Deadline – December 8th

January 23-28, 2023 | 5-Night Royal Caribbean Cruise out of Galveston, TX | Deadline – December 8th

February 15-17, 2023 | Ft Worth, TX | Deadline – January 4th

February 17-19, 2023 | Lakeland, FL | Deadline – January 6th

March 6-8, 2023 | Dallas, TX | Deadline – January 23rd

March 22-24, 2023 | Oklahoma City, OK | Deadline – February 8th

March 31 – April 2, 2023 | Lansing, MI | Deadline – February 17th

April 19-21, 2023 | Ft Worth, TX | Deadline – March 8th

April 21-23, 2023 | Leonardtown, MD | Deadline – March 10th

May 1-3, 2023 | Nashville, TN | Deadline – March 20th

June 9-11, 2023 | Denver, CO | Deadline – April 28th

June 9-11, 2023 | Boston, MA | Deadline – April 28th

July 21-23, 2023 | Tampa, FL | Deadline – June 9th

August 5-7, 2023 | Little Rock, AR | Deadline – June 24th

October 6-8, 2023 | Ft Worth, TX | Deadline – August 26th

November 6-8, 2023 | Dallas, TX | Deadline – September 25th

November 8-10, 2023 | Indianapolis, IN | Deadline – September 27th

November 10-12, 2023 | Austin, TX | Deadline – September 29th

December 7-9, 2023 | Ft Worth, TX | Deadline – October 26th

WHAT WILL YOU LEARN AT TRAINING?

Empathy

Comfort measures and positions

How to support all types of births

How to find clients

Client interviews & getting hired

How to support partners and family members

How to work with care providers

Communication skills

How to start and build your business

How to conduct visits with your clients

Serving clients with special circumstances

And more!

How It Works

Step 1 - Register & Pay

Regular Price $795

Early Bird Price $695

Step 2 - Paperwork

After completing the registration form and payment you’ll be given immediate access to your training portal. You will receive an email with your log-in information. In the portal, you will find a link to sign some paperwork including our Policies & Procedures, Code of Conduct, and Non-compete agreement

Step 3 - Complete Your Prerequisites

In your online portal you will find all of your training modules as well as the Comprehensive Childbirth Class. If you are attending an in-person training, all of your training modules must be complete before you attend your training.

Module 1 – Reading

Baby Catcher by Peggy Vincent (audiobook available)
Cut, Stapled, & Mended by Roanna Rosewood
Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth by Ina May Gaskin (audiobook available)
Natural Hospital Birth by Cynthia Gabriel (audiobook available)
When Survivors Give Birth
Breastfeeding Made Simple by Mohrbacher & Kendall – Tackett (audiobook available)
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Module 2 – Movies

Watch these two movies

Born In The USA

Orgasmic Birth

Module 3 – Childbirth Education

Watch Birth Boot Camp’s online Comprehensive Childbirth Class and answer the questions in the Childbirth Education document. You will be given access to the Comprehensive Class as part of your training.

Module 4 – Breastfeeding

Watch the Breastfeeding Intensive for Birth Professionals video that’s included in your training. 

Module 5 – Breastfeeding Support Groups

Attend two breastfeeding support groups in your community.

Module 6 – Bloodborne Pathogens

Complete one of the below bloodborne pathogen trainings, pass their test, and purchase the certification.

OSHA ($15.99 certificate fee)

American Red Cross ($35 certificate fee)

National Health and Safety Association ($8.96)

Module 7 – Community Resources

Compile a list of local resources that will benefit your clients.

Module 8 – Birth Observations

Observe 2 different births and record your experience.

Module 9 - Online Training Videos

(FOR ONLINE TRAINING ONLY)

Watch the online training videos

Module 10 - Reflections

(FOR ONLINE TRAINING ONLY)

After completing all of your modules, answer a few essay questions to reflect on everything you’ve learned.

Read Some Success Stories

“I would recommend this program to any and all persons considering taking a class on the professional level or any of BBCs classes they offer expectant parents. The classes are well thought out and researched, the tools offered and taught for the professional and the client side is stellar, and the head team is so responsive and supportive. All around 5 stars!”

Emerald R.

“I recently became a certified birth boot camp instructor! It has been a really great exercise and I am so exciting to start teaching. For my training I took all the online birthing classes and I really enjoyed them. They are teach good true information that all moms and dads should have going into birth! Whether you know a little or a lot these will be a great addition to your knowledge.”

Ruth Hildreth

“Birth Boot Camp is so amazing! I attended their February training in 2021. I felt mostly prepared to start this journey before I attended the in-person training but when it was time to leave the training and start my business I knew I was ready! They are so hands on and help you to feel confident.”

Rebekah Bryant

FAQs

What’s Included

  • 3 Days/ 20+ hours of instruction
  • Support from your trainer and the Headquarters team
  • Doula Handbook
  • Supporting Arms Book
  • Sample Contract
  • Intake Forms
  • Marketing materials – You’ll receive a sample of each of these
  • Stock photography

Due to COVID-19, what should I do about the required birth observations?

Covid-19 has made it difficult for trainees to attend their required birth observations. We are being very lenient about this requirement. We still want you to reach out to those in your community to try and find births to attend. Keep in contact with your trainer and let her know how things are going with this requirement. If needed, we can grant an extension so that you can complete this after attending the training workshop. Be sure to contact us with any further questions at [email protected]

What if I can’t attend the workshop I am registered for?

If a registered applicant desires to change their original specified training date, a $250 fee will be applied. This fee must be paid in order to reserve the applicant’s spot in the newly chosen workshop. If it is not possible for a trainee to attend an in-person workshop, we do offer online workshops.

How much time will it take to complete the workload?

What is your personal life like? Do you have a newborn? Small children? Do you have a job outside the home? Do you have a lot of obligations?

Are you a fast reader? Are you familiar with the material? Are you already a birth professional? These are the people who are able to get through the workload within the deadline of 8 weeks before the workshop.

If you are brand new to birth work, are a slow reader, have a busy personal life, or have small children, you might need 4-6 months to complete the pre-workshop reading and study modules.

Set realistic goals for yourself. Enjoy the journey of getting certified. Remember, the more prepared you are coming to the workshop, the better equipped you will be to help couples work towards their amazing births.

What do I need to bring to the workshop?

You will likely want something for taking notes. We also recommend a yoga mat and a pillow to use when practicing relaxation, comfort measures, and laboring positions. Dress comfortably and feel free to bring your own snacks and beverages.

How long do I have to complete my certification?

All of your training modules must be complete before you are able to attend your training. Keep in mind that there are books to read, documentaries and other videos to watch, the Bloodborne Pathogens trainings, and more to complete. Allow yourself plenty of time to complete all of the prerequisites!

Do I have to recertify?

All Birth Boot Camp Instructors and Doulas are required to complete the recertification requirements every year in March. The fee to recertify as a doula is $100. We have a list of requirements each year that will help you develop as a doula as you grow your business. Recertification will be discussed in detail during your training.

Can I bring my baby to training?

We encourage long-term breastfeeding and want nursing mothers to be included. Training, however, is intensive and requires long hours and a quiet room, so that all who have invested their time and money can hear and participate. Training also requires that all be able to participate in relaxation and various other floor exercises. If you are nursing a baby you must make arrangements to have someone who can bring your baby to you for feedings. Additional space will not be provided at training for your baby and babysitter. This enables both the nursing mother and others in attendance to maximize their workshop experience. You may also choose to pump during training. Please discuss your breastfeeding/pumping needs with your trainer. There are multiple breaks built into the training as well as a 1.5 hour lunch break when you can nurse. Older children are not allowed at training.

Is there ongoing support and training for doulas?

Yes! Ongoing, daily support can be found in our private Facebook Group. Our wonderful childbirth educators and doulas have formed an amazing support system there. We also send out regular emails and on occasion have additional trainings about various topics. Headquarters and members of the Advisory Board are available by email, at any time.

In addition, Birth Boot Camp is hosting a company-wide retreat every three years with the purpose of providing new information and helping Birth Boot Camp instructors and doulas stay motivated and excited about their birth business. Fees are kept to a minimum. You will not regret making an effort to be at every single Birth Boot Camp retreat.