Are you interested in becoming a childbirth educator or birth doula? I facilitate International Childbirth Education Association (ICEA) approved workshops for both Professional Childbirth Educators and Birth Doulas.

Are you interested in a career in childbirth education or becoming a birth doula? Are you a midwifery student looking to complete your childbirth educator workshop component?  Are you a current birth professional or nurse seeking continuing education credits? Come spend a weekend in historic Downtown Tacoma and take part in an International Childbirth Education Association (ICEA) Professional Childbirth Educator or Birth Doula & Labor Support Workshop (or both! :) ).

My workshops meet the training requirements towards certification as an ICEA Certified Professional Childbirth Educator and Birth Doula (Click on the ICEA logo above to find out more about ICEA and to get more information about the various paths towards certification as an ICEA Professional Childbirth Educator and/or Birth Doula).  If you are currently certified through ICEA and looking for continuing education credits, both workshops provide you ALL 24 credit hours needed towards recertification.  Additionally, the workshops are approved for 16 nursing contact hours and 16 R-CERPs.

I am both a certified childbirth educator and birth doula trainer through ICEA and have over 16 years of experience in the field of childbirth.  I bring with me both an expansive knowledge of the professional field of birth doulas and childbirth education as well as a strong sense of humor, which makes the workshop weekends both educational and fun!  

The Professional Childbirth Educator workshop is 16 hours and incorporates topics such as informed decision making , evidence-based teaching, how to develop a curriculum, the process of labor, potential labor complications, coping skills, as well as information on newborns, breastfeeding and the postpartum period and skills on how to teach all of the above topics and MORE!

The Birth Doula and Labor Support Workshop is 20 hours long.  I offer this workshop 2-4 times a year in Tacoma.  The 4 hour Friday night portion of the workshop adds a dimension to my Birth Doula and Labor Support workshop that you don't find everywhere.  It is an intimate evening and an opportunity for the group to bond in a deep and meaningful way.  Many friendships have been fostered from my birth doula workshops.  One of my goals in this workshop is to bring new doulas together in a supportive, welcoming environment so that they can offer sincere care and support to their clients AND to other birth doulas in their community.   This is not a solo career.  It is vital to have support of other Birth Doulas as well.  My desire is that by the time a person leaves my Birth Doula workshop, they feel confident in their ability to support laboring families, AND already feel a strong sense of community and support through the group of people with whom they trained, and can carry that out to their individual communities as well.  My Birth Doula workshops are unique, but also cover all the important topics of labor and birth (which includes discussions on pain and coping techniques, positions, variations of the birth process, unexpected outcomes, scope of practice, listening skills, holding space, family integration, information on running a doula business and more).

Click HERE to find dates of upcoming workshops for Professional Childbirth Educators and  HERE to find dates of upcoming Birth Doula & Labor Support workshops.  You can register directly on those pages as well.  If it would be helpful to have a payment plan, please contact me directly to arrange payments.  I also offer a discount on the Childbirth Educator and Tacoma Birth Doula workshops for military families.  Additionally, I offer discounts to midwifery students looking to complete a Professional Childbirth Educator and/or Birth Doula workshop (in Tacoma) which may be required by some midwifery school programs.  

My cancellation policy for the Childbirth Educator Workshop and Birth Doula Workshop in Tacoma is that $150 of the registration fee is non-refundable.  The remaining amount can be refunded up to three weeks prior to the beginning of the workshop date for which you register.   After that time, no refunds are available.

In addition to above workshops, if you are interested in hosting a workshop in your area and need a certified trainer, please feel free to contact me to discuss the potential of me traveling to your location to provide a workshop.  

And always feel free to contact me directly for more information about any of the above!