The most compehensive training in the SF-Bay Area
Enroll any time and get immediate online access to the 15 recorded classes
Contact hours are offered in the Fall and Spring yearly
Now enrolling for Spring 2023 session
Live Virtual meetings are on April 1st, April 15, April 29, May 13, June 3, and June 17, from 10:30 am to 1:30 pm.
Two additional 4-hour hands-on workshops will be scheduled ensuring every student can attend at least one
I will forever be grateful for your patience and your willingness to give your students all the knowledge you have acquired in the field of birth support. My classmates have made a huge impact on me and on my completion of the training...I'm so glad that becoming a doula is part of the reason for me to keep going!
— Desola Amos, Session of April 2020
Since the outbreak of Covid-19, our contact hours have been offered using the Zoom platform. The transition has been a great success! And if you miss any of the Live Meetings - No worries; the meetings are recorded and it's easier than ever to make up a class. The meetings are acompanied by outstanding PowerPoint presentations. We use Zoom rooms to allow our students to brainstorm and build a supportive community.
Our comprehensive training program relies on:
* 15 recorded online classes
* Six Live sessions using Zoom, lasting 3 hours each (Total of 18 hours)
* Two 4-hour workshop to allow students to practice labor support tools and comfort measures
* Practical experience supporting the midwives' patients in L&D (2 births minimum)
* Ongoing monthly group sessions to support past students for life. You do not have to do it all alone!
Upon registration, we will grant you access to our membership website for a period of 6 months (Additional 2 months extension is granted for no cost). The 15 classes are audiovisual presentations covering different topics. Here is the full class list: (For classes full description click HERE
COVID forced us to lead out contact hours virtually, and this has been a blessing! We can now train more students from all over the US, and if you missed a class, you can always watch the replay! In addition to the 6 group virtual sessions, we lead two 4-hr in-person group sessions to practice labor support tools and comfort measures that take place outdoors with masks. We're now even better at:
Bay Area Doula Training is proud to be the only program providing doula students with the opportunity to get practical experience in supporting birth givers.
Our program is affiliated with Bay Area Maternity and Women Health (BAM) led by midwife Lin Lee. Practical hours will take place at El-Camino Los Gatos L&D, where the nurses LOVE working with our students.
You'll get our support in creating your brochure and be assigned another doula as your backup doula. You'll be invited to attend the Tea with The midwives monthly event where you'll introduce yourself to the midwives' patients. The monthly Tea meetings are held on the third and Sundays of the month.
For students residing on the outskirts of the Bay Area, we provide full support to find their first no-cost clients for their practical hours, using our network relationships.
I am so happy and blessed to have found this program! The program is extensive and you will learn a lot. The hands on training made me feel more confident going into the line of work. Neri and Stephanie makes it easy to set you up to succeed. The online community for BCM provides resources and virtual meetings to help navigate you on your journey starting out.
—Shabriese Davis, April 2021
**You have 1-year from registration to complete the certification requirements
Over the past 23 years, I have been blessed to support and teach many expectant people and to direct two birth resource centers. I published the audio-visual guide Practicing for an Active Birth, an Amazon Choice product, and the printed guide The Art of Coaching for Childbirth, a practical guide for birth professionals. I am the founder of Birth Coach Method, an approved continuing education provider by the California BRN. I lead nurses' workshops with the goal of improving patient-centered maternal care. It is my hope to build the bridge between doulas and L&D medical teams.
I'm a mother to three amazing girls and happily married to a juggler who turned into a software engineer. We relocated to the SF Bay Area in 2001. I love spending time with my family and our sweet Goldendoodle, Punk, at the beach. My preferred vacation would be to explore a new city I've never been to before. I am practicing yoga and meditation regularly, I consider labor support tools to be my life support tools. Once a week I visit the art studio for a mixed media class.
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