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Sign Up, Start Now, Go at Your Own Pace

Begin the self-study of our 15 online classes at any time and join the contact hours on the dates below:

October 8 & 22, November 5 & 19, December 3 &17

2 additional hands-on practice meetings will be scheduled

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Payment Plans are Available!

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

Our Program During COVID-19


We have continued to train doulas during COVID-19. We have been leading the contact hours on Zoom with great success!
The six Zoom sessions last 3 hours each. The PowerPoint presentations, discussions, and movies allowed us to build a supportive community and even elevate the education level. In addition to the Zoom sessions, two practical meetings of 4 hours each are scheduled during the session, allowing our students to practice labor support tools. Additionally, our program uniquely provides you with practical experience working with Bay Area Maternity midwives.

During the pandemic, we have been provided our students with letters confirming their doula-in-training status so that they can enter the hospitals for their first no-cost births.

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Positive Experiences Created by Positive Mindsets

Bay Area Doula Training is leading a cultural change in maternal care. We teach birth professionals to integrate the coaching principles, tools, and strategies, practiced by coaches in various fields, into the field of childbirth support. Our graduates practice with respect to their clients' beliefs, values, and vision for their birth. Our philosophy is that there is no ideal birth other than the birth experience your clients desire! Our students are knowledgeable, sensitive, and equipped with a wealth of labor support techniques in addition to the coaching strategies. Read my Blog to learn more about my philosophy

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PROGRAM

 Online Classes

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

  • Introduction: Fear, pain and the medicalization of birth
  • Physiology and anatomy of childbirth
  • Prenatal care and possible complications 
  • Stages and Phases of labor 
  • The Early phase of labor 
  • The Active phases of labor 
  • Transition phase of labor
  • The second stage of birth 
  • Common medical interventions in labor 1 
  • Common medical interventions in labor 2
  • Relationships in labor and delivery 
  • The baby in birth and throughout the postnatal period 
  • The mother in the postpartum period
  • Breastfeeding basics
  • Establishing the birth doula practice

 Group Meetings

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:

  • Creating a strong community using Zoom breakout rooms.
  • Matching students as backup doulas
  • Allocating time to Q & A at the beginning of every session
  • Modeling for our students how to provide virtual birth support.
  • Invite more distinguished guest speakers. 
  • Expanding on the topics learned online
  • Model ing verbal coaching strategies.
  • Brainstorming and analyzing case studies
  • Receiving feedback and building confidence 

Practical Hours

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.

Read Students Reviews

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

Certification Requirements

**You have 1-year from registration to complete the certification requirements

  • Complete all 15 audiovisual classes and fill in the studying materials attached to each class. 
  • Complete the workshop’s reading list and study through the program’s resource guide. 
  • Actively participate in group meetings. 
  • Attend 25 hours (or 2 births) supporting birthing clients at the hospital. 
  • Submit 2 supervision reports of two births you have attended as a doula-in-training.
  • Pass the final exam - the exam consists of a case study and a terminology quiz.
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Hello, I'm Your Trainer


Professional
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. 

Personal
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.

Education and Affiliation

  • Birth Coach Method founder
  • Birth Doula and Childbirth Education Training, Israel  
  • Group Leadership, Ministry of Education Israel
  • Hypnotherapy at HTI, Marin County California 
  • Transformational Life Coaching, Sophia Univ. Palo Alto 
  • Spinning Babies with Gail Tully
  • NLP with Dr. Matt and The Empowerment Partnership 
  • Blossom Birth Palo Alto  
  • Bay Area Maternity
  • BA in Film and Television, Tel-Aviv University
  • MA in Cognitive Science from Tel-Aviv University 


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