APPROACH

Sign Up, Start Now, Go at Your Own Pace

You can begin the self-study of our 15 online classes at any time.
We provide you with bi-weekly virtual mentoring sessions for life!

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

Registration is now open for the Spring 2022 session!

CONTACT HOURS DATES:

April 9, April 23, May 7, May 21, June 4, and June 18

10:30 am to 1:30 pm

2 additional hands-on practice meetings will be scheduled

The fall 2021 session is happening now and you can still join!

Meetings Dates: October 9, Oct. 23, Nov. 6, Nov. 20, Dec. 4, and Dec. 18

10:30 am to 1:30 pm

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Our Program and Services 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.

Full house: doula students and BAM midwives together on Zoom

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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

  • 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
  • Fear, pain and the medicalization of birth
  • 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 coach practice

 Group Meetings

Our welcoming classroom is located at Verde Touch Spa in Los Altos. The program includes 5 Saturday group meetings lasting five hours each, from 11:45 am to 5:00 pm. (25 contact hours total). Sessions take place on Saturdays. During these group sessions, you can expect to:

  • Create a strong community of backup doulas and colleagues
  • Begin every session with Q & A, covering the 3 online classes you studied in preparation for the session
  • Learn and practice labor support tools and comfort measures
  • Learn from our distinguished guest speakers. 
  • Expand on the topics learned online
  • Learn additional coaching strategies.
  • Engage in dynamic exercises.
  • Brainstorm and analyze case studies
  • Watch educational videos
  • Receive feedback and build confidence 

  

Practical Hours

Bay Area Doula Training is proud to be the only program providing doula students with the opportunity to receive practical hours, working side by side with midwives and nurses. 

In order to provide this opportunity for our students, and in order to achieve the highest level of education, we established collaboration with Bay Area Maternity (BAM) practice, 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. 

Our students are invited to attend the Tea with The midwives monthly event, and an additional special monthly meeting with BAM expectant patients who are interested in doula-in-training support, The monthly meetings are held on the third and last Sundays of the month. Students who reside on the outskirts of the Bay Area will get our full support to find their first no-cost clients for their practical hours. 

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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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neri.life@gmail.com

408-480-1389