Doula Trainings

DONA-Approved Birth Doula Training


Birth Care Network is hosting a DONA-approved Birth Doula Training on October 26-27, 2013. BCN’s very own Vicki Sanders, RDH, ICCE, FACCE, LCCE, CD(D0NA), IBCLC, will be facilitating this training session.

What: DONA Approved Doula Training

When: Saturday, October 26 and 27, 2013. Specific schedule will be sent out the week before the training, but plan on roughly 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. (give or take an hour) both days, with breaks included for lunch and snacks.
Where:  Babyology (3934 Dutchman’s Lane, Louisville, KY 40207)

This  training is limited to the first 15 paid registrants, and registration will be closed on Sunday, October 20, 2013.

2- Day Training
(Non-BCN Member)
2- Day Training
(BCN Member)
1 Year BCN Membership $50

Please note: in addition to the registration fee, DONA also requires that all trainees own a copy of The Birth Partner by Penny Simkin.

This is a basic doula training for women wishing to become birth doulas. You do not need to be a nurse, a mother or have a medical background. This is the first major step in the certification process with DONA International.

The only prerequisite is that you have a basic understanding of childbirth and the physiology of how birth works. Many women obtain this through reading from the DONA reading list or from attending a childbirth class. (Many childbirth educators in the area will allow you to attend their classes for the purposes of training. Call or email individual educators for more information). Please note: in addition to the registration fee, DONA also required that all trainees own a copy of The Birth Partner by Penny Simkin.

TRAINING REGISTRATION – Registration is not open yet.  Please check back soon for updates.

To reserve your spot for the training, you must complete the following steps (steps 1 & 2 are mandatory; step 3 is optional):

  1. Complete the online reservation form.  REGISTRATION IS NOT OPEN YET. CHECK BACK SOON.
  2. After filling out the registration form, you will automatically be redirected back to this page to pay your training fee using PayPal, our preferred method of payment.  NOTE: PayPal accepts all major credit cards and electronic checks, and you are not required to have a PayPal account to use these options. After you’ve clicked one of our payment buttons below, if you don’t have a PayPal account, simply click on the “continue” link under “Don’t have a PayPal account?,” which is located just above the credit card logos on PayPal’s login screen. As an alternative, you can also mail a check made payable to Birth Care Network to P.O. Box 7251, Louisville, KY 40257. Since workshop capacity is limited, reservations will only be held when training fees are paid in full, so we strongly recommend that you pay electronically so that your payment is received while space is still available.
  3. IF you plan to take advantage of the member discount for this training and are not already a BCN member, you must join and pay your annual dues online. Visit our membership page to learn about the benefits of membership.

A refund of training fees, or credit for a future training, will not be issued unless cancellation is received in writing (via email to at least 14 days prior to the first day of the two-day training.




There are a limited number of scholarships available for this training. For requirements and application guidelines, visit our scholarship page.

For more information about this DONA-Approved training, contact us.

For more information on becoming a doula, see DONA’s Becoming a Birth Doula.

Birth Care Network typically holds two annual trainings every year, usually in Spring and Fall. The next training will take place in Fall 2013 with Vicki Sanders, RDH, ICCE, FACCE, LCCE, CD(D0NA), IBCLC.