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Birth Doula Training Workshop November 8, 9, 10, 2019

Kathy McGrath, Birth Partners

Friday, November 8, 2019 at 8:15 AM - Sunday, November 10, 2019 at 5:15 PM (EST)

Birth Doula Training Workshop November 8, 9, 10, 2019

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Doula Workshop Registration 11/2019   more info Nov 8, 2019 $465.00 $0.00

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The time is right to become a birth doula!  Doulas are very much in demand. In today’s maternity care climate, with its reliance on technology and efficiency parents can feel easily overwhelmed. They, as well as midwives, physicians and labor and delivery nurses, have come to appreciate the resources, techniques, knowledge and continuous empathetic support that a doula provides.This training is for anyone interested in assisting women and their families to have satisfying birth experiences. 

This Birth Doula Workshop has been approved as a step toward certification with DONA International.


What is a Doula?

  • Recognizes birth as a key life experience, understands the physiology of birth and the emotional needs of a woman in labor
  • Assists laboring women in preparing for and carrying out their plans for their birth
  • Stays by the side of the laboring woman continuously throughout labor, birth and the immediate postpartum
  • Provides emotional support, practical comfort measures, an objective view-point and information to aid in decision making
  • Helps make the birth experience a positive memory with rich rewards and feelings of accomplishment

Studies indicate that when a doula is present at birth, there are better outcomes for both mothers and babies, including shorter and more comfortable labors, fewer complications, fewer interventions, and greater maternal satisfaction with the birth experience.


Topics Covered

  • The doula's role
  • Review of current research on the benefits of labor support
  • Prenatal and postpartum visits
  • Significance of the birth experience in a woman's life
  • Assessing and assisting with the emotional and physical needs of a laboring woman in each phase of labor
  • Hands-on practice of techniques for relaxation and pain relief
  • Communication and listening skills
  •  Professional ethics, standards of practice, and certification
  • Collaboration with others on the birth team
  • Support for difficult labors, Cesarean birth, and vaginal birth after Cesarean
  • Newborn care and breastfeeding support
  • Values clarification and cultural sensitivity


The fee of $465 includes 3 full days of training, training manual and other instructional materials, snacks and a certificate of completion. Payment in full must be received prior to workshop. Cancellations will be honored until 2 weeks before the workshop starts, less a $50.00 processing fee. No refunds are made after this time, however, you may send someone else in your place.

Class meets from 8:15 AM to 5:15 PM each training day.  You must be present for the entire workshop to receive a certificate.

Please go to the DONA International website for clarification of requirements for certification.


Have questions about Birth Doula Training Workshop November 8, 9, 10, 2019? Contact Kathy McGrath, Birth Partners

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The Well
4070 Beechwood Blvd
Pittsburgh, PA 15217

Friday, November 8, 2019 at 8:15 AM - Sunday, November 10, 2019 at 5:15 PM (EST)

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Kathy McGrath, Birth Partners

Kathy McGrath is a childbirth educator, birth counselor, doula, and doula trainer. Kathy was one of the first ten DONA-Certified doulas in the country. She serves on the Certification Council of Lamaze International and is a past Board and faculty member of that organization. She was the winner of the prestigious Elizabeth Bing Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Field of Childbirth Education.  She currently serves on the Board of Directors of PATTCh (Prevention and Treatment of Trauma in Childbirth).  Kathy is married to Garry, her partner in every sense of the word, and the happy mother of 3.

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