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Premium Doula Training in New England: Birth, Postnatal, and Continuing Education

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Midwife Michelle L'Esperance of Warm Welcome Birth Services teaches workshops for aspiring and experienced doulas. Known for being insistently practical, woman-centered, inclusive, and always inspiring- these trainings will prepare your heart, mind & hands for this rewarding work.


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Visit www.BirthDoulaWorkshop.com for details on trainings, calendar of workshops, and to receive the free e-newsletter, Growing Yourself as a Doula.


Next workshop: Full four day Birth Doula Workshop & Mentoring Program, Greenfield, Massachusetts. Sept. 17 & 18th, Oct. 1 & 2nd, 2011. This workshop will fill with a waitlist, so if you're interested, be in touch soon!

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Curious what Birth Doula Training covers?


Topics & Skills covered include:

  • The lifelong impact of the birth experience
  • Benefits of healthy birth for birthing mother, baby, partner - the whole family
  • Prenatal preparation- getting to know  a family during pregnancy, making sure they know their options and helping them clarify their birth intentions, based on their values.
  • Emotional support
  • Guided imagery, visualization
  • Informational support & client education
  • Partner support - helping the birthing mother's partner be involved in whatever way feels right to them
  • Pros, cons, & alternatives to common interventions
  • Comfort measures for labor - dozens of techniques, along with information about *when* to do *what*
  • Acupressure
  • Breathwork
  • Developing your intuition & touch sensitivity
  • Aromatherapy
  • Movement, positioning, and sound in labor
  • Using birth balls, fajas, & other fun props
  • Early breastfeeding support
  • Supporting clients through cesarean births
  • Postpartum emotional adjustment
  • Vaginal Birth After Cesarean (VBAC)
  • Basic business organization & publicity
  • Continuing education resources
  • Prenatal and postpartum appointments

                                                   ...and more!

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New Continuing Ed class for birth doulas coming soon- Better Cesarean/VBAC class!


How will this mother birth? How will she *feel* about how she births?

Both matter.

My highest hope for every family that I care for is that they will have the healthiest birth possible for them, one that they can treasure forever.   I'm humbled and delighted when even those who have an unexpectedly rocky birth process that leads to cesarean  describe it as "joyful," "holy," or "just right".

The morning session of this workshop will focus on creating Better Cesarean Births, and the afternoon will delve into how to support families in their (Victorious!) Vaginal Birth After Cesarean. You'll return home with a boatload of new skills and insights to share with your clients.



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In or near Western Massachusetts? Here's a calendar listing of some of the 15+ exciting events coming up in our area for those who care about mothers, babies, & families.



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Exciting plans afoot for Warm Welcome's Premium Doula Training next year!


Winter- Birth Doula Training at Smith College, Northampton MA. It's been said that this training is really two rolled into one- a basic training you might get elsewhere, PLUS intermediate skills that really give you the confidence & readiness to jump in and start attending births!~ Four full unforgettable days. Call now to get a spot!


Spring- a weekend-long retreat-style workshop for practicing doulas- Advanced Doula Training. Juicy workshop sessions on topics as diverse as Sexuality & Birth; Moxibustion &  Acupressure for Labor; Inviting Babies into Optimal Positions; Managing your Doula Business... as well as sharing birth stories around a campfire & enjoying delicious meals cooked by someone else!


Summer- Birth Doula Training in a Red Tent Temple. Finally- a workshop that melds the practical and the spiritual for doulas & doulas-to-be. In a yurt in rural New Hampshire. Space limited- this will fill!


Fall- Birth Doula Training in a mother/baby friendly hospital. Get comfortable on a Labor & Delivery floor as you learn all the essentials to launch your doula practice.

...and...Postnatal Doula Training- learn how to cocoon and nourish the new family to give them a gentler start together.


Also- there will be Continuing Ed classes for doulas offered, such as Better Cesarean/VBAC; Speedy Birth for Doulas; Acupressure & Moxibustion for Doulas; and Creative Movement for Birth for Professionals.


Join my mailing  list today for first notification of dates of these and other inspiring workshops.


Michelle L'Esperance, Certified Professional Midwife

Warm Welcome Birth Services

Homebirth Midwifery, Doula Care, and Doula Training

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