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For mamas in western North Dakota and eastern Montana who are interested in natural birth - we have a doula training coming your way!


Here is the info (you can contact me with questions):



Exploring How the Doula's Heart, Mind and Spirit
Can Help to Create
Special Birth Memories


Friday, April 19th

Saturday, April 20th

Sunday, April 21st

Williston, North Dakota

An educational offering which meets one of the requirements
 for certification by
 DONA International

The Workshop
If you are feeling called to work with birthing families this workshop may be what you have been looking for. We have designed it to be interactive and enjoyable, as well as to help you feel confident as you begin your journey as a doula.

During this intensive 2 1/2 day workshop students discuss the emotions and psychological processes associated with labor and the role of the doula prenatally, during labor and birth and postpartum followup. The course emphasizes the importance of appropriate, culturally-sensitive support.

The doula's scope of practice and ethical standards are emphasized, as are the realities of what being a doula entails. The workshop does not include training in clinical skills, since those are outside the doula's scope of practice.

The course is designed to help participants prepare to become expert labor support providers and utilizes texts and supplementary literature, videos and role play to build theoretical knowledge and practice skills.

Preparing to Attend

We want each participant to come into the training with enough background information to fully participate in the weekend. Our experience is that if a participant has not done the prerequisites then they will not feel as if the workshop has met their expectations. To best prepare we encourage you to do the following:

1. Attendance at a full series of childbirth preparation classes for first-time parents (12 hours, minimum) as a non-pregnant person. DONA
certification requires that this be done prior to certifying. We have started having participants take the childbirth classes prior to the workshop so that they feel as prepared as possible for the weekend. If you have questions about this, please let me know. (Please note: if you are a childbirth educator, nurse with labor and delivery experience or midwife this requirement will be waived)

2. Read the following two books: (all are most current editions)
Pregnancy, Childbirth and the Newborn by Penny Simkin, 4th edition
The Birth Partner by Penny Simkin, 3rd edition

NOTE: You MUST have a copy of The Birth Partner, 3rd Edition and bring it to class

Schedule for the Workshop

Friday, April 19th

Registration 12:45-1PM
Class 1-6PM

Saturday, April 20th
Class 8:30AM-6:00PM

Sunday, April 21st

Class 8:30AM-5:30PM

Topics Covered During the Workshop Include:

Significance of Birth
DONA Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice
Ideal Birth
Doulas in Action videos
Prenatal Contact
Art and Practice of Labor Support Throughout the Stages of Labor
Doula-supported Birth with an Epidural
Positioning and Comfort Measures
What if Labor Started Now
Difficult Labors
Induced Labors
Unexpected Outcomes
Cesarean Birth
VBAC Birth
The Amazing Newborn
Postpartum Contact
Role Play

A little over 17 years ago Penny Simkin told us that we should teach together. We love spending time with women who are exploring the doula profession and feel that we bring that passion to the workshop. Also, Carolyn's background as a nurse and Ann's as a layperson allow us to bring two very important and distinctive viewpoints to the workshop. Past participants tell us that this has enriched the experience for them. We love teaching together and hope that we will have the opportunity to welcome you into our workshop.


A Fellow in the American College of Childbirth Educators, Ann is certified as a childbirth educator with Lamaze International and ICEA and has been teaching pregnancy, birth and parenting classes since 1989. She has also been a doula for that length of time and is certified both as a birth and postpartum doula through DONA International. In addition to being a DONA-approved birth and postpartum doula trainer, Ann was President of DONA from 2003-05. She is also a board-certified lactation consultant.

She coordinates the first hospital-based doula program in Wisconsin at Columbia Center and is a member of the Family Education and Support team there. She has created parent and breastfeeding support groups in two states and has been a consultant to other hospital-based doula programs.  Ann is the 2007 recipient of Lamaze International's prestigious Elisabeth Bing Award.

Tuition Cost
I want to make attending the workshop financially do-able for everyone. If you have questions about the options below, please let me know.
Tuition cost for the workshop can be lowered by registering early and/or registering with a friend!

1. Early Bird Registration

Register by January 19th  $300 (90 days prior)
Register by February 19th  $325 (60 days prior) 
Register by March 4th  $350 (45 days prior) 
Register by March 19th  $375 (30 days prior) 

Register after March 19 $400

*Because class size is limited, early registration is encouraged.

2. Attend with a friend
There is a discount for each person who registers with a buddy. Just send in your registration forms and payment together and you'll receive a discount of:
$20/each for two people
$30/each for three people
$40/each for four people
$50/each for five or more people
*These discounts can be taken in addition to Earlybird sign-up

One final note: As an instructor, I recognize that there are many wonderful potential doulas whose life circumstances are such that they cannot afford full payment in one lump sum. Payment plans are available in cases of true need and occasionally partial scholarships may be available. Please contact me for more information. Also, please note that the registration form contains information on cancellation policies. All tuition payment is non-refundable, however, a qualified participant may attend in your place or you may choose to attend a future birth doula worshop (in which there is space available) taught by Ann Grauer.


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Just wanted to keep this information available so anyone interested can see it!

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