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#1 of 6 Old 05-28-2008, 03:21 AM - Thread Starter
 
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Hi,

I also asked about this in someone elses thread but I hope to find as many of you as possible so i thought it better to start a thread on this.

I'm looking for a distance learning doula program.

I found Child Birth International and Birth Arts International to be my only distance study options.

I would like to start with a doula course, but after that, continue with other courses. CBI offers them all, but it seems like BAI also offers quite a range of distance programs.

Any of you any experience with either schools?
What would be the difference in philosophy, depth, materials, supervision?
Are either programs as well known?
Which schools has more students?

I found it hard to find some of this info on their websites although i did get an impression of course.
But I would really love to hear from (ex) students what their different experiences are and were.

Also, to order 1 course is a bit cheaper at BAI, but CBI gives great discounts for students if they want to start a 2nd (or 3rd, or...) program. Does anyone know if BAI does the same?

TIA
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i dont have esperience with either, but i strongly recommend finding, if there is any way possible, a hands on workshop or some sort of hands on training. there is nooo way a distance program can teach you the art and science of a doulas touch.

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I disagree with Lisa. I actually have found that many of the workshop trained doulas I know seem to have gotten less training than many of the distance learning doulas. While they get more hands on, they seem to get less overall training.

Anyhow, I am not familiar with BAI but I know CBI and I think they have a great program with a real focus on communication that you don't see done nearly as well elsewhere imo. I think you will be very happy working with them.

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HI,
As the Global Director of BAI I can't really answer your questions here because it will be viewed as advertising, but I can say this, email the orgs, ask questions, make phone calls and see what organization aligns with how you want to do birth work.
Good luck,
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Hi,

I also asked about this in someone elses thread but I hope to find as many of you as possible so i thought it better to start a thread on this.

I'm looking for a distance learning doula program.

I found Child Birth International and Birth Arts International to be my only distance study options.

I would like to start with a doula course, but after that, continue with other courses. CBI offers them all, but it seems like BAI also offers quite a range of distance programs.

Any of you any experience with either schools?
What would be the difference in philosophy, depth, materials, supervision?
Are either programs as well known?
Which schools has more students?

I found it hard to find some of this info on their websites although i did get an impression of course.
But I would really love to hear from (ex) students what their different experiences are and were.

Also, to order 1 course is a bit cheaper at BAI, but CBI gives great discounts for students if they want to start a 2nd (or 3rd, or...) program. Does anyone know if BAI does the same?

TIA

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I also don't think a workshop is necessary. I did CBI and loved their communcation aspects, their emphasis on teaching skills and not facts. Using evidence-based practice. I've just completed my certification as a doula. Finished up with my CBE about a year ago. It was a great program, the feedback was great. I didn't need a workshop to teach me hands-on skills or to network with other doulas.

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thanks for all your opinions!
I think i'll go for CBI cause i'm also interested in their BFcourse...
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