I have both attended and hosted a workshop (in 2005 and 2006, when they were still ALACE) and they were awesome.
Midwifery Student and Mama to 2 daughters and 3 sons.
I have given birth a variety of ways and I am thankful for what each one has taught me.
I did a workshop with Terese when she was still part of ALACE. It was beyond fabulous. I've taken a DONA workshop too, and I thought Terese's was more advanced and really just an amazing weekend. Definitely recommend it.
This makes me so happy to hear, I am going to be attending one of their workshops soon and it makes me so excited to hear such rave reviews! :)
Stephenie, Wife to Nick 9/3/05 Mama to Keagan 4/12/07, Eden 3/29/09 Someone new coming in July and two angels 6/06 and 10/10. Check out my blog!
I had already been through a CBE workshop and been teaching for a while when I took the DONA workshop. Honestly, I didn't learn much. Just not a lot of new info. The one Terese did had a lot more of that. Also, the DONA one was more...dry, I guess. It was fine, but basic. The ALACE one felt like a weekend of sisterhood. It was an experience, not just a class.
I'm so excited for those of you who are looking forward to the training! I'm also curious to hear more about the differences between tolabor/alace and DONA, in hindsight I think it's especially powerful that you have these select few women who do all of the trainings. It definitely seems like less of an 'academic' class and more of a life-altering experience. Definitely cemented my midwifery aspirations... it's been almost a month now and I can still conjure up that altered state- nevermind the value in attending births.