I trained with ALACE.
I was very happy with them, and I agree it might have alot to do with who your trainer is! I had Terese (sp?) from North Carolina or Virgina. She was excellent...in great shape and that influenced her ability to show various positions, and she had a very high energy.
She was also just awesome and kind, and her approach was VERY natural. She has had MANY years of doula experience and her experience was a great help to me.
I am in the south, and I heard she only trains from the east coast.
Best thing is that I felt prepared to start attending births right after the workshop. We saw some awesome birthing videos, and the certification takes you thought a good amount of preg., birthing and postpartum books.
I highly recommend ALACE. Also, nursing moms are welcome to bring their nurslings to the workshop. I took my daughter with me.
Vegetarian Hindu, mother to L,P and R.