DONA-APPROVED BIRTH DOULA TRAINING

DONA-APPROVED BIRTH DOULA TRAINING

WANT TO BECOME A DOULA? LET'S GO!

 Get ready to have fun, gain confidence, learn, and build community with others who share the same goals! Birth Doula YOUR Way workshops are all currently being held virtually via Zoom which allows for you to attend from anywhere. I draw on my 19 years as as an engaging perinatal educator in Seattle, Washington to create interactive, engaging, learning activities and build community that leaves participants deeply satisfied and feeling both confident and excited about starting (or continuing) their birth doula journey.

If you have any questions about how I can make the magic happen for you as you work toward becoming a doula, feel free to book a short convo with me so that I can share information about what you can expect.

BIRTH DOULA YOUR WAY

Birth doulas provide informational, emotional and physical support to people during their pregnancy, labor/birth and early postpartum period. People come to birth doula training with diverse backgrounds and for diverse reasons.

What path has brought you here?  Let me know!

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What to expect from our Birth Doula Training:

  • Interactive and engaging learning activities for every kind of learner.  No boring Powerpoint presentations and “talking heads” style learning.  We utilize a wide and diverse set of activities that offers so many ways to take in information that you will not have to worry about being bored!  Even in the virtual workshops!  You will simply have fun!  So much fun!

  • Information delivered in a way that makes it stick - so you can remember it long after your workshop ends and when you need it most, while supporting a client.

  • A robust DONA International workshop manual (hard copy), a custom workbook to accompany our training and an additional comprehensive Doula YOUR Way supplementary online platform filled with resources and information that you will continue to have access to after the workshop is completed.

Your workshop registration meets five of the requirements for DONA International Birth Doula Certification:

DONA-Approved Birth Doula Training Workshop

Intro to Childbirth Education for Doulas Workshop

Lactation Support for Doulas Workshop

Completion of The Birth Partner AND Pregnancy, Childbirth & the Newborn from the required reading list

Virtual Birth Doula Workshops

Choose between a 4 DAY INTENSIVE WORKSHOP or 4 WEEKLY SESSIONS

There are benefits to the different workshop formats - depending on your needs, your time frame, learning styles and other commitments and responsibilities.  Reach out if you need help deciding which will work best for you. I am happy to support you in making the right choice!

4 DAY TRAINING

Intensive Doula Trainings take place on 4 consecutive weekdays from 8AM - 5PM PST.

FEE: $700 > get the details

UPCOMING WORKSHOPS

REGISTER NOW October 11 - 14, 2022
REGISTER NOW December 5 - 8, 2022

Look for 2023 dates in September

4 WEEK TRAINING

REGISTER NOW Fridays, September 9, 16, 23, 30, 2022
REGISTER NOW Fridays,  October 28, Nov 4, 11, 18, 2022

Look for 2023 dates in September

I am committed to increasing diversity in the doula profession for doulas who come from marginalized and under-resourced communities.

Limited scholarship funding is reserved for doulas who self-identify as LGBTQIA+  and/or People from the Global Majority (BIPOC) and when participation in my training would not be possible without financial assistance.  Early application is encouraged.

Sharon Muza Review

"Not only is Sharon an expert in her field, she is also down to earth, hilarious, engaging, generous and creates a wonderful online learning atmosphere. I couldn’t recommend her program enough! I debated between her and a few other workshop facilitators and I am so grateful I chose her. I feel like I’m fully prepared to go out in the world as a birth worker."

SOMMER-RAE NIES, DOULA

"Sharon’s mentorship is growing the capacity of birthworkers to support families through all kinds of birth. We are so lucky to have her as a resource and pioneering member of our birthwork community. Her compassion and commitment to sharing evidence-based information have helped me grow as a doula."

KATY CARTER, DOULA

"Sharon is seriously the best trainer! She has empowered me so much to pursue my dreams!"

ELLEN SMITH, DOULA

"Beyond my expectations! She is organized, very knowledgable and made learning all of the materials fun, efficient and effective. Her experience and knowledge is invaluable. A great way to get set up for DONA certification, she sets you on the right path."

SAM HOPPES, DOULA

Your Doula Training Includes:

BIRTH: THE BIG PICTURE

Develop a broader understanding of birth with a historical, evidence-based, and informed equity lens.

INCLUDES:

The significance of birth
Perinatal trends - past & present
Anti-racism overview
Cultural humility
Benefits of doula attended births
Best practices and current evidence

Labor and Birth

Everything you need to know to be an informed & effective birth doula through labor and birth.

INCLUDES:

Doula support during labor and birth
Labor and pushing positions
Comfort and coping techniques
Labor variations, medical protocols and procedures
Pain medication options and the doula role
Cesarean and VBAC support
Hospitals and birth center / home birth
Supporting clients with unexpected outcomes

CLIENT CARE

Develop skills to provide effective support for new families from pregnancy through postpartum.

INCLUDES:

Doula communication skills
Effective prenatal & postpartum relationships
Early parent/baby support
Partners & the support team
Working with medical providers

DOULA BUSINESS

Launch and manage your new doula business with confidence.

INCLUDES:

Doula business structures from solo practice to agency
Doula Marketing & finding your niche
Doula ethics and standards of practice
Professional values and boundaries
Provider relationships and the doula
Certification processes and steps
Perinatal resources & referrals

BONUS RESOURCES

We know that the best possible way to begin your doula career is with a training that is fun, engaging, and truly above and beyond your expectations. That's why you will also enjoy PLENTY of bonus resources with your doula training!

  • A doula bag starter kit filled with tools to use with your birth clients, PLUS a bag with fun learning activities for use during the workshop and later with clients. There's even some cool doula swag!

  • Optional two-hour certification workshop led by an expert DONA certification review specialist.

  • Workshop continuing education hours accepted by perinatal training organizations

  • A unique and diverse cohort of doula colleagues

MENTORING SUPPORT

ONGOING MENTORING = CONFIDENT NEW DOULAS

We are NOT meant to do this work alone!  You'll emerge from your doula training with a wonderful community of support AND expert ongoing mentoring to ensure you are able to apply the skills you learn with confidence.

  • Access to private community group.

  • Ongoing activities and meetings for alumni Doula YOUR Way workshop participants.

  • Weekly office hours for Q&A or birth processing (this support is key for new and experienced doulas as you attend births).

  • Access to my extensive network of perinatal professionals and resources for you and your clients.

  • Continued support through your DONA certification process.

  • Alumni discount for advanced doula trainings to grow your practice.

  • Special pricing on doula tools & supplies from my online store.

  • Practical information and support on running a doula business so you can start off strong and avoid many potential pitfalls!

  • Both a cheerleader and someone to hold you accountable for taking the steps needed to be a successful doula.

  • Referrals to potential clients.

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WHY CHOOSE A BIRTH DOULA TRAINING WITH SHARON MUZA?

  • 1

    EXPERIENCE

    I have trained over 3000 people to become birth doulas since 2006 and look forward to continuing to support many more on the same journey.

  • 2

    YOUR TRAINER IS A DOULA

    I still actively attend births as a doula, and have a successful, vibrant doula practice in Seattle, Washington. I have supported over 540 families through all types of situations and these experiences flavor my workshops with impactful stories and case studies.

  • 3

    CREATIVE

    My birth doula training curriculum received the 2020 Innovative and Creative Workshop Award from DONA International.

  • 4

    EQUITY LENS

    I recognize the impact that disparities and systemic and institutional racism have on maternal and neonatal experiences and outcomes, and offer many opportunities for applying learning and skill building into every workshop so that this can be addressed in our birth work.

  • 5

    EVIDENCE-BASED

    I write a professional perinatal blog for Lamaze International that examines best practice and evidence based research on perinatal topics.  I use this knowledge to deliver workshop content that is relevant and up to date and supports better birth outcomes.

  • 6

    EXPERT GUIDANCE

    My extensive network of colleagues, that spans the globe, are experts on a variety of subjects related to maternal infant health. I invite them to join your workshops as guest lecturers to offer you the opportunity to hear different voices and from recognized leaders.

  • 7

    INCLUSIVE

    I welcome and celebrate diversity and individuality. I am committed to maintaining a learning environment that is a safe space to celebrate all abilities, identities, national origins, religions, ages, sexual orientation, gender/gender expression, ethnicities, body types and military status.

  • 8

    ONGOING SUPPORT

    I offer collaboration and support after your workshop ends.  I invite you to participate in ongoing facilitated peer to peer support groups (in person and virtual) along with other continuing education opportunities as you start to take the next steps after completing your initial workshop.

  • 9

    DOULA CERTIFICATION

    I am committed to providing support as you navigate and complete the DONA International birth doula certification process.

  • 10

    HUMOR

    I want our workshops to be fun and filled with laughter.

DONA International is a preferred certifying organization of choice of the companies (Walmart, for example) that are providing doula reimbursement to their employees.  Additionally, TriCare military insurance offers reimbursement when the doula is certified with DONA International.  Finally, more and more states are offering Medicaid coverage for doula services and DONA certification is one of the recognized certifying bodies by many states.

Sharon Muza Review

"The virtual class material and structure went above and beyond all expectations. Sharon has a great way of immersing you into each topic with hands on activities and classmate interactions. The four day virtual birth doula certification class was captivating and motivating. Sharon upholds a very inclusive and judgement free classroom and I hope to continue to grow and learn through her classes and teachings. I feel motivated to get out there and working in the field, and fully supported by the network of wonderful people and resources that Sharon introduced."

ANNA JAEGER, DOULA

"Sharon is a fantastic teacher and truly a wonderful person to learn from. Her courses are always up to date with the most current information, she only teaches evidence based practices, and is a seriously thoughtful person when it comes to the diversity of her students - and I can only imagine to her clients as well! I have done two workshops with Sharon and plan on doing more."

SHELBY WILLIAMS, DOULA

"Sharon is the most amazing doula trainer. Her content was engaging and clear. She welcomed all questions and helped us doulas truly understand the full scope. I feel so prepared and confident in my ability to assist birthing people from pregnancy/birth/postpartum. It’s clear that Sharon has a passion for what she does and cares about the people she is training. She doesn’t just teach you and send you out to figure it all out. She created a community where we can check in for support, ask questions and learn from each other."

KARA JLMACK, DOULA

"Sharon is seriously the best trainer! She has empowered me so much to pursue my dreams!"

ELLEN SMITH, DOULA

INVESTMENT: $700
Payment is required in full or two equal payments with the final payment due 14 days prior to the workshop start date. If you register less than 14 days from the start of your workshop, full registration is due.

EQUITY SCHOLARSHIPS
I am committed to increasing diversity in the doula profession for doulas who come from marginalized and under-resourced communities.Limited scholarship funding is reserved for doulas who self-identify as LGBTQIA+  and/or People from the Global Majority (BIPOC) and when participation in my training would not be possible without financial assistance. Funding is limited so early application is encouraged.  APPLY FOR A SCHOLARSHIP HERE.

REFUND/CANCELLATION POLICY
There are no refunds if you are unable to attend or complete the workshop.  You may transfer your registration to another workshop I offer in the next 12 months for a small fee.  You can read more about the cancellation and transfer policy here.