BECOME A
Bhava Birth Mindfulness Doula

Gain all the skills you need for mindfulness-based birth doula support!

What are the foundational values of Bhava Birth?

  • Bodily Autonomy + Consent

  • Informed Decision-Making

  • Collaborative Care

  • The Client Knows Best

  • Evidence-Based Practices

  • Client Provider Alignment

  • Holistic Preparation

  • Preparing the Whole Family Unit

  • Preparing for both the Journey & the Destination 

  • Advocacy

What is Mindfulness, and what place does it have in birth work?

This training will not only transform your clients' birthing experiences, but it will enhance every aspect of your life. Mindfulness is a mindset and process of self-awareness that can improve birth outcomes, increase maternal satisfaction, invite clarity and healing, and foster empowerment. As you step into your doula practice, you will find that many clients prepare for birth in an "outcomes-based" way and define their birth experiences solely by those met ("My birth was a successful VBAC!" "I had an unmedicated water birth.") or unmet expectations ("I ended up with a c-section." "I had a failed hypnobirth.") Stephanie will teach you how to help your clients work toward their outcomes-based preferences while also giving you the tools you will need to help them foster a mindset of "accepting what is" without judgment, shame, self-blame, victimization, or trauma. This way of preparing for birth is both compassionate and transformative, allowing all birthing individuals to experience birth as a rite of passage regardless of outcomes. Mindfulness—which yokes mind, body, emotions, and breath—is the single most powerful tool you can share with your clients to improve birth outcomes and personal empowerment.

 

What does the training cover?

  • What is a Doula?

    • Foundational Values

    • Scope of Practice

  • Holistic Preparation 

    • Mental​: history of birth in America, two models of care, and more

    • Physical: anatomy, nutrition, movement, Stages of Birth, hormones, and more

    • Emotional: understanding emotions, processing techniques, birth trauma, and more

    • Spiritual: birth as a rite of passage, Blessing Circles, rituals, altars, and more

  • Preparing the Whole Family Unit

  • Cultivating Mindfulness, with scripts for prenatal, labor, and postpartum scenarios

  • Birth Doula Work, from start to finish

    • Prenatal visits, Labor support, Postpartum visits​

    • Advocacy

    • Structuring packages + pricing

    • What to pack in your doula bag

  • Hands on comfort measures and Labor simulations

  • Rebozo techniques for Comfort and Connection, grounded in cultural heritage

  • Business Stratagies

    • Getting started in self-employment​

    • Marketing

    • Networking

  • Self-care practices to prevent burn out and help you grow and maintain a vibrant business

 

Bhava Birth is based in yoga philosophy and builds on the foundation of movement, meditation, and breath. This doula training is unlike any other, overflowing with mindfulness immersion, hands-on teaching, yoga, community, and opportunities for personal growth.

 

What are the prerequisites for the Bhava Birth Mindfulness Doula Training?

  • A passion for doula work

  • You are strongly encouraged to read the manual (which will be shipped to your home) before the training

 

What is the cost, and what's included?

  • Total investment: $625

  • Two full days of connection, nourishment, and mindfulness (lunches and snacks provided)

  • 200+ page Manual

  • Laminated Labor Support Guides

  • Doula Portal for accessing printable PDFs, forms, and other educational resources

  • Online community support: Bhava Birth Mindfulness Doula FB group

  • Your name will be added to our directory of Bhava Birth Mindfulness doulas which will increase your exposure and online presence!

Once you have completed the course requirements and attended the full event, you will be qualified to advertise yourself as a Trained Bhava Birth Mindfulness Doula. Should you choose, you can continue to fulfill the course requirements for the certification and/or affiliation path:

If I choose to certify, what are the different levels of affiliation I can have with Bhava Birth? (All three are certification paths with different affiliation options):

  • Option 1: ALL THE THINGS. You become a Certified Bhava Birth Mindfulness Birth Doula with continued connection and access to educational resources in our Facebook group and Doula Portal. You incorporate the Bhava Birth Course (which includes the online content, manual, and in-person or online retreat) into your doula packages. Plus, you will be added to our online doula registry! Your clients, upon signing your contract, will atomically be sent a welcome package that includes their curriculum and any other custom items you select. (This option is a contractual agreement between yourself and Bhava Birth.)

    • Requirements:

      1. Attendance at the Bhava Birth Doula Training 2-Day retreat

      2. Completed reading list (5 books total, chosen from the manual's approved list)

      3. Applying the techniques learned at two live births (when possible) and filling out

        feedback forms

      4. Signing your contract/agreement

  • Option 2: ONLINE CONTENT. You become a Certified Bhava Birth Mindfulness Doula with continued connection and access to educational resources in our Facebook group and Doula Portal. You incorporate the Bhava Birth online supplemental content (3 albums, 4 yoga classes, 7 interviews) into your doula package, but not the course itself. Plus, you will be added to our online doula registry! (This is a contractual agreement between yourself and Bhava Birth.)

    • Requirements:

      1. Attendance at the Bhava Birth Doula Training 2-Day retreat

      2. Completed reading list (5 books total, chosen from the manual's approved list)

      3. Applying the techniques learned at two live births (when possible) and filling out

        feedback forms

      4. Signing your contract/agreement

  • Option 3: NO AFFILIATION. You become a Certified Bhava Birth Mindfulness Birth Doula with continued connection and access to educational resources in our Facebook group and Doula Portal. Plus, you will be added to our online doula registry! (No contract.)

    • Requirements:

      1. Attendance at the Bhava Birth Doula Training 2-Day retreat
      2. Completed reading list (
      (5 books total, chosen from the manual's approved list)
      3. Applying the techniques learned at two live births (when possible) and filling out

      feedback forms

 

What are the benefits of an affiliation with Bhava Birth for my doula business?

  • Adding HUGE value to your packages, allowing you to charge top of the market prices even as a brand new doula!

  • Being able to provide comprehensive mindfulness childbirth education to your clients, which leads to better birth outcomes and maternal satisfaction

  • An automatic welcome package for your clients, depending on which level of affiliation you choose (see above) that you can deliver to them upon contract signing

  • Community support with other mindfulness doulas

  • Continued interaction with Stephanie, the Founder of Bhava Birth

  • Multiple streams of marketing for your business, and ours—everyone wins!

 

You will leave this interactive training invigorated and confident, ready to begin your birth practice.

Are you ready to start changing lives?

Welcome to Bhava Birth.

2022 Trainings

 

Stephanie is currently offering

one-on-one trainings.

Email her to schedule yours!

Group trainings coming soon.