DONA Birth Doula Workshop

CLASS DATES: April 27 & 28, 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.

This workshop is conducted by Marilyn Hildreth of JM Birth Consultants, a registered nurse and an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. This workshop will provide hands on education for providing physical and emotional support to the birthing women and their families. This is an excellent workshop for educating Labor and Delivery nurses on the value of providing emotional and physical support during the birth process. 

After attending this workshop the doula/nurse will be able to:     

  • Describe the work of the doula in relationship to the mother, her companions and family.

  • Discuss the benefits of labor support, and in specific, the benefits of the doula.

  • Define the role of the nurse in relationship to the doula.
  • Assess needs of a prospective client.

  • Assist a client in developing her birth plan.     

  • Describe the emotional impact of labor and birth on the mother and her companion.

  • Describe the physiological mechanisms of labor pain.

  • Describe the role of labor support with a woman who chooses an epidural.

  • Relate labor comfort strategies to current research.

  • Explain different complimentary therapies.

  • Demonstrate ways to support a woman who is giving birth spontaneously or who chooses to birth the baby with an epidural.

  • Describe three ways to assess appropriate breastfeeding in the early postpartum period.

  • Identify three ways to encourage the new mother to integrate the baby's birth as part of her life experience.

  • Identify strategies to help families who have experienced unexpected outcomes.

  • Describe the scope of practice of the doula.

  • Describe three ways to market a doula practice.

This workshop meets one of the requirements for the DONA International Birth Doula Certification and one requirement in becoming a volunteer for the Brookings Health System Volunteer Birth Doula Program.

Registration Fees

  • Early Bird: $350
  • After April 12: $375

Registration fees include workshop materials. Lunch is on your own. 

To Register

E-mail or call (605) 691-5808.

Questions may be directed to Brookings Health System’s Obstetrics Director Mary Schwaegerl at (605) 696-8053 or

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