DONA Birth Doula Workshop Scheduled at Brookings Health System

  • September 03, 2013

As a part of the ongoing initiative to improve labor, delivery, recovery and postpartum care, Brookings Health System will host the popular DONA Birth Doula workshop on Sept. 21- 22 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days.

The workshop will be held in hospital conference rooms A and B and will provide hands-on education for providing physical and emotional support to birthing women and their families. It is one step in meeting the requirements for becoming a volunteer doula at Brookings Health System.

The workshop costs $350, with the fee waived if applying to become a volunteer doula at Brookings Health System. It is recommended for doulas, nurses, lactation counselors, childbirth educators and other health care professionals.

The workshop will be lead by Marilyn Hildreth of JM Birth Consultants, a registered nurse, chair of the CIMS mother friendly nurse recognition program, and an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant.

People interested in these workshops may register online at; use the promo code “volunteer” if signing up as a volunteer doula at Brookings Health System.

Questions about the classes or information on becoming a volunteer doula may be directed to Brookings Health System’s Obstetrics Director Mary Schwaegerl at (605) 696-8811 or

For more information on Brookings Health System’s volunteer doula program, please visit

About Brookings Health System

Brookings Health System, located in Brookings, South Dakota, includes a 49-bed hospital, the 79-bed The Neighborhoods at Brookview nursing home, and Brookhaven Estates senior living apartments. It is a non-profit, city-owned facility that offers the community a full range of inpatient, outpatient, surgical and extended care services. The emergency room is staffed 24 hours a day and provides around the clock patient needs ranging from minor injuries to life threatening crises. For more information about the services offered at Brookings Health System, please call (605) 696-9000 or visit us on the Web at