Registration Now Open for DONA Birth Doula Workshop

  • March 27, 2017

To further develop the volunteer doula program for parents delivering their baby at New Beginnings Birth Center, Brookings Health System will again host the popular DONA Birth Doula workshop on April 29 and 30.

Class instruction will be held in hospital conference room A from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day. The workshop provides 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, nursing students, lactation counselors, childbirth educators and other health care professionals.

The workshop will be led by Marilyn Hildreth of JM Birth Consultants, a registered nurse and an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant.

People interested in this workshop may register by e-mailing Marilyn Hildreth at Questions may be directed to Brookings Health System’s OB 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, Brookhaven Estates senior living apartments, Yorkshire Eye Clinic, and medical clinics in Arlington, White and Volga, South Dakota. 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