Registration Now Open for DONA Birth Doula Workshop

  • February 06, 2020

April 7 Early Bird Registration Deadline for a $25 Discount

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 18 and 19.

Class instruction will be held in Brookings 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 is recommended for doulas, nurses, nursing students, lactation counselors, childbirth educators and other health care professionals. It will be led by Marilyn Hildreth of JM Birth Consultants, a registered nurse and an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant.

Class fees are $400 and include workshop materials. Attendees may save $25 and pay $375 by submitting early-bird registration by April 7. People interested in this workshop may register by calling Hildreth at (605) 691-5808 or e-mailing

Questions may be directed to Brookings Health System’s OB Director Mary Schwaegerl at (605) 696-8053 or More information on Brookings Health System’s volunteer doula program may be found at

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 & Optical, 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, emergency and extended care services. Brookings Hospital provides local access to doctors in Brookings and offers robotic da Vinci surgery and Mako robotic-arm assisted procedures, making it one of the premier rural community hospitals in South Dakota. For more information about the services offered at Brookings Health System, please call (605) 696-9000 or visit us on the Web at