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Training/Certification Programs

Become a doula in Miami, FL 33137

Become a DONA certified Labor Doula

Doula training focuses on the emotional needs of women in labor and non-medical physical and emotional comfort measures. The program requires that participants have some prior knowledge, training and experience relating to childbirth, and consists of an intensive two to four  day seminar, including hands-on practice of such skills as relaxation, breathing, positioning and movements to reduce pain and enhance labor progress, touch, and other comfort measures.

This workshop is a Doulas of North America (DONA) approved training.  For certification, the doula must have a background of work and education in the maternity field, or she must observe a series of childbirth classes or equivalent. She must also complete the following: a doula workshop course offered by a DONA Approved Doula Trainer, a breastfeeding requirement, required reading, development of a resource list for her clients, an essay that demonstrates understanding of the integral concepts of labor support and a Basic Knowledge Self Assessment Test. Lastly, she provides positive evaluations from clients, doctors or midwives and nurses along with detailed observations from a minimum number of births.

This three day seminar includes topics such as: coping skills, massage techniques for labor, sound Doula ergonomics, promoting partner Involvement, medical interventions; interpersonal skills; and tips to market your business. Includes an introductory day for those who have not attended a childbirth education series (this is required for certification)

Our next training is TBA.

Cost: $449.00 (early bird), $499.00 (less than two weeks prior)

For more information, call (786) 953-6417 or email us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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INTENSIVE TRAINING - Full Spectrum Labor & Postpartum Doula

Ancient Song is coming here, to Miami, to hold their signature training program specifically targeted to both new & experienced doulas looking to expand their knowledge and skills in order to better work with unique populations. They have created a robust and unique certification program for birth and postpartum doulas wanting more than just a training. Full Spectrum doulas bring the doula model of care to people across the full spectrum of pregnancy experiences, including abortion, adoption, surrogacy, miscarriage and stillbirth. Full Spectrum doulas strive to foster a culture that trusts people and their inherent strength to make the best reproductive decisions for themselves and believe that all individuals deserve access to supportive services along the full spectrum of pregnancy experiences and outcomes.

This training is focused on the "whole" and not just its parts and seeing birth as a human right.  The trainers encourage radical in thinking on how we shape our thoughts around birth tackling the hard issues like sexual trauma, domestic violence, discrimination, advocacy, cultural compentency and more. Ancient Song's focus is people of color, women/families in low income areas,  undocumented persons, and those families who want the best quality care by advocating and making informed decisions about their care. Their Labor Doula certification comprises the essesntials in evidence based care from preconeption health to postnatal health focusing on comprehensive support that addresses the cultural and traditional aspects of birthing along with the medical information needed to assist the laboring person and family the tools that they need to make informed decisions about the care they are recieving.  This training will give you the tools that you need to support "all families" through this sacred time of birthing.

 The Postpartum Doula component  tackles some of the real issues in assisting mothers  from postnatal depression, transitioning into parenthood, infant feeding choices, c-section recovery, family planning options, cultural norms/compentency around birthing, family support services around food, clothes, and shelter, safety planning in circumstances of Domestic/ Intimate partner abuse and family planning options.  Also, establishing a system of support, newborn care, self care, use of herbs and homeopathic remedies and more...

People who are passionate and committed with experience in doula work, reproductive health, rights and justice work, abortion counseling or health services are encouraged to particpate in this training. People under 30, people of color, queer and trans people, people of faith and Spanish and Creole speakers are strongly desired.

Our next training is January 15-17th, 2016.

Cost: $475.00 (training and certification)

For more information, call us (786)953-6417 or email Ancient Song at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Become a DONA certified Postpartum Doula

Postpartum doula training focuses on preparing the doula to support the family after birth and to help them have the best possible outcomes. She learns about the physical and psychological needs of the postpartum period and development of the newborn. The doula receives training on breastfeeding skills and support, support of the woman with postpartum depression, support for the partner, fostering bonding, multiples, grief and loss, and the importance of referrals to competent and appropriate professionals and support groups. Training includes educating the family on infant care, newborn characteristics, coping skills and supporting the mother.

This workshop is a Doulas of North America (DONA) approved training. It will satisfy DONA requirements for classroom hours. The course is designed for those that are exploring new career options, or childbirth professionals and others already offering support to new and expectant families. Throughout the class participants will engage in exercises, activities, and discussion designed to integrate new information with personal and professional experiences. The course covers the basics of postpartum care , including business start up. This fun and interactive workshop will introduce the role of the postpartum Doula. A valuable course for students just beginning their career as well as those seeking to enrich their existing Doula practice.

Instructor: Betsy Schwartz has been working as a professional postpartum Doula since 1992, and has been training postpartum doulas since 1995. Betsy established Tenth Month Doula Services,Inc., in South Florida in 1994, and is now offering Doula services in Citrus and Monroe counties in North Florida. Betsy is a founding member of the Coalition for Improving Maternity Services, Inc. (CIMS), and is President of the Birth Network of Florida, a non-profit corporation whose mission is to educate the community about the normalcy of birth.

At this time we are not offering DONA Postpartum Doula Trainings. Please contact Tenth Month Doula Services for information about the trainings they host in the State of Florida.

Cost: $325.00 (early bird), $375.00 (2 weeks prior)

For more information, call (786) 953-6417 or email us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it