Doula Training Course

DOULA (Birth Assistant) Training Course

Have you dreamed of assisting a woman and her partner in labour? Do you have a strong passion and desire to be of service to others in the most rewarding, stimulating and selfless way? Do you have a calling right now for this ‘heart’ work?

When: 2020-21
Investment: $1800

Payment plan available
Includes workbook, additional reading material and a copy of A Labour of Love – a guide to Natural Childbirth without fear

In 2020 I am taking on a select group of women so please contact me if you are interested in training with me


What is a Doula?

A ‘doula’ is a woman who is a slave or servant to another woman whilst she is in labour. The word ‘doula comes from the Greek word for the most important female in the greek household. Often referred to as a woman experienced in childbirth who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to the mother before, during and after childbirth.
(Klaus, Kennell and Klaus, Mothering the mother)
I prefer to describe a doula, as someone who ‘Mother’s the mother’.
I like to think of myself as a support person who provides a ‘continuity of care’ that begins well before the birth day, who bridges the gap between the medical staff and the couples needs and wants.
A Doula is a non-medically trained woman who provides continuous mental, physical and emotional, support to a woman and her partner throughout pregnancy, labour and after birth.
A Doula is often referred to as ‘The Missing link in Maternity Care’ offering support, informed choices and education about birth on a continuous basis through pregnancy and beyond birth.

Some of the topics to be covered will include:-

  • What is a Doula?
  • Background and History of Birth Assistants ‘Doula’
  • The purpose and benefits of having a Doula at a birth
  • What services a Doula can offer a woman
  • How to preparation for your client mentally, physically and emotionally before a birth
  • How to market yourself to potential clients
  • Gaining an understanding of medical terminology
  • Case study and scenario experience, possible outcomes
  • How to prepare yourself as a Doula for a birth

Each session will include practical based activity relaxation, question and answer time and a break for coffee/tea & lunch.

I know from attending births as a Doula over the last 20 years that the benefits of having a doula in attendance at your birth will assist to:

  • Create a shorter labour because you are being supported and nurtured in the most caring way by me giving you 100% attention
  • Understand each stage of labour and how to ‘Let go and surrender’
  • Reduce the need to have an epidural because I will be talking to you in a positive and empowering way using affirmations and encouraging words
  • Stay off the bed and use active labour positions
  • Avoid an induction by assisting you to get into established natural labour using natural techniques that really work
  • Avoid the need to have any synthetic pain relief during labour because you will know how to use all the natural pain relief options available to you
Please note:
As a Doula I do not speak for you, or tell you what you should or should not do during your labour or birth. I am a guide to help you along your journey. It is your experience and you are responsible for any decisions you make and your birthing outcome. I can make suggestions and provide explanations about options relevant to any given situation, but it is not my role to tell you what you should do.
It is my role to assist you in every way possible can so that you enjoy your experience of labour and birth, and come through your journey feeling empowered and strong, mentally physically and emotionally.

Definition and explanation of what a doula does

If you were to ask me what I can offer you as a doula it would go something like this:-

  • Provide childbirth education prior to the labour/birth
  • Assist in creating a birth plan, defining expectations and needs
  • Honour you (the labouring woman) as the decision maker
  • Provide ongoing pregnancy and childbirth education and support
  • Meet with you and your partner and other support people numerous times to connect and bond with you all prior to the labour day or night
  • Attendance at the birth to support you both, form beginning to baby birthed into this world
  • I will provide mental, physical and emotional support throughout your pregnancy, labour/birth and post birth.
  • Facilitate good communication between YOU the labouring woman, your partner and care providers
  • Provide post-natal visits post labour day, in hospital and at home
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“Gaby’s course was everything I was looking for in my Doula training. Her experience , knowledge, lessons and range of interests meant she could offer me guidelines, answers, advice and possible solutions for every enquiry I could have and gave me a solid foundation on which to build to become an effective doula.”
Thanks GabyAisha, September 2015
Gaby’s book ‘A Labour of Love’ shaped my pregnancy and helped me to have an incredible birth experience. Although I did not have the opportunity to meet her in person during my pregnancy her passion and love for the birth world stayed with me long after my son was born. When I found out that Gaby offered a Doula Training Course there was no doubt that I was going to attend. I found the course to have the perfect balance of information, practical advice, emotional support and encouragement. Gaby’s beautiful friendly nature and passion for the birth world is infectious. She has used her years of extensive knowledge and experience to create an informative and comprehensive training course. Gaby’s intuitive and holistic approach to life comes through strongly in this course. She shares with you her innate wisdom of the Doula world whilst also supporting you to overcome any personal crisis of confidence. I completed her course feeling refreshed, empowered and confident to support woman in the gentle and loving way of a Doula.Claire, September 2015
Gaby brings a wealth of knowledge, passion AND experience to her labour of love doula training course. The course covers a wide scope of information and skills, providing you with a solid foundation to begin your career as a birth doula . I cannot recommend her training enough !

Xx JasmineJasmine 16th October 2015

“Gaby’s course was everything I was looking for in my Doula training. Her experience , knowledge, lessons and range of interests meant she could offer me guidelines, answers, advice and possible solutions for every enquiry I could have and gave me a solid foundation on which to build to become an effective doula. ”
Thanks GabyElizabeth Drake 5th October 2015