Workshops
Workshops

Workshops

Workshops for Doulas, Parents and Birth Workers

Calendar 

2024

Intro to Childbirth

  • Fri Jan 26, Scottsdale **SOLD OUT**
  • Fri Mar 08, Tucson, AZ
  • Fri Apr 05, Scottsdale, AZ
  • Fri Jun 21, Scottsdale **SOLD OUT**
  • Fri Aug 16, Scottsdale, AZ
  • Fri Oct 18, Tucson, AZ
  • Fri Nov 22, Scottsdale, AZ

Breastfeeding for Doulas

  • Thu Jan 25, Scottsdale **SOLD OUT**
  • Thu Mar 07, Tucson, AZ
  • Thu Apr 04, Scottsdale, AZ
  • Thu Jun 20, Scottsdale **SOLD OUT**
  • Thu Aug 15, Scottsdale, AZ
  • Thu Oct 17, Tucson, AZ
  • Thu Nov 21, Scottsdale, AZ

Birth Doula Workshop

  • Sat-Sun, Jan 27-28, Scottsdale **SOLD OUT**
  • Sat-Sun, Mar 09-10, Tucson, AZ
  • Sat-Sun, Apr 06-07, Scottsdale, AZ
  • Sat-Sun, Jun 22-23, Scottsdale **SOLD OUT**
  • Sat-Sun, Aug 17-18, Scottsdale, AZ
  • Sat-Sun, Oct 19-20,Tucson, AZ
  • Sat-Sun, Nov 23-24, Scottsdale, AZ

TENS Workshop

  • Sat Feb 10, Phoenix, AZ
  • Sun Mar 24, Tucson, AZ
  • Fri Sep 27, Phoenix, AZ

Touch for Birth Workshop

  • TBD

Communication Skills for Doulas

  • Sat Sep 28, Phoenix, AZ

Foundations for Health : Optimizing Baby's Gut Microbiome

  • Sat Feb 10, Phoenix, AZ
  • Sun Feb 11, Tucson, AZ
  • Sat Sep 28, Phoenix, AZ
Intro 

"Introduction to Childbirth for Doulas"
A DONA International approved certification workshop

$165 - $190

As a prerequisite to the Birth Doula Workshop, you must either attend a full series of childbirth education classes, or this “Introduction to Childbirth for Doulas” one-day training. Topics include:
  • The Female Reproductive System
  • Fetal and Maternal Trimester Changes
  • The Stages and Phases of Labor
  • Normal and Complicated Labors
  • The Gate Pain Theory
  • Medications for Labor
  • Comfort Measures for Labor
  • The Cesarean Birth
  • Breast feeding
  • The Newborn
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Doula 

“Supporting the Woman in Labor”
A DONA International approved certification workshop

$360 - $390

My signature workshop, this two to three day training for birth doula certification with DONA International is in the form of a participative workshop with a lot of hands-on practice.

The Workshop

The following topics are covered:
  • the significance of labor on a woman’s life
  • the role and impact of a doula
  • physical comfort measures to assist a woman during the different stages of labor
  • emotions of labor and doula support
  • the role of the doula in medicated labors, VBAC, and cesarean births
  • rehearsing difficult labor situations
  • prenatal and postpartum contact with the client
  • the doula and the partner
  • the newborn and breast feeding
  • running a doula business
  • the DONA certification process

Objectives

At the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:
  • describe the long term psychological impact of birth on women
  • describe the varying roles of the labor support person
  • describe the emotional needs of the laboring woman in both normal and difficult labors
  • demonstrate different comfort measures for labor
  • list ideas for managing practical matters when running a doula business

Prerequisites

This doula training workshop is designed for women interested in helping others have a positive birth experience. It is essential to have a basic knowledge of pregnancy, childbirth and the newborn. As a prerequisite, you must either attend a full series of childbirth education classes, or Penny’s “Introduction to Childbirth for Doulas" one-day training.
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Breastfeeding 

“Breastfeeding Introduction for Doulas”
A DONA International approved certification workshop

$85 - $95

This three-hour workshop for doulas fulfills the breastfeeding requirement for birth doula certification with DONA International. The role of the doula is discussed in each of the following topics:

  • The benefits of breastfeeding and barriers to success
  • Anatomy and Physiology of the Breast and the Baby
  • The Breastfeeding Couple – relationship building, position and latch
  • Breastfeeding in the first few days
  • Breastfeeding in the Early weeks
  • Breastfeeding Challenges
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TENS 

“The use of TENS during Labor” (2, 3 or 4 hrs)
A DONA approved continuing education workshop

$70 - $120

This half-day training for doulas, nurses, midwives and physicians includes a step-by-step demonstration of the protocol for using Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS) in labor. This hand-held battery-operated device transmits mild electrical impulses through the skin to stimulate nerve fibers. It is a safe, non-drug method of pain relief during labor. Approved by DONA International for four CE hours. Click below to play a video on the use of TENS in labor.
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The video is the result of a collaboration with Jillian Silva, founder of Austin Childbirth.


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This half-day training for doulas, nurses, midwives and physicians includes a step-by-step demonstration of the protocol for using Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS) in labor. This hand-held battery-operated device transmits mild electrical impulses through the skin to stimulate nerve fibers. It is a safe, non-drug method of pain relief during labor. Approved by DONA International for four CE hours.

The article "TENS: The 'Natural Labor' Tool No One Talks About" describes the benefits of using TENS in labor, and is illustrated using the same unit that I introduce to participants in my workshop.
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The article "TENS: The 'Natural Labor' Tool No One Talks About" describes the benefits of using TENS in labor, and is illustrated using the same unit that I introduce to participants in my workshop.
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Touch 

“Touch for Birth”
A DONA approved continuing education workshop

$120 - $150

This seven-hour training is designed for doulas and doulas in training who wish to build on their hands-on skills acquired during during their birth doula training. No prior experience in massage therapy is necessary. Approved by DONA International for six CE hours.
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Comms 

“Communication Skills for Doulas” (4 or 7 hrs)
A DONA approved continuing education workshop

$80 to $160

This seven-hour training will be in the form of a participative workshop with a lot of experiential practice and is approved by DONA International for seven CE hours. The following topics will be covered:

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  • Different Types of Listening
  • Five Steps to Effective Listening
  • Good Listener / Bad Listener Exercise
  • Listening with objectivity
  • 7 Steps towards Effective Communication
  • Role-play exercise – prenatal visit
  • Role-play exercise – in labor and delivery
  • Self-study exercise to improve communication skills
  • in8 – using innate skills to support clients
At the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:
  • describe the different types of listening and how they pertain to being a doula
  • describe and demonstrate the techniques used by good and bad listeners
  • demonstrate reflective, non-judgmental listening skills
  • describe 7 components for effective communication
  • demonstrate effective communication at a prenatal visit through role-play
  • demonstrate effective communication in a potential conflict situation
  • describe self-study strategies to improve communication skills
  • use in8 (innate) needs cards and resource cards to support their clients
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Microbiome 

"Optimizing Baby's Gut Microbiome" (2 or 3 hrs)
A DONA approved continuing education workshop

$60 - $75

In this two-hour fun, interactive, live training for parents, pregnant people and birth workers, you will learn about the infant microbiome and why it is so important for your baby's health. You will learn:

  • About the infant microbiome - what it is, and why it is so important for the baby's health
  • About nutrition during pregnancy and how that impacts the baby's microbiome
  • Why vaginal birth, immediate skin to skin, and exclusive breastfeeding help optimally "seed and feed" the baby's microbiome
  • Some simple strategies optimizing the baby's microbiome after cesarean birth
  • How to set up the baby's immune system in the best possible way
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New online (prerecorded) courses!

New online (prerecorded) courses!