The Birth Center Doulas

TBC Doula Program!

The Birth Center strives to empower and support women throughout their pregnancy, labor, birth, and during the postpartum period. We believe women have the right to seek care that is medically safe, that fits their lifestyle, and that recognizes and respects their individual, physical, spiritual, psychological, and economic needs. Sometimes this means a Birth Center birth, sometimes this means a hospital birth, or maybe that means a home birth.

Through the doula program, our goal is to provide support to all women, those planning a Birth Center birth, those hoping to deliver at The Birth Center but transferred to the hospital during labor, those planning a hospital delivery, and those planning a home birth.

Our paid doula program will consist of call shifts for doulas. Each doula will do a minimum of one 24 hour call shift per month. There will be one required morning workshop for all Birth Center doulas to review the center’s policies and procedures following training and certification. Quarterly meet and greets are also required.

DONA Workshop at TBC

The workshop, held at The Birth Center, will be led by Jackie Kelleher of Nurturing the Doula. Jackie is DONA certified as a birth doula trainer. We hope you will join us! Curious about what a birth doula is? Learn more from Jackie here! Register now!

Date:

May 19th, 20th, and 21st

Time:

The workshop is 5 to 8pm on Friday evening plus 9am to 5:30pm on Saturday and Sunday. On Saturday and Sunday, there will be an hour break for lunch and two fifteen minute breaks, one in the morning and one in the afternoon.

Register for the workshop here!

Steps to Participate in the Birth Center Doula Program:

  1. Register for the doula workshop! Register here space is limited!
  2. Complete Application Process
    1. Requirements for Application
      1. Resume emailed to Justine Deputy at thebirthcenter@thebirthcenter.com and Kathleen McCarthy at mccarthy@thebirthcenter.com
      2. Two References
  3. Interview: Approved applicants will have an interview to be accepted into the doula group!

Already a doula? See below for how to participate.

Cost

  1. DONA Doula Workshop: $450
  2. Additional costs for those interested in the TBC program (which will be a paid program after certification):
    1. DONA Doula Certification Process: See DONA’s Birth Doula Certification Guide
      1. All TBC doulas must have a current DONA certification.
    2. TBC Doula Program Training: $100

Register by:

Applications must be received within two weeks of registration if interested in participating in the TBC program, but space is limited and it will be on a first come basis so register now! Space is limited

What is DONA International?

The mission of DONA International is to promote high-quality birth and postpartum support by setting the standard for the doula profession through evidence-based training and certification for doulas of diverse backgrounds.

Why DONA International?

  • Founded by neonatologist & pediatrician (reputation proceeds them)
  • Recognized internationally
  • Well steeped in tradition / over 25 years
  • Sets the standard for doula education
  • Work in concert with ACOG
  • Strategic partners include CMIS, SIMS, Lamaze International & Childbirth Connection

As we create the program, it is important for The Birth Center to create a consistent standard for all in our program.

Already a doula? You are welcome too!

If you are currently DONA or Birth Arts trained, email Justine at thebirthcenter@thebirthcenter.com expressing your interest by May 15th. If you are currently a doula that has not completed a DONA or Birth Arts training, please register for the doula training if interested! If you participate in our program an option to be reimbursed for the workshop is available for current doulas. Please email Justine for more information.

Please note:

Completion of the doula workshop does not guarantee participation in the doula program. Guidelines, certification, and a criminal background check must be completed and met to participate.

Contact:

Email Justine at thebirthcenter@thebirthcenter.com with any questions!

We hope you join us!