Birch Bay Birth Doula Training
October 6-9, 2017
(just 30 minutes from Bellingham, 10 minutes south of the Canadian border)
The Birch Bay Birth Doula Training is a DONA-approved doula training preparing you to be a birth doula.
My family and I have visited Birch Bay (I keep typing ‘Birth Bay’…) for years, enjoying the long beach, the expansive waters, and the quiet pace of this tucked-away little bay at the northern-most reaches of Washington state. I envisioned bringing my doula training to this peaceful setting, and now it is time.
The training will be held at the Worldmark Resort on Birch Bay. We’ll be staying in beautiful 3-bedroom resort units, directly across the street from the beach. The resort has an outdoor pool and hot tub, and exercise room. And in case the weather isn’t in our favor, there’s an indoor pool too! Each unit has a King bed in the master suite, a Queen bed in a separate bedroom, and two Twin beds in a third bedroom. Bed choices are limited, so register early to get your first pick.
We’ll end each day by 6pm so you can enjoy views like this…
and you can either cook in your fully-equipped kitchen, or walk to nearby restaurants for a relaxing dinner. You could also plan a group meal and share in the beauty of creating food together with your roommates!
What will you experience in the Birch Bay Birth Doula Training?
- Small class size – Limited to 12 participants, the small-group format allows for in-depth discussion of topics and more individualized attention than a large class can offer. We will sit in circle as we explore the significance of birth, modern birth practices, the doula’s role, and much more;
- A wisdom-circle setting – This means no tables and chairs (well, we do have chairs, but they aren’t behind tables);
- A focus on issues of racism, gender identity, ethnic respect, social justice, and cultural competence in our roles and service as doulas;
- Dialog and experiential-based activities;
- Time to ask questions about areas of interest to you;
- Methods to ground yourself, cope with emotional and physical strain, care for yourself during a long labor, support for your health, and release after a birth.
The Birch Bay Birth Doula Training is especially designed for those who:
- need to take their doula training all at once in an intensive format
- need to travel to take their doula training (lodging is on-site)
- learn best in a smaller class size
- prefer dialog-based and interactive learning over lecture-based learning
- are open to learning and sharing with others in your group
- want to be able to ask questions in class
This training has been approved to meet two steps toward certification by DONA (DONA International, the world’s premier doula organization).
How much is a doula training? And how do I pay for it?
I’d love to help you become a doula! And I know that some people cannot afford to pay the full fee for a doula training up front.
To help you get started, I offer payment plans and partial scholarships for the workshop fee for all of my doula trainings. The workshop fee is on a sliding scale from $650-800; you pay what is reasonable for you and for the value you receive.
Payment Plans. Anyone can work out a payment plan. You just tell me the dates and amounts you can pay – it’s that simple! I prefer at least the $250 deposit before the workshop begins, and to be paid in full by the time it ends, but some folks have to make payments after the workshop ends. And if you apply for PayPal credit, you can pay in full right now and PayPal will give you up to 6 months to pay interest free.
Scholarships. I offer partial scholarships through the Carrie Kenner Social Justice Works! Scholarship fund. These scholarships are intended for people who will be able to address racial and social justice issues in their communities with their doula work. Contact me for an application, or click here to donate to the fund.
My doula trainings also qualify for the Swedish Doula Program scholarship program. If you live in the Seattle area and identify as a person in an under-represented community, please contact the Swedish Doula Program for scholarship info at 206-215-6106.
The Birch Bay Birth Doula Training is designed for the non-professional. You do not need to be a nurse or a medical professional, nor do you have to have given birth or attended a birth, to attend the workshop and/or be a doula.
The following pre-requisites will make the course most useful and valuable for you:
1. A good understanding of the spoken and written English language
2. Reading (or at least scanning) the required textbooks in advance of the training
Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Newborn: The Complete Guide (Fourth Edition, 2010) by Penny Simkin, Ann Keppler, and Janet Whalley
The Birth Partner (Fourth Edition, 2013) by Penny Simkin
The Doula Book: How a Trained Labor Companion Can Help You Have a Shorter, Easier, and Healthier Birth (Third Edition, 2012) by Marshall Klaus, Phyllis Klaus, and John Kennell
Ancient Map for Modern Birth (First Edition, 2017) by Pam England
Coming from out of town? Here’s where we’ll stay…
Our workshop will be held at the Worldmark Birch Bay resort.
Class sessions will be held from 9am-12:30pm and 2:30pm-6pm each day.
Rooms will be available Thursday after 4pm so you can get settled in and ready to start by 9am Friday morning. Checkout is at noon on Monday. You will be able to store your belongings in the main unit after checkout on Monday. A few beds (one Queen and two Twins) will be available on Monday night for those that want to check out on Tuesday.
We will be sharing three-bedroom units. Prices include all 4 nights. Meals are not included; kitchens are fully equipped and there is a nearby grocery store as well as restaurants. Here are the bed options:
King bed in master suite (private bathroom) $250
- 2 available
Queen bed in separate bedroom (shared bath) $200
- 3 available
Twin bed in shared bedroom (shared bath) $160
- 6 available
About Your Instructor
Carrie Kenner, BA, CBE, CD(DONA), CDT(DONA), has been helping people have babies for over 30 years. As an 18-year-old first-time mother in 1979, she desired a homebirth and searched for over three months to find midwives to attend her at home. Her search for midwifery care fueled her passion for supporting people in their right to have the births they desire, to access for information and support for normal birth, and in rediscovering individual power through birth. She began supporting her friends and sister in birth in 1980 and teaching childbirth education in 1982.
In 2001, Carrie started her own business as a childbirth educator and birth doula. Since then, she has attended over 350 births, worked with over 800 families as an educator, birth doula, pre-conception counselor, and postpartum support provider, and trained and mentored over 1,000 doulas. She is a DONA-approved Birth Doula Trainer and a certified Birthing From Within mentor. She is a Senior Instructor at the Simkin Center at Bastyr University as a doula trainer. Carrie owns and operates Big Belly Services in Seattle, WA, providing doula trainings and continuing education. Carrie is also passionate about sustainable food production and is an urban farmer in Seattle. She has three sons and eight grandchildren.
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