Sacred Doula Training
Preparation & Planning
The Sacred Doula Workshop 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
Preparing for Breitenbush
What to bring
Bedding/towels, flashlight, water bottle, clock, lots of layers of clothes, walking shoes, rain gear, and caffeinated beverages if you want them.
For comfort in the classroom, you may also bring a yoga mat, pillow, and/or birth ball (also known as exercise or physio-ball).
While snow is very unlikely in April (and we have had it in past years!), do check the current weather conditions and weather forecast and bring traction devices for your vehicle if snow is possible.
What not to bring
Pets, burnables (candles, incense), electric devices (hairdryers, curling irons, coffee makers), recreational drugs or alcohol.
Please do not use perfume, cologne or scented toiletries.
There is no public phone use at Breitenbush
Due to very limited capacity public phone access is for Emergency Use only. Breitenbush is out of cellular phone range. Please make all necessary phone calls from Detroit on your way in.
Breitenbush has a very limited number of wheelchair accessible rooms and cabins. The workshop spaces in the lodge are accessible by ramp. However, our unpaved paths are narrow and sometimes steep. Access to bathing areas requires mobility. An assistant or companion is highly recommended.