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 Birth Doula Trainings


As someone who has been called to be a doula, you’ve contemplated birth. And you know that growing a baby, and birthing a baby, and growing a child into a healthy human takes time. So does doula training. It doesn’t happen in an hour, or a few days’ rushed training, or in one book that you read. It takes time. So the pacing of a doula training has to reflect that – with patience, and depth, and listening to ourselves and each other. Knowing when to move on and when to give more time to a subject. Everything in my doula trainings reflect the process of gestating a baby, birthing a baby, and knowing how to sit. How to sit with time, with reverence, with an uncomfortable topic, or a challenging birth… until it’s finished.

I offer birth doula trainings in a variety of formats, all which give you the gift of time: a weekly series, a 4-day immersion format, or a week-long residential retreat.

Choose from enCircle Birth Doula Training – a 7-week, once a week series held in Seattle, WA.  Or if you don’t live in the greater Seattle area, choose a residential or 4-day intensive held around the country (or bring one to your home town).  If you want the ultimate birth doula training experience, come to the Sacred Doula Training (it’s only held once a year!).

enCircle Birth Doula Trainings are extraordinary small-group workshops that prepare you to be a doula.  Why are they so great? Read what past students have to say.

Residential or intensive trainings allow you to complete your training in less than a week.  This is great if you have to travel to attend a training, or if you want to combine your training with a vacation and hang out with your fellow students outside of class to keep talking about birth!

The Sacred Doula Training is my flagship, one-of-a-kind, week-long retreat-style doula training held at Breitenbush Hot Springs every Spring.  Your doula training + Hot spring retreat = Divine!

Join me for a sample class and learn 3 basic skills that all doulas possess, along with 5 other childbirth professions that you might be interested in.

Watch a class in action!

“Carrie as a doula educator is in her element. She is balanced between heart, head, and instinct, exuding calm confidence with quick intellect, as well as current knowledge of all the intricacies of being a doula – from navigating the often tricky world of hospital birth to present moment soothing techniques to center a laboring mama.”

My doula trainings qualify for the Swedish Doula Program scholarship programs. 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.

I offer partial scholarships through the Carrie Kenner Social Justice Works! Scholarship fund. Scholarships are awarded to students who demonstrate a desire and ability to address social and racial justice through their doula work.  Contact me for an application, or click here to donate to the fund.

Read more Testimonials from past participants

And once you have completed your basic doula training, I offer a series of Advanced Workshops for your continued learning.  Want to know when the next classes are?  Click on the calendar below.

Seattle doula training calendar

Can’t decide?  Read ‘How to choose the best doula training for you‘.

Big Belly Services offers a range of services to support your family and community, including
urban farming, doula trainings and retreats, & placenta encapsulation.

Big Belly Services offers a range of services to support your family and community, including
urban farming, doula trainings and retreats, & placenta encapsulation.

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