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Sitka Birth Doula Training

October 20-23, 2017

Sitka, AK

The Sitka Birth Doula Training is a DONA-approved doula training preparing you to be a doula.   Every other year, I’ve been invited to Alaska to offer a doula training – in the past it’s been to Juneau and this year I’m coming to Sitka!  (For those of you coming from out of town, contact me for lodging recommendations.  There are great places to visit in the area as well, so make a vacation of it!)

What will you experience in at the Sitka 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 Sitka 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 nearby)
  • 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).

Read more of what past students have to say.

How much is a doula training?  And how do I pay for it?

Due to a generous donation from the Sitka Community Hospital Foundation, the fee for the first 8 attendees that are Sitka residents is $450.  A non-refundable deposit of $250 must be paid at the time of registration to be one of the first 8 to receive this special rate.  The regular fee of $650-800 will apply to non-Sitka residents and Sitka residents who are not one of the first 8 to register.  As of 9/11/2017, all Sitka resident discounts have been awarded.  For information on payment plans and scholarship, please read below…

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 Sitka 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

Required texts:

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

About Your Instructor

Sacred Doula CarrieCarrie 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 300 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 and childbirth educator 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.

“I adore Carrie.  She’s an amazing and dedicated instructor.”

Want to know when the next classes are? Click on the calendar below.

Seattle doula training calendar

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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