Doula Trainings

DONA-Approved Birth Doula Training

Birth Care Network is sponsoring a DONA-approved Birth Doula Training on March 8th & 9th, 2014 as well as November 8th & 9th, 2014. BCN’s very own Vicki Sanders, RDH, ICCE, FACCE, LCCE, CD(D0NA), IBCLC, will be facilitating this training session.

What: DONA Approved Birth Doula Training

When: March 8th & 9th, 2014 or November 8th & 9th, 2014.

Saturday: 8:00 am to 9:00 pm
Sunday: 8:00 am to 5:30 pm


Pre-Workshop Training
Breastfeeding Basics for Doulas
Friday, March 7th and November 7th
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Where:  Babyology (3934 Dutchman’s Lane, Louisville, KY 40207)

This  training is limited to the first 15 paid registrants, and registration will be closed on Sunday, March 2nd and November 2nd, respectively. .

2- Day Training
(Non-BCN Member)
2- Day Training
(BCN Member)
1 Year BCN Membership $50

Please note: in addition to the registration fee, DONA also requires that all trainees own a copy of The Birth Partner by Penny Simkin.


This is a basic doula training for women wishing to become birth doulas. You do not need to be a nurse, a mother or have a medical background. This is the first major step in the certification process with DONA International.

The only prerequisite is that you have a basic understanding of childbirth and the physiology of how birth works. Many women obtain this through reading from the DONA reading list or from attending a childbirth class. (Many childbirth educators in the area will allow you to attend their classes for the purposes of training. Call or email individual educators for more information). Please note: in addition to the registration fee, DONA also required that all trainees own a copy of The Birth Partner by Penny Simkin.


To reserve your spot for the training, you must complete the following steps (steps 1 & 2 are mandatory; step 3 is optional):

  1. IF you plan to take advantage of the member discount for this training and are not already a BCN member, you must join and pay your annual dues online. Visit our membership page to learn about the benefits of membership.
  2. Complete the online reservation form

A refund of training fees, or credit for a future training, will need to be discussed with Vicki Sanders.

There are a limited number of scholarships available for this training. For requirements and application guidelines, visit our scholarship page.

For more information about this DONA-Approved training, contact us.

For more information on becoming a doula, see DONA’s Becoming a Birth Doula.

Birth Care Network typically holds two annual trainings every year, usually in Spring and Fall.