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Doula Training

Nesting Doula Collective offers affordable training for black, indigenous, and people of colour who are interested in becoming a doula to serve clients on Vancouver Island.

Birth Doula Training for Diverse Communities - October 26-28, 2018

Trainers: Jay Duncan and Eva Bild

Full attendance is mandatory to receive a certificate of completion in addition to attending a prenatal series offered in your community. To learn more about DONA Certification please visit


Prenatal classes are being offered free of charge at Mothering Touch for all participants of this training. We recommend that these classes be completed before the Oct. 26-28 training. Here is what is involved:

  1. Choose the dates that best suit your schedule:

  2. Register for the class by called Mothering Touch at (250) 595-4905. There is no fee.

  3. Arrive 1/2 hour before the class, and stay after the class to help with set-up and tear-down.

  4. Sign a letter saying you will respect clients' privacy.

  5. Commit to attending and participating the whole series.

Fee: We charge fees on a sliding scale between $100-$500 to make this training accessible for students, low income and underemployed participants. Full bursaries are available for certain circumstances.

Topics covered will include:

  • Anatomy and Physiology of Childbirth

  • The Stages of Labour

  • Labour - a Physical and Emotional Process

  • Common Medical Interventions in Childbirth

  • Labour Support Techniques - How to Help a Woman in Labour

  • Hands-on Practice of Comfort Measures

  • Listening and Communication Skills

  • Serving cultural and gender diversity

  • Pre and Post-natal Visits - What a Doula Covers when Meeting with a Client

  • Breastfeeding - A Partnership between the Mother, the Baby, the Breast and the Doula

  • Your Doula Business - how to get clients and what to do when you get them!

  • Meet the Doulas - established local doulas will come and talk about their experiences working in Victoria

  • How to achieve certification with DONA International - the World's Premier Doula Association