Birth Doula Training with Birth Arts International

September 9-11, 2016

Dates:  September 9th 1 p.m. to 4:00 p.m and September 10th-11th 9 a.m. to 5 p.m

Location: Centrally located in Oklahoma City, OK (Venue TBA)

Please join us for an exciting training session with Mavis Gewant from Birth Arts International!

After this 3 day training program you will have attained:

  • Sustainable business skills and emerging marketing support to assist in professional doula development
  • Mentor-ship and student support and all aspects of being a doula
  • Information on running a successful practice and development as a doula in training
  • Support and client care skills
  • The most in depth and advanced doula training program
  • Skills used by and necessary to be a successful doula working to support her community
  • The most up to date doula education
  • Strong ethical and cultural education
  • International education and support
  • A variety of supportive skills and honor for your other skills you bring to your education
  • Leadership that listens and supports you on your path.
  • One-on-one support and education
  • Networking and community building skills
  • Professional development
  • Peer development and support
  • We treat our students as autonomous professionals
  • Students are encouraged to work in a variety of care settings

3- Day Training Course Registration Fees:

Early Registration : 450.00 (if paid by July 1st)

Late Registration : 475.00 (after July 1st)

Member Registration: $430.00

Snacks and water are provided all 3 days and light breakfast will be offered on Saturday and Sunday mornings. An additional fee of $30 is required for lunch that will be catered on Saturday and Sunday.  We will be eating lunch together on site.  You may include this fee with your registration or just pay this fee on the 1st day of training September 9, 2016. If you have special dietary needs please email our training coordinator, at so that arrangements can be made.

Requirements for certification which will be very helpful (but not required prior to this training) include:
  • Attending a Child Birth Education series
  • Completing all additional assignments assigned by your instructor
  • Reading 2 books from the of the following category:

Labor Progress Handbook, 2nd Edition – Penny Simkin ; Special Women: The Role of the Professional Labor Assistant – Paulina Perez ; The Doula Book: How a Trained Labor Companion Can Help You Have a Shorter, Easier, and Healthier Birth – Marshall H., M.D. Klaus ; The Birth Partner, Second Edition – Penny Simkin ; Doula: We Couldn’t Have Done It without You! The Ultimate Guide t0 ; Labor Support during Pregnancy and Childbirth – Antoinette Bond, Janet M. Graham ; The Doula Advantage: Your Complete Guide to Having an Empowered and Positive Birth with the Help of a Professional Childbirth Assistant – Rachel Gurevich ; Doula Programs – Paulina Perez ; The Nurturing Touch at Birth: A Labor Support Handbook – Paulina Perez ; Birth Balls: Use of Physical Therapy Balls in Maternity Care – Paulina Perez

  • Reading 2 books from the of the following category:

The Complete Book of Pregnancy and Childbirth, 4th ed. – Sheila Kitzinger ; The Natural Pregnancy Book: Herbs, Nutrition, and Other Holistic Choices – Aviva Jill Romm ; Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Newborn, Revised and Updated: The Complete Guide – Penny Simkin ;  The Pregnancy Book – William and Martha Sears ; Pregnancy the Natural Way – Zita West ; The Scientification of Love – Michel Odent ;  A Holistic Guide to Embracing Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Motherhood- Karen Salt ; Reclaiming the Spirituality of Birth: Healing for Mothers and Babies – Benig Mauger ; Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering: The Wisdom and Science of Gentle Choices in Pregnancy, Birth and Parenting- Dr Sarah J Buckley

  • Reading 2 books from the of the following category:

Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth – Ina May Gaskin ; Birthing from Within: An Extra-Ordinary Guide to Childbirth Preparation – Pam England ; Spiritual Midwifery – Ina May Gaskin ; The Thinking Woman’s Guide to a Better Birth – Henci Goer ; Sacred Birthing – Sunni Karll ; A Good Birth, A Safe Birth : Choosing and Having the Childbirth Experience You Want, Third Revised Edition by Diana Korte ; Mother’s Intention: How Belief Shapes Birth – Kim Wildner ; Active Birth: The New Approach to Giving Birth Naturally – Janet Balaskas ; Gentle Birth Choices, 2nd ed. – Barbara Harper ; Having a Baby, Naturally: The Mothering Magazine Guide to Pregnancy and Childbirth – Peggy O’Mara ; Rediscovering Birth – Sheila Kitzinger ; An Easier Childbirth: A Mother’s Guide for Birthing Normally – Gayle Peterson

  • Reading 1 book from the following category:

The Ultimate Breastfeeding Book of Answers : The Most Comprehensive Problem-Solution Guide to Breastfeeding from the Foremost Expert in North America – Jack Newman ; The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding – La Leche League International ; Bestfeeding, 2nd ed. – Suzanne Arms, Chloe Renfew ; Breastfeeding Special Care Babies – Sandra Lang ; The Breastfeeding Book: Everything You Need to Know About Nursing Your Child from Birth through Weaning – William and Martha Sears ; The Complete Book of Breastfeeding – Marvin S. Eiger, Sally Wendkos Olds ; The Nursing Mother’s Companion – Kathleen Huggins ; Nursing Mother, Working Mother: The Essential Guide for Breastfeeding and Staying Close to Your Baby After You Return to Work – Gale Pryor

  • Reading 1 book from the following category:

 The Cesearean – Michel Odent ; Silent Knife: Cesarean Prevention and Vaginal Birth after Cesarean (VBAC) – Nancy Wainer Cohen ;  Open Season : A Survival Guide for Natural Childbirth and VBAC in the 90s (Critical Studies in Education & Culture) – Nancy Wainer Cohen ; The VBAC Companion: The Expectant Mother’s Guide to Vaginal Birth After Cesarean – Diana Korte ; Vaginal Birth After Cesarean: The Smart Woman’s Guide to VBAC – Elizabeth Kaufmann ; Birth after Cesarean: The Medical Facts – Dr. Bruce Flamm ; Natural Birth After Cesarean: A Practical Guide – Johanne C. Walters , Karis Crawford

  • Reading 1 book from the following category

Education & Counseling for Childbirth – Sheila Kitzinger ; Empty Arms: Hope and Support for Those Who Have Suffered a Miscarriage, Stillbirth, or Tubal Pregnancy – Pam Vredevelt ; Expecting Adam: A True Story of Birth, Rebirth, and Everyday Magic – Martha Beck ; Choosing Naia : A Family’s Journey – Mitchell Zuckoff ; Ended Beginnings – Claudia Panuthos ; The Bereaved Parent – Harriet Sarnoff Schiff ; Swallowed by a Snake: The Gift of the Masculine Side of Healing – Thomas R. Golden

*More information on Birth Arts International and their certification programs, please visit*

To Register for this training

Members only registration

DACO members enjoy the benefit of discounted trainings. If you would like to join DACO to gain access to our great member benefits, click here to fill out your application, agree to DACO’s code of ethics and conduct, and pay your membership fee ($55).

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Mail training registration fee/catering fee to:

(Checks can be made out to “The Doula Association of Central Oklahoma”. Please be sure to include in the memo what your check is covering)

DACO Treasurer: Cheri Pratt

6300 Bingham Court

Oklahoma City, OK 73132

If you have questions, or would like more information about this or other trainings, please email us at


Refund Policy:

Birth and PostPartum Courses: If you need to cancel your registration more than 21 days prior to the training course, You will receive a refund from the registration fee minus a $30.00 for administrative fees. All membership fees are non-refundable.

The Professional Membership fee $25.00.  Full Membership fee $55.00.  There will be no refunds after the 20th day before the start of the training course unless there is a waiting list and your space is filled. You may send a qualified substitute in your place or apply your tuition to other training courses within the one calendar year. Please contact Amy Townsend at for canceling registrations. If you pay your tuition and do not contact us ahead of time and do not show up to attend the course, your entire registration fee will be forfeited.

Returned check policy: Each returned check will incur a $35.00 fee.


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