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Simkin Center: 2024 Birth Doula Skills Workshop, SEP 20-21 & 27-28 (in-person)

Sep 20, 2024 - Sep 28, 2024

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Course Date and Time
This workshop is in-person, at Bastyr Seattle Campus
14500 Juanita Dr NE, Kenmore, WA 98028

Friday, September 20, 2024, 8:00am-5:30pm PST
Saturday, September 21, 2024, 8:00am-5:30pm PST
Friday, September 27, 2024, 8:00am-5:30pm PST
Saturday, September 28, 2024, 8:00am-5:30pm PST

Early registration pricing of $749 ends August 20, 2024. Price then increases to $789.
Final registration deadline is September 12, 2024

Course Details
This in-person, 4-day course is perfect for those who want to complete their doula training in a short timeframe. Upon completion of this program, participants feel empowered to support families as a birth doula with in-depth knowledge of pain management techniques, labor variations and complications, newborn care, lactation and infant feeding support, and more.

Must be able to complete 4 hours of pre-workshop modules before the course begins and some coursework in between classes. This workshop uses Google Classroom as its online learning platform. Participants receive additional information including class logistics about a week before the start of class.    

Completion of this training meets the criteria for three requirements towards DONA International Certifications: (1) Birth Doula Workshop, (2) Introduction to Childbirth for Doulas and (3) Breastfeeding/Chest feeding for Doulas.

We offer a Course Assistant position to provide classroom support in exchange for a discounted tuition. For more information regarding this position or if you have any questions about this training or attending in-person classes at Bastyr University, please contact us at or call us at 425-602-3378.

To review the Simkin Center refund and cancellation policy visit (scroll down to Registration Policies). Please note our policy indicates a processing fee will be charged for cancellations, transfers, make-ups, and/or refunds.

The Curriculum

·        Anatomy and physiology of pregnancy, fetal development, labor, postpartum, and lactation
·        Components of prenatal care and the midwifery model of care
·    Emotions of pregnancy
·        Pain management techniques
·        Medical procedures used in labor
·        Labor variations and complications, including Cesarean birth
·        The emotional and psychological aspects of giving birth and its significance in birthing women's/people’s lives
·        The doula's role, professional ethics, standards of practice, and certification
·        Emotional support and physical comfort measures
·        Support for difficult labors, Cesarean birth, and vaginal birth after Cesarean
·        Newborn care and lactation support
·        Values clarification and cultural sensitivity
·        Includes Introduction to Childbearing (DONA International certification requirement)
·        Includes Breast/Chestfeeding for Doulas (DONA International certification requirement)

Course Notes
Certificates of completion are issued only to students present for all sessions and who complete the online learning modules before the end of the workshop.

Required Textbook 
“The Birth Partner: A Complete Guide to Childbirth for Dads, Doulas, and All Other Labor Companions” by Penny Simkin (5th edition or latest) 

Click here for information on where to obtain texts.

Kim James, ICCE, LCCE, CLE, BDT(DONA) is a senior instructor and faculty leader. Kim is a DONA International Certified Birth Doula, and DONA International-approved birth doula trainer and holds international childbirth educator certifications through ICEA and Lamaze International. Kim currently serves on the Education Committee at DONA International. Kim is a currently practicing doula within the Swedish Doula Program at the Swedish Medical Centers and owns and operates

Most of our trainings provide guest speakers who share their areas of expertise and bring a wealth of diversity and wisdom to our learning communities. We are proud that our guest speakers include a roster of actively working local doulas who share their pathways to success.

See Simkin Center Faculty

Contact Us
(425) 602-3378
Simkin Center | Bastyr University