DONA Approved Birth Doula Training

Blooma’s DONA Birth Doula Training is an intensive 2-3 day program. It is taught for multiple learning styles and levels with a balance of current research, anecdotal experience, and hands-on practice.

Blooma’s DONA-approved Birth Doula Training curriculum will cover the following topics:

  • Benefits of Labor Support

  • Prenatal Client Contact & Support

  • Communication Skills & Cultural Diversity

  • Emotional Support & Physical Comfort Measures

  • Challenging Labors

  • Natural Labor & the Impact of Hormones

  • Supporting Women with Pain Medication

  • Cesarean & Vaginal Birth After Cesarean

  • Working with Care Providers

  • Supporting the Newborn & Breastfeeding

  • Postpartum Client Contact & Support

  • Resources & Networking

  • Professional Doula Memberships and Certification Options

  • Starting a Doula Business: from Volunteer to Private Practice


  1. Read The Birth Partner, Revised-5th Edition: A Complete Guide to Childbirth for Dads, Partners, Doulas, and All Other Labor Companions, 2018

  2. Read Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth: Ina May Gaskin, 2003

  3. If you go on to Certify as a Birth Doula through DONA International, you will want to observe a Childbirth Education/Preparation Course. Blooma’s Birth Class & Breastfeeding Class are wonderful options to fulfill these requirements. You’ll want to observe any course you take as a “Doula student” not as an expectant parent. Contact the Blooma Director of Education via email to register for a reduced fee once you've registered for your doula training.


Emily Shier

is an active birth doula and mentor with a thriving business and an endless love for blooming families. She holds a Master of Science Degree in Education and has been working professionally with adult learners for over 20 years. She has worked in higher education at 3 colleges, as a licensed public schoolteacher, and as a health educator for pregnant women and new mothers. She has been published in the WI Medical Journal advocating for increased access for doula services. She has taught workshops throughout the US and trained as a Birth Doula & Birth Doula Trainer under Penny Simkin.

Emily has attended over 600 births in homes, birth centers, and hospitals as a Certified Birth Doula and has served families further as a Certified Postpartum Doula. In 2015 Emily earned DONA International’s distinguished lifetime Advanced Doula Designation.