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Serving the Greater Los Angeles area
Serving the Greater Los Angeles area

Doula Training

Supported Birth Childbirth Classes

Supported Birth Doula Services

Supported Birth offers sliding scale Doula services, based on the doula’s experience and specialized skills (massage, acupuncture, acupressure, hypnobirth, VBAC, etc). A list of currently active doulas is given out in class, along with resources for doulas from other organizations.

Prices range from $250 – $2400.

A professional labor support companion (“doula”) is a woman who remains with you and your partner during labor and birth, and is trained to provide continuous emotional and physical support during active labor as needed: massage, birthing positions, natural ways of helping labor progress, a calm and reassuring presence, advocacy for your wishes in the hospital setting, help with decisions, initial breast feeding guidance, and more. She does not have an “agenda” for your birth. She is there to accompany you on your journey, assisting in the unforeseeable ways that will best empower YOU as an individual and as a couple. She is not a replacement for your partner, rather she is an experienced, reassuring presence for both of you.

A postpartum doula is a woman specializing in helping new moms after birth at home. She has knowledge in baby care, breastfeeding, mom’s psychological changes, etc. A list of postpartum doulas is given out in class or available upon request.

Throughout history women have always attended other women during birth. When husbands are expected to anticipate and fulfill their partner’s intense needs throughout labor, they may feel anxious and overwhelmed. Most fathers are immensely relieved to have an experienced support person with them. One father said “It was like I had been given a map [in class] of Laborland, but once Kathy was there, I realized that I’d never been there. The doula had been there – she knew the language and the way.” Studies show that couples feel an increase in intimacy when the pressure on the father is removed and he is free to experience the birth of his child. A good doula is sensitive to the couples’ relationship and understands that her role is to empower rather than to take charge.
When you meet and talk to several doulas, you will hopefully find someone with whom you feel comfortable. True, you don’t have long history between you, but in labor it is very normal for women to let down their guard and rely on others who are there for them.
Nurses are generally very grateful for the continuous support to laboring women that they no longer have the time or resources to offer. As long as they do not feel threatened or challenged, hospital staff are positive toward the added presence. Mutual respect is key.
Supported Birth doulas are objective and nonjudgmental about how labor unfolds. She is there to empower you in the conscious choices you may need to make. This is your personal journey, and whatever you choose is right for you.
Supported Birth Childbirth Classes
Supported Birth Childbirth Classes

Supported Birth Doula Training

Are you passionate about supporting women and their partners through a positive birth experience? Would you like to assist them in finding their own strength and in beginning parenthood with joy and confidence? Become a Supported Birth Labor Doula!

Part One

Attend the seven-week Complete Course with pregnant couples ($395)

Part Two

Complete an approximately 20-hour Doula Training workshop ($850), which includes:

Supported Birth Childbirth Classes
Supported Birth Childbirth Classes

Doula trainees have the opportunity to be matched with couples from Supported Birth classes on a sliding scale basis, and are able to gain initial labor support experience from these referrals, under the supervision and mentoring of the Supported Birth Director. Your fees increase as you gain experiences. Currently, full price doulas are charging between $900-$2,400 per birth.

Many Supported Birth Doulas already were or have been inspired to become:

  • Midwives
  • RNs (Labor & Delivery)
  • Massage Therapists
  • Lactation Consultants/Educators
  • Childbirth Educators
  • Postpartum Doulas
  • Chinese/Naturopathic Medicine (acupuncture, acupressure, herbology)
  • Chiropractic/cranial sacral
  • Infant Massage
  • Prenatal/Postpartum Fitness / Yoga
  • EMT (Emergency Medical Technician)
  • Writers on Birth
  • Filmmakers on Birth and Postpartum
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