Providing DONA International Birth Doula Training
Jessica Atkins CPM, LM, CD(DONA), BDT
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Austin Doula Training

Welcome to Austin Doula Training 
The First Step to Becoming a Birth Doula
If you are searching for a way to support women and families during pregnancy and childbirth, if you are someone who is drawn to providing nurturing service to mothers and babies, then you have found the perfect place to start. 

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DONA International Birth Doula Training
This workshop provides opportunities for whole personal learning for anyone supporting mothers during pregnancy and childbirth. Through discussion, films, narrative and interactive physical participation you will discover your own strengths to nurture and connect with a mother's heart...she will then take the lead in her own enduring journey of motherhood. 

Jessica Atkins, a local Midwife and Doula, and Amanda Wyzskowski a local Doula and Childbirth Educator, combine more than 30 years of experience to offer you this incredible learning opportunity. Jennifer Gwynn IBCLC, provides participants with the essential knowledge to assist new mothers in breastfeeding. 

This three day workshop will provide you with all 3 parts of the necessary training towards becoming a DONA International Certified Birth Doula

1) The Intro: Provides the foundation of information about childbirth, anatomy, physiology and basic rubric for labor and birth. This 7 hour class substitutes for the 12 hours of required childbirth class observation. 

2) The Breastfeeding Class for Birth Professionals: Provides basic knowledge of breastfeeding functions and instruction on assisting breastfeeding mothers. 

3) The DONA Birth Doula Workshop:

You will learn the doula’s role in meeting the emotional and physical comfort needs of the birthing family. 

You will also gain knowledge of: 
• Practical hands-on techniques for support, from relaxation to back labor 
• Emotional aspects of support and working with special circumstances
• Physiological aspects of childbirth
• Cultural aspects of birth 
• Communication strategies and forming a supportive birth team 
• Doula’s code of ethics and standards of practice 
• Intuitive, responsive support for the laboring woman 
• The process of becoming a DONA certified Birth Doula and starting your business

"Awesome and inspiring workshop!"

"Exceeded my expectations completely"

"Amazing and transformative"

"The level of personal growth that I have made in the past three days has easily surpassed much longer periods of time in my life - Thank you"

"Thanks to you both! I feel like I learned a lot, had time & space to practice techniques, and am feeling much more prepared"

"Very loving and engaged teacher"

"I learned more about myself as a woman than at any point in my life"

Jessica Atkins: CPM, LM, CD(DONA)  is a NARM - Certified Professional Midwife, 
DONA International Certified Birth Doula and Doula Trainer (DONA), a Certified Childbirth Educator (ICCE), 
and lactation specialist with home and hospital experience. 

Jessica has contributed many articles to birth related journals (Midwifery Today, International Doula, among others) and presented at numerous conferences and workshops, she has worked for third party reimbursement for doulas, developed and managed several successful community doula programs, mentored many new doulas, and has been the recipient of a number of awards including Healthy Start, and DONA's prestigious Annie Kennedy award.

She continues her passion for supporting families since 1989 through the childbearing years and beyond. With years of experience and wisdom, drawing from various philosophies, she gently prepares and guides families through pregnancy and birth using guidance and subtle responsive comfort strategies to enhance the birth experience.