Becoming a Holistic Birth practitioner,
A slow and soulful journey…
The ‘Fundamentals’ are the entry point to all the Birthing Wisdom courses as well as being a stand-alone training for those wishing to work as Birth and Postnatal Doulas.
Apply for this course early as there are only 8 places available on each of the courses to ensure a quality of teaching and supervision. This includes one assisted place.
The essence of the work of a doula/companion and group facilitator is to be able to provide unconditional emotional openness and support to women, men and their babies. So having and/or developing the ability to be emotionally present and supportive is one of the foundations of our training.
The contact sessions provide an opportunity for the students to experience being in a safe, held and nurturing environment, a supportive setting where they can practice their skills and hold an emotionally supportive space for each other.
Most of the course theory is covered in-depth in the distance modules, with assignments to do with each one. The focus of the weekends is experiential and practical. During these sessions, we will use our time together to experience, embody, create and practice, anchoring the information learned in the distance study modules.
The amount of study and reflection work contained in the modules is not negligible and requires a minimum of 6 hours a week study time. The modules are an important part of this training and it is only possible to attend the practical sessions after completing the homework in each of the modules.
This course is open to all women who feel a calling to support others through the childbearing year. No particular qualifications are required, but a willingness to be and work with whatever comes up on this journey together is necessary.
The training takes place near Totnes in Devon where an affordable residential option is available for students.
Since personal development is an important aspect of the training, a commitment to receiving personal support throughout the training and beyond is essential, be it in the form of a counsellor, a ‘buddy’ (fellow trainee) or a mentor (a more experienced birth practitioner), alongside the supervision we offer during and after the training.
You are also required to keep a journal in which to reflect on your learning, dreams and experiences.
There will be several teachers involved in the training, each passing on their own field of expertise and their passion. Your personal guide is available on a weekly basis for any queries or general support and can be contacted by telephone, letter or email.
We will start our journey by learning and integrating into ourselves the knowledge and skills we want to share and model in our teaching and work with women and couples. We will also devote some of our time to our own development and healing journey, including healing our own birth and the birth(s) of our children. For more details of the course content see our curriculum below.
After completing the training, you will take your work into the world, supported by your group as well as the course facilitators.
There is the option to carry on meeting every 3 months for the next year to share the experiences of supporting families and teaching classes, as well as advanced learning and one to one supervision. For those who live too far away, an arrangement can be made to receive regular supervision.
Birthing Wisdom is committed to offering on-going support, advanced training and supervision for our practitioners.
The Holistic Birth Practitioner training is fully recognised by Doula UK, the leading organisation for doulas in the UK.
..the kind of professional care and emotional support a woman receives during labour determines whether she looks back on her birth experience with satisfaction and fulfilment or with disappointment, sadness, and even anger. Penny Simkin. The Birth partner
The following topics will be covered in the modules or/and the contact sessions; click on the arrows below for more information on each topic: