Training and Speaking

Training Birth Doulas is not always for certification. People can train so they may be available to family and friends and helping someone through birth doesn’t need certification. Support doesn’t require training. There have been many people supporting labor and birth who feel more assured with some training.

Other trainees want certification as a reassurance to parents that they have credentials and the backing of an international organization.

Some trainees will go on to establish a business where they can get reimbursement from insurance companies, Medicaid or Armed Forces plans.

For whatever reason you have, this training will enhance your ability to support patients, birth doula clients, and other populations such as incarcerated women and adolescents.

Barbara’s Presentation Topics

Presentation Topics

DONA Birth Doula Workshop

  • 16 hour workshop
  • 3 hour Breastfeeding Class
  • 1 Day Childbirth Education Class

To pursue certification, one of the requirements is to attend a DONA approved birth doula workshop (for a list of additional requirements, see certification). This course satisfies that requirement. If you would like to attend free of charge, you may sign up to host a workshop in your area.

A Birth doula, must attend a 16 hour DONA approved birth doula workshop plus a childbirth education series (a prenatal class) of at least 12 hours. You may substitute a seven (7) hour DONA approved introduction to childbirth for doulas course in place of the childbirth education series.  We provide that, too.

3 Hour Lactation Course for Doulas

Birth Doulas must attend a 3 hour course taught by an IBCLC. This class meets DONA requirements.

Lamaze Childbirth Educator Seminar

Through the New York City Chapter of Lamaze International.

The Lamaze Childbirth Educator Seminars teach how to:

  • Promote the childbearing experience as a natural, safe and healthy process which profoundly affects women and their families.
  • Assist women and their families to discover and use strategies to facilitate natural, safe, and healthy pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding and early parenting.
  • Help women and their families understand how complications and interventions influence the normal course of labor and birth.
  • Design, teach, and evaluate a course in Lamaze preparation that increases a woman’s confidence and ability to give birth.
  • Create a curriculum using the Lamaze Six Healthy Birth Practices as your foundation.
  • Create activities that will help you deliver an engaging childbirth education classes.
  • Prepare for the Lamaze Certification Exam.

You can be confident in the high quality of the Lamaze Childbirth Educator Seminar, which has met meet rigorous ANCC accreditation standards. You’ll earn 20 contact hours toward certification eligibility requirements and receive top-notch preparation to prepare you for the Lamaze certification exam. For nurses, most state licensing boards and other certifying bodies accept ANCC accreditation for RN re-licensure.

Lamaze-Accredited Childbirth Educator Seminars offer 20 Nursing Hours, so you can increase your teaching skills while earning hours toward recertification.

After completing a Lamaze Childbirth Educator Seminar, participants will be eligible for a complimentary student membership which will provide them with a wide range of benefits such as discounts on Lamaze products, access to a number of professional resources and access to the online Lamaze community. More details about the student membership offer can be found at Join Lamaze.

When Survivors Give Birth

  • 1, 3, or 8 hour course
  • Soon to be approved for 2 day course

Information and a program for supporting pregnant and birthing women who have experienced childhood sexual abuse, emotional or physical abuse.  The goal is to empower women and prevent re-traumatization throughout the perinatal period.

In the 1980s, Penny Simkin and Phyllis Klaus began to learn that women who had been sexually abused during childhood were often especially anxious during pregnancy and frequently went through difficult or even traumatic experiences with birth and early parenting. It was not until 1992 that the first journal articles on this subject were published. In 1994, diagnostic criteria for PTSD were revised by the American Psychiatric Association making it clear that a frightening or life-endangering childbirth often meets the new criteria for a traumatic event and the negative emotional aftermath of traumatic childbirth often meets the diagnosis of PTSD.

In the early 90s, Barbara Hotelling was trained to work with women to prevent re-traumatization and these skills can be taught to anyone who works with pregnant and parenting families.  She has used these skills successfully with women since the 90s and is completing training to provide the 2-day training workshop. 

HUG Your Baby Teacher Training

  • One day training
  • Meets certification requirements 1 &2
  • Certification requirement 3 is online

HUG Your Baby Training, created by Jan Tedder, RN, BSN, FNP, IBCLV,  is an innovative approach to helping parents understand their baby’s body language in order to prevent and solve problems around a baby’s eating, sleeping, crying, and parent-child attachment.

Learn about three newborn Zones (Resting, Ready, & Rebooting Zone) and how to get babies to the best Zone for eating, playing and sleeping. Identify and respond effectively to a newborn’s “SOSs” (Signs of Over-Stimulation) which include body changes in color, movement, and breathing; and behavioral changes: “Spacing Out,” Switching Off,” & “Shutting Down.”

This one-day workshop provides the learner with Parts I & II of certification and CEUs/CERPs.

For more information about the HUG, contact:
Jan Tedder
PO Box 3102, Durham, NC 27715
Phone: 919.923.6609

Lamaze Evidence-Based Nursing Care: Labor Support Skills

Lamaze Evidence-Based Nursing Care: Labor Support Skills is a one-day workshop designed for nurse managers, midwives, staff nurses and other health care providers who care for women. The goal of the workshop is to provide education, training and support for labor and delivery nurses to increase labor support skills and the use of non-pharmacologic pain management strategies.

Hospitals can help achieve the Joint Commission goal of reducing preventable maternal deaths while also making progress toward Joint Commission core measures by training staff in the critical practices for a safe and healthy birth.

Potential benefits for the nurse include increased expertise in labor support skills and increased job satisfaction. Additional potential benefits are increased patient satisfaction, improved maternal/child well-being and reduced incidence of adverse outcomes including cesarean sections.

Upon completion of the program, the labor and delivery nurse will be able to:

  • List components of a safe and supportive birth environment;
  • Analyze the nurses’ impact on maternal birth satisfaction;
  • Evaluate intrapartum practices according to standards of evidence-*based care;
  • Provide a wide variety of non-pharmacologic labor support techniques which both enhance labor progress and decrease pain;
  • Model effective labor support within the childbirth team; and
  • Utilize techniques associated with decreased need for medical intervention and lower cesarean rates

Continuing Education

This program has been planned by Lamaze International for 7.0 hours of CNE credit. To earn credit, attendees must sign-in, attend the entire workshop, and complete a post-workshop evaluation onsite.

Lamaze International is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center Commission on Accreditation.