Window into a Workshop

Have you ever wondered what attending a doula workshop would be like?  Here is a sneak peak into what happens in one of my Birth Arts International (BAI) Doula workshops.   

People attending the workshop range widely in experiences and beliefs surrounding birth.  You may be sitting next to someone who has had 6 homebirths, on your other side someone who has never given birth, and across from you someone who hs had a c-section.  The workshop is a place filled with openness, curiosity, and respect for all birth experiences.   Although no one is required to speak, we will share stories of birth and pregnancy and dig in deep to gain wisdom from each other as well as discover things about ourselves.  Each student is also a teacher as they share and gain perspectives together. These will be valuable on each person’s journey to becoming a doula.

IMG_4118Supporting birth requires a strength of body, mind, and spirit. This workshop recognizes that there is far more to doula work than a simple back rub or knowledge of birth.  There are many layers to doula work and at BAI we encourage each doula to make it their own and bring their own energy and style to their work.  Chances are if you are interested in becoming a doula, there is already something inside of you stirring that lead you to this path.  We help you harness that and follow it to fruition. We do this in many ways during the workshop and continue after through our unique BAI curriculum. Attending a workshop allows for the space to explore deep within yourself and find the pieces you will need to remain strong and grounded when you begin your practice.  A doula is often the calm during the storm.  It is a very intimate and sacred job.  Families are allowing you into the most important and private moment of their lives and counting on you to provide support and encouragement no matter what twists and turns take place.   We will do interactive activities to support this and being able to do them in a group of people on the same journey has great value.  There is a camaraderie and many students stay in contact to support each other after the weekend is over.  There is also an option to join our online group for BAI students to connect to our doulas all across the world.

 

img_3139While the mind is a powerful part of doula work, we also will spend a good amount of time learning to use our hands.  I will demo several comfort positions and techniques and we will all practice them so that you are confident in your ability to provide physical support in labor.  There are many tools that are used by doulas.  I will share what things I pack in my own doula bag as well as sharing how to use a rebozo (a traditional tool from Mexico) for birth and postpartum.  We will explore using birth balls in both round and peanut shapes.  You will leave with the skills to help encourage a speedy and comfortable labor.   Many expecting parents have read research showing that doulas decrease the cesarean rate.  These tools and positions are a large part of that statistic.  

The workshop can also be a healing experience.  Some students come from a place of birth trauma or fear, perhaps from stories of the birth that their mother experienced bringing them into the world or their own experiences of birthing their own child.  There is space in our weekend to speak about birth stories and we encourage processing these hurtful memories so that healing can begin.  Doulas who are still processing things that happened in the past may be too shaken to be ready to attend a birth.  We recognize this and the workshop is a safe place to begin healing and listen to your own wisdom for a time when you are ready to begin attending births.  This process can continue after the workshop with the support of our online classroom and connection to Global Director, Demetria Clark.  

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I absolutely love teaching workshops.  Getting to know my students and hearing their stories is an experience that I feel privileged to be part of.  As a trainer, I appreciate staying connected to my students after the workshop and watching them grow as doulas.  The BAI community is one that always supported me when I was a student and newer doula and it feels great to be able to offer that support to others as a trainer.

If you have ever attended one of my workshops please feel free to leave a comment.  I would love to hear your perspective.   If you have any questions or want more specific details about the workshop please do not hesitate to contact me.  See my current workshop schedule here.

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    Carlette Y Davidson
    Carlette Y Davidson
    2018-11-12T01:05:56+0000
    Heathers delivery style was very calm , she is very knowledgeable and answered all our questions in a clear concise manner , her passion for her work and eagerness to train others was very obvious , I would recommend anyone who wants to become a Birth Doula to attend one of her training session .
    Kathy Halverson Kinard
    Kathy Halverson Kinard
    2018-09-29T01:58:42+0000
    She was an amazing trainer. What she taught was very easy to understand. She was very patient with all my questions. The knowledge i gained from her training has reslly help my confidence and i feel ready to do this.
    Desiree Joyce Southard
    Desiree Joyce Southard
    2018-02-26T03:21:44+0000
    Heathir was such a joy to work with! She is so full knowledge and made my class so fun! I can’t wait to jump in with what I’ve learned!
    Robin Saporito
    Robin Saporito
    2017-09-18T20:22:41+0000
    I took Heathir's Doula training this weekend. I learned more than I would have thought possible. I'm so excited about becoming a certified Doula.
    Lora Casco
    Lora Casco
    2017-03-21T18:07:41+0000
    Heathir is an excellent trainer! I just completed a training with her March 2017 on Maui. We had a great class full of lively discussion, hands on learning and I walked away with more skills in my bag of doula knowledge. I have been a doula for a while and wanted to train with Birth Arts because they are a great support to their trainees and I am not disappointed at all! I am so glad I chose BAI and I look forward to serving my community here on Maui.
    Marie Vila
    Marie Vila
    2017-03-20T19:33:14+0000
    Samantha Millbrook
    Samantha Millbrook
    2017-03-04T17:36:56+0000
    I traveled ALL the way to Eugene, Oregon from Nashville, Tennessee to take this course with Heathir and I am SO glad that I did. I have to admit, I was worried that I would travel all that way and be disappointed. Heathir made me feel so comfortable and welcome. She explained things in a way that made sense to me and always left the floor open for questions. If I am ever giving birth in the proximity that Heathir could help me I would call her in a heartbeat. Thank you Heathir for helping me start this journey as a Doula off on a great start. I can't wait to learn, grow, and practice this work with the support of the strong, educated, and wonderful BAI community.
    Mary Wright Johnson
    Mary Wright Johnson
    2017-02-24T06:14:29+0000
    Heathir is a wonderful teacher. My experience at her workshop was so incredibly inspiring. She is skilled, and knowledgeable, and she creates an atmosphere of comfort that is ideal for learning. Her support and encouragement really increased my excitement about entering into this fulfilling new career.
    Kelly Langhorn
    Kelly Langhorn
    2017-02-21T00:32:08+0000
    I loved Heathir! I feel so excited and prepared to help the families in the Rogue Valley!
    Teresa Ostrander
    Teresa Ostrander
    2017-02-20T21:38:11+0000
    Heathir is an amazing Instructor. She has a good flow of information, one topic flows smoothly into the next. Heathir is easy to speak with and easy to approach with questions. She made the workshop a pleasant atmosphere and a fun learning environment. It was a peer learning setting instead of a student teacher setting. 100% positive!
    Princess Taylor Maynie
    Princess Taylor Maynie
    2017-02-10T13:08:25+0000
    I thoroughly enjoyed being a part of Heathir's BAI labor doula workshop. Heathir is a very knowledgeable and wise doula. She pours out every bit of knowledge that she has attained as doula to her students. Her experience in and compassion for pregnancy and birth shows through her teaching. I'm happy that I had the opportunity to sit under her tutelage. Thank you Heathir for a wonderful experience.
    Deborah Candelario
    Deborah Candelario
    2017-02-10T02:40:19+0000
    I took my Doula class with Heather and it was so much more than I expected! I learned so much. Heathir created a fun and safe environment for all of us to learn and share. I would encourage anyone who is thinking about becoming a doula to take Heathirs class!!!
    Gina Gerard
    Gina Gerard
    2017-02-09T23:13:51+0000
    If you ever have the opportunity to attend a workshop with Heathir Brown DO IT!!! After months of feeling "stuck" in my doula training, I decided to invest my time and money and let me tell you, it was worth it. Heathir's workshop was educational, inspiring, and therapeutic. She was patient as I asked every question I could possibly think of, and she answered them all! Heathir has years of experience and knowledge that she is happy to share with her students. After reading my student materials, many books, and attending a birth, I thought I knew a lot about being a doula, but I was WRONG! We covered TONS of information and when it she saw that I was struggling with the postpartum depression part of the training, she offered me a sincere hug and kind words. It's not everyday you find someone so genuinely kind and caring. It's evident that Heathir's work comes from the heart. You'll never make a better investment for yourself and your doula career than a training with Heathir Brown!!!
    April Fools
    April Fools
    2017-02-09T18:56:37+0000
    I attended a workshop with Heathir in October 2016. The information she gave was very in depth but not overwhelming. We did a bunch of hands-on activities to help us to retain the information we learned. We talked, we laughed, we opened up to one another. The workshop definitely exceeded my expectations. Did I mention? Heathir is sooooo sweet! Thank you so much Heathir for being you and for the time and love you dedicated to our class!