Doula Mentorship Program


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The Birthing Tree Doula Mentorship Program is designed to support doulas at any stage of their journey to becoming confident, compassionate and skilled birth workers. Our unique program builds passion in your doula work while ensuring you gain the skills necessary to be effective and competent for your families. We encourage all doulas interested in expanding their birth community, attaining more clients and enriching their knowledge base to apply to our program.

About the Program:
In our 4 month Mentorship Program doulas will be provided with evidence based information, on-call support, practical tools and an opportunity to develop your skills as a doula. By nurturing your heart and mind we will deepen your understanding of pregnancy, birth and postpartum period and to support you in becoming a confidant doula.Although there is a 4 month minimum for the mentorship program, doulas are welcome to continue beyond the initial 4 months on a month by month basis or another 4 month term.

Included in our Mentorship Program:

  • Doula MentershipMonthly one-on-one sessions with your Mentor– We encourage you to bring your questions, concerns, your self-doubt and your triumphs so we can discuss them in depth! These sessions are tailored by you and your mentor to give you the most support possible on your journey.

     

  • Training Calls– Each month mentees are encouraged to attend a training call; we will cover a core training topic (prenatal period, stages of labor, postpartum care to ensure a solid foundational understanding of the perinatal year). Additional topics might include alternative therapies in pregnancy, VBAC’s, inductions, hormones of birth etc. All audio trainings provide in-depth, evidence based information and are accompanied by handouts and resources.

     

  • Monthly Doula Circles– Every month we make time to share birth experiences, collaborate, laugh and learn from each other. Doula Circles are hosted by a professional Midwife, Psychotherapist and experienced Doula(s). The sessions will combine structured topic- based conversation with open discussion and shared wisdom. This is an excellent opportunity to find your tribe; feel inspired, nurture your sisters and yourself. Doula Circles are instrumental for maintaining passion in your doula work and keeping you attuned to the power of positive birth.

     

  • Exclusive access to The Birthing Tree Doula Community Facebook Page– We provide a safe place in social media for approved doulas and birth workers to post questions, share articles and get feedback from our large network of birth professionals. This is by invitation only and provides enriching information for your day-to-day work.

     

  • Doula one on oneStructured opportunities to meet potential clients-Attending births is a very import aspect of our mentorship program. Although we do not guarantee how many births a doula may attend during her mentorship session due to the inherent ebb and flow of birth, we do provide our mentees with many opportunities to meet prospective families by providing monthly “Meet the Doulas”, Childbirth Preparation Classes and other forms of marketing and promotion. Mentees are invited to attend these gatherings by signing up with their mentor in advance. Mentees are also encouraged to actively attain clients in the community and will be guided through strategies to do so by their mentors.

     

  • On-Call Phone Support for births– We understand that our mentees want to provide calm and confident support to their families and while we can’t be with you at every birth, we are with you in spirit and by phone! Labor is as unique as the woman experiencing it. All doulas have times of uncertainty, worry and confusion. We encourage mentees to contact your mentor at any point during a labor for additional support and fresh strategies.

     

  • Built in back-up for mentee doula – Because illness and unforeseen events happen, our doula collective offers an easy way for doulas to arrange back-up with each other once they have booked with a client.

     

  • Attend Childbirth Preparation Classes We offer a series of 5 Childbirth Classes in Santa Fe on a rotating schedule. Mentees are encouraged to attend an entire series of classes to gain the basic information of childbirth, connect with families (possible clients) and better understand the dynamics of educating families while supporting their vision for their birth.

     

  • Attend Breastfeeding Support Class We encourage mentees to attend our breastfeeding class. Doula support can extend past the birth of the baby and many doulas feel inspired to branch out and learn postpartum and breastfeeding support. This is a great way to begin the foundational training that all doulas will find useful at some point in their career.

     

  • Support with exam preparation, required readings and Essays* Book reviews, topic based essays, birth reflections and research papers are often required to complete your Doula Certification. Your mentor and Birthing Tree community members provide an amazing resource for you to call on when working on these assignments.

     

  • Letter of recommendation or Letter of completion Many certifying institutions (DONA, CAPPA, toLabor) require doulas receive at least 2 letters of recommendation and/or letters of completion. We would be happy to provide you with a letter of completion/recommendation within 30 days of completing the Mentorship Program when merited.

We appreciate your interest in being a part of The Birthing Tree Community as well your commitment to improving birth experiences for woman and families. We are excited to learn more about who you are how we can support you!

Fees:
The Birthing Tree Doula Mentorship program fee is $150 (+tax) per month or a one time fee of $580 if paid by the beginning of the 4 month period.

The program is continuous, doulas can apply to join the program at any time throughout the year for a minimum of 4 months period.

To set up an interview for The Birthing Tree Mentorship Program or for more information please contact us at
info@thebirthingtree.com or 505.552.2454