Welcome to the next step on your journey as a doula! Since 1997, we continue to offer high quality DONA approved doula trainings in the Upper Midwest area. We have been lauded by DONA International for our dedication, leadership in the doula profession and innovative teaching methods.

Our doula workshop is one of the first steps toward completing doula certification with DONA. Our home base is southern Wisconsin but we travel to provide workshops for hospitals or locally organized groups.

There are many paths to becoming an effective doula. This basic doula workshop is designed to help different kinds of women with different career and personal goals to learn more effective care of the pregnant, laboring and postpartum woman. Some have borne children, some have not. A compassionate heart is the most essential quality. We have successfully taught labor support skills to massage therapists, veterinarians, mothers, midwives, students, bookkeepers, farmers, childbirth educators, and many other women. Labor and delivery nurses and nursing students have taken our course to gain a deeper understanding of birth and new knowledge of effective comfort measures and positioning techniques. We pride ourselves on influencing doulas and nurses to work together positively in our state.

Over 99% of our over five hundred participants rate our trainings as "very good to excellent" and feel ready to begin doula work at the completion of the training. We are committed to helping you to feel the same way.

We limit our enrollment to about 18 participants in order to make certain that your questions are answered and you learn critical "hands on" skills.

This web site outlines the most common information you need to know before registering for one of our workshops. We also do hospital or clinic in-services for labor and delivery staff or childbirth educators. Please email us with any questions you have or to schedule a workshop in your area. We look forward to meeting you!

Amy L. Gilliland
Karen Kohls
Ruth Ancheta


NEW!  If you have taken a beginning birth doula training from another trainer or organization, you are eligible to attend ours at a reduced price! If our full price is $375, your price is $200 with an early payment discount!!  Just send in your completion certificate and the organization’s contact information with your registration form and payment. 



Our Past Clients Include:


Blanket of Love, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Covenant Health Care, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

St. Joseph’s Hospital, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

CESA District 5, Early Head Start, Wisconsin

Dane County Parent Council, Wisconsin

Black River Memorial Hospital, Black River Falls, Wisconsin

Southwest Wisconsin Technical College, Fennimore, WI

UW-Madison School of Nursing Perinatal Interest Group

Minneapolis School of Massage and Bodywork

Sinai Samaritan Hospital, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

UW Extension Family Living Programs

Waukesha Memorial Hospital

Fairview Medical Center, Minneapolis

St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, Appleton

Winnebago County Health Department, Illinois

Ounce of Prevention Fund, Chicago, Illinois

American Indian Family Center, St. Paul, Minnesota



The hundreds of women who have enrolled

in our open workshops