Nurturing Birth offers an international mentoring programme for all doulas
“Show me a successful individual and I’ll show you someone who had real positive influences in his or her life. I don’t care what you do for a living—if you do it well I’m sure there was someone cheering you on or showing the way. A mentor.” Denzel Washington
The Initial Doula Mentoring Programme
For those who are new to the doula role, wherever and whenever you took a course, we want to invest in nurturing you and give you a safe space in which to process your journey. The Initial Doula Mentoring Programme offers tailored support including: debriefing, encouragement, personal goal-setting, practical tasks and review. Each mentored doula will have the opportunity to learn from her Mentor, as well as exploring her own practice style and professional development. In a series of regular face-to-face/Skype sessions over the 15-month Initial Mentoring Programme a doula can:
Receive support and inspiration
- Look at life/work balance
- Explore client feedback in a constructive manner
- Explore solutions to difficult jobs or relationships
- Come to an understanding of personal and professional needs
- Develop self confidence
- Set personal goals and objectives
- Complete a number of tasks which encourage self-reflection, further learning and business development
Advanced Doula Mentoring
For those doulas who are more experienced, or who have completed an Initial Doula Mentoring Programme, we offer our Advanced Doula Mentoring Programme – one-off or a season of face-to-face/Skype sessions. These sessions offer all the above benefits but can give a doula:
- Opportunity to explore any specific challenges that have arisen with clients
- Reflection on the journey so far and goal-setting for the future
- Renewal of confidence
- Safe, non-judgmental place to debrief and discuss life/work issues
Our mentors are experienced doulas gifted in empowering and encouraging others and have been carefully selected and trained by the Nurturing Birth mentoring team. All Nurturing Birth Mentors are mentored themselves and fully follow our vision: “to nurture, inform and empower Doulas and families”. Many have lived/worked in other countries and speak different languages. On signing up for mentoring a doula will have access to the full list of mentors available and be supported in choosing the right mentor.
Both mentors and mentees receive guidance on how to make the most of the mentoring programme.
When you choose a UK-based mentor the total cost for the Initial Mentoring Programme is £350 – a booking fee of £75 followed by 5 payments of £55, due prior to each face-to-face session with your mentor. The cost for one-off sessions of mentoring on the Advanced Programme is £55, with a reduction for those booking a season of more than 3 sessions.
For more information please contact Michelle, our Head of Mentoring, on firstname.lastname@example.org
Michelle Every, Head of Mentoring
Michelle is an experienced birth and postnatal doula based in Greater Manchester. She has been involved in mentoring across a wide range of communities since her teens, particularly in areas of doulaing, parenting, relationships, marriage and life/work balance. Supporting and training new mentors is a particular passion and interest. Michelle has been a volunteer for The Miscarriage Association for over ten years, facilitating the Manchester Support Group, providing phoneline support, mentoring new volunteers and acting as media spokeswoman. She is known for her caring honesty and availability to listen in moments of crisis and intensity.
Michelle is the writer and facilitator of ‘Supporting Every Birth’ an interactive workshop for doulas looking at supporting both clients and themselves through all birth journeys including baby loss. She is a member of the European Doula Network.
Michelle is married to Iain and they are parents to 5 children. She likes silence and rest, but also loves the business of hospitality, community and family.
Michelle Every and Sophie Brigstocke talk about the new Nurturing Birth Mentoring program
For further information contact Michelle Every, Head of Mentoring
What people say about Nurturing Birth Mentoring...
Being mentored was affirming, challenging and life-changing all at the same time. When I embarked on my journey I didn’t truly appreciate what a mentoring process like this would give to me. To have someone walk beside you, gently question you and encourage self-reflection while being absolutely present for you is such a gift. I continue to come back to what I gained from her and also to come back directly to her for support and mentoring even after many years and varied experiences as a doula in the UK and overseas. I refer to her as my doula guardian angel and knowing I can come back to that relationship at any time is something I value a great deal.
Completely full of affirmation and encouragement. Yet full of incredible wisdom and insight. She sees straight into my heart and challenges the parts that need challenging. I can be honest and vulnerable and say all the things of my heart when I am with her. She offers fresh perspective. She comes from a different part of my life, outside the every day. She continues to mentor me and call out the doula in me. I watch her and hope one day to have the grace and confidence and naturally supernatural way she has about her.”