We provide different options for those who want to support people in pregnancy, birth and the postnatal period. Our doula training courses are available both in-person and online and all include mentoring. We provide a doula community for support, connection and ongoing learning as well as mentoring for all doulas wherever they are on their doula journey. We also have a Directory for parents to find doula support.
Why do we do what we do?
Our values are compassion and respect. We aim to provide safe spaces for people to explore the role of the doula and be supported on their doula journey. We want to encourage people to be the best possible version of themselves, to do the necessary reflective work (with support from both facilitators and mentors) so that they can go out and be with families as they bring babies into the world. We want doulas to have plentiful opportunities to think about the core qualities of doulaing, recognising the boundaries of the role and interacting with other people in the birth world with care and kindness. We care about people being able to access relevant, up-to-date, evidence-based information so that informed decisions can be made. Ultimately, we want to see everyone who either wants or needs a doula able to access one, so that babies come into the world feeling nurtured and supported.
Who is this for?
Our courses are open to anyone who would like to become a doula. Lots of people assume they need to have had children, have medical experience or qualifications (you don’t). Our courses are open to all! We do encourage anyone who is interested to contact us so they can have a call with one of the team to chat it all through. Three times a year we offer a 5-day experience, Is there a doula in you, for those who want to explore doulaing before committing to a course. Our mentoring is open to all doulas, regardless of how far along the journey they are or where they are based in the world. Our ethos is that mentoring is essential for all! We also have coaching to support doulas and those in the perinatal world to develop their businesses.
Supporting, guiding and informing new families
A Nurturing Birth doula is able to provide emotional, practical and information support to new families. They are able to provide evidence-based information to support families in making informed decisions about their care. They are able to help people navigate the maternity system and feel empowered in their choices about where, with whom and how they bring their babies into the world. Nurturing Birth doulas act professionally, are aware of their boundaries and act with compassion and respect. They continue to do reflective work so that they are able to support families without bringing their personal baggage to the experience.
Hear what our course participants have to say
Years of experience and testimonials have shown us that people feel really safe and supported as they work with us – they are nurtured through their doula experience from the very first steps, through taking a course and beyond as they establish and run their businesses. Our support is ongoing alongside a great community, keeping the connection well after they have completed initial training.
The Nurturing Birth course was so powerful, life changing and affirming for me. The space held, the facilitation, the nurture, the love present was just wonderful. I am so thankful to Sophie for sharing her valuable extensive knowledge with us and empowering a room full of women on their doula journeys. Thank you!
The Nurturing Birth course has been the most illuminating and empowering course I have ever done. Wonderfully knowledgeable course leader who shared so many new elements that added to our growing understanding of birth and the bond between mother and baby.
A wonderfully deep and thorough introduction to the role of the doula, taught in a welcoming and safe environment which made it possible to discuss a whole range of issues and share personal experiences. The trainers were absolutely fantastic. I wish I could do this course every day!
I have never experienced anything like this in my life – the compassion, empowerment, love and vulnerability was unreal. I feel I will always take what I have learned from this not just as a doula but as a friend, mother, wife and a woman!
The Nurturing Birth course has been one of the most profound experiences of my life. Sophie holds a safe and nurturing space with grace and expert skill. I felt I learnt a lot as the teaching was engaging and well balanced. To have met the other women on the course has been an honour and a privilege; the experience of being in a circle of doulas is amazing, like the best mothering ever! Thank you!