Birth symbolizes a new beginning. A fresh start.

Unlearning what we’ve been taught throughout history and what society told us we are.

In the NBDA Birth Doula Training program, we bring back what was lost or stolen from us as women, while we incorporate an improved model of Doula business.

The mission of the NBDA Birth Doula Training program is to embody the ancient healing ways of our ancestors, to empower all women as they reclaim the right to their bodies and their experiences, from Birth & Beyond.

Welcome To This Live Course

Course Outline

Schedule: 8:30am – 5pm daily

*Please note, daily schedule may vary per instructor.

  • Day 1

    ● What is a Doula?

    ● Reclaiming What’s Lost Granny Midwives

    ● Development of Western Medicine & Birth – The Birth of Obstetrics

    ● Her’Story of the Ancient Healer

    ● Ancestral Techniques

    ● Healing from the Earth

    ● Development of Intuition

    ● Doula Approach, Philosophy & Style

  • Day 2

    ● Understanding the Stages of Labor

    ● Various Labor Onsets

    ● Birth Terminology & Medical Procedures

    ● Comfort Measures

    ● Station & Stages of Delivery

    ● Pushing & Pushing Techniques

    ● Surgical Birth

    ● Delivery of Placenta

    ● Birth Terminology

    ● Medications & Narcotics

    ● LGBTQIA & Birth

    ● Prenatal Nutrition

    ● The Doula & The Birth Partner

    ● Understanding Birth Physiology

    ● Real Labor Complications & Labor Aversions

    ● Immediate PP Complications

    ● The Golden Hour

  • Day 3

    ● Covid-19 & Birth

    ● The Business of Birth

    ● A full day dedicated to Birth Business Development & Infrastructure

    ● NBDA Certification Requirements

    ● Continuing Education Components

    ● Mentorship, Growth & Development

Meet Your Trainer

NBDA® Birth & Postpartum Doula Instructor

Akilah V. Witherspoon

The only daughter of a teacher, Akilah was born into a life of education. From a young age, she has been trained in the art of instruction. After teaching kindergarten for two years in high school, Akilah decided that she WAS NOT going to be a teacher when she grew up. Little did she know, life had different plans for her. Today she “teaches” families about how to prepare for birth and postpartum and to understand the physical process of labor. She also trains new doulas seeking certification and professional development. Ms. Witherspoon has a background in biology and earned her bachelors from Howard University. After graduation, she worked as a research assistant studying Uterine Fibroids. During her time working on that project, she discovered a need to focus on women’s reproductive health, but it was the birth of her daughter that truly started her on her journey towards becoming a doula. After working in the field for some time as a Perinatal Community Health Worker and home visitor, she has learned more about what families need in order to thrive during pregnancy, birth and postpartum. As a Full Spectrum Doula and Certified Lactation Counselor (CLC), she teaches what she has learned over the years so that more families can have positive birth outcomes.

Payment plan options are available

*Please note that if you are registering LESS than 3 months out, your payment options lessen.

**Please Note: There are NO REFUNDS issued for trainings. When you complete the Enrollment Form, you are agreeing to this. If you are unable to attend a training, you have the option to reschedule for a later date within 1 year with the same instructor. You MUST contact that instructor directly for the reschedule.

Once your enrollment is complete, you will receive some information directly from your instructor via email.

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