Foundation Doula Training

Foundation Doula Training


BiA Doula Foundation Training is a 4-day in-depth in-person training that gives you a solid foundation and the necessary understanding and tools to start to work towards your certification as a doula. You can immediately start supporting clients in pregnancy and birth.

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There is now the possibility to book both trainings, Foundation and Advanced, together and receive a considerable discount! This offer is for the trainings from 2022 onwards. When you book, put in the ‘Additional Information’ box the dates for when you plan to follow the Advanced Training.

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Physiology of pregnancy;
How the maternity care system is organised in the Netherlands / protocols and guidelines;

Required reading list – to be read before the Foundation Training:

  • The Doula Book by Klaus, Kennel, Klaus and/or Dutch book: De Doula by Saskia Bruyn and Thea van Tuyl
  • Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth by Ina May Gaskin (also available as audio book)
  • The Birth Partner by Penny Simkin 5th edition
  • Heart and Hands by Elizabeth Davis
  • The Labor Progress Handbook By Penny Simkin and Ruth Ancheta – 4th edition / to read before the Advanced Training
  • Heart of the Doula by Amy Gilliland / to read before the Advanced Training

Recommended reading list:

  • A-Z For a Healthy Pregnancy and Natural Childbirth by Jacky Bloemraad-De Boer – 2nd edition
  • Birthing From Within OR Ancient Map for Modern Birth By Pam England
  • Doulas and Intimate Labour / Boundaries, Bodies and Birth by Angela Castañeda
  • Give Birth like a Feminist by Milli Hill (available in Dutch from fall 2021 onwards)
  • Praktische Verloskunde by Marianne Prins, Jos van Roosmalen
  • Pregnancy, childbirth and the newborn, the Complete Guide, 5th edition, by Penny Simkin et al

Topics covered in the BiA Doula Foundation Training – Level 1 include:

  • Role of the doula
  • Communication
  • Physiology of childbirth
  • Hormones of Birth
  • Mechanics of birth
  • Phases of birth & how to support as a doula
  • Role of the doula with partners, family members, children
  • Immediate postpartum
  • Informed consent / informed choice
  • Self Care (for birth workers)
  • Internship and Certification process
  • Steps for starting your doula business

Hands on techniques include:

  • Intention / Touch
  • Counter pressure, stroking
  • Acupressure
  • Positions for labour and birth
  • Role play
  • Active listening
  • Reflection / interaction

Additional information

Course Dates

16-19 September 2021 DUTCH, 27-30 January 2022 ENGLISH, 27-30 January 2022 ENGLISH Complete Training, 9-12 June 2022 DUTCH, 9-12 June 2022 DUTCH Complete Training, 9-12 September 2021 ENGLISH

Payment Mode

Pay deposit, Pay in full


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BiA Doula Training Amsterdam

Molenstraat 54
4201 CZ Gorinchem
The Netherlands


Phone: +31 618293941 or +31 643570505

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