Foundation Doula Training

Foundation Doula Training


BiA Doula Foundation Training is a 3-day (from September 2020 4-day) in-depth in-person training that gives you the basis and the necessary understanding and tools to start to work towards your certification as a doula.

WAITING LIST: for the training in June 2020 there is now a waiting list, if you want to be on it, please send an email to:

Read the notification about the training in June, concerning covid-19 amendments: notification

If you pay in two tiers, be mindful that there will be a €25,- administration fee added. You will make the first payment of €350,- (Foundation Training June, 3 days) / €450,- (Foundation Training September, 4 days) via the website; a month before the training starts you’ll be sent an invoice (that will be payable through the website) for another €350,- / €425,-.

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

Required reading list:

  • The Doula Book by Klaus, Kennel, Klaus and/or Dutch book: De Doula Saskia Bruyn and Thea van Tuyl
  • Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth By Ina May Gaskin
  • The Birth Partner By Penny Simkin
  • Heart and Hands by Elizabeth Davis

Recommended reading list:

  • A-Z For a Healthy Pregnancy and Natural Childbirth by Jacky Bloemraad-De Boer
  • The Thinking Woman’s Guide to a Better Birth by Henci Goer
  • Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering by Sarah J. Buckley
  • Birthing From Within OR Ancient Map for Modern Birth By Pam England

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
  • Rebozo
  • Role play
  • Active listening
  • Reflection / interaction

Additional information

Course Dates

January 28th, 29th, 30th, 31st 2021 ENGLISH, September 10th, 11th, 12th, 13th 2020 DUTCH, September 24th, 25th, 26th, 27th 2020 ENGLISH, June 11th, 12th, 13th 2020 DUTCH

Payment Mode

Pay deposit, Pay in full


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BiA Doula Training Amsterdam

Overtoom 558 III
1054 LN Amsterdam
The Netherlands


Phone: 0618293941

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