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! 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

To be 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

13-16 June 2024 ENGLISH, 13-16 June 2024 ENGLISH Complete Training, 19-22 September 2024 ENGLISH, 19-22 September 2024 ENGLISH – Complete training

Payment Mode

Pay deposit, Pay in full


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Training Location:

Bert Haanstrakade 102, 1087 DN Amsterdam. The Netherlands.

Correspondence Address:

Molenstraat 54, 4201 CZ Gorinchem. The Netherlands.


Phone: 06-47968009

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