Training Courses

This post is also available in: Dutch

Foundation Training

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

  • Role of the doula
  • Communication
  • Physiology of childbirth
  • Hormones of Birth
  • Interactive what is needed for optimal birth
  • Mechanics of birth
  • Phases of birth
  • What is pain?
  • Role of partners/doulas, family members/children

  • Postpartum (breast crawl)/placenta/first hour after birth
  • Waterbirth
  • Informed consent/informed choice
  • Unexpected outcomes (IUFD, miscarriage, trauma)
  • Self Care (for birth workers)
  • Internship and Certificaiton process
  • Steps for starting your doula business


Hands on techniques include:

  • Intention/Touch
  • Acupressure
  • Rebozo

We work with interactive methods and practicing hands-on techniques with each other. We use Roleplay (usually in two’s or three’s) to deepen the learning, i.e. Share birth story / life event, practice active listening 1st appointment with client (doula/mother) multiple scenarios during birth (doula/mother/midwife(or gynaecologist)). When teaching the theory of each topic, there’s room for questions, sharing of knowledge, experiences, interaction with the group. When watching birth clips, there’s reflection and interaction time afterwards.

Advanced Training

Topics covered in the BiA Doula Advanced Training – Level 2 are:

Tools/skills during Pregnancy:

  • Preparation, prenatal sessions, released waters and no contractions, going past 42 weeks / facing induction
  • Polarity
  • Foot massage
  • Anatomy review
  • Prenatal appointments – in small groups (what questions do you ask? How do you structure?)
  • Encouraging a breech baby to turn head down:
  • Positions-pelvic tilt
  • Rebozo

Tools/skills during labour:

  • When birth is taking twists and turns – not engaged baby, asyncliticism, posterior, stalled labour, issues during pushing;
    Use of rebozo, positioning, accupressure, massage, peanut ball

Tools/skills for postpartum:

  • Postpartum sessions, recognising problems
    Rebozo closing

We work with interactive methods:

  • Practicing hands on techniques with each other, role play, reflection, case studies
  • When going into the theory there’s room for questions, sharing of knowledge, experiences, interaction with the group; when watching birth clips, there’s reflection / interaction time afterwards.

Course Fees

The training includes in-person training, extensive manuals, mentoring, assistance in finding internships and a community of fellow (student) doulas that is very supportive, both off- and online. In addition we offer low cost support and development meetings every 6 weeks and reduced fees for continuing education hosted by BiA Doula.

Foundation Training: €575

This includes 3 days training (22,5 contact hours), reader, tea, snacks, potluck lunch and the above mentioned.

Advanced Training: €575

This includes 3 days training (22,5 contact hours), reader, tea, snacks, potluck lunch, certification process at completion and the above mentioned.

The approximate cost of the required reading list is €85,- and that of the recommended list is an additional €75,-.

Course Dates

Below you find the different dates for the BiA Doula open days, foundation and advanced training as well as for the different continuing education trainings. The training is offered 3 times per year usually Sept./Oct. Jan/Feb and May/June. Twice per year in English and one per year in Dutch.

Open Afternoon BiA Doula Training

Are you interested in learning more about our training? You’re very welcome to speak with the trainers on one of our Open Days. Upcoming dates:

April 13th 2019, 14.00-16.00 hrs Find out more

June 22nd 2019, 14:00-16:00 hrs Find out more

Foundation Training – Level 1

In English September 12th, 13th, 14th 2019 Book Now

In Dutch June 4th, 5th, 6th 2019
*training in Dutch, materials in English Book Now

Advanced Doula Skills Training – Level 2

In English June 12th, 13th, 14th 2019 Book Now

In Dutch September 19th, 20th, 21st 2019
*training in Dutch, materials in English Book Now

Continuing Education

August 30th, 31st and September 1st, 2019
Pregnancy Massage Training for Doulas, Midwives, Maternity Nurses Book Now