Women across the globe appreciate and value the experience of having a doula– a knowledgeable, experienced companion – who stays with them through labor, birth and beyond. Birth doulas offer emotional support, encouragement and wisdom throughout labor and birth.
Achieving certification is a process that requires considerable time and effort.
Our doula training course prepares doulas to care for their clients, by providing comprehensive experience in:
- Hands-on Labour Support Techniques
- Doula-Client Interaction
- DONA Scope of Practice, Mission
- Statement and Standards of Practice
- Ethics and Responsibility
- Stages of Labour and Comfort Measures
- Postpartum and Newborn Care
- Caesarean Birth and Vaginal Birth After Caesarean
- Emotional care of the Labouring Woman
- Listening Skills
- Managing Difficult Situations
- The Birth Partner
- Looking after the Doula
- Marketing and Business Practices
After completion of the 8 1/2 day workshop, doulas attend a minimum of four births, complete the reading lists, and attend a breastfeeding management course by a certified lactation consultant.
Mama Bamba training in the Western Cape is R4800.
- An 8 1/2 day in-depth doula training course
- A comprehensive training manual
Mama Bamba Annual membership fees are R350.
Doula’s who certify with Mama Bamba get referenced on the Mama Bamba website
This fee includes a two hour debriefing session every month.
Out of town annual membership (website info only): R200.
Mama Bamba highly recommends that you also invest in post course supervision, which you pay directly to the supervisors, who accompany you to births initially, and help you with onsite training, observations and guidance. Depending on how much time you contract to work together with them, this can range from between R500 – R2500. It is not a compulsory cost, but it is very helpful to new doulas to attend at least one birth with a supervisor.
Breast feeding courses range from R300 (online with minimal info) to between R650 – R1100 for a one or two day workshop with an IBCLC lactation consultant, which often includes experience in assisting new mothers to breast-feed. These courses are arranged by students directly with the course providers.
Trainings that are arranged away from home – countrywide or international have their own fee schedule. The increase is due to travel costs.
Feedback from Course participants
As long as we think we’re perfect, we can be pretty sure we’re not. But when we embrace our imperfections, and still love ourselves; when we can acknowledge the world’s imperfections and still wonder at the beauty of them, when we can hold it ALL with loving kindness and compassion, then we’re in with a fighting chance of really finding a gateway through to the Stillness.