“You are a birth servant. Do good without show or fuss. If you must take the lead, lead so that the mother is helped, yet still free and in charge. When the baby is born, they will rightly say: ‘We did it ourselves!’
— Tao Te Ching

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:

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  • Hands-on Labour Support Techniques
  • Doula-Client Interaction
  • 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

Student doulas are required to 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 R5200.

This includes:

  • An 10 day in-depth doula training course spaced over 5 weekends
  • 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 

The course was a life changing experience. It was conducted in a way that I learned so much in an informal setting. I loved absolutely every aspect of the course. Everything taught confirmed how passionate I am about becoming a doula. Robyn is the most extraordinary teacher, relaxed, invested, she loves and is passionate about what she does.
— S.H.
The course was absolutely wonderful!! It was special in that it focused on the soft aspects of being a doula and was incredibly unique, thought provoking and experiential. The majority of what was taught in this course is not possible to learn through reading. I was really pushed to my limits in terms of reflecting on who I am as an individual and how I can be a compassionate doula. Much of what I learned can be applied to all aspects of my life – how to be wholehearted and facilitate Oneness – in doulas and beyond. I loved birth dance and how in my body I felt. Robyn is brilliant – intuitive, so passionate, a great facilitator, and an amazing storyteller. She also really encourages people to think laterally and reflect deeply. She did a wonderful job of remaining objective. I also loved how she is constantly referring to the latest research and best practice.
— K.R.
I loved the devotion of the instructor, the layers of the subject matter and the activities and resources we were exposed to. We were given a well rounded and encompassing view of birth, birth practices, doula scope of practice and self awareness. Robyn is incredibly knowledgable and amazingly versed at ways of being with women.
— M.L.

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.