Become a Birth Doula

DONA Birth Doula Workshop
September 25 – 27, 2015
Iron Mountain, MI


Congratulations! You have come to this page because you are interested in becoming a birth doula. We hope that any questions you may have will be answered by the following information. If you are still trying to find out what a doula is, take a few minutes to check out the DONA page. If you are ready to get to the details of the workshop continue reading. You will find the following information below:

  • DONA Birth Doula Certification Overview
  • Iron Mountain DONA Birth Doula Workshop Overview
  • Workshop Schedule
  • Payment Options
  • Refund Policy
  • Workshop Registration
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • If you need any additional information please contact the organizer, Jenny DeDecker at or (906) 396-2212.

DONA Birth Doula Certification Overview

Attending a DONA approved birth doula workshop is only the FIRST step in the process of becoming a DONA certified birth doula. To become familiar with the entire process and all of the requirements, take some time to read the article “Steps to DONA International Certification.” Please note that the first day of this workshop (Friday the 25th) satisfies the requirement under item #4 for an “Introduction to Childbirth for Doulas” class.

You might also find these links helpful in learning more about this process.

Iron Mountain DONA Birth Doula Workshop Overview

Fee:  $350, $325 if registered by August 1st.
Dates: Friday, Sept 25th; 10-6:30 (Intro to Childbirth for Doulas)
Saturday and Sunday, Sept 26th and 27th; 8:30-6pm (DONA Birth Doula Training)

Jenny DeDecker and Full Moon Rising are excited to bring a hands-on, in-depth birth doula training to the Upper Peninsula. Many local areas are vastly underserved and for those wishing to prepare to serve women and their families during pregnancy and birthing as a doula this is a fantastic opportunity. Kate Stroud, the workshop trainer, is a DONA certified Doula Trainer, Birth Doula, Childbirth Educator and Massage Therapist.  She is conducting this training for individuals who are interested in becoming Birth Doulas either as an independent career or as a way to learn more about the process of supporting someone through the childbearing year.

Workshop Schedule

Friday, Sept 25th – Introduction to Childbirth For Doulas
10:00 am – 6:30 pm (lunch and breaks included)

Saturday, September 26th – DONA Birth Doula Training

8:30 am – 6pm
Light breakfast provided by sponsors
Introduction to Labor Support
DONA International
Prenatal Support & Doula Business
What is the Ideal Birth?
Support in Labor

Sunday, September 27th – DONA Birth Doula Training Day #2

8:00am – 6pm
Light breakfast provided by sponsors
Comfort Measures Part 1
Comfort Measures Part II
Challenging Births
Newborn and Breastfeeding
Postpartum Support
Group Role Play and Brainstorming Labor Situations
Closing & Evaluation

Payment Options

Check, Credit Card or Cash

  1. Checks                                                                                                                                Checks can be made out to Jenny DeDecker and mailed to N745 Hamilton Lake Rd, Vulcan, MI 49892. A confirmation of receipt will be sent when payment is received.
  2. Credit Card

If you choose the Credit Card option when you complete your registration you will receive an e-mail at the address you provide which will confirm your credit card has been charged. A $12 fee will be charged for credit card payment to cover costs of processing the payment.

Refund Policy

Full refunds minus a $20 administration fee are available until September 1st. After September 1st the registration fee is non-refundable.

To register for the workshop, please email Jenny DeDecker at or call her at (906) 396-2212 and she will send you a registration form.  


Frequently Asked Questions

1.  Do I need to do anything prior to attending the workshop?

Yes, there is a list of reading materials that can be found atSteps to DONA International Certification. These are available on Amazon, or you may also check to see if they are available through interlibrary loan.  Additionally, they may be purchased through the DONA shop online.

  1. I would like to become certified.  What other fees are involved?You will need to purchase a certificate packet from DONA.  This does not need to be done before the workshop, but does need to be done before any births are attended. Once you buy the packet, you have up to 2 years to submit it.  For more information on certification requirements, please seeSteps to DONA International Certification

    3. I am coming from out of town. Are there many lunch options available? Hotels?

    Attendees are welcome to bring a bagged lunch with them or there are the following options near to the training site in Norway:

  • The Thirsty Whale pub (not open on Sunday)
  • Subway
  • Blackstone Pizza and Sandwiches
  • Ebelings Grocery Store Deli
  • In Iron Mountain (which is about a 10 minute drive from the studio) there are several dining options including Thai, Mexican food, Moose Jackson café, Spiros. Someone local will be happy to talk to you about dining options.

Lodging: The Norway Inn (906-563-7500) is next to the training site and offers a discount rate when booking under the Full Moon Rising block of rooms.

  1. Do I need to bring anything with me to the training?As mentioned, a basic breakfast will be provided Saturday and Sunday but lunches, dinners, and snacks will be up to you to provide. Otherwise, the space that the workshop will be held in is an open room with a handful of chairs, yoga mats and blankets to use. It is suggested to bring cushions and pillows.

    5. I have a young baby. Will I be able to bring her with me to the training?

    In arms babies are allowed.


To register for the workshop, please email Jenny DeDecker at or call her at (906) 396-2212 and she will send you a registration form.