It is an exciting time to be a doula. 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 the months that follow. Birth doulas offer emotional support, encouragement and wisdom throughout labor and birth. Postpartum doulas support women and families through the transformation that a new baby brings to a family.
Your trainer, Jackie Kelleher, has been supporting families as a lactation consultant and a birth and postpartum doula since 1997 in the Philadelphia area, with initial additional experience abroad. Jackie developed DONA International's Postpartum Doula Certification Program and served on the DONA Board of Directors in that capacity for seven years. She is one of only two mentors of DONA's postpartum doula certification program. Having trained doulas for over 15 years, Jackie brings a sensitivity to the uniqueness of each group she trains, remaining mindful of their individualized learning styles, backgrounds, and target client populations. Plan for an intimate, introspective and energizing weekend retreat. You will leave amazed by how much you've learned—as well as how much you already knew.