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Become a Doula

Become a Doula: ADVANCED Training SkILLS

(THW) Traditional Health Worker
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Become Oregon Certified!

Online Seminar

HW 3-Part Complete Training:
  • (Birth Doula Training -step 1) 
  • 6 credit hour of Trauma Informed Care 
  • 6 hours of Cultural Competency 
  • 6 hours of Inter-professional Collaborative Practice/HIPAA
Gain these skills:
  • Cultural Sensitivity for Birth Workers (6 hrs);
  • Collaborative Interprofessional Practice with the birth team (6 hrs);
  • Trauma Informed Care for Birth Workers (6 hrs);
  • Health Information and Privacy (HIPAA)(1 hr);
  • Oral health (1hr) in pregnancy
  • Ongoing cohort support in how to apply for the Traditional Health Worker – Doula State Registry

You will receive the require certificates at the end of evaluation forms. The links will be emailed to you upon purchase (or by next business day). 

On-demand Webinar 

Scholarship Opportunities – for more info contact OR 503-407-4732


$175 On-demand webinar ($350 live session)

 $90 for Oregon Doula Association (ODA) Member

Lamaze Educator Training
Lamaze Educator Training

Become a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator

MotherTree Classroom

Passion for Birth Workshop
Passion for Birth’s Lamaze CBE workshop is three days full of hands on learning exercises, teaching strategies and support that will fully prepare you for becoming a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator and start you off on the right foot for offering innovative classes that meet the needs of new families in your area.
Continuing Education
Even if you are already a CBE, this three day workshop will provide you with hundreds of fresh ideas, new activities and renewed enthusiasm for the important work you do.
Support Your Clients
If you are a doula, and never plan on teaching formally, this workshop will help you to support your clients and share information in effective and easy to understand ways that will benefit your client’s birth experience. This class meets the requirements for many midwifery programs, including Bastyr University and also meets the workshop requirements for ICEA CBE Certification.


Ask about our BIPOC Scholarship Fund  (or payment options)69

Gateway Doula Group & PDX Doulas Orientation


Gateway Doula Group (serves families at Gateway Midwifery Clinic birthing at Providence Portland and WHA Midwifery Birth Center in SE Portland.)

PDX Doulas Serves families in the greater Portland Metro Area with THW Model care (2 prentals, birth, 2 postpartums as well as shift care at Adventist Midwifery in SE Portland. 


Start by joining Gateway Doula Group, a community based doula group serving the Greater Portland Area. We serve all pregnant people who wish to seek services for pro-bono, paid / sliding scale and insurance reimbursement. We offer a fully supported team of matchmaking, billing and education/mentorship support.
We are a state contracted doula billing hub contracted with most of the regions medicaid reimbursement care organizations and can facilitate THW Doula Billing on doulas behalf.
Ways to participate:
1. Join as a probono volunteer to gain experience for your credentialing and certification process. We offer full THW model care (2 prentals/birth/2 postpartums) as well as 12/24 hour shift work at Adventist Midwifery at Adventist Hospital in NE Portland. 
2. THW doulas can join and bill their own clients, receive THW leads and shift work (and be paid for any OHP births they accept).
Orientation Provides
  • 2-hour overview of the roles, responsibilities and training for the groups volunteer staff
  • Satisfies step one to becoming a Gateway Doula Group volunteer doula

$65.00 includes badge
or $140 ($25 off) Incl. Orientation +Badge +Annual Membership to Gateway Doula Group and PDX Doulas (normally  $85 for the Combo membership).

TENS Unit for Pain Management

Learn the basic functions, evidence and safety measures of this extremely useful early labor tool for long labors, back labor and more.

Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) is a method of pain relief involving the use of a mild electrical current. A TENS machine is a small, battery-operated device that has leads connected to sticky pads called electrodes. 

What you will learn
  • Basics Functions of a TENS UNIT for labor pain management
  • Evidence for the effective usage of a TENS Unit
  • Safety Measures for the TENS Unit
  • Hands on Practice and Relay of skills

$99 fee. This includes a 2 credit hour certificate. 

Doula Internships and Mentorships

Comes with a peanut ball and birth ball! 

Going beyond basic hip squeezes this advanced course focuses on the most challenging aspects of long and difficult labors. 

What you will learn
  • The anatomy of the pelvis 
  • Optimal Fetal Positioning 
  • Birth Ball – Advanced Techniques 
  • Advanced pushing positions 
  • Navigating long / difficult labors
  • Safety measures for comfort positions 
  • doula self care after the 24 hour mark.

$99 fee. This includes a 2 credit hour certificate. 

Reclaiming Your VBAC for Birth Workers
History of Birth Doulas

Supporting a Vagainal Birth After Cesarean (VBAC) 

What you will learn:
  • Gentle Birth choices for VBAC
  • Birth Story Listening-holding space for the prior birth stories
  • Clarifying needs for the new birth story
  • Safety plans / Confidence Scale
  • Optimal fetal positioning 
  • Visualizations for VBAC birth
  • Resources

$99 fee. This includes a 2 credit hour certificate. 

Cultural Responsiveness for Birth Workers
(On-demand Webinar)
MotherTree Baby Nurture Classes

Cultural Responsiveness for Birth Workers leads through a foundation of understanding language, communication styles and practice in lived experience within the birth room.

 This course meets the requirements for the Traditional Health Worker OR State Registry.
What you will learn:
  • Definition of terms
  • Understanding your own privilege checklist and personal bias
  • Defining diversity (and the dangers of a single story)
  • Ways of knowing ~ understanding perspective
  • Information Gathering
  • Practicing cultural respect with different clients / cultures

$75 fee. This includes a 6 hours certificate. 

Adopting Trauma Informed Care for Birth Workers
(On-demand Webinar)

Defining Trauma in relationship to the childbearing year and how it uniquely impacts your clients and your personal practice. 

Birth workers are supporting families through a highly charged environment of the childbearing year, medical events and peak life experiences. Learn the basics of developing a trauma informed practice, safety plans for your clients and reducing vicarious trauma for yourself.

What you will learn:
  • Defining What is Trauma.
  • How is Trauma Institutionalized (Parallel Process)
  • Introduction the NEAR Science of Trauma
  • Understanding the Neurobiology of Trauma
  • The Epigenetics of Trauma and how it relates to Birth
  • Creating safety plans
  • Navigating when trauma happens in the moment
  • Supporting clients through difficult births.
  • Define what Trauma Is in relationship to the Childbearing year
  • Identify and discuss clinical and scientific research and review current Trauma Research;
  • One Coping Skill for trauma careC
Three-Part Series (2 hours each)
$35 fee.
This includes a 2 credit hour certificate. Take all 3 for $75
Collaborative Interprofessional Practice for Birth Workers


Collaborative Practice Adv Training

Collaboration is the key to successful Birth Team interactions and advocating for improved maternal and newborn outcomes. 

This training focuses  doulas exploring the values and actions that influence their practice. This includes  widening perspectives, understanding the different roles of the birth team, and troubleshooting communication from birth team member to birth team member. We examine how to develop core relationships with other members of the birth team including nurses, midwives, providers and partners. Our primary goal is to create and maintain a culture of professionalism amongst all those who care for families. 
What you will learn:
  • Professional boundaries
  • Attending to unconscious biases
  • Self awareness
  • Enhancing the environment
  • Engaging the birth team
  • Navigating points of conflict
  • Cultural perspectives
  • Understanding your personal advocacy style
  • creating a personal plan of action, communication technique

FEE: $75
All-day session (in person or webinar)
Satisfies the Oregon Health Authority THW – DOULA requirement for Doula applications “collaborative practice.”  Satisfies Gateway Doula Group Member Requirement. (Purchase with Gateway Group Rate)

Lactation and Feeding Newborns for Doulas
Infant Feeding Support

What Doulas Need to know for Certification

Doulas play a unique role in helping parents feed their newborns. Understanding the basics of feeding and newborn hunger cues, lactation, supplementation options, when to refer and scope of a doula in connection with a lactation counselor/consultant. Breast/chest feeding anatomy, body milk changes, comfort measures 

What you will learn:
  • Anatomy of Breast/chest Feeding and Body Milk changes
  • Newborn Hunger cues
  • Scope of Practice of the doula and newborn feeding
  • Advanced comfort measures
  • When to refer to a lactation consultant
  • Collaborating and facilitating feeding plans

$75 fee. This includes a 3 credit hour certificate. This course is taught by Kisha Johnston, IBCLC. 

Bereavement and Loss Support

What Is A Bereavement Doula?

A bereavement doula provides support to families who have experienced loss on any level that impacts their pregnancy, birth or postpartum journey. For some this can be  an anticipated t loss of their baby in cases of miscarriage, stillbirth, or a diagnosis in which the baby is not likely to live long after birth. For others it can be the loss of a spouse or significant other in their lives that impacts their wellbeing. In the case of infant loss, bereavement doulas can provide information on what to expect, gently encourage parents to bond with their baby and create meaningful memories, and offer resources for families experiencing loss.

A bereavement doula walks with families on their journey through loss offering lots of emotional support and  a safe space to grieve and talk through the choices available to them.

$99 fee. This includes a 2 credit hour certificate. 

CPR/BLS Healthcare Provider Course
MotherTree CPR/BLS Healthcare Provider Course

Anina Gaither, Certified BLS/CPR AHA Instructor

The AHA’s BLS course trains participants to promptly recognize several life-threatening emergencies, give high-quality chest compressions, deliver appropriate ventilations and provide early use of an AED. Reflects science and education from the American Heart Association Guidelines Update for CPR and Emergency Cardiovascular Care (ECC).  

  • High-quality CPR for adults, children, and infants
  • The AHA Chain of Survival, specifically the BLS components
  • Important early use of an AED
  • Effective ventilations using a barrier device
  • Importance of teams in multi-rescuer resuscitation and performance as an effective team member during multi-rescuer CPR
  • Relief of foreign-body airway obstruction (choking) for adults and infants


$125 included card and two year certification

Limited to 8 spots of in-person learning. 

Location: Portland, OR  Emailed at registration 

Additional Classes for Doulas

THW Traditional Health Worker training

Traditional Health Worker (THW) Track Training: THW Requirements 

Includes skill-building: Cultural Sensitivity for Birth Workers; Collaborative Practice with the birth team;
Trauma Informed Care for Birth Workers; Health Information and Privacy (HIPAA); Oral health in pregnancy Ongoing cohort support in how to apply for the Traditional Health Worker – Doula State Registry

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I was impressed with how aware of diverse needs Jesse was in her space-holding. She consistently used gender-neutral terminology, illuminated the racial disparities in this field, and brought a social-justice approach to the curriculum. She was offered up-to-date research about birth and techniques


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Private Facebook Group: Doula Talk

This is a forum for connection, support and sustainability of the doula profession and welcomes all people of any color, gender and birth philosophy. Founder and Administrator Jesse Remer is a mother, international doula trainer, leader and innovator of birth justice who through her organization Mother Tree International has supported thousands of birthing families.