Birth Doula Training


What is a Doula?

A birth doula is trained in the support of couples during labor and delivery. A doula assists by providing continuous physical and emotional support including suggestions and guidance with movements, breath and other techniques that help reduce discomfort and facilitate the birth process. The birth doula also provides prenatal support and guidance with birth planning and information that helps couples to navigate their options and make informed decisions in collaboration with their medical provider.

Studies show that women and their partners benefit tremendously from the presence of a doula. Reduced rates of medical intervention, shorter labor, increased satisfaction with their birth experience, and lower rates of postpartum depression are just a few of the benefits.  Additionally, women who want, or need epidural also benefit from a doula's presence and support. Partners report feeling more involved, confident and present during this miraculous event with the extra support of a doula. 

Upcoming Doula Trainings
with guest trainer: Rina Rios Crane

This training is a requirement to become a DONA (Doulas of North America) certified birth doula.

2018: November 26, 27, 28 (Mon, Tues, Wed)
9:00 am - 6:30 pm

2019: March  2, 9, 16 (Saturdays)
9:00 am - 6:30 pm

Be sure to select the Mt. Kisco location


$500 Early Bird (if received 30 days in advance of training start date)

Training Description

This three-day birth doula workshop qualifies as two steps toward certification through DONA International: the childbirth education requirement and the doula training. Click here for a full guide to Birth Doula Certification.

The doula training you choose shouldn't only fit your schedule, but should also fit your plan. Please feel free to reach out to the trainer:  Rina Ríos Crane to figure out if this workshop will help you meet your goals.

The workshop includes:

*Introduction to childbirth for doulas
*The significance of birth and the short and long-term impact of the birth experience
*Suggestions for emotional and psychological support during labor
*Comfort measures and non-pharmacological pain management techniques
*The role of the doula before, during and after the birth
*Communication skills for doulas
*Discussion of ethics and standards of practice for doulas
*Steps toward DONA certification
*Local networking information and business orientation

About the Trainer

Rina Ríos Crane
Birth Doula and Doula Trainer
Advisor to the Board of the NYC Doula Collective
Intercultural Director of DONA International

Rina is a mother of two in New York City, where she has lived her whole life. She is truly passionate about labor and birth and is thrilled to share this passion along with her knowledge and experience with pregnant families as well as childbirth professionals. She strives to help families learn about birth and about their ability to advocate for themselves before, during and after labor. She also relishes opportunities to talk about birth outside of these circles, where eyes might be opened to the need for change.

Rina is an advanced certified doula through DONA International and has received additional doula training through ALACE and toLabor and is trained as a HypnoBirthing doula. She is a DONA-Approved Doula Trainer and a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator. Rina has been approved by Lamaze to train childbirth educators and works with Passion for Birth, a Lamaze Accredited Childbirth Educator Training Program.

Rina was inducted as a Fellow of the Academy of Certified Childbirth Educators in 2015. She is a founding member and Advisor to the Board of the NYC Doula Collective and the founder and coordinator of several volunteer doula programs for underserved populations. She is also serving as the Intercultural Director on the DONA International Board of Directors.

Always eager to learn, Rina has studied with Ina May Gaskin, Pam England, Michel Odent, Gail Tully, Penny Simkin, Susun Weed and many others. She is bilingual, speaking Spanish and English.

As a New York City-based, DONA-approved birth doula trainer, Rina offers a three-day birth doula workshop that qualifies as two steps toward certification through DONA International: the childbirth education requirement and the doula training.


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Training Location

Quest Yoga
11-13 Main Street, 2nd Floor
Mount Kisco, NY, 10549