Doula Trainings, Workshops, & Classes

Beautiful Birth Choices & DONA International Birth Doula Trainings

We would love to have you join us for a training! Please note, we are in the process of updating our registration forms and dates, so please check back in a few days and you’ll find opportunities for registration. Thank you for your patience!

2020 Birth Doula Training Dates

September 25-27, 2020 **Now Virtual w/additional hands-on training component separate.  REGISTRATION is CLOSED.

Nov 6-8, 2020 – Buffalo, NY *Now Virtual w/additional hands-on training component.*

2021 Birth Doula Training Dates (registration opening as of Fall, 2020)

March 19-21, 2021 – Rochester, NY

July 23-25, 2021 – Rochester, NY

Nov 5-7, 2021 – Buffalo, NY

Birth and Postpartum Doula Trainings are $569 for a three day comprehensive training, or $499 at the Early Bird Rate (specific per training).

 DONA Approved Birth Doula Trainings with Beautiful Birth Choices are taught by approved trainers, Julia Sittig, MSW, AdvCD/BDT(DONA), LCCE and Christy Muscato, CD/BDT(DONA), LCCE.

Our Birth Doula Trainings have been approved as one step toward certification as a birth doula by DONA International and include the following:

  • The significance of birth and the long term impact of the birth experience
  • Specific suggestions for emotional and psychological support of the laboring woman and her partner
  • Comfort measures and non-pharmacological pain management techniques
  • The doula’s role before, during, and after birth, and in special situations
  • Communication skills and values clarification
  • Discussion of ethics and standards of practice for the doula
  • The business aspects of a doula practice
  • Information about DONA doula certification

You can register for the Virtual Breastfeeding Class for Doula Certification to meet the breastfeeding requirement for your DONA certification here.

Monday, October 5th, 2020 – 6 – 9 PM

Saturday, December 5, 2020 – 10 AM – 1 PM

Postpartum Doula Training – Due to the need to run this training virtually, please contact Susan Martensen directly at for registration details. Thank you!)

We hoping to bring another Postpartum Doula Training to Rochester in Spring, 2020, taught by  Susan Martensen BDT/PDT(DONA), CLC of Birth & Beginnings in Ottawa, Canada! Susan has 20 years of experience working in the field of birth and is a certified Birth and Postpartum doula with DONA International.  She is also a DONA Approved birth and postpartum doula trainer and a mentor for the Postpartum Doula Program.