The Nurturing Place
Table of Contents
About the Course
Course Faculty
What is a Doula?
Who relies on a doula
Program Agenda
Suggested Reading

"We are now discovering the long-term effect on families of treating women as if they were merely containers to be opened and relieved of their contents; and of concentrating on a bag of muscle and birth canal, rather than relating to and caring for the person to whom they belong." 
----Sheila Kitzinger
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The Childbearing Year - breastfeeding, childbirth preparation, infant massageBirth Doula Training - Learn significance of childbirth, labor support, prenatalPostpartum Doula Training - infant and new mother careAdvanced Doula Training
Training birth companions to nurture the innate strength
and courage that lies within each woman.
About the Course
The intensive three-day workshop will help the participant:
  • Recognize the significance of childbirth in the life of a birthing person.
  • Demonstrate at least three prenatal and postpartum support skills.
  • Devise a plan to offer optimal support in a variety of labor situations.
  • Appraise personal values and their relationship to labor support.
  • Assess standards of practice and plan methods of business management.
This course offers the expertise of one of the leading doula trainers in the country. Kristi has trained over 2200 doulas throughout the world and will use years of experience, supplementary text, videos, hands-on practice, and role-play to teach the theory and practical skills of offering spiritual, physical, mental and emotional support to birthing families. A complete syllabus is included with the course. This training comprises one step in the certification process for Doulas of North America (DONA).

Workshop Date: May 6-8, 2021
Location: Fairview, Utah-- Please note: the early registration fee is $380. If you miss that deadline, total registration is $400
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Registration Fee: $380 by April 9, 2021
$400 by May 1, 2021

Workshop Date: September 23-25, 2021 Click to register
Location: Salt Lake City, Utah-- Please note: the early registration fee is $380. If you miss that deadline, total registration is $400
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Registration Fee: $380 by August 27, 2021
$400 by September 18, 2021

Course Faculty
Kristi Ridd-Young All of The Nurturing Place courses were designed and are presented by Kristi Ridd-Young, ICCE, CD(DONA), and DONA-approved Doula Trainer. She was recently introduced as a speaker like this:

"Kristi Ridd-Young has been the president of Midwives College of Utah for the past 15 years. MCU is the largest MEAC-accredited, distance education midwifery school offering a bachelor's or masterís degree in midwifery.

Kristi is the past president of the Midwifery Education Accreditation Council and currently serves as Vice-President of Outreach and Development. As the founder of the Utah Doula Association, which is one of the oldest and largest doula groups, she continues to influence the education of and networking opportunities for doulas and childbirth educators as a DONA-approved birth doula trainer. You might be interested to know that Kristi has been practicing as a doula for 35 years, a birth doula trainer for 28 years, and has trained over 2200 doulas. She has been involved in the development of doula and midwifery education in Kuwait, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia.

Though she has been mentored by many amazing leaders in maternal and child health, Kristi credits her six children, seven step-children, and 15 grandchildren for the real-life lessons that influence her philosophies as an educator and a doula.

Yoga was her thing before it became the thing to do. A voracious reader, Kristiís parents used to catch her reading with a flashlight under the covers, and after her husband has fallen asleep, she can sometimes be found sneaking in a few pages by the light of her cell phone. (Shhh don't tell!) Kristi and her husband David usually average 3000 miles a year on Harley adventures and love traveling even if it is not on the back of the bike."

What is a doula?
A Doula:
  • Recognizes birth as a significant life experience.
  • Understands the physiology of birth and the emotional needs of a laboring woman.
  • Provides continuous support, practical comfort measures, and an objective viewpoint to aid in decision-making.
  • Complements the care provided by a partner and other birth attendants.
  • Protects and nurtures the memory of the birth experience.
Who relies on a doula?
Childbearing people, midwives, physicians, and labor and delivery nurses appreciate the resources, techniques, knowledge and continuous empathetic support a doula provides. Birthing families and caregivers are welcoming doulas as a member of todayís maternity care team.

Recent studies indicate the use of a doula:
  • 28% less likely to have a cesarean section
  • 31% less likely to use synthetic oxytocin to speed up labor
  • 9% less likely to use any pain medication
  • 34% less likely to rate their childbirth experience negatively
  • Increases partner's participation level.
Program Agenda
Day 1 9:00 - 5:30
Registration & Introductions
Birth - A transformation
The history of birth in the U.S.
What Is A Doula?
The Benefits of A Doula
The Prenatal Interview(s)
Creating a Plan to Communicate Preferences
Emotional Preparation and Education
Cultural Humility and Awareness
Intrapartum Support
Comfort Measures for Labor
Day 2 9:00 - 5:30
Review & Assessment
Racial Disparities
Comfort Measures Practice
Second Stage Overview
Challenging Labor Management
Routine Procedures: Epidurals, etc.
Cesarean & VBAC Support
Newborn Care & Breastfeeding
Postpartum Nurturing
Labor Scenarios and Role Play
Affirmations & Birth Journaling
Day 3 9:00 - 5:30
Review & Assessment
Giving Support Through Loss
Developing Personal Style
Standard of Practice
Code of Ethics
Standards of Care for Vulnerable Populations Values Clarification
Establishing A Practice
DONA and Local Doula Association
Ask and Receive, Next Steps
Closing Circle and Evaluation
This course is designed for those who have had some experience in the field of childbirth. If you have NO childbirth experience, please call Kristi so she can help you design a prerequisite program.
Suggested Reading
Please complete as many of the book on DONAís required reading list as possible before the training. The list can be found at Birth Doula Required Reading List. It is not required, but recommended, that the reading be done prior to the program.