Be A Part of the Change! Transform Birth!
Take a Birth Doula Training
with Debra Pascali-Bonaro!

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Don’t miss this unique opportunity to begin or expand your doula practice and to dive deeply into an inspiring 3 days of discovery, personal growth and education. This workshop is for you whether you are beginning your path to becoming a doula, want to learn how to support your partner, friend or family through their birth, are a nurse who would like to enhance your comfort skills or are a community doula looking to expand your labor support skills. Our doula workshop brings together people from all backgrounds and experiences to discuss the challenges and opportunities that exist today to ensure everyone has a safe, respectful and gentle birth in any setting. You will leave enriched, connected, ready and part of a new community of amazing people!

Be A Part of the Change! Transform Birth!
Take a Birth Doula Training
with Debra Pascali-Bonaro!

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Don’t miss this unique opportunity to begin or expand your doula practice and to dive deeply into an inspiring workshop of discovery, personal growth and education. This workshop is for you whether you are beginning your path to becoming a doula, want to learn how to support your partner, friend or family through their birth, are a nurse who would like to enhance your comfort skills or are a community doula looking to expand your labor support skills. Our doula workshop brings together people from all backgrounds and experiences to discuss the challenges and opportunities that exist today to ensure everyone has a safe, respectful and gentle birth in any setting. You will leave enriched, connected, ready and part of a new community of amazing people!

Be A Part of the Change! Transform Birth!
Take a Birth Doula Training with Debra Pascali-Bonaro!

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Don’t miss this unique opportunity to begin or expand your doula practice and to dive deeply into an inspiring 3 days of discovery, personal growth and education. This workshop is for you whether you are beginning your path to becoming a doula, want to learn how to support your partner, friend or family through their birth, are a nurse who would like to enhance your comfort skills or are a community doula looking to expand your labor support skills. Our doula workshop brings together people from all backgrounds and experiences to discuss the challenges and opportunities that exist today to ensure everyone has a safe, respectful and gentle birth in any setting. You will leave enriched, connected, ready and part of a new community of amazing people!

What you will learn:

  • Racial disparities

    A systemwide problem and the role a doula plays in helping to create equity Advocacy: organizations: how they are reducing disparities and creating equity globally

  • Respectful Care for all

    why birth is a human rights issue

  • Evidence and Science

    the best practices and the current gaps between evidence and practice

  • Language matters

    our words can shape experiences

  • The hormonal physiology of childbirth

    how doulas can help fill hormonal gaps

  • The role of continuous support

    learning the story of birth

  • The role and scope of practice for DONA Certified doulas

  • Social Model to Medical Model of Birth

    how this change 100 years ago has offered benefits but also stripped people of their power, respect, dignity and the support they deserve.

  • Reconnecting the Circle of Support

    The emotions of birth: integrating mind, body and soul Prenatal skills for doulas

  • Comfort measures and positions for labor and birth

  • Techniques to support posterior labors

  • Using the traditional rebozo for comfort, massage and more

    Bringing respect and love to challenging births – the doula’s role with epidurals and cesarean births. Facilitating a postpartum visit – processing the birth experience

  • ...and so much more!

    Debra has taught tens of thousands of doulas, nurses, midwives, physicans and parents around the world. – Don’t miss this unique opportunity to begin or expand your doula practice. This workshop is for you whether you are beginning your path to becoming a doula, want to learn how to support your partner, friend or family through their birth, are a nurse who would like to enhance your comfort skills or are a community doula looking to expand your labor support skills. Our doula workshop brings together people from all backgrounds and experiences to discuss the challenges and opportunities that exist today to ensure everyone has a safe, respectful and gentle birth in any setting.

Why choose Debra’s DONA Workshops?

Debra’s unique blend includes:
  • Debra is one of the top doula trainers in the world! She has taught tens of thousands of doulas, nurses, midwives, physicians and parents around the world.
  • She has a wealth of global knowledge and experience from learning and teaching in over 40 countries around the world!
  • She was an integral part of the first community doula program in the U.S. in the South Bronx, NY
  • She was the Former Director of the Neighborhood Doula Project in Paterson, NJ 
  • She Is the current Co-Chair of a global initiative - The International Childbirth Initiative (ICI): 12 Steps to Safe and Respectful MotherBaby-Family Maternity Care
  • 30 years of experience! She has worked as a doula, Lamaze Childbirth Educator and Doula Trainer for over 30 years around the world continuing to gain experience and inspiration from other birth workers, clients and continually receiving Inspiration and experience
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I thought Debra tackled difficult topics (like racial discrepancies in maternal mortality) and more taboo topics (like masturbation during labor as a pain relieving tool) in a confident and practical manner.
- Doula Alumnus
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Debra was very open, direct and respectful to all sensitive topics culturally as well as gender...such an outstanding, insightful understanding [she] brought to my perspective of what it means to execute Doula ship. The most interesting aspect of the last three days in The Doula Training Workshop under your tutelage is the passion and vibes I received from your presentations; the way you motivated input and participation in our individual groups. Everything you said was important and relevant, specifically: The Role and Scope of Practice of Doulas painted a clear picture of the exciting function and responsibilities involved. It was so fascinating to explore The History of Childbirth in the United States. I never realized the lacking and the need for educating those who should know what will work best for mother, child,  family and ultimately society.

- Lindsey

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I have been to many different workshops and trainings and this has been one of my best experiences. Debra has such a beautiful spirit and her passion for her work is evident. She created a beautiful space for us to be open and vulnerable, to heal, to learn and to love. It was amazing! Learning the numbers behind racial disparities in childbirth in America really stood out to me. As a black woman I am painfully aware of this reality but seeing the numbers made me realize how much work we have to do.

- Natalie Jones

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Thank you for creating such an awesome, nourishing, and beautiful space for all of us. Debra's class was transcendent, but I want to acknowledge that the home you have built for families and birth enthusiasts gives me so much hope for the future of MotherBaby care. I am deeply honored to have found you, and even more grateful for the Love and Integrity that you, Debra and your space hold for every person that walks through your doors. Much Gratitude!

- Marie Detering

Birth Day Presence's Birth Doula training and Breastfeeding for Doulas class are informative, eye-opening, powerful, and inspiring. I would HIGHLY recommend the Birth Doula training with Debra Pascali-Bonaro. She is an expert in the field and it is a privilege to learn from her. For all aspiring doulas - Birth Day Presence is a gem. Efficient, organized, informative, meaningful, awe-inspiring, and fun.
- Arielle
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Thank you for an amazing training! I was totally blown away by Debra. She is truly a gift to the world. Keep your notices coming because I am sure more of our nurses will want to partake in the training as we expand and redesign the Labor & Delivery Unit."

-S

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FAQ

BIPOC Scholarships

Presence and Debra Pascali-Bonaro offers two partial scholarships for DONA Approved Birth and Postpartum Doula Trainings. These scholarships are meant for people who would not otherwise be able to attend the training because their financial resources are limited. If you have the means to pay for the full training, or if you have limited resources but do not identify as BIPOC, payment plans are available.

In childbirth, systemic racism is the root cause of disparities leading to higher maternal mortality rates for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC). Doula support from people from the BIPOC community improves outcomes and makes a difference in more positive birth experiences. Doulas are an essential part of collaborative, respectful quality care. Our training is for a diverse group of people. We offer 2 partial scholarships for every workshop to individuals who identify as BIPOC and have shown:

  • A commitment to addressing racial and/or social justice

  • Have a financial need for scholarship assistance

  • Will use doula skills to support their community

If you feel that you meet the above criteria, please submit a short essay or submit a 1-min video addressing the questions below. Here are some questions to consider as you write or speak. Please submit to support@birthdaypresence.com, and please include any social media handles (e.g. instagram, linkedIn, etc) or website information you may have.

  • Why do you want to become a Birth or Postpartum Doula and what do you hope to gain from this training?
  • In what capacity would you like to serve birthing people and their families?
  • How do you see yourself creating change through birthwork?
  • How will this scholarship help you with your future goals?
  • Do you identify as BIPOC?

Scholarships submissions will be reviewed on a rolling basis and awarded until filled.

Now only accepting scholarships for the September training. All scholarships have been filled for July.

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