The Elite Doula & Co
Training with The Elite Doula & Co is like no other training available. Period.
This is not Pick-A-Part. We offer an all-in-one comprehensive training that prepares you to work with families as a Doula Birth Coach that includes fertility, childbirth education, birth, postpartum, breastfeeding, newborn/infant care, parenting, as well as PICL (pregnancy, infant and child loss) training to provide our families with the very best continuity of care throughout their entire parenthood journey.
***We've added a L&D Birth Doula Course without all the extra bells and whistles of our full EDC training! More details below! ***
What exactly is a doula?
Dou·la /ˈdo͞olə/ - comes from ancient Greek term meaning a woman who serves or mothering the mother. It also includes ancestral wisdom passed down from generation-to-generation. Today, doulas are sometimes referred to as non-medically trained labor coaches. Doulas have professional training and experience in fertility, pregnancy, labor & delivery, childbirth education, postpartum maternal care, newborn/infant care and early childhood parenting, and sometimes PICL (Pregnancy, Infant & Child Loss) bereavement knowledge either through an organization, her own experiences, private training, or any combination of her life experiences.
She is a practitioner. She is a professional. She is a birthworker. She is a coach. She is a DOULA.
She gives professional, emotional, educational and informational support to moms during pregnancy, birth, postpartum, and loss.
She is all-knowing in childbirth education.
She is a breastfeeding guru.
She is a maternal mental health professional.
She statistically has helped birthing moms have more satisfying births with lower incidences of unnecessary medical interventions during labor and delivery.
She statistically has helped lower the risk of postpartum depression.
She works hard.
She DESERVES a living wage.
She is her own boss - a boss babe.
She is NOT a maid - despite what some may think.
She is NOT a high-priced nanny.
She is NOT always without medical or mental health training.
She comes with her own unique skill set.
She is NOT ethically bound to someone or some big agencies ideals of scope of practice or ideals on how she supports women - one size does not fit all.
She is NOT limited in her own unique abilities as dictated by some certifying agencies.
She is NOT formally or legally regulated by any state entity - or other doulas’ beliefs for that matter!
She has full autonomy - the same we strive to give our clients.
In the end, if you my sister doula, have the experience, knowledge, training, skill set, life experiences and ability to serve a woman in anyway outside the parameters some larger agencies have set for their own benefit - and it does not legally or ethically venture into a regulated professional scope of practice that you are not qualified for - then by all means DO YOU!
Doula - DO YOU!
PS - I do want to add that if a doula is trained in other professions such as a social worker, pastor, massage therapist, herbalist, nurse, therapist, coach, etc., and is serving her clients in a dual role wearing multiple hats - it is ethically best practice to be transparent and make her additional role/skill set known to her clients.
That is what a Doula is!
How is EDC different than other certifying agencies?
We are proud to be going against the grain so to speak, to be shaking things up, and doing things better here at EDC. Here are just a few ways we are doing that:
EDC is built upon faith-based and Christ-centered principals. We build our practices around teachings of our Heavenly Father and His Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, we have built our curriculum around conservative Christian values, morals, and beliefs, as well as using traditional language in all our material, including our training curriculum.
Acknowledging your biases and knowing who your ideal clients are is respected and encouraged. We do not force you to be all inclusive in your practice.
We have a comprehensive curriculum that integrates the ancestral wisdom, philosophy and principals of a doula combined with professional coaching methods. We know you want to give your clients the very best care, and now you can. EDC has created an exclusive education like no other.
As it pertains to birth work and women and children’s health, we believe in informed consent and in a truly blended space where the necessity and respect for medical care providers and modern medicine, meets ancestral traditional women’s wisdom of birth practices, as well as complementary herbal & botanical integrative medicines. It is not an us against them mentality seen in other doula and birthing communities.
We believe in true advocacy. Some women will not have a voice due to trauma or lack of understanding. You are their advocate and we encourage you to speak up when/if needed to protect your client.
We believe in integrating a holistic approach to birth work if you choose. You will learn about essential oils and herbal remedies for pregnancy, birth, postpartum and babies.
We believe in and respect the evidence-based research that doulas improve birth and postpartum outcomes for mothers and babies. We also built our curriculum using evidence-based materials that includes education from the American Academy of Pediatrics, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, just to list a few.
We believe every professionally trained Elite Doula Birth Coach has the autonomy in making her own choices as to what is best for her and her clients while running her own business. You are your own boss - not EDC. While The Elite Doula & Co provides comprehensive training, each doula runs an independent business that is not managed, monitored, or held liable to EDC. In other words, we do NOT regulate your private practice! This includes respecting your personal and/or religious views as it pertains to your target market.
EDC trainer/mentors are highly qualified doulas who run their own successful practices. They too are not employed by EDC, rather they are independent doulas with independently owned agencies, and they have been carefully selected by EDC to provide our students with the skill set and hands-on training necessary to complete the Elite Doula Birth Coach training.
We believe doulas can wear many hats and can have a wide-range of scope of practice - given she has the training and/or appropriate credentials to legally practice in her state. Therefore, EDC will never regulate our graduates scope of practice, as this is so individualized based on one’s own training and credentials. Again, you have autonomy over your own private practice. The same autonomy and respect we afford our clients.
While we believe every woman should have a doula, and we believe in community, acts of kindness, volunteering and altruism - we maintain that every Elite Doula Birth Coach has worth and value - deserving a full professional wage for her valuable services.
We Do Not Train to Support Women Choosing Abortion As Part of Our Full-Spectrum Training! Rather, we cover everything from fertility all the way through infant care - meaning full-spectrum or a generalist practitioner.
We believe in training our Elite Doula Birth Coaches in all areas - a full spectrum doula - and let you decide if you want to specialize in one particular area or not. One price - no hidden fees to EDC - and your hands on workshop is included in the price. *Due to COVID-19, all workshops are suspended at this time. We will get the workshops scheduled and you will have that information prior to graduation.*
We take your training very seriously - just like you do. We want you to succeed!
ATTENTION HOSPITAL HR DEPARTMENTS: OUR WORKSHOPS ARE ONLY SUSPENDED AT THIS TIME DUE TO COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS, HOWEVER OUR STUDENTS DO ATTEND HANDS-ON TRAINING PRIOR TO GRADUATION!
WHY IS BECOMING A CHILDBIRTH EDUCATOR, A BIRTH DOULA, OR A POSTPARTUM DOULA AN EITHER / OR WITH MOST CERTIFYING AGENCIES?
To charge you more money would be our guess?
We believe you should not have to choose between becoming a childbirth educator, a fertility coach/doula, a birth doula, a postpartum doula or maternal well-being coach, a newborn/infant care specialist, a breastfeeding counselor, or a PICL (Pregnancy, Infant & Child Loss) bereavement doula, so we've created an all-in-one completely comprehensive Elite Doula Birth Coach Training Academy. Becoming a doula should not be so complicated. Elite Doula Birth Coaches are professionally trained in all areas of maternal doula care becoming a full-spectrum doula birth coach, so families have continuity of care, and you can then decide which area(s) of practice to specialize in. We Do Not Train to Support Women Choosing Abortion As Part of Our Full-Spectrum Training! Rather, we cover everything from fertility all the way through infant care - meaning full-spectrum or a generalist practitioner.
What does it cost to train with EDC?
We offer the best value in doula birth coaching. Our normal full price tuition costs $1,500.00, which includes your online training course, access to live support during your training, a 1-day hands-on training workshop, and lifetime access to the EDC Facebook training group. (Price does not include the price of books for student required reading - some books are provided and are not on the list).
Become An Elite Doula Birth Coach
In 4 Easy Steps
ENROLL AND PAY TUITION
COMPLETE YOUR REQUIRED READING AND ONLINE TRAINING
ATTEND THE HAND-ON TRAINING WORKSHOP
YOU'RE AN ELITE DOULA BIRTH COACH
If you are ready to take the next step and begin your Elite Doula Coach journey, we'd love to have you join our family of Elite Doulas!
Enroll and begin your new career. You will receive the required reading list and link to the classroom upon payment/enrollment.
Complete your reading assignments, self-paced online training academy modules, and complete all required assignments.
You will have lifetime access to the classroom.
All sales are final, non-refundable, and no refunds once access to the classroom/course modules are given to the student.
Attend the hands-on training workshop.
Congratulations! You are an Elite Doula & Birth Coach!