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Postpartum Doula Workshop

A full three-day workshop with the midwife prepares you to provide skilled in-home support to families with a new baby.

March 1, 2 & 3, 2019 (Snow date 3/9) Northampton, MA Register Today

June 2019 South Portland, Maine. Subject to confirmation.

October 18, 19, 20, 2019. Western Mass. Register Today

Birth Doula Training

Four inspiring days of instruction, lecture, case studies, role play, multi-media presentation, discussion, reflection and lots of hands-on practice give you the tools you need to begin this powerful work with birthing women and families.

Jan. 25, 26, Feb. 9 & 10th. Northampton, MA. Cooley Dickinson Hospital/Smith College.
Mar. 23, 24, Apr. 6 & 7th. Amherst, MA. Amherst College.
June 6 – 9th. South Portland, Maine. TBC.
Sept. 21, 22, Oct. 5 & 6th. Amherst, MA. Hampshire College.
Nov. 23, 24, Dec.7 & 8th, Greenfield MA. Franklin Medical Center.


Advanced Doula Training Retreat

Deepen your doula practice during this residential retreat weekend. Workshop sessions will prepare you to support clients well during more challenging births; increase your own sense of well-being while doing this wonderfully intense work; increase your touch sensitivity, and help you bump up your practice management skills. You’ll also have time to relax as we share stories around a campfire and enjoy nourishing food prepared for us by a great cook!

Applications will be accepted beginning February 2019. Save the dates – August 9-11, 2019, likely within an hour of Portland, Maine. We may also offer Speedy Birth on August 7th as an optional add-on.

Creative Movement: Practical Prep for a Positive Birth

The Valley’s favorite experiential childbirth ed class! Learn dozens of techniques for a smoother, easier birth.

midwife and doula training
Winter Session
Sunday, February 10th, 1:30-4:00PM. Smith College Campus Center, upstairs ballroom. Northampton MA.
Spring Session
Sunday, April 7th, 1:30-4:00, Amherst College, Amherst MA.

“Every family deserves a Warm Welcome! ~ Todas las familias merecen una cálida bienvenida!”

Michelle L’Esperance, Certified Professional Midwife, Doula & Doula Trainer. (413) 858-5048. Supporting families in Western Massachusetts.

Serving Northampton, Amherst, Easthampton, Southhampton, Westhampton, Williamsburg, Hadley, Holyoke, Deerfield, South Deerfield, Greenfield, Conway, Turner’s Falls, Palmer, Leverett, Sunderland, Belchertown, South Hadley, Ashfield, Worthington, Chesterfield, Ware and the surrounding region.

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