DONA Birth Doula Training

DONA Birth Doula Trainings

with Debra Pascali-Bonaro LCCE, AdvCD/BDT/PDT(DONA)

Are you ready to embark on a transformative journey towards becoming a Certified DONA Birth Doula?

Debra Pascali-Bonaro is one of the most experienced doula trainers in the world.

Are you fascinated with birth and supporting MotherBabies and Families?

Would you like to learn skills to support a partner, friend, family or your community?

Do you feel called to study, learn and experience the nourishing sisterhood that becoming a doula will provide?

Are you a nurse or educator that would like to enhance your skills?

Are you ready to use your special gifts, compassion and desire to make a difference in a career that will fulfill you, your soul, and help to change the world?

Not sure if becoming a doula is right for you?

Take my free 10 question quiz to find out!

Plus receive a free copy of my ebook – Birthing Bliss: Your Guide to Becoming a Doula and Building a Joyful Practice

    If you said yes to any of the above, Debra Pascali-Bonaro’s Orgasmic DONA Approved Birth Doula Training will provide you with sessions covering the Introduction to Childbirth and DONA Birth Doula Workshop,  two of the requirements to begin your DONA Birth Doula Certification and support you in beginning your doula practice. 

    The sessions will also include special guest speakers and provide the space and time for more engagement, learning and community . 

    You will receive an extra bonus Q&A and Certification Session which will help you to feel prepared and empowered to begin supporting your clients as they prepare to give birth.

    Bonus value of over $250

    “Debra did a wonderful job fostering connection and intimacy in this training. Although I was in a virtual learning environment, I could feel Debra’s deep compassion, honor, and respect for birth and birthing people. I love how she brought racial and social justice issues to the forefront and provided guidance on how to address some of those issues as a birth worker. I am inspired to work with people in my community in the same nurturing and honorable way. I’d recommend this class to anyone who wants well-rounded, culturally diverse and grounding training.”
    Zuri Davidson

    Have you been longing for a new career that provides you with flexibility, income, and most importantly deep fulfillment?

    We will support you in every way as you learn how to care for others during childbirth

    “The workshop covered all the practical, ethical and resources needed to do the job. I feel empowered as a Doula to support the birthing person, their partner and community agencies. I appreciate the virtual and in-person sessions and Debra’s wealth of knowledge, she is a fantastic storyteller and delivered the training humbly with grace. I would recommend her Birth Doula workshop to everyone and would be interested in taking other workshops under her guidance.”
    Railyn P.

    During this workshop:

    • Connect to a community of like-minded people
    • Discover the role, traditions and research of doulas
    • Discuss the impact of racism and a doula’s role in advocacy, reducing disparities, and creating equity globally 
    • Learn the importance of  respectful care and how a doula supports informed decision making
    • Explore current practices vs. evidenced-based care
    • Deepen your passion for providing a doula’s nurturing care and touch to women/birthing people in childbirth
    • Learn 10 tips for doulas to support the hormonal physiology and close gaps when they arise, making birth safer and easier
    • Develop a toolkit of comfort measure
    • Create a language for gentle birth and enhance your communication skills
    • Learn birth traditions: dance, songs and comfort
    • Learn how to protect a person’s memory of birth in any situation and any setting
    • Learn how to provide care in challenging births
    • Discuss the emotional, spiritual, and sexual aspects of childbirth and how to help release fears and open to birth on every level
    • Discuss how to support fathers and other partners
    • Practice processing birth stories and the doulas role after birth
    • Learn about the wisdom and traditions of the Rebozo and simple comfort measures 
    • Practice doula skills in a safe circle of support
    • Learn all about DONA certification and have time for all your questions to be addressed 
    • Business Q & A to support you as you begin or expand your birth business
    • Learn about and discuss the role of community doulas in birth justice
    I would tell literally anyone who wants to birth, who has a partner who will birth, or who wants to learn about their inner power - “you must attend this course to heal yourself and the rest of our society.”
    -Melissa Rose Hirsch

    Meet Debra

    Debra has trained thousands of doulas, birth keepers, and parents around the world in the practices of gentle birth support.  She is the Founder & President of Pain to Power Childbirth Experience, Director of the award-winning documentary Orgasmic Birth: The Best-Kept Secret, author and inspirational international speaker, and chair of the International MotherBaby Childbirth Organization.  Debra’s passion comes from her years as a Lamaze International childbirth educator, and birth and postpartum doula trainer with DONA International where she has worked with women, men, midwives, doulas, nurses, and physicians in over 40 countries bringing comfort, love, and pleasure to birth and life!


    In childbirth, systemic racism is the root cause of disparities leading to higher maternal mortality rates for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC). 

    We believe doulas help to create a more equitable, respectful, maternity care system.

    We want to support and amplify BIPOC voices and support every person to have a safe, satisfying, and pleasurable birth and ensuring there is a doula for every person who wants one is an essential step. 

    We are offering a number of BIPOC Scholarships to promised doulas at 25% rate. 

    If you are an individual who identifies as a BIPOC and has a financial barrier to taking our course, we welcome you to apply for our scholarship.

    Please submit a 1 minute video or letter addressing the questions below:

    • Why would you like to become a doula?
    • How will you use this opportunity to support your community?
    • Do you identify as BIPOC?

    Submit your entry and/or questions to:

    Our scholarships are reserved for BIPOC individuals with financial need. If you are not a BIPOC, we have payment plans available.

    Refund Policy

    If you find it necessary to cancel your reservation, the following cancellation policy will apply:

    No refunds provided, however spaces are transferable so you may sell or gift your space.

    Not sure if becoming a doula is right for you?

    Take my free 10 question quiz to find out!

    Plus receive a free copy of my ebook – Birthing Bliss: Your Guide to Becoming a Doula and Building a Joyful Practice

      Join Ibu Robin Lim and Debra at Eat Pray Doula Retreats in Bali, Indonesia 2025

      Eat Pray Doula is an annual retreat in Bali, Indonesia that Debra co-teaches with CNN Hero Ibu Robin Lim, Midwife Mala Landt, and special guests for Advanced Trainings. 

      In-person retreats

      • DONA Birth Doula Retreat: March 17-25, 2025

      • Advanced Skills for Birth Practitioners: April 2-10, 2025
      “It’s a thoughtful gathering of sisters who are curious about supporting each other during a most transformative life experience”
      Bodyworker and Energy Healer
      “Debra's passion for birth is obvious! She is kind, caring, and extremely knowledgeable. She took her time to answer all our questions. It was an honor to learn from her, and I received culturally sensitive information about birth in other cultures, which I didn't anticipate.”

      Community Doula Programs

      Philadelphia Alliance for Labor Support

      The Philadelphia Alliance for Labor Support (PALS) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping Philadelphians have a positive birth experience.

      Our doulas provide free labor support services including physical, emotional, and informational support, and we provide subsidized training to those wishing to become doulas.

      Spring 2024 – Learn more 

      Healthy Women, Healthy Futures

      Northern Manhattan Perinatal Partnership, Inc.

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      1. © Sweet Births
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