DONA Birth Doula Training

Orgasmic Birth presents 

DONA Birth Doula Training Weekly Class

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

Welcome: January 18 | 4-6 PM EST (New York)
9 Sessions: January 19-March 1 | 4-8 PM EST 
BONUS Business Q&A: March 2 | 4-6 PM EST

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?

If you said yes to any of the above, Debra Pascali-Bonaro’s Orgasmic DONA Approved Birth Doula Training will provide you with 11 sessions covering the Introduction to Childbirth, Introduction to Breast/Chest Feeding, DONA Birth Doula Workshop,  3 requirements to begin your DONA Birth Doula Certification and support you in beginning your doula practice. 

The weekly 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 session on doula business  Q & A and extra support in preparing for DONA certification, you’ll feel prepared and empowered to begin supporting your clients as they prepare for and give birth.

“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?

Is learning in smaller twice-a-week sessions better for you and/or your family?

We have created our first class/doula community spread over 2 months to 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.

This 11 Session Course is only $999 (payment plans available)

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

Special Guests

Stephanie Henriques, LMSW (she/her)

Social services strategist, youth advocate and birth justice activist Certified birth doula, childbirth educator and lactation consultant. Follow Stephanie @Bridgeandladder 

Sydney Henriques-Payne

is a social impact strategist, equitable systems designer and diversity, equity and inclusion practitioner who focuses on intersectional identity. She is a trained doula and leads various trainings centered on racial equity. She also serves as an aspiring allyship coach and leads several professional learning communities focused on antiracist action.


She is the founder of Bridge & Ladder, a consulting company that supports individuals and organizations in strategic planning and talent development.

Alejandra Lozano, LCCE, Midwife

Since the birth of her son Mariano, she became passionate about birth, and began her preparation to become a professional and traditional midwife, with the intention that more women have the opportunity to live a respected, pleasurable, transcendental birth experience, with company, trust and love.

Combining ancestral knowledge from the ancient and traditional midwives of México and Latin America with the most up-to-date scientific evidence to find a balance in the needs of today’s women and to keep the traditional medicine alive.


Her personal interest is to offer quality midwifery services at low costs so every woman can have the same opportunities, always working as a team with other Midwives and health providers.

Amadoma Bediako, MS, CCCE, CLC, CD/BDT(DONA) FDC, P.A.I.L.

Amadoma Bediako has been a birth worker since the late 70's when she worked with a cadre of women who were all part of an African centered religious and cultural organization, based in New York City. In January, 1979 she attended her first birth. She has since attended births in a variety of settings, including clients’ homes, hospitals and birthing centers. Amadoma has a bachelor’s degree in Health Sciences and a master’s degree in Education. A founding member and vice president of “Sistahs for Better Birthing”, Amadoma worked with this group to sponsor the ICTC Black Midwives and Healers Conference in Harlem in 2008. She is also a longtime supporter of The Harlem Birth Action Committee. Amadoma is a childbirth educator, certified by CAPPA (Childbirth and Postpartum Professional Association). She is a certified birth doula with DONA International as well as a DONA Approved Birth Doula Trainer. She teaches weekly childbirth classes and is a labor doula with the By My Side Birth Support Program, through Healthy Start Brooklyn. She has taught “Dancing thru Pregnancy” classes for this program as well. Amadoma is a Certified Lactation Counselor (CLC) and worked for many years as a Breastfeeding Peer Counselor with the Catholic Charities Neighborhood Services WIC program.

LaShanda Dandrich, IBCLC

LaShanda Dandrich is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant since 2013.  After the birth of her daughter in 2009, her passion for breastfeeding and supporting mothers and families in the postpartum period blossomed.  She became a trained postpartum doula while pursuing her IBCLC credential.  She has worked as an IBCLC in several hospitals in the NYC area, as well as facilitating lactation support groups and doing home visits. She supports families of all diverse cultural and socio-economic backgrounds throughout NYC.

Lashanda lives in Harlem with her daughter, Ava.  When she is not busy being a mom and supporting other moms, she enjoys traveling, reading sci-fi, and trying new cuisines.

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!


  • January 18: Introduction | 4:00-6:00 PM ET
  • January 19: Intro. to Childbirth Part 1 | 4:00-8:00 PM ET
  • February 1: Intro. to Childbirth Part 2 | 4:00-8:00 PM ET
  • February 2: Intro. to Breastfeeding | 4:30-8:00 PM ET
  • February 8: Birth Doula Training Day 1 | 4:00-8:00 PM ET
  • February 9: Birth Doula Training Day 2 | 4:00-8:00 PM ET 
  • February 15: Birth Doula Training Day 3 | 4:00-8:00 PM ET
  • February 16: Birth Doula Training Day 4 | 4:00-8:00 PM ET
  • February 22: Birth Doula Training Day 5 | 4:00-8:00 PM ET
  • March 1: Birth Doula Training Day 6 | 4:00-8:00 PM ET
  • March 2: DONA Certification & Business | 4:00-6:00 PM ET

This DONA Approved Birth Training will cover 3 of the classroom requirements for Certification. The remaining classroom requirement is a DONA-provided birth business webinar. You can learn more about certification here.

*most sessions are 4-8 PM, please note the outliers in bold


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 50% 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.

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Looking for a more immersive experience?

Eat Pray Doula Retreats in Bali, Indonesia

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. Eat Pray Doula will be held virtually in 2022 and we hope to gather in Bali in 2023. You can learn more about our virtual retreats

  • Virtual Retreats
    • DONA Birth Doula Training: March 7-8, 14-16, 21-23, 28, 2022
    • DONA Postpartum Doula Training: March 28, April 4-6, 11-13, 19-21, 2022

  • In-person retreats
    • DONA Birth Doula Retreat: May 13-20, 2023
    • DONA Postpartum Doula Training: May 27-June 3, 2023

Additional Workshop Partnerships

Birth Day Presence, NJ/NYC

Birth Day Presence hosts a number of Birth and Postpartum Doula Trainings. At this time most trainings are virtual, unless noted below. You can learn more and register via  links.

Birth Doula 

  • January 13th & 14th (Virtual), 15th (in person required Tribeca, NY), 16th (Virtual) 
  • March 29 – April 1, 2022
  • June 7 – 10th, 2022
  • August 16 – 19th, 2022
  • October 4 – 7th, 2022

Postpartum Doula 

  • January 25 – 28th, 2022
  • June 21 – 24th,  2022
“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.”

Postpartum Doula Workshop, France

Lobo Luna will host Debra for a DONA Approved Birth Doula Training. A first in France! 4 days of specialized training on the Postnatal period! To enrich the multidisciplinary approach, various professionals will come to enrich Debra’s sharing, such as sociologist, feminist, psychiatrist, lactation consultant, porterage, bereavement companion.

Elysia and the Doulas of Austria

Elysia and the Doulas of Austria host Debra for a number of Birth Doula Trainings each year in Austria. You can learn more about these trainings by contacting: Angelika Rodler 

  • April 28 – 30 2022 

  • May 4, 5 and 6th 2022 

“It’s a thoughtful gathering of sisters who are curious about supporting each other during a most transformative life experience”
Bodyworker and Energy Healer

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.

Healthy Women, Healthy Futures

Northern Manhattan Perinatal Partnership, Inc.

Background images 

  1. © Sweet Births
  2. © Monet Nicole