The time has come for women to remember:
Women have always supported women in birth.
Dear Prospective Doula,
After working with so many women who are interested in being birth workers (midwives, doulas, etc.) we know that we are all so different. We have had our own experiences that have led us to birth.
And while there are many things that make our individual experience different and unique, we all share TWO things in common with every other woman in the world:
First…we all care about our sisters, daughters, nieces, neighbors having the BEST childbirth experience possible. Second…you possess deep birth wisdom and ancestral wisdom at varying stages of realization or acknowledgement…whether you know it or not.
Unfortunately, our world is such that there are countless obstacles that have been put in the way between you and serving women as a doula/support in the way you dream about.
Things like mainstream medicine believing birth is dangerous… the lack of information that is truly woman-centered… a culture who talks about birth in terms of hypothetical risk of death only… a culture that does not respect women or babies or mothers… a lack of access to true midwifery, and a long history of systemic birth abuse in the system.
The list goes on and on. Many of you have already experienced being a doula on these terms; and you know there is a better way. A more loving, more connected way that makes real SENSE to your mind and your heart. A way that will change the next generation and allow for babies to come into this world in love and peace.
You KNOW there is another way because you do; and you’ve seen and felt how the “normal” way breaks mothers and babies to pieces.
It is for these deep reasons that Indie Birth, and this new Birth Warrior Project: 120 Day Doula Training and Transformation course has been created! We know you know. And we are here to share our own wisdom, knowledge and years of experience with you. So that you know you are not alone, you were never wrong, and there’s a whole community of women who feel they way you do and believe what you do.
We are here to add our energy to the learning, growth and revolution that is upon us.
Calling all Birth Warriors NOW!
- Birth trauma and postpartum depression are at an all-time high
- We have a 34% cesarean section rate in the US.
- Most women are confused about WHO is in charge of their pregnancies and births and suffer poor experiences as a result. Even people hiring midwives are confused and often bewildered as to how their births wind up so CONTROLLED by someone else…..are doulas acting as part of the problem or as part of the solution?
- Most doula organizations are fixated on coercion and control, when it gets right down to it. The creation of the doula industry has largely enabled women to make poor, and harmful choices.
- So many women acting as doulas feel like “cogs in the wheel”. Where’s the clarity and self-introspection so we can each serve the “right” women for us?
- The sacred aspects of birth are forgotten about or ridiculed as being nonsensical. This is a MUST in creating awesome doulas and an aspect of “training” that isn’t included in most other programs.
- Care providers are risking women out of their desired births at incredible rates, never asking what the woman actually believes about her risk status or what she wants for her birth. We believe doulas can help change this.
- Most women acting as doulas are GIVING AWAY their power in one way or another.
- The truth about how birth can look when left alone is now in the hands of very few birth protectors. We are some of those protectors and we want to share this truth with YOU!
Our Mission is to Show You Your Inherent Power to Support Others in Pregnancy and Birth
We are ushering in a new paradigm for pregnancy, birth
It’s also an amazing personal journey created and led by Maryn Green and Margo Blackstone, birth badasses, leaders of the Indie Birth movement, and independent midwives.
From Midwives, For Doulas
We set out to create the ultimate course on creating doulas that support pregnancy, birth and beyond
Meet Your Teachers:
Maryn Green and Margo Blackstone,
There is no greater possibility for radical change (in your own life and in the world) than when we change our relationship with the role of “doula” . With a combined 23 years of experience, we’ve got deep wisdom, practical skills, pearls, and strategies that we hope you’ll let us share with you so you can reap the benefits of this information in your own life! We also hope you will FEEL the support of this amazing network of women that we have created all over the world!
You Can Transform Your Role as Doula (Whether you are brand new or experienced)!
Most “become a doula” courses are based
Watch “Nourish Your Natural Pregnancy” to get an idea of the kind of content you’ll get in the course. This is only 1 of more than 20 video lessons.
Wholistic Content to Change Your Life
Women need real information about pregnancy and birth, rooted in the sacred and the scientific. Women ALSO need support and encouragement to access their own deep wisdom. We will help you to integrate these things! The Birth Warrior Project; 120 Day Doula Training and Transformation will help you to:
Take back your power as a woman that inherently knows how to be a support to other women in birth. And as an extension of that….your life!!!
Recognize, listen to, and trust your body knowledge AND your heart/spirit when it speaks!
Let go of fear created by a disease-based medical pregnancy and birth model and embrace the wise woman model
Deepen your connection with yourself; working through your own experiences and trauma so that you can truly serve
Understand how to take care of yourself so that you can really listen to other women and reflect their own power to them
Communicate what it is you believe, who you are and what women you have been made to serve. Learn how to manifest these strong intentions in your business.
Develop a strong knowledge of how birth REALLY works and how to communicate this to women without apology
Envision how your birth support will change our culture by supporting women to have powerful births that change them (and you!) deeply!
Create the support system that reflects your deepest desires and creative state. Anything is possible!
Clarify your beliefs as a woman, and your needs so that you can fulfill your vision
Bond with your other Indie Birth sisters as they join you on this journey of transformation
Laugh; birth is serious but this course is about as fun as 40 hours of learning will get:)
Rock your vision of education and supporting birthing women!
Get prepared for avoiding burnout and holding steady as you create a powerful birth support system in your community
You Get Access to ALL of These Topics!
How to Begin
Why We Made This Course• What Does “Doula” Mean? • Redreaming the Doula Role • Inner Work Requirements and Sections • Why We Don’t Certify • Creating Outer Change • Beliefs about Birth • Wise Woman Model • Your Vision
Exploring our Own Experiences • Attracting the Women that You Can Serve Best • Prenatal Appointments (the how, why, when) • Intuition • Alternative Therapies • Doula Role in Clinical Care • Getting Women Ready for Birth • Nutrition Counseling
How Birth Works • Teaching About Undisturbed Birth • Indie Birth Network Program (free workshop) access • Long Labors • Short Labors • Animal Births • What You “Need” To Support a Labor • When to Join A Labor • Interventions • Comfort Measures
Preparing Women for the 4th Trimester • Placenta Options • Vaginal Steaming • Birth Trauma • Breastfeeding
Counseling on Clinical Topics • Out of the Box Births • Newborn Choices and Basic Baby Care • Miscarriage and Loss • VBAC • Breech birth • Business Topics (interviews, forms, worksheets, handouts, website, taking photos) and Self-Care!
We designed this course with our prospective midwifery students in mind
Not only will you learn about what is needed to become a doula, you will learn how to connect with your inner wisdom, knowledge your body and many like-minded women around the world!
How You Will Be Transformed
All Students in Birth Warrior Training Receive:
- Membership on our all online, super easy and intuitive learning platform; all you need is an internet connection and a computer
- Access to 12 modules,
includingresources, videos, PDFs, assignments, etc. (Class runs FEBRUARY 1-JUNE 1, 2020)
- EXCLUSIVE never-released-to-the-public videos
- A FREE Indie Birth mug; only available to Birth Warrior students
- MONTHLY Zoom calls with Margo and Maryn to ask questions and commune with other enrollees
- Proprietary Indie Birth webinars
- Creative heart and brain based assignments that will push you outside your comfort zone
- A FREE electronic copy of our book, Indie Birth: A Story of Radical Birth Love
- Business coaching on the monthly Zoom calls from Margo and Maryn who are regularly rocking a global, online and successful venture
- Downloadable PDF checklist to keep you on task!
- Discussions within the course and on our own Indie Birth Social platform
- Support to totally transform yourself and your beliefs around birth and life
- Ability to submit your course assignments for individualized feedback
Here is what it isn’t!
This is not a crash course in how to get a doula certificate as fast as possible (and actually we won’t be certifying you at all!) because there is no simple tip or trick when it comes to taking responsibility for your self, your intentions, your business and your life!
This is also not a secret way to be acting as a midwife or to take on the doula role in a way that creates confusion. We believe in transparency and hope/suggest/assume that our enrollees are interested in serving women as doulas or even “birth consultants”. This is the only course we know of that isn’t just a “how to” or a “do it
This is NOT for people that want to stay on the surface, but that do want to dig deep into all the crevices of information and self-discovery that this EXPERIENCE requires!
PLEASE NOTE: THIS IS A 4 MONTH COURSE WITH ACCESS FOR 4 MONTHS ONLY. WE WILL PROVIDE YOU WITH A STRUCTURE SO THAT YOU CAN GET THIS DONE, AND SUBMITTED TO US (IF YOU CHOOSE) WITHIN THAT TIMEFRAME! YOU CAN OF COURSE SAVE YOUR OWN WORK.
Serving in birth requires everything that we are.
Why would you settle for anything less in your preparation?
Enrollment is open At Any Time FOR motivated students. Sign up for a Clarity Call to talk to our team and see if the course is right for you.
The course investment is $1800, which includes weekly group coaching calls.
What Our Students Are Saying About This Project and Our Other Radical Education Options
“Maryn and Margo help you cut through all the unnecessary confusion and create a clear vision for yourself that is in tune to your individual needs.”
“I am a mother of two children already, and I had taken 3 birth classes in the past. I am surprised by how much more informed I feel now about the process of birth. I always had a knowing that my body knew what to do, and now I understand that to be absolutely true. The class was open and explorative as well as packed full of useful information. Thank you so much for expanding my awareness of pregnancy and birth well over what I expected!”
“I have been following you all for about 2 years now as I delve deep into myself while preparing to consciously conceive my first child sometime next year. After supporting a good friend and her family during her pregnancy and autonomous home birth of her son earlier this year I knew in my heart I was being led to support women in birth. I waffled back and forth on signing up for a doula course through well known organizations. I intuitively knew the education I would receive would not support me in how I know in my heart I wish to walk with women. Thank you for this course, it is literally the answer to my prayers and the next step for me. I’ve signed up and am ready to begin.”-Crystal
“You have no idea how much you helped me with my own birth experience. I will always be grateful for your level headed, personal, raw, intelligent and honest way of sharing your stories. Thank you. Indie Birth is a gift, and a deeply refreshing antidote to the mainstream medical birthing world. It’s what I had been looking for for a long time, and I found it just weeks before my first home birth (to my second child). Your inspiration stayed with me and got me through the “I can’t do this anymore” stage of labor, to the moment where I was giving my tiny little daughter her first kisses. She was born peacefully and calmly into an atmosphere of pure love, without even a touch of fear. Thank you.”-Valerie