​We provide preparation and support to help women have calmer, easier labors so they can enter motherhood with confidence.

Serving Central New Jersey -

Mercer, Monmouth, Ocean

counties and surrounding areas





​​​Have you thought about

becoming a birth doula?  

Consider training with us.

September 15-17,  2017







As you start on the path to becoming a DONA certified doula, our New Jersey Doula training will give you the support and structure of DONA International, the premier doula organization in the world, combined with the personal support and followup from Your Best Birth. We work with our students to help them through the certification process and provide continuing support long after the workshop ends. 



Q. There are many organizations & workshops offering doula training. Why should I take a DONA Workshop?

DONA International was established over 24 years ago and is the original doula certifying organization, having certified over 8,500 doulas to date.  Unlike some newer organizations, this one has proven "staying power".  You can be sure that your certification will stay relevant and grounded in a well established organization.  As such, it is widely recognized and respected for its professionalism.  Its in-depth certification process ensures that a DONA certified doula is well prepared to offer clients the best possible support and service.  DONA's Scope of Practice and Code of Ethics provide a framework for DONA doulas to practice in, allowing them to maintain healthy boundaries with both their clients and the medical community.  A DONA International membership includes a subscription to the quarterly publication "The International Doula" magazine as well as plenty of continuing education opportunities.  DONA hosts an annual conference as well, where you can meet and network with hundreds of doulas from around the world.


Q. Why take THIS particular workshop?

Our workshop includes many extras, including:


  • 150+ page binder
  • 120+ page childbirth education workbook
  • Continental breakfast all three days
  • Snacks and beverages provided all three days
  • Lunch provided Sunday
  • Keepsakes to encourage and support you
  • Your choice of useful doula items
  • A clear plan for what to do next to get your business started
  • Private Facebook group
  • Doula get-togethers
  • Continuing support and information from Jessica and Dorothy
  • Complementary review of completed certification packet


Q. Who are the instructors for this workshop?

Dorothy Haines and Jessica Koester co-teach this workshop. We have each been certified through DONA for over 12 years and have a combined total of over 400 births attended.  We've been co-teaching together for over 9 years and have worked hard to develop a teaching style that is interactive, dynamic, fun, and memorable.  As both teachers and doulas, we love what we do and are so excited to help others on this journey.  Professionally, we are well-respected in the birth community and receive many of our own referrals from local midwives and doctors as well as past students and clients.


Q.  Where is this workshop being held?

We consider ourselves very fortunate to have found a local place like The New Jersey Center for the Healing Arts for holding our workshops.  A far cry from the tiled floors and florescent lights of hospitals and public rooms, The Center is a beautiful welcoming space.  It's big enough for us to demonstrate and practice hands-on skills but also intimate enough that you'll never have to strain to hear or see us.  The Center is located in Red Bank, NJ and is easily accessible from the Parkway as well as Routes 18, 35, 36, and 520. 


Q.  What will I learn in this workshop?  How did you develop your curriculum?

In addition to having been personally trained by DONA founder and author Penny Simkin, who has supported women as a birth doula for the past 48 years, we have had the privilege of participating and observing three additional DONA doula trainings.  We have developed our curriculum to to reflect the very best of these trainings.  We want our students to come away feeling prepared and confident - not only in serving and supporting women and their partners, but also in setting up and running a successful business.  You will also leave our workshop with your choice of practical tools, such as a birth ball, massage tool, etc. with knowledge of how to use these items at the births you attend.


In our three day workshop you will learn:


  • How to provide the three types of support that doulas offer - informational, emotional, and physical support
  • Hands-on techniques for supporting a laboring client throughout the various stages of labor
  • How to work with the birth ball and peanut ball throughout the different stages of labor
  • The role of the doula in cesarean and medicated births
  • Meeting with the client - the interview, prenatal visits, and postpartum visits
  • The process of certification with DONA
  • The basics of managing your doula business - recordkeeping, marketing, building your business.
  • Immediate postpartum - the newborn and breastfeeding
  • Communication skills
  • Doula ethics and DONA standards of practice


If you're thinking of starting your career as a birth doula or interested in exploring the option of becoming a birth doula, please join us on September 15-17, 2017.   


For more information about our workshop or to sign up, email us at doulatraining@yourbestbirth.org or call us at 732-925-3035.


For more information about the DONA certification process, go to www.dona.org