Cornerstone Doula Trainings Est: 2006
THE ONLY DOULA TRAINING PROGRAM THAT OFFERS
Rights Informed Birth Advocate Certification
Our Labor & Birth Doula Training includes a KNOW YOUR RIGHTS training in collaboration with Birth Monopoly. Every person who takes our Labor & Birth Doula Training leaves with the exclusive certification: Rights Informed Birth Advocate. Train with a program that equips you with the tools to advocate. Cornerstone Doula Trainings + Birth Monopoly: Together, we are shifting paradigms by putting the power back in the hands of birthing people and their families.
Cornerstone Doulas & Birthkeepers are committed to: Ethical practice. Community engagement. Critical thinking. Intersectional analysis. Leadership. Accountability. Client-centered care. Teamwork and collaboration. Interpersonal awareness. Supportive communication and active listening. Informed choice. Advocacy. Compassion. Cultural responsiveness. Evidence-based education. Birth & Reproductive justice frameworks. Anti-oppression. Self care. Self-reflection. Flexibility.
Cornerstone Doulas & Birthkeepers: Honor and value clients’ expertise. Value partnerships with providers. Actively seek continuing education. Continually improve communication and conflict resolution skills. Acknowledge limitations and seek help when needed. Respect and honor difference. Recognize personal biases (explicit and implicit) and actively work to deconstruct them. Actively struggle against oppression. Center and amplify the voices of marginalized communities. Actively work toward health equity and reproductive justice for all people.
Cornerstone Doulas & Birthkeepers provide: Continuous unbiased, client-centered support throughout the reproductive lifespan. This support focuses on the whole person, family and community and encompasses emotional, physical, psychosocial, and educational support techniques. Cornerstone doulas employ individualized supportive communication, culturally responsive care, hands-on therapeutic techniques and an equitable approach with all clients.
Our Mission and Commitments
With an unwavering commitment to inclusion, diversity and equity, as well as birth, reproductive and social justice frameworks, our agency is at the forefront of a doula training revolution. Cornerstone provides the best of both worlds in our program: we empower our students with the tools to grow a successful birth business, while also providing a deeper understanding of the sacred, traditional, emotional, psychosocial, political and intersectional aspects of birth. Through our program, you will engage in holistic, community-based learning which blends traditional and evidence-based practice. When you compare our course offerings to other leading doula training organizations, you'll see that our courses are much longer in duration, more in-depth in content and more affordable for the amount of time spent in class than any other training available. (You pay an average of $23.69 per hour of class time for our core courses.) We want you to be fully prepared before you enter the birth worker role. We pledge to provide our students with the knowledge, confidence and skills to start attending births immediately. With an efficient certification model that is based on self-paced learning and direct mentoring, Cornerstone provides a clear path to a sustainable birth business from the start.
OUR MISSION is to organize and activate a radically inclusive community of doulas and birthkeepers to provide full spectrum C.A.R.E. to all. Cornerstone doulas and birthkeepers champion equitable access to safe, supported and dignified care for all communities throughout the reproductive lifespan. Our collective C.A.R.E. is focused on closing gaps in disparate maternal and infant health outcomes, increasing reproductive health equity and creating positive change in all reproductive health outcomes — and as a result, our society at large.