Student Testimonials

Student Testimonials!

What our students have to say. We have many more, this is just a sampling for you to look over.

What I liked about the Birth Arts Certification Program:
• I loved that this program is based on the Wise Woman way of thinking/philosophy and midwifery model of care.  This is how I think about things involving women and birth, and what I believe women should have access to.  Its rare to have this perspective in a doula certification these days.  I loved the holistic, natural, earthy style of it all!
• I enjoyed the inclusion of herbs, homeopathic remedies, essential oils, and natural remedies in the course.  This allowed me to have some of the basics within my scope of practice.
• I enjoyed how much hands on demonstration and practice was taught in my in-person training.  We learned ways to use the Rebozo, the main Spinning Babies positions, common acupressure spots for pain relief, how to make teas and infusions, and simple massage techniques.  This was so helpful when I attended my first several births!
• Demetria…your online presence on Facebook! It was great having you post and share articles.  You answered questions we had, supported us, gave input and support on things we struggled with and were facing with our clients.  I appreciated that extra touch of availability!
• Honestly, there wasn’t anything I didn’t enjoy! I would recommend this course to others!
The breadth of content in the BAI Postpartum Doula Training, including practical hands-on insights and guidance to bring in-home natural healing to women postpartum, has been a valuable compliment to existing skillsets. I’m grateful for the opportunity to have studied with you, Demetria.
With thanks
Amy

I absolutely loved the Birth Arts Birth Doula Course. I think everything was laid out in an easy to read format with multiple interactive links available. The manual was cohesive and contained so much valuable information. Demetria prepared information that was not only physical in nature but forced you to open up and explore your inner self. Which is so important in such an emotionally charged profession. Overall, I think this was a wonderful course for aspiring doulas and birth workers.
There was nothing that I would change about the course or update. I found the student Facebook page to be the most helpful. I was always using the search function and looking up other people’s responses to answer my questions.
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
K. Goodrich

Certified Birth Doula Program
When I went looking for the organization that I wanted to certify in as a birth doula I knew that I needed it to be thorough, online, holistic, and flexible. I found all of those things in Birth Arts International. Along with each of those things, I found a director who is involved and accessible.
The program is very thorough. From the number of books that need to be read and reviewed to the creation of handouts and a resource list, you cover a wide variety of topics and instruction.
I love that it is a very holistic and common sense course, including information on medical birth, but leaning towards the more natural, intuitive birth.
The fact that it is self-directed and online was very important for me given my location, which makes it a bit difficult to find workshops, and because of my busy family and work life.
Needing to attend 5 births, and of varying types, is definitely a benefit to this program. It isn’t always easy to find those births, but that challenges you to step out and assert yourself. With each birth, my confidence and knowledge grew exponentially.
Having a director who is so intimately involved and truly wants to see you succeed is a huge benefit to this training, as well. She is always there to answer questions, by whatever means of communication you use.
I know going forward that my doula career is greatly enhanced by the education and on-going education that I have received and will received from Birth Arts International.
Dawn Bollhoefer
11/28/18

One of the main reasons why I chose to become a Certified Birth Doula through Birth Arts International was the level of integrity displayed through both the instructors and director. I felt confident that the education that I’d receive would allow me to build my own philosophy around birth, and in return refine my practice and the subsect of clientele that I am passionate about working with. I found this to be true throughout the course work that was provided, and am appreciative of the amount of flexibility in terms of content that I was allowed to turn in. For example, being able to turn in a book report for a book that wasn’t on the reading list, but that I felt directly applied to my specific field of doula care.  Additionally, I found that BAI is extremely generous and understanding of the different things that come up in each individual’s life. My completing this certification is huge in that it is the first study related course that I’ve been able to complete in years; and having the ability to take the time it took to learn, digest, and process ALL of the content rather than being rushed through the course so that the organization could charge me recertifying fees the next years really speaks volumes to the mission behind BAI. It took me almost exactly three years to complete my certification (yet fully practicing as a trained doula and acquiring immense amounts of practical knowledge that helped me really understand the course over those three years), whereas I know some birth doulas who went through their certification through other organizations in a matter of four months but weren’t sure how to practically approach clients. I would often compare myself to these other doulas who flew through their certification process and am so grateful for the reminders, emails, and Facebook network that reassured me that I was right on track and it’s not a race. I am eager to continue my journey with Birth Arts International as I approach further certifications and follow my dreams as a full time birth doula. Many thanks and gratitude to those who have come before me and paved this path!Kindest Regards, Heather Renee


The Birth Arts International Doula Certification has given me everything I need to start my business as a doula, but it has also given me the time and the space to dive deeper into WHY I want to be a doula and how who I am can fit into the birth community. I personally feel that going through a certification program that requires you to attend more than three births is important. Every single birth I attended for my certification taught me something valuable. I feel that now, as I continue to take clients, I have the experience I need to handle a variety of situations (even though I know I’ll always be learning at every birth, I feel more confident and credible). Even though there were quite a bit of assignments, I feel that every assignment gave me space to really THINK about what I’m doing and what I believe and why. We had to complete book reports, and I find that important because books are an invaluable asset to us as well as our clients. This program covered all of the bases, and more, that we need to be successful and confident. I’m extremely happy I chose this course, and I’m also extremely happy that now I’m certified for life and I don’t have to pay fees to keep my standing as a certified doula. I also love that within Birth Arts, there are SO many opportunities for continuing education.
Kylie Marshall

 

Demetria + team,
Thank you from the bottom of my heart for creating this program and the whole world of Birth Arts International. When I was choosing between different certification programs, something about Birth Arts resonated with me. I could not put a finger to it, but it completely sold me…the feeling inside my heart. This program has made me grow spiritually and mentally. It’s an all-encompassing journey! It made me so happy that there was such a great balance between developing SKILL and HEART. I learned the skills of being a doula, but was invited to explore my heart for being a doula as well. I knew I had the heart, I just did not expect a certification program to be speaking so much to that part of me. Thank you!
Communication is excellent. I was always responded to in a very timely manner. The Facebook group is AWESOME – like GREAT! I love being part of that. The technicality of the course worked just fine and dandy for me. I did not have any major difficulties understanding the layout of the course. It was all explained very clearly and thoroughly. I liked the book list.
I LOVED that when talking to other doulas from other certification programs, I felt like the most “groomed”. That’s coming from me…a girl with NO kids, and really limited birth experience before coming into Birth Arts…yet, I found that many doulas trained through other programs did not have nearly the preparedness that I felt like I had…and that was all thanks to YOU! I feel like this program really cares about the quality of content it puts out! I loved loved loved it! I feel like I have such a solid doula foundation in skill and in heart!
Olivia Pitts