Taught by Ana Paula Markel

Our 3 day birth doula training is all that you need to start your successful doula career. This training is your first step in becoming a certified doula through DONA International, the leading doula organization worldwide. Our INTERACTIVE and hands-on workshop will equip you with all the tools and information you need to launch your new doula practice.

If our in person trainings don't work with your schedule, we also provide a LIVE Virtual training!
DONA International is a global organization, making our virtual training ideal for both local doulas and those not in Los Angeles who want to train with us.
Los Angeles Doula Training

Refund Policy: Our trainings are NON REFUNDABLE, buf if you are unable to attend we can transfer you to a future workshop under the following conditions: You must notify us within two week (14 days) of the workshop, and the transfer needs to be for a workshop within 6 months of the original date. This is the policy as our workshops sell out and we turn potential students away.

Upcoming Doula Trainings:


Each of our DONA-approved birth doula trainings is 3 full days, meeting Friday, Saturday & Sunday from 9am - 5pm.

  • May 3rd-5th, 2024 (VIRTUAL - $450)
  • June 28th-30th (VIRTUAL- $450) 
  • September 20th-23rd, 2024 (IN PERSON - $595) 
  • December 6th-8th, 2024 (VIRTUAL- $450) 

COST:  Includes a full three day workshop, along with the Introduction to Childbirth for Doulas course, a manual, handouts and monthly support meetings with access to your trainer and other experienced doulas. In person training also includes a full breakfast!

Payment plan available at checkout!

  • VIRTUAL: $200 non-refundable deposit & $250 due week of training
  • IN PERSON: $295 non-refundable deposit & $300 due week of training

Our online trainings are LIVE, so we will still spend all three days together, using a platform which will allow for questions and group discussions.

To help make the process as easy as possible for our new doulas, Bini Birth also offers a FREE doula peer review meeting every month for all doulas trained through us. Peer reviews are great opportunities for continued mentorship, assistance with certification process, networking, and creating a support system with like-minded individuals.

Birth Doula Workshop topics include:

  • The role of the doula
  • Scope of Practice and Code of Conduct for doulas
  • Hands on comfort measures with time for practice and role play
  • Emotional support during pregnancy and childbirth
  • Understanding medications and medical interventions, and how a doula can help
  • How to start your doula business
  • Working with partners/dads
  • Navigating the DONA doula certification process

After your doula training:

Attendance at this workshop is the first step toward becoming a DONA International certified doula. We will discuss the certification process in its entirety during the training. There are no prequisites for this course.

We are here to help you stay on track with our FREE doula peer review meeting every month for all doulas trained through us.


Ana Paula Markel is at the forefront of the doula movement not only in Los Angeles, but across California and internationally. Her workshop aims to provide you with the most current and evidence based information so you can leave feeling empowered and enlightened as you begin this new chapter as a birth doula.
Ana Paula not only mentors doulas during the three day workshops, but throughout a new doula's entire certification process and early days of finding clients.
Ana Paula Markel DONA Doula Trainer
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