June Birth Doula Training In-Person Workshop

Attend a DONA International-approved Birth Doula training workshop in Crown Point, Indiana, which includes Introduction to Childbirth. Sessions will take place over two weekends, on June 22nd and 23rd, and June 29th and 30th. Scroll down for more information.

Registration is now open. Click here to register, or email me now if you have a question.

What Is A Doula?

A doula provides continuous emotional, physical, and informational support for the birthing person and their partner before, during, and just after birth.

More people than ever are choosing to have a birth doula as part of their birthing team. Louise is one of the most experienced birth doulas and is a leading trainer in the Chicago and Northwest Indiana community. She is passionate about helping families to have better, healthier birthing experiences, preparing and bringing more doulas into the birthing team, and teaching healthcare providers about doula care.


For Birthing Parents

Louise began supporting and educating families in 1988. In 1994, she was trained as a Birth Doula by Penny Simkin, a founder of DONA International. She has led the introduction and growth of doula-supported births in Chicago’s south suburbs and Northwest Indiana over the past 35 years, providing support at over 1,500 births in 28 hospitals.

Louise is also a childbirth educator at Franciscan Health Crown Point. She created and manages a doula program at Franciscan Health Crown Point. She speaks at obstetrical staff training sessions and childbirth classes at area hospitals.

Get in touch to learn more about Louise’s birth doula services.


Birth Doula Training

Louise became a DONA International approved Birth Doula Trainer in 2002. Over the last two decades, she has led over 50 training workshops. She continues to offer high-quality public and private workshops for individuals who are interested in becoming doulas. Workshops are four days long and include:

  • up-to-date research
  • best practices for doula care
  • in-person role playing
  • hands-on exercises
Louise's workshop fulfills two requirements toward certification as a DONA International Certified Birth Doula: Introduction to Childbirth, and Birth Doula Training. Read about DONA's Birth Doula certification requirements and process at this link: Birth Doula Certification: A Doula's Guide

Custom workshops for hospitals and community-based programs can be arranged at your site and schedule. Email me to schedule a custom workshop for your organization.

Anyone can attend pre-scheduled public workshops held in Crown Point, Indiana in conjunction with Franciscan Health. They take place over two weekends on Saturdays and Sundays from 8:30am to 6:30pm Central Time. Crown Point is 45 miles southeast of Chicago. Tuition for the workshop is $500; limited needs-based scholarships are available. Participants at Franciscan Health workshops may have the option of volunteering at the Crown Point Birthing Center, which provides an opportunity to get expert-mentored births with Louise.

2024 Workshop Schedule

Three public workshops are scheduled for 2024 in Crown Point, Indiana. Click on any event below for more information or to be put on a mailing list about my workshops.

Get in touch to learn more or get on the list for announcements of future workshops.




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