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Doula Training & Services

Where Modern Science Meets Ancient Wisdom
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DONA Approved Doula Trainings

Online Doula Training

Doula Mentorship & Coaching

Our approach to supporting families through birth is different.

If you feel called to serve the birthing families in your community, or need continuing education or mentoring for your established practice, Sierra Childbirth Institute, based out of Sacramento, California, provides education, training, and mentoring for aspiring and experienced childbirth professionals. We offer birth and postpartum doula training workshops and continuing education classes, all approved through DONA International, as well as an in-depth mentoring program. At SCI we are passionate about meeting all the needs of the childbirth professional.

At Sierra Childbirth Institute we provide a holistic, evidence-based perspective of birth and postpartum in a comfortable learning environment, as well as online doula training workshops and continuing education classes. Whether you choose online or in-person learning, our classes are all kept small to provide a personalized experience for our students. For aspiring midwives, our birth doula training is often a stepping-stone toward becoming a midwife. And for nursing students and labor and delivery nurses our workshops provide the labor support skills traditional education systems don’t offer.

For families looking for support and education, we also have a special branch of our school– Sierra Doula Services, where we provide birth and postpartum doula services to families in the California Sacramento Valley. Our team of Sierra Doulas are dedicated to helping families have more positive birth and postpartum experiences with the informational, physical, and emotional support they provide.

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Birth Doula Training

This DONA approved doula training provides an exploration of historical and conventional paradigms around childbirth. Learn the special role of Birth Doulas and how we can help women and families return to the ancient wisdom of birthing and parenting.

Postpartum Doula Training

Postpartum Doula Training

During this DONA approved postpartum doula training, participants will gain in-depth knowledge about the role of a doula during the postpartum period, as well as a personal understanding of the emotions and spiritual nature of birth and life with a newborn.

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Continuing Education Classes

These courses provide a comprehensive exploration of important topics such as labor support, pre-birth preparation, and specialist knowledge in postpartum care. Take your practice to the next level with our continuing education classes.

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Online Doula Trainings

Our DONA approved online birth and postpartum doula training workshops and continuing education classes are held live and provide the same valuable content as our in-person classes– from the comfort of your own home!

Doula Services in Sacramento

Sierra doulas provide families in the California Sacramento Valley with nurturing care and support from pregnancy through postpartum. We have hand-selected our team of birth and postpartum doulas for the in-depth training and mentoring we know they received.

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Doula Training Class
Doula Training Class

Continuing Education
& Special Events

Sierra Childbirth Institute offers classes for new students just launching their careers and experienced childbirth professionals looking for continuing education. But we offer more than classroom time — SCI also hosts special events featuring guest speakers, networking gatherings, and film screenings.

About Sierra Childbirth Institute

Sierra Childbirth Institute was founded in 2002 by Janine Maitri. Janine has been a birth professional since 1982 when she became passionate about helping babies, mothers and families have positive birth experiences. She has been on a mission to raise awareness about the ancient wisdom and instinctual nature of birth for 40 years. Janine moved to the Sacramento Valley in 2019 to open a school for birth professionals in the Arden area. With a skilled team of teachers and caring staff, Sierra Childbirth Institute provides doula training workshops and continuing education to aspiring and established birth professionals worldwide.

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Student Testimonials

Cheryl CobbCheryl Cobb
03:56 30 Mar 24
Thank you. Ms. Janine for presentingan excellent business foundational viral class , “Business of Being a Doula class.”. I appreciate your excellent work ethic , active listening,, evidence based approach and answers . I appreciate your sincere heart for the preservation of the best outcomes for all doulas, their businesses and their families served . Thank you Ms.Janine!
Elizabeth JoyElizabeth Joy
19:02 06 Feb 24
Everything done at Sierra Childbirth Institute is done with excellence. The amount of experience and expertise Janine has is evident in her trainings (I've done three now) and she is great with communication as well. Highly recommend.
Hannah GillilandHannah Gilliland
03:53 04 Feb 24
Had such an amazing experience. Janine was very thorough and answered every question we had. She’s very relational a well. Environment is very comfortable and like a warm living room which created a sweet place to learn. Highly recommend!
Maria LevertMaria Levert
14:15 31 Jan 24
Great space! I have taken a few classes here and it’s always super cozy and comfortable. They always have tea available which is a major plus for me! The space is large enough to teach a small yoga class even and any other class that doesn’t require too much movement. Definitely looking forward to the next time I get to take a class here!
Sayanna ChavezSayanna Chavez
23:07 15 Nov 23
I recently had the pleasure of taking the Birth Doula workshop with Janine; she is a very passionate and inspiring woman. I highly recommend Sierra Childbirth Institute.
18:45 30 Sep 23
I attended the Birth Doula training recently and I had the most amazing experience. Janine is an extremely passionate and knowledgable instructor. SCI has a welcoming energy and I felt comfortable to be myself, ask questions, and share my own experiences. I left training with a wide variety of knowledge and new friends. Thank you SCI!
Varuna KhullarVaruna Khullar
21:39 14 Aug 23
I just completed my Birth Doula workshop with Janine Maitri of Sierra Childbirth Institute and it was superb! The material, the workshop delivery, reference resources and top of all, Janine's excellent facilitation of the workshop! I definitely recommend this workshop to aspiring Doulas, new mothers and all women thinking of becoming pregnant. (there is a lot to gather for the Birthing Women too). Thank You, Janine!