Kate Stroud

734.395.6900 starcage@gmail.com

Massage Therapist, DONA Birth Doula Trainer, Childbirth Educator and Artist. 



Are you looking for a great way to help women and families?
Become a birth doula!

DONA Birth Doula Training:

October 19th-20th, 2019 in Ann Arbor, Michigan
Fee: $350
Saturday & Sunday 8:30am-6pm (Two Day DONA Birth Doula Training)
Pay $350 with credit card through  Square Marketplace

Location: Ann Arbor Academy 1153 Oak Valley Dr, Ann Arbor, MI 48108

Registration Options:

1. Email Kate (starcage@gmail.com) to register and arrange payment by check.

2. Pay $350 with credit card through  Square Marketplace.  Make sure you sign up for the training date you would like to attend. Kate will contact you for more registration information.

About the Training:

Over this two day training with Kate Stroud, you will have the opportunity to learn about supporting mothers, babies and their families in the childbearing year. Kate has 18+ years of experience as a birth doula, a postpartum doula, childbirth educator, home birth midwife assistant and massage therapist specializing in women in the childbearing year.  Her deep experience offers you an in-depth look into the work of supporting families and learning the skills to guide you on your path. With her charismatic teaching style, you will have an enjoyable and valuable learning experience. The goal of this program is to develop strong compassionate doula's, empowered birthing mothers and well supported families to build healthy communities.

You need not have any background in birth or medical experience to take this training, just a desire to learn and support birthing families.

Some topics covered in this training:

  • Comfort measures for pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum

  • Natural pain management techniques

  • Positioning to support labor and birth

  • Communication skills

  • Breaking down what is support

  • Emotional needs of mother and family

  • Massage techniques and acupressure points for labor

  • Guidance for navigating informed decision making

  • Doula’s role prenatally, during labor and postpartum

  • Anatomy and physiology of birth, nutritional overview for pregnancy and ways to work with common complaints of pregnancy

  • Overview of the labor and birth process

  • Introduction to breastfeeding and initial bonding

  • And much more!


DONA Birth Doula Training

For more information about DONA visit www.DONA.org
For more information about the DONA certification process read the Birth Doula Certicifation A Doula’s Guide

One Day Introduction to Childbirth for Doulas:

This one day course fulfills the childbirth education requirement for DONA Birth Doula Certification. We will cover:
Anatomy of the female reproductive system;

  • Basic fetal development

  •  Physiology of pregnancy, labor & birth (Stages & Phases), immediate postpartum and breastfeeding

  • Definitions of medical terms regarding labor; common clinical procedures and tests (vaginal exams, vital signs, fetal assessment in labor, IV, AROM, episiotomy) used during normal birth, their risks and benefits

  • Gate Pain Theory, pain medications and anesthesia, their administration and effects;

  • Problem labors (postdates, prolonged labor or second stage, fetal distress, labor pain); how problems are detected, (non-stress test, EFM), and common interventions used to treat problems

  • Reasons for a cesarean and the cesarean procedure;

  • Normal newborn appearance and procedures;

  • Demonstration of basic comfort measures, relaxation techniques, breathing patterns and bearing down techniques;

  • Benefits of breastfeeding.

    April 20th, 2019 in Ann Arbor, Michigan

    Fee: $40
    Saturday 10am-6pm
    Location: Ann Arbor Academy 1153 Oak Valley Dr, Ann Arbor, MI 48108
    To register:

    • Pay $40 with credit card through  Square Marketplace or

    • Email Kate (starcage@gmail.com) to register and arrange payment by check.


contact: starcage@gmail.com 734.395.6900