MTM Training and Mentoring is an ICEA approved trainer offering workshops for Childbirth Educators, Birth Doulas, and Postpartum Doulas. In addition to those workshops we also offer Business Workshops to help the new birth professional prepare for an exciting and rewarding career, as well as Curriculum Design for New Educators and Safety and Self Care workshops.
MTM Training and Mentoring offers mentoring to all individuals trained for free. For individuals who have not trained with us we offer a variety of mentoring packages to help you get your business up and running.
Are you interested in discussing how to get your business up and running? Maybe you do not want to nor have time to take a full business workshop.....a consultation might be exactly what you need.
Please make sure you read out cancellation policy prior to registering for a workshop. By registering you are agreeing to the terms and conditions.
Michelle started her journey in the birth world in 2003. She is a certified birth doula, childbirth educator, postpartum doula, breastfeeding counselor, hypnotherapist, and is licensed in the state of Wisconsin as a teacher. Michelle is the founder and owner of MTM Training and Mentoring where she offers workshops for birth doulas, childbirth educators, postpartum doulas, early lactation, curriculum design, safety and self care for birth professionals, business for birth professionals, and more.
Michelle is also the founder of Mothering the Mother (a non-profit organization helping teen and low income families in Milwaukee, WI), and is the founder and owner of Milwaukee Doulas.
Business for Birth Professionals: this workshop was created for individuals who are either just starting out in the business, or who want to take their business to the next level. Learn about:
Fee for full day workshop: $200 or $100 if combined with a Childbirth Educator, or Postpartum Doula Workshop
Are you interested in becoming a childbirth educator? Join us for this two day, ICEA approved childbirth educator workshop. This workshop is one step towards certification, and we recommend visiting the ICEA website for full details (ICEA.org).
Topics covered include:
Fee for this two day workshop: $600 (add on our business workshop for an additional $100)
Are you interested in becoming a Postpartum Doula? Join us for this two day, ICEA approved postpartum doula workshop. This workshop is one step towards certification, and we recommend visiting the ICEA website for full details (ICEA.org).
Topics covered include:
Fee for this two day workshop: $600 (add on our business workshop for an additional $100)
Curriculum Design: this workshop is for individuals who are just starting out as childbirth educators and are in the process of creating their curriculum.
Fee for 2-3 hr workshop: $50
Safety and Self Care for Birth Professionals: this 2 hr workshop is for birth professionals who are working in stranger’s homes and who want to become more aware of their safety and how to care for themselves.
Fee for 2 hr workshop: $50
MTM Training and Mentoring understands that sometimes individuals learn best, or would like to attend a workshop privately. For this reason, we offer all workshops in a one on one format either in person (in our West Allis, WI office), or virtually.
When scheduling a private workshop individuals can choose to follow the one or two day format based upon the workshop attending, or can discuss with Michelle the possibility of breaking the workshop up over several days. Because the workshop is private we can be as flexible as you need us to be. Offerings include: Childbirth Educator, Birth Doula, Postpartum Doula, Business, Safety, and Curriculum Design
Fee for workshop varies with the type of workshop chosen.
Are you a new birth professionals looking for mentorship? Did you know that if you train with MTM Training and Mentoring Michelle provides one year of mentorship for free? With this mentorship you can ask questions via email or phone calls, and receive training newsletters. Each newsletter has recommended tasks for you to finish, so that you can be certified and have your business up and running within one year.
For individuals who have not trained with MTM Training and Mentoring you can still receive mentoring, and can either purchase a full year’s worth of unlimited mentoring, a month’s worth of mentoring, or purchase mentoring hours (mentoring hours can be used all at once or can be broken up into 15 minute increments).
Full year of unlimited mentoring via phone and/or email $500
One month of unlimited mentoring via phone and/or email $100
Hourly mentoring fee $50/hr
MTM Training and Mentoring offers consultations to help future and current birth professionals. During consultations some of the things you can do include:
1. Learn more about becoming a birth professional
2. Get assistance with getting your business up and running.
3. Get assistance with creating a business plan
4. Learn how to make an effective budget for your business.
5. Discuss methods of advertising your business.
6. Take your business to the next level
7. Have any questions you may have answered.
1 hour phone consult $50
2 hour in person consultation $150 ($50 for each additional hour)
To improve maternal and perinatal outcomes
MS.Ed, BS.Ed , ICCE, ICBD, ICPD, ICPFE, IAT(CE-BD-PD), MCH, LC, CPMT, CHT, CEIM, SBD (see below for explanation of initials)
Michelle is the founder, owner or MTM Training and Mentoring, and is also the founder and director of Mothering the Mother, Inc, a non-profit organization which helps all families but has a special focus on helping teen and low income families, and is the founder and owner of Milwaukee Doulas.
Michelle’s history, and how she began in the field.
Michelle's interest in working in the birth field began in 2001 (when pregnant with her 7th child; she now has 9 children and one grandchild)....at that time her doctor suggested that she and her husband hire a doula for their upcoming birth. Her doctor felt that hiring a doula would help them achieve the birth that they were looking for and also to help calm her husband's nerves so that he could be more involved in the birth (unfortunately Michelle birthed her daughter before she was able to find a doula).
After that birthing experience the seed was planted. Michelle spent the next two years thinking about the importance of doulas and how much she had wanted to be one. Finally in 2003 while she was working on her masters degree and running a full time in home licensed daycare she decided to take the plunge and work towards becoming a certified birth doula and starting a birth business.
In 2003 she became a doula and in 2004 she graduated with her masters degree. When Michelle began birth work she worked mainly with teen and low income families (serving families in Milwaukee, Waukesha, Racine, and Ozaukee counties) - after a few years of doing that she moved onto the more traditional family, but her passion for teens and low income families never left. In the years that followed Michelle added to her skill set by becoming a childbirth educator, postpartum doula, hypnotherapist, and licensed massage therapist.
In 2009 Michelle decided to follow her passion even further and she founded Mothering the Mother Incorporated - a nonprofit organization that serves all women (catering especially to the underserved population). This organization brought together many birth professionals from around the area to help serve a larger population.
In addition to doing birth work Michelle spent many years training and mentoring new birth professionals locally. In 2014 she took her workshops and mentoring on the road and traveled the United States.
In 2015 she joined the ICEA Board of Directors, and held positions as the treasurer, director of public policy and communications, and director of the doula programs. Michelle also served as the chair for the postpartum doula program (updating the program and later writing a new program called Postpartum Doula: care through the first 1,000 days), and is currently the chair of the Mentorship Program..
In 2016 she started her path to becoming a La Leche League Leader and went on to become a certified breastfeeding counselor and educator, and led a breastfeeding group in West Allis until 2020.
In 2021 Michelle decided to follow another one of her passions and opened a daycare center, Grandma’s Home Away From Home Daycare in Racine, WI where she spends most of her time Monday through Friday during the day.
Michelle loves every aspect of her life and is always very grateful when someone invites her to join them on their journey.
Professional Massage Therapy Program (Lakeside School of Massage Therapy) / September 2006
Masters of Science in Education (Walden University) / April 2004
Bachelors of Science in Education (Alverno College) / December 1999
Certifications & Licenses:
*Certifications that Michelle chose not to renew, but held at one time.
Wondering what Michelle’s credential initials stand for?
MS.Ed - Masters of Science in Education
BS.Ed Bachelors of Science in Education
LMT - Licensed Massage Therapist (retired in 2021 as a massage therapist)
ICCE - ICEA Certified Childbirth Educator
ICBD - ICEA Certified Birth Doula
ICPD - ICEA Certified Postpartum Doula
ICPFE - ICEA Perinatal Fitness Educaator
IAT(CE-BD-PD) - ICEA Approved Trainer for Childbirth Education, Birth Doula and Postpartum Doula
MCH - Maternal Child Health Specialist
LC - Certified Lactation Counselor
CPMT - Certified Prenatal Massage Therapist
CHT - Certified Hypnotherapist
CEIM - Certified Educator of Infant Massage
SBD - Stillbirthday Certified Doula
MTM Training and Mentoring’s owner, Michelle has been working in the birth world for more than 20 yrs. She has experience not only working for herself running MTM Training and Mentoring, but also her private birth business located in Milwaukee, WI, but is also the founder and director of a non-profit organization that she has been running since 2010. With her vast array of experience Michelle can not only teach you what you need to know, but she can also guide you in obtaining your certification with ICEA, and getting your business up and running. For individuals who train with Michelle she also includes one year of mentoring with her workshops.
Yes, you can request to bring a workshop to your area. When requesting to bring a workshop to your area we recommend making sure that you have at least six people willing to register for the workshop.
We do allow babes in arms to attend workshops with their parents, as long as the baby is not mobile and can attend without disrupting the other learners. We do recommend that attendees consider having a second adult present and able to take the baby if he/she needs additional attention. As far as children, unfortunately we do not allow children at our workshops to ensure all participants can focus and not be disturbed during the workshop.
Yes, you can attend a workshop even if you do not plan on certifying with ICEA. We have many individuals that attend workshops to increase their knowledge base and boost their businesses. While we do recommend certifying, it is not a requirement.
By registering for a workshop with MTM Training and Mentoring you agree to the following: