Birth Doula (in Person) Mentorship Program

Additional Information

Mothering the Mother, Inc (Michelle Hardy) is providing a one year birth doula mentorship to 3-4 doulas.  Mentorship doulas will receive free ICEA training, and will learn the skills necessary to get their business up and running.  They will have access to ask questions, receive one on one help, and learn from Michelle’s experience of being a doula since 2003.  


What is expected of me as the mentee doula?


  • Mentee’s must be local and be attending births in Milwaukee County to be eligible.
  • Mentees must have a commitment to working with women from all income levels and walks of life.  
  • Attend an ICEA birth doula workshop (provided by Mothering the Mother) - the workshop will be split up over several sessions so that attendees will learn skills and then be able to apply them to the work they are doing.
  • Attend monthly meetings/educational opportunities - this format will be used to learn from one another, share ideas, have questions answered, and are mandatory to attend in order to stay in the program.
  • Be able to work in the mentorship program for one full year.  This is a commitment to yourself, your business, the community, the program, and me.  (I will not invest more in you than you will invest into your commitment to this work, the program, and your fellow cohorts.)


When and how do I apply?


Applications for this program will be accepted May through June for an September start date and November through December for a March start date of each year.  For candidates who meet the requirements they will be asked to attend an in person interview in July or January depending on which cohort they are applying for, and decisions of acceptance will be made in August and February of each year.  The mentorship program will run from September 1st to the last day of August the following year and March 1st to the last day in February of the following year. 


What will I learn at the meetings?

  • Goals fort the Program / Interviews / Prenatal Visits (February/September)
  • Stages of Labor (March/October)
  • Postpartum Visit / Values, Bias, Culture / What can I do for you?  (April/November)
  • Labor Support Techniques class (May/January)
  • Safety and Self Care workshop (June/February)
  • Childbirth education class observation discussion / discuss BRAIN (was this taught in the class?) / perinatal mood disorders (August/March)
  • Budgets / Business Planning (September/April)
  • Website design / Social media, / Advertising (October/May)
  • Q&A help session / final meeting - for those wanting to certify go over: (November/June)

Why are we doing this?

Our goal in creating this program is to help local doulas be more prepared to start doing this very important work.  


Our belief is to help create a community filled with skilled birth doulas who can take what they learned and help the families in our community.  With more doulas comes more education, more opportunities, and more support





Value of Annual Mentorship Program:

  • Free workshops and trainings $650
  • One on one meetings available to you monthly $700
  • On call availability to ask questions and get immediate assistance $900

Total Value: $2250 (if you were to pay for each service provided).

Mentorship Application

Mentorship Agreement

Below is the contract that Mentorship Candidates will be asked to sign before entering the program.  Please read the document carefully before applying to the program.  If you are accepted into the program we will ask you to sign and return this to us.