Doula Training

“You are a birth servant. Do good without show or fuss. If you must take the lead, lead so that the mother is helped, yet still free and in charge. When the baby is born, they will rightly say: ‘We did it ourselves!

Mama Bamba doulas are taught to hold a strong, still, supportive space for their clients in labour. When both parents are free of fear, the mother naturally moves into an altered state of consciousness. 

Babies born into this sacred birthing field remain connected to a high frequency of consciousness resonating with unconditional love and wisdom.

What is included?

An 10 day in-depth doula training course spaced over 5 weekends

An extensive, comprehensive training manual

Our doula training course prepares doulas to care for their clients, by providing comprehensive experience in:

  • Hands-on Labour Support Techniques
  • Doula-Client Interaction
  • Scope of Practice, Mission
  • Statement and Standards of Practice
  • Ethics and Responsibility
  • Stages of Labour and Comfort Measures
  • Postpartum and Newborn Care
  • Caesarean Birth and Vaginal Birth After Caesarean
  • Emotional care of the Labouring Woman
  • Listening Skills
  • Managing Difficult Situations
  • The Birth Partner
  • Looking after the Doula
  • Marketing and Business Practices


Student doulas are required to attend a minimum of four births, complete the reading lists, and attend a breastfeeding management course by a certified lactation consultant.

Mama Bamba training in the Western Cape is R5200.

  • A comprehensive training manual
    -  10 training days
  • One supervised visit to assist labouring women at a local MOU
  • It also includes a two hour group debriefing session on the first Wednesday of every month in CPT.
  • Doula’s who certify with Mama Bamba get referenced on the Mama Bamba website
  • This fee includes a two hour debriefing session every month.

Mama Bamba highly recommends that you also invest in post course supervision, which you pay directly to the supervisors, who accompany you to births initially, and help you with onsite training, observations and guidance. Depending on how much time you contract to work together with them, this can range from between R500 – R2500. It is not a compulsory cost, but it is very helpful to new doulas to attend at least one birth with a supervisor.

Breast feeding courses range from R300 (online with minimal info) to between R650 – R1100 for a one or two day workshop with an IBCLC lactation consultant, which often includes experience in assisting new mothers to breast-feed. These courses are arranged by students directly with the course providers. 

“The course was a life changing experience. It was conducted in a way that I learned so much in an informal setting. I loved absolutely every aspect of the course. Everything taught confirmed how passionate I am about becoming a doula. Robyn is the most extraordinary teacher, relaxed, invested, she loves and is passionate about what she does. ”

— S.H.

“The course was absolutely wonderful!! It was special in that it focused on the soft aspects of being a doula and was incredibly unique, thought provoking and experiential. The majority of what was taught in this course is not possible to learn through reading. I was really pushed to my limits in terms of reflecting on who I am as an individual and how I can be a compassionate doula. Much of what I learned can be applied to all aspects of my life – how to be wholehearted and facilitate Oneness – in doulas and beyond. I loved birth dance and how in my body I felt. Robyn is brilliant – intuitive, so passionate, a great facilitator, and an amazing storyteller. She also really encourages people to think laterally and reflect deeply. She did a wonderful job of remaining objective. I also loved how she is constantly referring to the latest research and best practice.”

— K.R.

“I loved the devotion of the instructor, the layers of the subject matter and the activities and resources we were exposed to. We were given a well rounded and encompassing view of birth, birth practices, doula scope of practice and self awareness. Robyn is incredibly knowledgable and amazingly versed at ways of being with women. ”

— M.L.

Trainings that are arranged away from home – countrywide or international have their own fee schedule. The increase is due to travel costs.