Doula Training course with Developing Doulas

Train to become a doula with Developing Doulas

Why do I want to train doulas?

The Developing Doulas course, and its founder, Maddie McMahon, have a special history for me.

Back in 2005, when I was pregnant with my son, I hired Maddie as my doula.

The experience was so incredibly empowering and life transforming that it started me on the path of an entire career reconversion, from being a scientist to becoming a doula and childbirth educator.

Three years later, when Maddie launched the first ever Developing doulas course in 2008, she asked me to attend as a guinea pig.

I absolutely loved the course, the course facilitators, and the amazing women I met.

Fast forwards ten years later, I've been a doula for over 6 years, and a doula mentor for 2 years, and it feels right and fitting that I should start working with Maddie to become a Developing doulas course facilitator.


sophie and maddie

Why become a doula with Developing Doulas?

I've personally benefited so much from becoming a doula. It has been such an amazing journey of self discovery, it has given me such joy, and such self belief. I also felt for myself the power of a feeling supported unconditionally through one's pregnancy and birth choices, and felt the same happen to so many women, I feel it has the power to change the world we live in. So it feels right, and important, to help more women embark on their journey to become a doula.

I wrote a blog about it here and you can watch me talk about it in the video below

After co-facilitating several Developing Doulas course with Maddie I have seen for myself the positive impact such a nurturing course has on women. Beyond their abilities to support women through pregnancy, birth and the postnatal period, attending the course positively impact them in more ways that can be explained, but in particular has incredible effects on one's self esteem and self belief.

After co-facilitating 3 courses with Maddie, I was approved as a Developing Doulas course leader by a member of the doula UK leadership board in February. I facilitated my first solo course in May, and received excellent feedback (scroll down to read it).

My next course will be in October in North East London (Woodford Green).

I can't wait!

you can find out a lot more about the course on the Developing Doulas website

About the  Developing Doulas course

The Developing Doulas initial doula preparation course is a 5 days course.

If you’d like to enquire about attending the course, please arrange a free phone call with the course owner, Maddie McMahon, in a first instance. You can do this here.

What makes this course unique?

This is a small group course limited to around 12 people so there is plenty of time for individual attention and time to debrief your own experiences of pregnancy, birth and motherhood.

You will received a unique, extensive, 90 pages handout, which contains very detailed signposts and further information on all the topics covered during the course.

After the course you also gain access to the secret Developing Doulas Facebook group, a community of like-minded women, and a brilliant space to share knowledge and learn from each other.

Upcoming Courses

The cost of the course is £600

See the Developing Doulas course section for future course dates

Sophie is running a course is in Woodford, East London on the 8th, 9th, 16th, 17th and 18th of October 2019 (10 places available)

Comments from previous doula trainees:


Thank you so much for this course. I’m so glad there you were with us through this course. I couldn’t have asked for a better course, full of passion and amazing knowledge, thank you! thank you! thank you!

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I can not tell you how healing this course is. I didn’t really know what to expect having done lots of reflective work through NCT and in life. But I’ve learnt and taken more from this than I could ever imagine. Thank you for coming into my life, you are truly inspiring.

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I have really enjoyed having the course held here and having the privilege of joining in. I will never get tired of learning about birth and new mothers.

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Thank you so much for everything you have taught me on the course. I am so glad I have finally done the training with you! I feel totally supported and confident that I am on the right path. You are an amazing inspiration.

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Thank you!! thank you!! I feel like a new person, like I’m back to “me”. You made me feel very comfortable and allowed me to open up. I believe I will be a better doula because of this. You showed me the meaning of listening. Thank you once again.

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I just wanted to say a massive thank you for welcoming me into the doula sisterhood. It has been life changing. The past two weeks have been incredibly rewarding and also very difficult for me.  As I’ve said to Sophie, I’ve spent a lot of time reflecting on my practice and on the practice of…

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