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! — TAO TE CHING” 
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?

In-depth doula training course spaced over:
Cape town: 3 weekends. Friday – Sunday every second weekend
Johannesburg: 10 Consecutive days
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 R5900 and Johannesburg R6900 – please speak to us about payment plans and early bird booking discounted prices.

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

The course includes

  • 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.

Post course supervision

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

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. 

Feedback from course participants

The experience that Amy and Angela brought to the group was amazing.  Being in this safe space granted us the freedom to ask questions and discuss so many different aspects of the birthing world!   L.S.

I liked Mama Bamba’s approach to training (rather developing) doulas. I feel equipped and informed to engage with expecting mothers with confidence in the service I have to offer.  I also treasure the sacredness of birth in a deeper way. The course was ideal for me.  I know I was meant to be here at this time soaking in the richness of the collective Mama Bamba experience.  S.P.

The teachings of this course are not only appropriate to becoming a doula, but also to growing personally and promoting self-care.  It is a lot more than just a doula course.  Amy and Angela were the most amazing facilitators.  I learned so much, enjoyed their perspectives and believe they have equipped me well to be a doula.  M.V.

I loved it – every minute of it.  It’s so beautifully balanced and wholesome.  Every woman should do this regardless of their desire to be a doula.  The group was amazing!  F.H.