General Training Information

Our training is taught by a Certified Nurse Midwife and experienced labor nurse with over 20 years of experience working with birthing families. Our training is full of insight and wisdom obtained while working directly on “the inside”.  Based on the model of the community health worker, the SMP Community Birth Sister/Doula Training takes a multicultural approach and puts the experiences of black women at the forefront.  

Our training combines the physical, psychological, and spiritual aspects of pregnancy and birth and can serve as a wonderful introduction to birth work or can be used as continuing education for those who have already been trained. This high energy, in-person, interactive training takes place over two consecutive weekends.  We meet each Friday from 4:00PM – 8:00PM and Saturday and Sunday from 9AM – 5:00PM; a total of 40 hours of instruction. 

Topics Covered
Pre-Conception Care
Understanding Fertility
Herbs and Nutrition
Common Discomforts of Pregnancy
Infant Mortality & Perinatal Disparities
Helping Families Through Loss
Community Outreach
Stages of Labor and Birth
Medical Interventions
Supporting the family during labor
The Post Partum Period
The Doula as Entrepreneur
And More...

2019 Training Dates:

New Orleans, LA
March 22, 23, 24, 29, 30, 31

Nashville, TN
June 21, 22, 23, 28, 29, 30

Mobile, AL
July 19, 20, 21, 26, 27, 28

New Orleans, LA
September 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15

Los Angeles, CA
November 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17

Attendance at all 6 days is required for certification

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The investment for this training is $650. This investment covers the full training, training manual, light refreshments on Friday evening and continental breakfast on Saturday and Sunday.  Please note that the use of a 4 or 6 month payment plan will incur a payment plan processing fee and will increase the overall investment for this course.  Register and reserve your space today with as little as $125 down.  Space is limited so be sure to use the registration links below to get signed up. Read about our refund policy on  our FAQs page. If you have additional questions contact us at 

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Payment Options

  • 2 Monthly Payments of $325

    2 Monthly Payments of $325Los Angeles, CA November 8th - 10th & 15th - 17th, Birth Sister/Doula Training

    2 Monthly Payments of $325
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About the instructor

Midwife... Trainer... Coach... Advocate

Nicole Deggins

Nicole Deggins is one of the country’s leading birth advocacy experts recently named "The Midwife Shifting the Narrative" by ESSENCE Magazine.  She is a sought after trainer, public speaker and community educator working to eliminate perinatal disparities and bring transparency to prenatal education and the medical obstetrical system.  With over two decades of experience working inside the medical obstetrical system, Nicole’s views and style of training are radically different.  Her combination of real life experiences, combined with her vivid storytelling, her willingness to share “insider secrets” and her unprecedented passion, allow her to connect with her students and her speaking audiences in a full and unique way.  Nicole uses a powerful delivery style to inspire individuals toward a paradigm shift about birth and birth justice. Nicole is the creator of The Birth Plan Myth™ and the Sista Midwife Birth Sister/Doula training.  Prior to starting her work with Sista Midwife Productions, Nicole received her BS in Nursing from Georgetown University, and completed a dual degree program at Emory University where she fulfilled the requirements for the MS in Nursing with a concentration in midwifery, and an MPH with a concentration in Health Policy and Management. During her clinical career, Nicole has practiced as a midwife in Washington DC, Mississippi, and Louisiana, and has worked as a labor and delivery nurse in numerous public and private settings throughout the country.
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