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General Training Information

Our training is taught by Nicole Deggins, a Certified Nurse Midwife and experienced labor nurse with over 25 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 training takes place over 10 consecutive weeks. LIVE Video/ Virtual Sessions will begin in the evening on Monday October 5th and continue until December 7th. Each session will begin on Monday evening and will last approximately 3 hours. At the end of this training, you will have the information you need to support families prenatally, during pregnancy, labor, birth and the postpartum period. 

All sessions will be recorded. Access to recordings will be granted to enrolled students until June 2021.

Topics Covered
Pre-Conception Care
Understanding Fertility
Herbs and Nutrition
Common Discomforts of Pregnancy
Infant & Maternal 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 Birth Sister as Entrepreneur
And More...

*Note* We do use woman-centered language

Live Attendance or proof of listening to recorded sessions at all 10 Mondays is required for certification.

When paid in full with a single payment, the investment for this training is $600

Payment plans are available. . 

This investment covers the full training,  training manual, & access to the recordings of Live Video/Virtual Sessions through June 2021. At the completion of this training you will be able to participate in our monthly Birth Sister United continuing education calls. 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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    Start Here

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    Next Steps

    • Additional Training Details

    • PreTraining Reading List

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    Week ONE - October 5th

    • Black Grand Midwife Prayer

    • Legal Terms & Conditions

    • Lamaze.Health Birth Practice 3

    • Lamaze.Health Birth Practice 3.Evidence

    • Cochrane Review - Evidence for .Continuous Labor Support

    • Certification Requirements

    • Certification Reading List

    • Week ONE Recording

    • Week ONE Reflections

    • Legal Terms and Conditions

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    Week TWO - October 12th

    • Poem - We Speak Your Name

    • Uterine Anatomy

    • Moon Cycle Photo Depiction

    • My monthly Cycles

    • Timeline of Prenatal Development

    • Week TWO Recording

    • Week TWO Reflections

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    Week THREE - October 19th

    • Message from Nicole for Week 3

    • Weight Gain

    • Where Does the Weight Go

    • FDA.Fish What Pregnant Women Need to Know

    • Food Safety For Moms to Be

    • FDA Food-Safety-Booklet

    • Simple Daily Food Dairy

    • Weekly Diet Check List

    • Getting In and Out of Bed

    • Preventing Back and Pelvic Pain

    • Posture and Standing in Pregnancy

    • Sitting in Pregnancy

    • Standing Up From Sitting

    • ACOG.Definition of Term Pregnancy

    • Common-discomforts-pregnancy

    • Week Three Recording Access

    • Week THREE Reflections

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    Week FOUR - October 26th

    • ACOG.Safe PreventionCesarean

    • Station.Old.New Classification

    • Positions for Labor

    • Health Birth Practice 2

    • Lamaze.Health Birth Practice 2.Move.Evidencepdf

    • Comfort Techniques and Pain Management

    • Week Four Recording Access

    • Week FOUR Reflections

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    Week FIVE- November 2nd

    • Week 5 Recording Access

    • Post Partum Traditions INNATE

    • Holding Space

    • AWHONN DIscharge Instructions

    • Week FIVE Reflections

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    Week SIX- November 9th

    • Breastfeeding in the First Hours After Birth – Breastfeeding Series

    • Safe Sleep

    • Breastfeeding.Signs of Good Feeding

    • Storage of Breast Milk

    • Plugged Ducts Mastitis

    • When to Call a Lactation Consultant

    • Postpartum Depression Questionnaire

    • Breastfeeding and Bed Sharing

    • INNATE Post Partum Traditions

    • PSI-Discussion Tool

    • Week SIX Recording

    • Week SIX Reflections

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    Week SEVEN- November 16th

    • DV Brochure

    • DV.Risk Assessment

    • DV National Resources and Referrals

    • DV.Power and Control Wheel

    • Infant and Maternal Mortality. - Center for American Progress

    • March of Dimes Report.2018

    • Week SEVEN Recording

    • Week SEVEN Reflections

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    Week EIGHT- November 23rd

    • SBA.Choosing Business Structure

    • SBA.ChoosingBusiness Name.SBA

    • Whats in a Bag.MarketYourself

    • Sample Contract

    • Herbal List.Divine

    • Herbs Contraindicated in Pregnancy

    • Week EIGHT Recording

    • Week EIGHT Reflections

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    Week NINE- November 30th

    • SMP Report - The Birth Plan

    • Lamaze.Health Birth Practice Overview

    • Lamaze.Health Birth Practice 1 - Let Labor Begin on Its Own

    • Lamaze.Health Birth Practice 1.Evidence

    • Birth Plan Conversation

    • Birth Letter.Mother

    • Birth Letter.Newborn

    • Bishop Score

    • Week NINE Recording

    • Week NINE Reflections

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    Week TEN- December 7th

    • A Doula Story - Dscussion Guide

    • Certification Requirements

    • Birth Record

    • Week TEN Recording

    • Week TEN Reflections

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    Post- Training

    • Training Course Evaluation

    • Post Test

    • Post Training Certification Requirements

    • Certification Check List

    • Certification Reading List

    • Birth Record

About the instructor

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

Nicole Deggins

Nicole Deggins is one of the county’s leading birth advocacy experts.  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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