As someone who has been called to be a doula, you’ve contemplated birth. And you know that growing a baby, and birthing a baby, and growing a child into a healthy human takes time. So does doula training. It doesn’t happen in an hour, or a few days’ rushed training, or in one book that you read. It takes time.

So the pacing of a doula training has to reflect that – with patience, and depth, and listening to ourselves and each other. Knowing when to move on and when to give more time to a subject. Everything in the doula trainings reflect the process of gestating a baby, birthing a baby, and knowing how to sit… How to sit with time, with reverence, with an uncomfortable topic, or a challenging birth… until it’s finished.

Experience the joy of helping families bring new life into the world!

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What you will learn taking an enCircle Doula Training

  • How to start (and build) your doula business, and how to attract amazing clients.
  • A creative approach to supporing laboring people in the hospital, at home, or in a birth center.
  • Personalized mindfulness practices to stay grounded and relaxed during long or hard births.
  • What trauma informed care is and how to incorporate it into your doula practice.
  • An overview of birth in America, including the role of racism, and how it impacts obstetric care, and what you can do to build a doula business that promotes inclusion, and anti-racism from the very start.
  • The stages of unmedicated labor, birth with medical supports, and cesearan birth.
  • How to support your clients before and after the birth of their baby.

The enCircle Doula Trainings are intuitive and responsive. There is plenty of time for group discussion, personal reflection, and Q+A. You will learn about birth, business, and most of all you will learn about yourself. When you are done with the training you will know yourself as a doula, and be confident in your skills and abilities to support families in transition.  


Choose the right doula training for you:

Just as every birth is unique, your path to doula work will be your own. We offer two models of doula training to best fit your personal and family needs, and to welcome students from outside of Seattle.

Seattle enCircle Birth Doula Training

A 7-week, once a week series held in Seattle, WA. This extraordinary small-group workshop prepares you to be a doula. This is the option for you if you live in the Seattle area, or are able to come to Seattle once a week, and want time to digest what you learn each week. This cultivates a rich and meaningful group of people that can support each other as you grow your doula practice.

Upcoming Trainings 2020:

Classes meet Tuesdays from 10:15 -4 each day.

  • January 14 to February 25th
  • March 3 to April 14
  • April 28 to June 9
  • September 15 to October 20
  • November 3 to December 15

Seattle enCircle Immersion Doula Trainings

A retreat style training, or a 4-day intensive doula training.

This doula training option allows you to complete your training in less than a week. Even though the classes are held in multiple consecutive days, there is not a tight agenda to adhere to, and the pace is designed for dialog, questions, and integration of information. This is a great option for you if you have to travel to attend a training, or if you want to combine your training with a vacation and hang out with your fellow students outside of class to keep talking about birth!

Upcoming Trainings 2020:

Classes meet 9am-5pm, 4 consecutive days.

  • June 17, 18, 19 + 20. 9-5 each day.


WHERE:All classes will be offered live online, via Zoom until further notice.

COST: $695

All classes are 40% off using the code “stayhome” to receive your discount.

People who want to learn about birth and make an impact in their families and community. We welcome all races, genders, ages, and strive to create an inclusive environment for all learners.

Hi, I'm Amity Kramer and I am excited that you are reading this! It means that you want to improve or support the lives of new families, and that you are in the discovery phase to see if being a doula is the right next steps in your life.

Some people attend a training because they want to help a friend, others want to start a new career, and yet others are looking for personal growth. Whatever brings you here, thank you! Please reach out with any questions. I look forward to supporting you on your journey.

Curious to learn more about our approach to doula training?

How does this training lead to certification?

Completing this training qualifies doulas to seek certification by PALS, and is approved by the Swedish Doula Program.


Is this training DONA certified?


The curriculum for this doula training was developed by Carrie Kenner and served as a DONA certified training for the past 12 years.

In 2018 Carrie knew she wanted to pass along her training to another person to continue the enCircle tradition. At that time DONA was not training or approving any new trainers. Carrie was an approved trainer, Amity Kramer is not. 

DONA International is still not approving any new trainers. We will continue to wait and as soon as DONA creates an opportunity for approved trainers we hope to get approval.

See letter from DONA below:

“Hi Amity,

I feel your passion for wanting to continue to bring more doulas to the Seattle area and appreciate you wanting to continue the work. Unfortunately, DONA International is not approving any trainers at this time. We have many DONA Approved Trainers that travel to conduct doula training workshops in areas that do not have a resident trainer, if you would like for me to connect you with any trainers in the interim I am happy to assist.

As soon as the Education Department opens up the application process for more trainers I will be sure to let you know.

In the doula spirit,


Melissa Lindow | Certification Coordinator

How do I prepare for this training?

When you register you will receive an email with full information about the class. You will be expected to have read at least one book and a few articles from the following sections.

Can I bring my baby to class?

You may bring your baby with you to class as long as they are not too adorable and mobile. This normally means babies that are under 6 months old. 

Save your space in the next doula Seattle enCircle doula training.


This is a photo of Amity Kramer + Carrie Kenner

"I believe we all come into the world with a particular gift to give."

~Carrie Kenner

Carrie Kenner and me, Amity, have some very exciting times ahead. I could not be more honored in my role as Doula Trainer. I am beyond humbled that Carrie has put her faith in me, to continue the enCircle Doula Trainings in the tradition of integrity, inclusion, and love.

The history of enCircle doula trainings started with Carrie Kenner, founder of Big Belly Services. Carrie had been helping babies come into the world before she even knew what a doula was! She started leading Birthing From Within childbirth classes and being a full time doula in 2000. (I met Carrie in a childbirth class when I was pregnant in 2008, and started mentoring classes in 2010 after the birth of my second child.)

Carrie started offering doula trainings in Seattle, through Big Belly Services in 2005. Over the years more than 2000 doulas have trained with Carrie, both at Big Belly Services and over her long teaching career with the Simkin Center for Allied Birth Professions. Carrie was even my doula trainer in 2009, when I started my journey as a birth worker.

We have been part of each other's lives for over 11 years!

Fast forward to 2019! Carrie became co-owner of Birthing From Within! Carrie made the leap into a life on the road, driving around the country (in her self-built motor home!) bringing the wonders of Birthing From Within to birth professionals in the U.S.-- and even across the globe. Even though she was leaving Seattle, she wanted enCircle Doula Trainings to still be available.

So, in early 2019 we began the transition with many hours of conversation, observation, training, and more conversation. We are finally ready for the handover from enCircle Doula Trainings being offered by Big Belly Services to Thresholds.

This training meets the high standards of PALS (Pacific Association of Labor Support) and Swedish Hospital's Doula Program and both organizations have recognized the transition and approve the enCircle/Big Belly Services curriculum for trainings and certification.

If you wish to learn more about Carrie, follow her travels, or work with her directly, please check out her website at

Carrie is one of the most innovative women I have ever met and I highly encourage you to keep track of her. She will have continued engagement with the enCircle Doula Trainings in an advisory role.


Thank you for reading about the history of enCircle Doula Trainings. As always, if you have any questions please reach out. You are welcome to email me at or call directly at 206-819-1383.


In Gratitude,