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 class format 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.

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 are able to come to once a week, and want time to digest what you learn. This cultivates a rich and meaningful group of people that can support each other as you grow your doula practice.

Upcoming Trainings 2021:

Classes meet online via Zoom, Tuesdays from 10:15am-4:00pm each day.


  • January 12 - February 23
  • May 18 - June 29

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.

Upcoming Trainings 2021:

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

  • Wednesday, March 17-20



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

COST: $695

Full & partial scholarships are available.

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.

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

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.

Hi, I'm Davinah Simmons and I am excited to support you in your journey. I bring my passion for birth and postpartum and love of teaching to these trainings.


I look forward to meeting you.

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?


Thresholds strives to create forward looking and inclusive trainings that gear up new doulas to support families with an open mind and bold heart. 

We are in the process of creating an ongoing support network for enCircle doulas. Currently it includes a private Facebook group, and support as needed via phone and email. 

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. 

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


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 https://carriekenner.com/.

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 amity@thresholds.info or call directly at 206-819-1383.


In Gratitude,