enCIRCLE Doula Training


Are you ready to take one training and become a great doula?

Overcome uncertainty about what doula training you should invest in. 

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Learn From Two Longtime Seattle Birth Doulas

Hi, We are SO 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 for taking the time to get to know our work! Please reach out with any questions. We look forward to supporting you on your journey.

We hope you have a wonderful day,

Amity Kramer + Carrie Kenner


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"Our trainings were GREATLY missed yesterday. I honestly loved Tuesday’s for seven weeks because of our group and that training."

"Today was AMAZING! Looking forward to next week already."

"I have such gratitude for Amity's teaching and time with me and our cohort as well as a deep admiration for her skill in modeling -- really living into -- compassion, pizazz, caring, humor. Amity is a total inspiration. It's clear that she is excellent at what she does, skilled, and experienced, but I don't feel overwhelmed or small next to that. Instead, she's empowered me and I feel capable and ready to serve. Thank you!"

"I took the encircle doula class with Amity and Carrie to be trained to doula. I wondered how I could learn enough to actually do it. But 10 births later I feel like they truly gave me a wonderful toolbox and lifelong support to give my clients a solid doula. Don’t think twice. Their values, their philosophies, their teaching is solid and will leave you ready to learn more and wanting to jump into the birth world with confidence in yourself."

"I cannot speak highly enough about Amity’s birth training class! For seven weeks, I looked forward to spending six hours of my day with her and my fellow doulas, soaking in everything she had to share with us. If you’re looking for a great starter course or just want to learn more on your path as a birth worker, take a Thresholds training with Amity. Life-changing!"

"I took the enCircle birth doula training with Amity and Davinah and I’m so glad I did. It was one of the few local trainings that I found that considers the impact of racism on birth in the US. In addition to the important and useful info they provided, Davinah and Amity really care about the success of the people who take the course; throughout the training, they went above and beyond to support our growth and help us build community. I highly recommend this training for anyone considering becoming a doula!"

"Thank you again for another beautiful training day."

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Having been beckoned into the world of doula-hood, you've pondered the miracle of birth.

Growing a tiny human, bringing them into the world, and nurturing them into a thriving individual all take time. Just like doula training, it's a journey filled with emotions, patience, depth, and lots of listening - to others and ourselves.

It's about mastering the art of knowing when to push forward and when to linger a little longer. Every aspect of doula training mirrors the profound process of digging deep, much like the birthing journey itself. It's all about learning how to gracefully sit - with time, with respect, with tricky subjects, or even challenging births - until it all comes to a beautiful close.

Benefits to the enCircle Birth Doula Training

  • How to start (and build) your doula business, and how to attract amazing clients.
  • Personalized mindfulness practices to stay grounded and relaxed during long or hard births.
  • Tools to safely process the big emotions that come along with being a birth worker.
  • How to support your client's relationships so that they can stay better connected during this journey.
  • A creative approach to supporing laboring people in the hospital, at home, or in a birth center.
  • What trauma informed care is and how to incorporate it into your doula practice.
  • Confidence to support your clients before and after the birth of their baby.
  • Insights to align your birthwork with historic and current fight for birth equity.

Soak In Some Doula Wisdom Right Now!

enCirlce Training | Becoming A Birth Doula Details

Patience and reverence in childbirth aren't just nice-to-haves; they're essential for any nurturing birth experience.

Understanding the tempo of labor and honoring each moment leads to profound outcomes for both the birthing family and birth doula. It's about depth, connection, and tuning into the emotional and spiritual journey.

This extraordinary small-group workshop prepares you to be a birth doula and start serving families right away.

This is the option for you if you are able to join once a week, and want time to digest what you learn and ask questions in real time.

This workshop cultivates a rich and meaningful group of people that can support each other as you grow your doula practice.


Anyone ready to learn about themselves while they learn about birth. Workshops limited to 10 doulas.

WHERE: All classes will be offered online, from Seattle, WA.

COST: $500 (scholarships available)


  • 40-module online training course.
  • 4-live Zoom sessions that cover emotional intelligence and relationship skills.
  • Community forum for 24/7/365 problem-solving, connection, networking, and resourcing.
  • Inclusive content and approach to birthwork.
  • Taught through a social justice and anti-racism lens throughout.

2024 Training Schedule 

Classes meet online via Zoom, 4 Mondays from 11:30am to 1:30pm each day.

  • June 3 to June 24
  • August 5 to August 26
  • October 7 to October 14

Not quite ready to take the next step towards Becoming A Birth Doula?

Curious to learn more about our approach to doula training?

More About The Seattle enCIRCLE Doula History

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"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 working together as doulas and childbirth educators for over 15 years. 

In that time Amity became an expert in helping new families with emotional intelligence, while Carrie dove deep in all things StoryBrand and copy writing.

We are joining forces to bridge the gap that exists between doula training and being a thriving doula.

With us you get the best of both worlds:

  • Comprehensive information about childbirth, postpartum and how to be a birth doula. 
  • Business and marketing information you need as you start your business. 
  • Emotional intelligence framework and mindfulness tools to keep you break through gridlock and prevent burning out.
  • Research based relationship skills that will help you and your clients manage the ups and downs of life.

In early 2019 we began the transition with many hours of conversation, observation, training, and more conversation. We have been working together and independently to serve families and birth doulas through enCircle Doula Trainings at Thresholds.

If you wish to learn more about Carrie, 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 embrace her wisdom. Knowing her has meant the world to me and SO many of the doulas she has trained over her career in birth work.

Thank you for reading about the history of enCircle Doula Trainings.

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,







First Latch Support For Doulas

Join Amity Kramer and Catherine Fenner, IBCLC in a workshop that covers everything you need to support your clients during the early nursing sessions. Gain insights on nurturing new families in the crucial first hours and post-birth.

DATES: On-Demand

COST: $15

TENS Unit Training

TENS Unit Training for Birth Doulas

TENS units are widely used in Europe for pain management in labor, and they are gaining popularity in U.S. births. Add this tool to your birth bag!

DATES: On-Demand

COST: $50

MENTOR: Carrie Kenner


Placenta Encapsulation

Discover the history, research, and current interest in placenta encapsulation, and learn how to encapsulate a placenta safely.

This course is open to anyone; you do not need to be a birth professional to attend.

DATES: On-Demand

COST: $50

MENTORS: Carrie Kenner