Advanced Doula Training - Birth Balls and Supporting Women with an Epidural

The Central Texas Birth Network welcomes DONA-approved trainer Jessica Atkins for another Advanced Doula Training for Birth Professionals. This workshop will focus on two subjects - the use of a Birth Ball for pregnancy, labor and postpartum; and how to support a laboring woman with an epidural.

The Birth Ball - a Wonderful Tool

  • Identify 10 key uses for the birth ball
  • Demonstrate use of the birth ball for pregnancy, labor and postpartum
  • Gain knowledge of how the ball provides physiologic support to the pregnant body
  • Explain the correct use of the birth ball for optimal fetal positioning

Supporting the Laboring Woman with an Epidural

  • Look at the evidence and outcomes with epidural use
  • Demonstrate support measures to enhance labor and a positive childbirth experience
  • Identify the needs of the birthing woman
  • Identify partner’s response to laboring woman
  • Exhibit ACOG, ICSI, and Anesthesiologist’s statements on epidurals
  • List potential impact on mother and baby
  • Identify and demonstrate support measures

This workshop is to promote our birth community and build connections. It is intended for nurses, doulas, student/apprentice midwives, labor assistants of all walks and professional affiliations. All experience levels are welcome!

Discounts are available for registered members of the Central Texas Birth Network and Volunteers In the GALS (Giving Austin Labor Support) volunteer birth companion program. Register by June 30th for a $10 discount!

 Participants eligible for 4 Alternative DONA CEUs.


About the Instructor:

Jessica Atkins is a certified birth doula and trainer (DONA), a certified childbirth educator (ICCE), and lactation educator with home and hospital experience. She holds an AA in Early Childhood Development, a BA in Family Studies, and continues her studies in graduate school. Jessica has published many articles and presented at many conferences and workshops, has won several awards including DONA9s prestigious Annie Kennedy award in 2006. She continues her passion for supporting families since 1989 through the childbearing years and beyond. Jessica is available for workshops and conferences by contacting her directly.

Learn more about Jessica9s services at: For questions regarding this workshop, Jessica can be contacted by phone at 512-842-1280 or by email at

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