The Boston Associaton for Childbirth Education and Nursing Mothers' Council


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Lorenza Holt, MPH, BCCE, BDT(DONA). Lorenza has her MPH degree with a concentration in maternal and child health, is a BACE-certified childbirth educator, DONA approved birth doula trainer, Spinning Babies Approved Trainer and practicing doula. She has been a birth advocate in the Boston area for over 25 years. Passionate about normal birth, Lorenza has supported hundreds of laboring women and has trained and mentored dozens of doulas for the Cambridge Doula Program and the Boston Medical Center Birth Sisters Program. Lorenza also enjoys teaching childbirth education classes in ways that encourage and stimulate participants to embrace the powerful, beautiful and magical experience of birth.


4 Day Birth Doula Training 
Two weekends:
June 3,4 and 10,11
Location TBA soon!
Instructor: Lorenza Holt
, MPH, BCCE, DONA Approved Birth Doula Trainer

NOTE: DONA Internationbal doula certification requires additional steps besides the courses listed above. Please see the DONA website for details.

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Introduction to Childbirth Education
for Perinatal Health Workers

Designed for those who want to learn the fundamentals of childbirth

Also strongly recommended for those who plan to:

  •   Apply to the BACE Childbirth Educator Training Program (more details) 

  •   Enroll in the 4 Day DONA Approved Birth Doula Training
     June 3,4, and 10,11 2017 • 9AM-5PM - more details 

NEW DATE!! Sunday, March 12, 2017 •  9AM-6PM

Shipley Auditorium, Newton Wellesley Hospital
2014 Washington St., Newton, MA 02462

Lorenza Holt, MPH, BCCE, BDT(DONA)




Perfect for new doula and childbirth education trainees, home visitors, family advocates, social workers, chiropracters, massage therapists, acupuncturists, yoga instructors,  community health workers and others who support women and their families during pregnancy, birth and postpartum.

This workshop can fulfill the prerequisite requirement for those applying to the BACE Childbirth Educator Training Program.  It has also been approved by DONA International to meet one of the requirements for certification as a birth doula. (Other requirements must also be met for  DONA certification).

This day of learning will cover the following topics: 

  • Anatomy and physiology of pregnancy: The role of the uterus, hormones, pelvic structures and soft tissues
  • Pregnancy from the baby’s perspective, including the placenta and overview of fetal development
  • The physiologic process of labor and birth
  • Pain mechanisms and how comfort measures disrupt these
  • Hands on practicing of comfort measures for labor
  • Overview of common complications of labor and birth, including going past the due date, prolonged labors, and fetal distress
  • Overview of common pharmacological pain relief methods
  • Overview of common medical interventions
  • The first hour after birth and initiation of breastfeeding


Please contact us if you have any questions 

CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDITS: BACE-NMC: 7.5 contact hours. Approved by DONA International to meet one of the requirements for certification as a birth doula. Meets criteria of the Comm. of MA  Board of Nursing regulations: (244 CMR, section 5:00) for continuing education for nursing re-licensure for 9 contact hours.  



Introduction to Childbirth Education: $175**

Please  contact the registrar  about:

  • Group discounts for 5 or more registrants
  • Discount for those who also enroll in the 4 day Spring Doula Training
  • Any other registration questions

**Continental breakfast included, lunch will be on your own

REFUND POLICY: Refunds will be granted up to 2 weeks before the start of the course. Doulas and midwives called to a birth can notify us (phone or email) the day of the workshop for a refund less a $40 administrative fee.

Register Now! BACE-NMC reserves the right to cancel the course due to under enrollment or unforseen circumstances.