Become a Certified birth companion / DOULA

6 week childbirth companion & advocacy certified course

Formerly known as the ‘Doula Course’ CHANGE BIRTH, CHANGE THE WORLD!

This course is accredited by IPHM so is recognised in the UK, USA, Canada, Australia and most of Europe.


Do you find yourself yearning for a career that truly makes a difference in the world? Do you dream of guiding and empowering expecting parents through the beautiful journey of childbirth? Are you eager to unlock your full potential and delve into the realms of self-awareness and spiritual development? If you answered yes, then look no further.

Our six-week intensive training program (followed by a lifetime access to monthly education webinars) is just what you need. Our course is focused on self and spiritual development, equipping you with the essential skills and knowledge to support women during pregnancy, birth, and beyond. With our transformational course, you can change the world one birth at a time. Join us now!

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Transform Lives, Starting with Your Own: Join Our Unique Childbirth Advocacy Course

Are you ready to be at the forefront of change in childbirth care? Our Certified Childbirth Companion & Advocacy Course offers something extraordinary – a deep and transformative journey into emotional and spiritual growth. This is not just an educational program; it’s an awakening. By integrating this crucial component, we empower you to become more than just a birth companion; you become a catalyst for positive change, in both the world of childbirth and beyond.

Superior Childbirth Education: Supporting Women Inside and Outside the Maternity System

Our course offers superior childbirth education, equipping you with the knowledge and skills to support women throughout pregnancy and birth, whether within the traditional maternity system or beyond it. No prior experience is necessary, making this course an ideal alternative for those who have considered midwifery but are looking for a more holistic and woman-centered approach. We provide you with the tools and understanding to empower women in their childbirth journey, offering unparalleled support and care.

important information!

You MUST be willing to do the inner work to participate on this course.

We include a critical component to our course that others miss: a deep dive into emotional and spiritual work. This aspect is not just an addition to our curriculum—it’s the heart of it. We believe that to truly impact the world of childbirth and create a lasting ripple effect, this inner journey is essential!

We prioritise a transformative journey that delves deep into emotional and spiritual growth. This critical component, unique to our curriculum, is designed for those ready to explore and heal from within, as we believe true change in the world of childbirth begins with oneself. Before enrolling, it’s essential to embrace this commitment to personal development. If you’re prepared to undertake this introspective journey and contribute to a profound societal shift, our course awaits you. Remember, the right candidate is not just learning skills but is also willing to address the roots to change the fruits of society. This aspect of learning is crucial and distinct to our course; if it resonates with you, you’re in the right place.

About the course

course information

  • 6 week certified online course – we recommend 1 module per week. (accredited by IPHM)
  • Home study course – complete in your own time
  • 1-1 mentorship after course
  • 6 modules
  • 28 Hours of video plus hours more of reading
  • 30 lessons
  • Regular live sessions for interactive student support.
  • Student community support – whatsapp
  • PDF handouts
  • Further study resources
  • Infographics
  • Post-course monthly meet up & education webinars
  • Community access to the When Push Comes To Shove tribe
  • Directory listing – WPCTS get plenty of enquiries so if someone enquires in your area we shall pass on your details.
  • Course investment- £999 (payment plans available)

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  • Course handbook

Welcome pack

module 1

  • Introduction to trauma in childbirth
  • Generational trauma
  • Becoming our authentic selves
  • Brief history of childbirth

module 2

  • Health in pregnancy – Mind, body, soul connection.
  • Nutrition – preventing common pregnancy ailments
  • Alternatives to drugs
  • Common interventions during pregnancy

module 3

  • Signs of labour
  • Stages of labour – The myth!
  • Vaginal exams – Are they necessary?
  • Supporting your clients throughout labour
  • Birth physiology & anatomy.

module 4

  • Pain relief
  • High Risk
  • ‘Overdue’
  • Induction of labour
  • Where to give birth?
  • Caesarean Operation

module 5

  • Golden Hour
  • Breastfeeding
  • Postnatal care
  • Vaccinations

module 6

  • Human rights in pregnancy and birth
  • How to navigate the maternity system
  • Crafting a birth plan
  • How to structure your business.

What you will learn

Course Content

As a certified birth companion, you will provide non-medical support throughout pregnancy and birth, attending women in labour as a natural birth practitioner. Many women want to train to become a midwife but soon learn that the original meaning of midwife ‘with woman’ simply means ‘with system’. Our ethos is woman centred care. Our courses teach normal, physiological birth, not clinical practice.

Our course is designed for those who value personal self-development and want to give women continuity of care throughout their pregnancy and birth. Unlike other courses, our curriculum includes traditional birth education and specialised training in human rights, self-employment tips and tricks, and financial literacy from the ‘Money Is Love’ model.

While our course is rich in content with regards to pregnancy, birth and post-natal education, we also teach the fundamentals of self development. This is actually CRUCIAL in becoming the best birth worker you can be. We also believe this why WPCTS are achieving such outstanding birth statistics compared with the mainstream system. We work on a much deeper level.

Our course is centred around personal growth and spiritual development. It is vital to be the best ‘you’ you can be. Especially if you are going to support women during the most sacred time of their life. We explore emotional, psychological and spiritual growth.

Course Format

Our course offers a diverse range of learning materials to cater to various learning styles. It includes pre-recorded videos and highlights from past live sessions, providing an immersive experience of “When Push Comes To Shove.” Additionally, we offer informative infographics, comprehensive slides, a coursebook, and a variety of other resources. We believe in accommodating everyone’s unique learning preferences, so we strive to incorporate multiple modalities to enhance your learning journey.

we teach much more than birth

course components

  • The 6 Human Needs
  • Understanding authenticity (your higher self)
  • Samahdi
  • Understanding egoic archetypes and how this shapes our behaviour
  • Active listening & understanding trauma
  • Physiological birth
  • Human rights in birth
  • Natural remedies
  • Induction of labour
  • Obstetric scenarios
  • Marketing your business
  • Post natal care
  • Breastfeeding
Doula course unique beneifts

Transformational, not transactional

Why is our Course so unique?

When Push Comes To Shove is an accredited training provider with IPHM

The main reason why we stand out amongst the rest is because our course is transformational, not transactional. We provide immeasurable value. We focus on personal growth and development, rather than just imparting information or knowledge. WPCTS courses aim to transform the way a person thinks, acts, and relates to the world around them.

Here are just a few points that explain why our doula courses are exceptional. You will learn:

Deeper Learning

Transformational courses encourage you to reflect on your experiences, question your assumptions, and challenge your beliefs. This type of reflective learning can lead to deeper understanding and retention of the material.

Freedom movement

At WPCTS, we provide training that comes with a plethora of perks, all at no extra cost.We’re the only maternity organisation that aligns with the freedom movement and supports informed consent. Our focus is on promoting autonomy and freedom of speech, and we’ll never coerce anyone into using specific language or opting for ‘mandated’ medical intervention.

Personal Growth & sisterhood

Our doula courses prioritise personal growth and development, which can lead to increased self-awareness, confidence, and motivation. This can be particularly beneficial for students who are looking to make significant changes in their lives.

We prioritise community support, too. When you complete our course, you’ll be added to our support group, which includes past students, wise birth keepers, and midwives from around the world. This community offers 24-hour access to support and guidance throughout your journey. You will also have the opportunity for deeper support by joining When Push Comes To Shove Plus. A membership that offers exclusive content for further learning as well as monthly zooms with giants of the freedom movement such as Jaclyn Dunne, Phil Escott, Laura Shanley, Billie Harrigan and many more. Hear their stories and ask as many questions as you like!

Client acquisition

We offer a range of practical benefits to our students. For example, we provide a directory listing so potential clients can easily find and connect with you. We also offer direct work opportunities to 60% of our graduates within three months of certification, a statistic we’re proud of. Although we cannot promise you work, we will most certainly provide you with the tools to grow your own business! We also believe in financial freedom! There is no virtue in poverty. Explore ways to create a passive income while you are serving the world with your gifts.

Improved Relationships

Learning with WPCTS often encourage students to develop stronger relationships with their peers and instructors. This can foster a sense of community and support, which can be particularly helpful for students who may feel isolated or disconnected.

Learn what happens each step of the way


You know this course is for you, so what happens next?Read this simple guide to becoming a WPCTS doula.

“This course is incredible, it’s been part of an empowering journey. Not only do you learn about physiological birth, you learn how to support a woman through pregnancy and birth. The knowledge I have gained I can now pass on to others, I can be part of positive change for women ready to take responsibility for their births back. Peace on earth begins at birth, it really does.”

Hazel, Student

“Having come across Nickita through all the amazing work she does to advocate for women and their choices in birth I knew it was a course I wanted to do. Having now completed it I can honestly say it has changed my life. Nickita has created a platform for like-minded women to truly discuss and understand the majesty of our nature as woman and mothers. The course was comprehensive and taught in an extremely safe and welcoming environment. The learning is also continuous after the course ensuring all new Doulas are supported and part of a tribe. I’ve had the opportunity to meet incredible women and to learn far more than just the practical side of what being a Doula is, the course has opened up a deep spiritual yerning and all I feel now is LOVE. Thank you to Nickita and Rachel and to all the beautiful women I’ve started this journey with!”

Angela, Student

“Before I started the Doula course, I was afraid of another intense study course, where you wouldn’t be able to keep up.
This course though is a revolutionary wealth of knowledge that keeps you so engaged that you don’t want to be anywhere else. I connected with the ways Nickita is teaching, as it truly comes from the heart!
So grateful I could take this opportunity to expand beyond the horizon of seeing birthing and pregnancy just as it is pictured everywhere else!”

Antonia, Student

Inspirational and life changing! Nickita is the most wonderful human- her knowledge is amazing, she delivers the course material so thoroughly in a relaxed and supportive way and she genuinely cares about each and every person there. Not only do you receive all of the information needed to feel confident to step into the birth world, but you are guided and held through your own personal growth journey. Once you have completed the training you are then welcomed into the most beautiful tribe of like minded women, who could not be more beautiful souls (a true reflection of Nickita herself). The support is there 24/7, not just for birth questions but for spiritual, emotional and mental guidance too, and lots of fun! I’ve been in a lot of womens spaces, but this one is pure love. Plus you receive additional trainings each month and so much ongoing support. I can not recommend this course enough.

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is this for me?

Who Will Benefit from This Course?

TheChildbirth Companion & Advocacy Certified Course”, formerly known as the ‘Doula Course’, is intricately designed to cater to a wide range of individuals passionate about maternal care, personal development, and advocacy. If you fit into any of the following categories, this course may be a life-changing experience for you:

Aspiring Birth Companions: If you’re passionate about supporting pregnant women but are seeking an alternative to systemic midwifery, this course offers a holistic approach to birth companionship. With emphasis on woman-centred care, it introduces you to the role of a birth companion who advocates for natural and physiological births. Please note, this is NOT a clinical midwifery course.

Self-development Enthusiasts: This course uniquely blends traditional birth education with personal and spiritual growth modules. Whether you’re interested in understanding authenticity, diving deep into the 6 Human Needs, or exploring Samahdi, this course integrates self-improvement with childbirth education.

Entrepreneurial Women: For those looking to turn their passion of childbirth into a profession, the course offers practical advice on starting and marketing your business, understanding financial literacy through the ‘Money Is Love’ model, and even passive income strategies that align with your calling.

Advocates for Women’s Rights: With modules focusing on human rights in birth, navigating the maternity system, and understanding the history and trauma in childbirth, this course is ideal for those who wish to advocate for women’s rights, particularly during pregnancy and childbirth.

Holistic Health Enthusiasts: This course dives deep into topics such as nutrition during pregnancy, alternatives to drugs, and the mind, body, and soul connection. If you’re interested in promoting health in a holistic manner, this course will equip you with the necessary knowledge.

Continuous Learners: The regular live sessions, student community support via WhatsApp, post-course mentoring, and monthly educational webinars ensure that learning doesn’t stop after six weeks. Students also gain access to the “When Push Comes To Shove” tribe, fostering a sense of community and ongoing growth.

Expectant mothers: If you are expecting a baby and would like a very deep dive into understanding the maternity system, the miracles that your body is capable of and knowing your rights in birth, this course is also for you!

In essence, this course is for anyone looking to blend their passion for women’s well-being with personal growth, business acumen, and advocacy. Whether you are at the beginning of your journey or are already in the field looking to enhance your skills and knowledge, this course promises comprehensive learning and networking opportunities.

No matter your connection to the process of childbirth, this certified course provides invaluable insights, tools, and techniques that will empower you to play a positive, informed, and supportive role in the journey of bringing new life into the world. Join us and enrich your understanding of one of life’s most profound experiences.

Are most commonly asked questions


No. We do not teach clinical practice so there are no requirements. Just an open mind and a loving heart. It is helpful to have some basic knowledge of biology.

Yes. After completion you will be a certified birth and post-natal Doula. We are accredited by IPHM which is a recognised accreditation board.

We are self governed. We have our own ethos and do not necessarily adhere to the same strict policies of other Doula Training Courses. We are an organisation that would never tell anyone what language to use nor insist on any medical intervention in order to work. We respect everyone’s beliefs and do not judge how anyone wishes to live or the language they choose to use.

As there are no legal requirements to be qualified as a Doula in the UK, it is unnecessary to think about ‘recognition’ from hospitals. This may be different from country to country so please check requirements in your country before you enrol. It is worth noting, our clientele tend to be home birthers and lean towards birthing outside of the system.

We are not Doula Uk Approved as we are self governed.

Yes of course! If you are a woman with an open heart who would like to support other women, you can enrol.

Yes you can certainly train with us, the role of a Doula is very different from midwifery. However, the most popular course amongst midwives is our ‘Midwife Lifeboat’ course. This is a conversion course from Midwife to Birth Keeper. This course was initially set up as a lifeline for midwives who did not wish to have the vaccine in order to keep their job within the NHS. This mandate has now been revoked but we still offer the course to midwives who wish to practice autonomously as a birth keeper. This is an exceptional course with a high work conversion rate.

If you would like to enrol on this course, please email us to book. (Discounts available for group bookings)

We don’t believe in the narrative that birth workers need to be poor! This is why we discuss passive income on the course. After some experience, you can expect to earn a good living. If you take on just 2 births per month, the average income is between £2-£4000 per month. It’s important to remember that this will involve being on call constantly so we do encourage you to find other streams of passive income.

Our approach differs significantly from traditional midwifery placements at hospitals. Instead of a hospital-based placement, we offer a mentorship program designed to guide you in securing your first five clients. This mentorship program is typically conducted remotely and includes five one-on-one sessions with your designated mentor. These sessions provide a platform to discuss concerns, receive constructive feedback, and engage in birth reflections.

Depending on your location, there may be an opportunity for you to shadow experienced birth keepers within our organisation, “When Push Comes To Shove.” This experience can be invaluable for gaining practical insights into the role. However, it’s important to remember that your primary role as a birth keeper is to provide emotional and physical support, hold space for the mother, advocate for her, and assist her in navigating the healthcare system. This will all be done at your own pace after completing our comprehensive course.

Many students initially share concerns about attending births without prior experience. However, after completing our course, their perspective often undergoes a significant shift. We provide robust support within our community, including the opportunity to ask questions and receive prompt responses. Our community comprises seasoned midwives and birth keepers who are eager to offer guidance. Additionally, we offer monthly Zoom meet-ups that facilitate connections with fellow tribe members and provide further opportunities for learning and growth. Furthermore, there is nothing set in stone saying you must attend a birth! You may want to consider doing only post-natal work or run your own antenatal courses.

We do not match students with clients. Instead, we equip you with the tools and knowledge necessary to find your own clients. Additionally, there is potential for direct client referrals from “When Push Comes To Shove” (WPCTS), as we receive numerous inquiries. While we cannot guarantee you work, we do receive a substantial volume of inquiries that we can pass on to you. We are committed to supporting your journey as a birth keeper beyond the course.

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