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No matter how our clients’ births unfold, the emotional support we provide is invaluable to their birth experience and their memories of how they were supported when they brought their baby into the world. The training we received from Sheryl has become an integral part of how we provide that emotional support for all of our clients. I can’t recommend this training highly enough!
— Sarah M. Paksima, MPH, MBA, Owner of DC Birth Doulas
Peace of Mind (Working With Anxious Clients: A Training for Birth Doulas)

In this unique workshop, you’ll learn and practice effective skills you can use right away to:

  • Develop an anxiety-informed birth plan

  • Get your clients out of panic mode

  • Ground your clients — and yourself — in high-stress moments

  • Know which interventions to use when based on the neuroscience of anxiety

You’ll also learn:

  • The latest research on anxiety during pregnancy

  • Implications of anxiety for pregnancy and birth outcomes

  • How to spot different kinds of anxiety in your clients

  • How to set healthy boundaries with anxious clients for your own self-care

Cost: $125.00

For questions, please send a message to or call 202-350-4322.

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Continuing Education: This workshop is approved by DONA International for 3.0 continuing education hours (DONA Program #774).

Training Site: This training will be held at The Journey Space, a healing arts center located in Glen Echo, MD. For more information about this site, please visit:

Refund Policy: We understand that birth happens — and not always at the most convenient times! Should you need to miss this training due to a birth, you will receive a refund minus an administrative fee of $30. This fee helps us cover the cost of materials, food, training space, credit card fees, and time spent preparing for your participation. Should you need to miss this training for any other reason, you will not be issued a refund but may apply your payment toward any future training with Sheryl Aaron MSW LLC within the following 12-month period.

Although it is not a common occurrence, a workshop may be canceled due to low registration, presenter emergency, or inclement weather. In those cases, participants will be notified as soon as possible and will be given the option of either a full refund or applying payment to another workshop within a 12-month period.

What others are saying about this workshop:

“Sheryl's training was excellent, and I'd recommend it to any birth worker. She provided loads of strategies that can be used to ground clients in their most anxious moments in pregnancy, birth and postpartum.”
— Emily Workman, Owner, Maternal Mind Doula Services

“I really appreciated Sheryl's organized and clear delivery of tips and tricks for proven interventions with anxious clients. She was able to discuss a breadth of ways in which to deal with anxious moms and partners and allowed space for us to discuss our experiences as well."
— Marisa Van Osdale, birth doula

“Sheryl's workshop reinforced what I thought I knew and validated some of my current practices. I left with bolstered confidence and very tangible ways to support even my most anxious clients. I especially appreciated the small group size for intimacy, and the discussion of the neuroscience behind anxiety and how/when to intervene. I would highly recommend every doula take Sheryl's training."
— Kaylie Groenhout, Co-Founder, Doulas of Northern Virginia

“The workshop was valuable for me because I used the information from the training already today with one of my clients…My tool box is definitely more loaded now than before.”
— Nathalie Grolleman, birth and postpartum doula

 Interested in more birth worker trainings being offered in the coming months? Stay tuned for more information about these 2019 workshops: