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 Doulas)

In this unique small-group 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: The training will be held at Rockwood Manor, a beautiful site located at 11001 Macarthur Boulevard, Potomac, MD 20854. Nestled in 30 acres of forest near the C&O Canal National Historical Park, this space is convenient to both D.C. and Northern Virginia and has free on-site parking. Operated by the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, Rockwood Manor's grounds are available to you for rest and reflection both during breaks and after the workshop. For more information, 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.

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