"I could listen to Juli and Nickie talk forever! You can tell how passionate they are about the work they do and the people they've worked with. I decided to take the postpartum doula training due to a friend having complications after having twins. Within the first hour, I knew I wanted to sign up for the Labor Doula training. Nickie has this way of pulling you in and wanting to learn more. I highly recommend their courses for anyone interested in Doula Trainings."
- Lyndsay, B., Cornerstone Doula
OUR MISSION is to organize and activate a radically inclusive community of doulas and birthkeepers to provide full spectrum C.A.R.E. to all. Cornerstone doulas and birthkeepers champion equitable access to safe, supported and dignified care for all communities throughout the reproductive lifespan. Our collective C.A.R.E. is focused on closing gaps in disparate maternal and infant health outcomes, increasing reproductive health equity and creating positive change in all reproductive health outcomes — and as a result, our society at large.
Cornerstone Doulas & Birthkeepers C.A.R.E.
C: Care. Connection. Community.
A: Authenticity. Access. Advocacy.
R: Relevant. Reliable. Reputable.
E: Excellence. Expertise. Equity
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Healing. Bonding. Transition. Connection. Reflection. Sacredness. Tradition. Integration. Celebration.
The postpartum period is a sacred and transformative time. Being present for new families as they integrate the birth of their child into their life's narrative is an honor that comes with deep responsibility. Before entering the postpartum space you must understand the needs of the birthing person, newborn and partner: Their emotional needs, psychosocial needs, psychological needs and physiological needs.
You will leave this training ready to enter the postpartum space.
In this course, you will gain the knowledge, support, confidence and skills to begin your Postpartum Doula practice. To be successful and sustainable as a Doula, you must start with a solid foundation to hold your practice as it grows and expands. Throughout this twelve module course with over 16 hours of video lecture, we will first help build this foundation for you, then we will delve deep into incredibly important issues such as birth justice, cultural humility, equity, trauma informed care, boundaries, self care and the emotional, physical, psychosocial, intersectional and practical aspects of Postpartum Doula work. You will learn through many different activities: Video lecture modules, online research, short writing assignments, supplemental videos and handouts, and quizzes. Plus, you'll have access to weekly drop-in Q&A sessions with your trainers, where you can have all your questions answered and connect with other students who are going through online Doula Training.
This intensive Postpartum Doula Training Workshop gives you, the aspiring birth worker everything you'll need to build a sustainable, equitable, ethical and effective Postpartum Doula practice. We don't stop there: you have direct access to your trainers for mentoring and support post-training. We build community and we are here for YOU. There are no certification fees, no hidden fees and your certification (if you choose to be certified) is for life.
Cornerstone Postpartum Doulas are internationally recognized as leaders in birth justice and advocacy.
Cornerstone Doulas provide continuous unbiased, client-centered support throughout the reproductive lifespan. This support focuses on the whole person, family and community and encompasses emotional, physical, psychosocial, and educational support techniques. Cornerstone doulas employ individualized supportive communication, culturally responsive care, hands-on therapeutic techniques and an equitable approach with all clients.
Are Doulas needed during Covid? Aren't hospitals restricting visitors during birth?
Though most hospitals are imposing restrictions on visitors during this pandemic, Doulas are needed now, more than ever. Great innovation is being used at this time to deliver the support and advocacy birthers need, including virtual Doula support, extensive prenatal education, and planning and pivots, such as transferring to homebirth.
You are needed.
"The course was something that I needed right now. We are facing tough times right now and this course was knowledge lead by love and good intentions. At the end of each work day I looked forward to learning and engaging others in what I was learning. My heart is over joyed with the new knowledge I have. I’m excited about the unknown and where this will take me. Being a birth worker for me is such a magical thing that I am proud of. I thank Cornerstone and everyone that is involved with making this trainings easily accessible for everyone in all walk of life."
-Tiara, R., Cornerstone Postpartum Doula, Online program graduate
"I am so lucky to have found and completed my birth, postpartum training as well as my childbirth educator training and a slew of other advanced courses with Juli and Nickie.
Because of Cornerstone, I have discovered my calling, my love of birth and reproductive justice, as well as being able to support all families from all walks of life.
I am especially grateful to my incredible training when it comes to serving Deaf families. Combining the tools given to be through my trainings, the excellent mentoring from Juli and Nickie, my background and experience within the Deaf community had provided me a specialized niche in which I successfully employ as a birth professional.
Cornerstone WALKS THE TALK in regards to their inclusive practices and the diverse and deeply analytical courses and workshops.
Their training is top notch, with tightly knit community of trained individuals who are passionate about the work we do. I can't thank Nickie and Juli enough for opening new opportunities in my life both personally and professionally."
- Lindsay K., Cornerstone Doula
"When my life started to take a different direction, I did not know what was next. My friend approached me and said to take the PP Doula course. She sent me the link and I said yes! Talked to another friend and we took our course.
Nicky is amazing in what she opens your eyes to. During the course I had tears because I thought, Wow how different my experience could have been. How if I had the support I needed, I would not have felt so alone. Everyone thinks absolutely if you know about Doulas (which I did not) that this is a luxury for people with money, yet it is not. Actually, it is something that should be a necessity and if we can help get the word out we can help many families during this beautiful yet emotional time. I am spreading the word about Cornerstone and Doulas to help make a difference in lives. This experience is definitely another one of the most rewarding journeys I am going to embark on.
Thank you for sharing your stories, taking the time to encourage, empower, and educate others, while providing us with the tools to create a world of difference."
- Shayna, M., Cornerstone Doula
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Frequently Asked Questions
She/her. Nickie Tilsner is a doula, childbirth educator, nursing student, harm reduction practitioner and crisis intervention counselor with over 18 years experience in birth work. As the Co-Founder and Co-Executive Director of Cornerstone Doula Trainings, Nickie has trained thousands of birth workers in the San Francisco Bay Area, CA since 2006. Nickie has a strong commitment to social, birth & reproductive justice and focuses her trainings, as well as her own education and daily learning on social justice frameworks through an intersectional lens. She is so very honored to be sharing all of this absolutely essential information, support and skill to new birth workers, and views birth work as a revolutionary world changing action. Nickie brings to her trainings a broad spectrum of knowledge and a deep devotion to helping pregnant people, their partners, babies and communities have the most dignified, respected and joyful beginnings in their new lives together.
Juli Tilsner, LM, CPM:
She/her. Juli Tilsner is a California licensed Midwife, Certified Professional Midwife and the Co-Founder & Co-Executive Director of Cornerstone Doula Trainings. Juli is also the Co-author of RE:BIRTH Your Birth Informed. Respected. Empowered and the Co-founder of RE:BIRTH Childbirth Education.
Juli’s passion, path and practice in the birth world has shown itself to be a continually evolving process of personal, professional and political growth. Coming from challenging beginnings, Juli considers those challenges to be the gifts that have made her the teacher and mentor she is and continues to be for so many. Juli has a passion for birth justice, trauma prevention and resolution and she continues her own work of healing intergenerational trauma for herself and her family in her daily life. Juli is proud to bring this passion and vision into her work as an activist, healer, educator, leader and mentor.
She/her. Jazz-Ylaine Baptiste, AKA The Dancing Doula, is: a mother, teacher, healer, dancer, birthkeeper, trainer, mentor, childbirth educator, business coach, natural fertility specialist, and womb healing practitioner. Her journey as a birthworker began at the tender age of 10 years old when she had the honor of being the junior birth coach for her Mom, then pregnant with her sister. This experience was the beginning of a life purpose to serve people and their babies along their birth and reproductive journeys. Jazz-Ylaine is Co-Owner and Executive Director of Aum Golden Health, a full service birth support agency based in Oakland, CA, which provides a village (team) model of care for the full spectrum of reproductive health. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Management with minors in finance and international business from Georgia Institute of Technology, and has been an entrepreneur and business owner since 2004. In 2018 while pregnant with her daughter, Jazz-Ylaine created Dance Baby Down™, a pregnancy dance movement workshop and class series integrating: meditation, gentle movement, upbeat dancing through labor positions, affirmations and community building. She has trained five Dance Baby Down™ Instructors between 2018 - 19 and looks forward to training many more in the upcoming years. Jazz-Ylaine is multilingual, speaking Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese and French, with life and work experiences in Spain, China, Mexico and Brazil. She believes that birth is sacred, and an incredible rite of passage. Jazz-Ylaine is dedicated to honoring this sacred rite of passage through: direct support, community education and outreach, and the professional training of doulas, birthkeepers and Dance Baby Down™ instructors.
Gingi Allen, LM
Owner of The Art of Mothering, Birth Doula & Postpartum Healing Specialist, Certified Professional Midwife, Licensed Midwife.
My love for midwifery care began about 16 years ago after I took my first childbirth education course. As a fresh undergraduate in Environmental Planning, Sociology & History, I was able to connect my knowledge of healthy environmental practices with the impact that birth health has on the whole of society. It was after the birth of my first child in 2002 that I saw everything birth and was called to support the mama-baby unit and healing of empowering women & families.
Soon I became an educator, supporting hundreds of families in their choices around a healthy pregnancy, empowered birth, and nourished postpartum, as well as womb wellness. Along the way, I studied many holistic healing and midwifery techniques and now have integrated them well into my doula & midwifery practice. During my midwifery schooling and training, I chose to extend my program to get the fullest out of my training (at home birth and birth centers), while raising my two sons as a single mother. My road in birth work and midwifery was raw, challenging, and beautiful much like the work of being a mother. It is an honor to support new life into this world and I look forward to developing intimacy, trust, and a deep understanding with the families I support.
Laura Cox, CLEC
For over 7 years, Laura Cox has been providing lactation education and counseling to the Bay Area community. She has the distinct honor of teaching lactation support to Cornerstone Doulas and she also provides training and support to Doulas through the Oakland Better Birth Foundation, where she is also a board member. Laura is a lactation education to the ABSN, BSN, ELMSN students at Samuel Merritt University, and has been invited to teach the medical students at Touro University in Vallejo, CA. She is also part of an advisory group through the IBCLE, which is creating a new certification which ultimately will be providing an internationally recognized discipline of lactation support outside the IBCLC. through education, Laura is trying to change the way we support people on their lactation journey.