JJ doula is a comprehensive 6 day doula training program with a focus on hands on learning. The program includes a 3 day foundations training, followed by a 3 day advanced training where the student doulas learn alongside experienced doulas and midwives who are keen learn new skills, or refresh existing ones. The training includes internships, mentoring and an online student community. The training takes place twice per year in Amsterdam, and is taught in English. It is open to both Dutch and international doulas.

FOR REGISTRATION AND INFORMATION please go to the JJ Doula Training Website

Biographies of the Founding Trainers:

Jacky Bloemraad-de Boer CPM Midwife Lic.Ac.
Jacky is a CPM (Certified Professional Midwife), a Doula, Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner, Reflexologist, Nutritionist and Herbalist. She is also an educator and offers in person workshops in Amsterdam and Cape Town and online masterclasses via her Midwife Cafe website for all maternal health care providers.

Jacky lives in both Amsterdam and Cape Town. Her book, A-Z for a Healthy Pregnancy and Natural Childbirth, ISBN: 978-1-4343-2832-8 is available where books are sold.

Jennifer Walker 
Jennifer Walker is an Spinning Babies Approved Trainer, experienced doula and co-founder of JJ Doula Training. Jennifer is currently the Chair of the NBvD (Dutch Doula Association).

Jennifer works internationally offering lectures and workshop on topics related to understanding anatomy and physiology as a basis for respectful and effective care; continuous support of labour; birth trauma and birthing positions. Jennifer’s work often involves creating collaboration and understanding between disciplines. She finds great joy in bringing doulas, midwives, doctors and bodyworkers together to improve care for women and babies.

A doula since 2006, Jennifer was one of the first certified doulas in the Netherlands. She was an speaker at the 2012 Human Rights in Childbirth Conference in the Hague. Jennifer has her HBO diploma in Foundations of Western Medicine. She is the mother of two teenaged sons.

Together Jacky and Jennifer have given workshops for the RED TENT events at the Amsterdam and Groningen Midwifery Schools, Slingerland Hospital and the St. Lucas Andreas Hospital. They also offer workshops such as Birthing positions for hospital staff, midwives and childbirth educators.

In 2015 the JJ doula training expanded the team to include Joyce Pula as mentor and teacher.

Joyce Pula
Joyce is a doula, yoga teacher and masseuse. She has extensive experience teaching pregnancy yoga, baby massage and aromatherapy for birth professionals. Joyce is in the Board of the Geboortebeweging www.geboortebeweging.nl and was on the organising committee for the Human Rights in Childbirth Conference in 2012 www.humanrightsinchildbirth.com/hric-conferences