For Expectant Parents

Refund Policy

A full refund, minus a $25 processing fee per class, plus 2% on the total for credit card payments, will be provided upon request up until one week before a class begins. After that time, refunds will not be issued, though students may transfer their registration to another class (including our online programs). Once we are within 24 hours of a class beginning, no refunds or credit transfers will be permitted. There is no refund for online classes.


We will provide a healthy snack and choice of beverages during break times for each class. If you are taking one of the longer Saturday classes, a full lunch is not provided. You may go out for lunch (we are just one west of downtown Ann Arbor and there are plenty of places to choose from) or you are welcome to bring a bag lunch and relax at the Center if you prefer. We do have a refrigerator and microwave available.

Focus on Labor & Birth Condensed Class (full-day Saturday)

Lunch break will be from1–2pm.

Getting Ready for Baby (full-day Saturday)

Lunch break will be from 12:30–1:30pm.

Missed Classes

If you or your partner has to miss a class that you have registered for, we will give you access to comparable material from our Online Childbirth Preparation programs. Email for help.

If you are coming for a professional training …

Refund Policy (Please Read!)

Cancellation Policy: A full refund minus a $75 cancellation fee will be provided upon request up until four weeks before a training begins. Once we are within four weeks of a training, refunds will not be issued.

Transfer Policy: Should you need to transfer your registration to another training, you may do so without penalty up until four weeks before a training begins. Once we are within four weeks of a training, we cannot guarantee you a spot in a future training but will accommodate you if the training is under-enrolled and we have spots available for a $75 fee.

Doula Business Builder Deluxe Package. If you purchase this package and change your mind about completing the package after attending only a portion of the trainings, your refund will equal the total amount paid minus the full cost of each component you did complete or receive access to, and the $75 cancellation fee. Please note that in cases where you registered for a class and did not provide four weeks notice of cancellation, then you are not eligible for a refund for that portion of the package.

Winter Storms. We will not cancel trainings or refund fees due to winter storms. Please allow plenty of extra time for travel if bad weather is threatening. If driving conditions become hazardous in the middle of a training weekend and you are driving back and forth a fair distance, you would be welcome to bring some portable bedding/change of clothes and stay at the Center overnight. We have three couches and a queen-size air mattress on hand, as well as floor cushions, pillows and blankets. We cannot be held liable for airfare costs accrued due to circumstances beyond our control. 

If you are registered for the DONA Birth Doula Workshop:

  • Please read the DONA Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics for Birth Doulas prior to class.
  • This book is required: The Birth Partner: Everything You Need to Know to Help a Woman through Childbirth, 4th Edition (2013), Simkin. You do not need to read the book prior to the workshop, but specific sections of the book are referenced in the course manual we will provide and it will serve as an important reference for study purposes.

If you are registered for the Postpartum Doula Workshop:

If you registered for one of our Doula Business Builder Packages:

Please email with your preferred training dates and I will confirm with you. Note that I cannot save your spot in a specific training until you tell me to do so. All trainings are filled on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Refreshments & Breaks

  • We will provide healthy, substantial snacks and beverages during break times for all classes. For the morning, it is the equivalent of a continental breakfast (e.g., a selection of fruit, sweet bread, instant oatmeal, trail mix, yogurt, whole grain bread with peanut butter and jelly, etc.).
  • Lunch and dinner are not provided. You can bring a lunch with you or go out to eat. We are just one mile west of downtown Ann Arbor and there are many places to choose from. A microwave and refrigerator are available for those who opt to pack a lunch and we have a nice little courtyard with tables and chairs in the back of the Center for use when the weather is nice.
  • For day-long trainings, an hour lunch break is typically between 1 and 2pm and there will also be mid-morning and mid-afternoon breaks.

Breastfeeding Mothers

In-arms breastfeeding babies under six months of age are welcome in trainings. If you do bring your baby, please be prepared to leave the room if your baby becomes fussy or otherwise disruptive (there is space available for this). The needs of breastfeeding mothers of older babies will be accommodated as follows: your baby can be brought to you during scheduled break times; you may also pump in class or (if preferred) in adjacent semi-private space, as needed; and a kitchenette, with refrigerator and freezer, is available for your use.

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Local Accommodations


Ann Arbor University Hotel and Suites
Bell Tower Inn**
Best Value Inn Ann Arbor
Campus Inn
Comfort Inn Ann Arbor
Courtyard Inn
Fairfield Inn
Four Points
Hampton Inn South
Hawthorn Ann Arbor
Kensington Court
Lamp Post Inn (inexpensive; about 4 miles from the Center)
Red Roof Inn on PlymouthRd. (inexpensive; about 4 miles from the Center)
Weber’s Inn**
Wyndham Gardens*

* Least expensive option closest to the Center
** Close to the Center, but high-end prices

Bed & Breakfasts

Ann Arbor Bed and Breakfast
Baxter House (~1 mile from the Center)
Casa del Sol
Davie’s House in Georgetown
First Street Garden Inn
Library Bed and Breakfast
Vitosha Guest Haus

There may be other places in Ann Arbor to stay; check online for options. You can always Google the directions and miles from your hotel to the training site to determine which choices are closest. When scheduling trainings, I try to steer away from home football game weekends and other big University of Michigan events like graduation, however, sometimes dates change. I recommend that you do not wait to the last minute to secure a room.

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December Birth & Parenting News

Local author and doula Cynthia Gabriel is celebrating the launch of her newest book, The Fourth Trimester Companion. Nominate the Center (and your other heros) for a hero award! And mark your calendars for Cynthia’s Book Launch Party on Saturday, February 10th at 6pm at the Center. See our holiday special (save $50) on our popular Doula Business Builder Deluxe Training Package, offering […]

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November Birth & Parenting News

Help for moms, babies, and families; the gulf between research and practice; helping children adjust to a new sibling; become a Lamaze birth educator; signs of caregiver burnout and what to do about it when it seems there are no options. Read the newsletter.

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October 2017 Birth & Parenting News

Women in labor stop pushing and see amazing results (lower perineal tear rates); continuing education contact hours for doulas; doulas, trauma and self-care (don’t miss this!); feel the carrot love (recipe); DONA Postpartum Doula Workshop in Kalamazoo Oct 30-Nov 3; Become a Lamaze Childbirth Educator (November training at the Center with Jessica English; Willow Tree […]

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September 2017 Birth & Parenting News

Avoid doula burnout. Attend our October 21 Trauma and the Birth Professional Workshop (7.0 DONA contact hours approved). Newborn sleep and tummy size–developing realistic expectations and sleep tips. DONA International Postpartum Doula Workshop in Kalamazoo (November 30-December 3) with Patty Brennan. Use your BRAIN to make informed choices (diet pop, vaccination, and the pill). Michigan […]

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Summer 2017 Birth & Parenting News

Increase your search engine juice; research on stress during pregnancy; acupuncture for the childbearing year; yummy granola recipe; fall Postpartum Doula Workshop in Kalamazoo, MI; babies recognize faces while still in the womb; awesome doula meme; Trauma & the Birth Professional fall workshop; Advanced Business Development Workshop on August 5; earn 7.0 DONA continuing education […]

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June Birth & Parenting Newsletter

Is waterbirth safe (review the evidence); Directory Listings Summer Sale ~ get 15 months’ exposure for the price of 12; bring-a-friend special on birth doula training (save $100 each on June workshop); Doula Share Circle topic for June 19 meeting ~ the doula’s role at a homebirth; Open House Celebration at the Center; really good […]

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May Birth & Parenting News

Mother’s Day coupon (save 10% on all offerings); child summer safety resources; Meet the Doulas event;, grow your business and earn continuing education credit with doula business expert Patty Brennan (7.0 DONA contact hours); spring meeting of the Michigan Childbirth Education Connection with author Cynthia Gabriel of Natural Hospital Birth (newcomers welcome); and more! Read […]

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April Birth & Parenting News

The other end of the continuum–holistic end-of-life doula support; the words we use to talk about birth matter; Doula Share Circle April topic–vicarious trauma and self-care for doulas; hiring a doula guide for parents; Spring Special on comprehensive doula and business development training, through April 19; welcome to Gillian McClinsey-Powell, the newest member of our […]

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March Birth & Parenting Newsletter

Read a summary of the new ACOG opinion on limiting labor interventions and the benefits of doulas; Meet the Doulas March event; waterbirth and the newborn’s microbiome; Spring Special ~ Save 50% off our comprehensive selection of Holistic Online Childbirth Preparation classes; essential miscarriage, stillbirth and infant loss resources; and more! Read the newsletter.

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February Birth & Parenting News

“Love hormones”; roadmap to peaceful newborn sleep; February Doula Share Circle (on intuition); and more! Also featuring resources for after your baby is born including: postnatal fitness class (bring baby), breastfeeding support group, professional lactation support, bra-fitting (specializing in hard-to-fit women), lending library (extensive parenting topics), postpartum doula directory, and postpartum herbal healing baths. Read […]

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