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Full Circle Doula

Full Circle Doula®

Panorama of Full Circle Doula class led by Shafia Monroe

Become an Expert in Pregnancy, Labor and Postpartum Doula Care

The Full Circle Doula Training® is an intensive 30-hour (3.5 days) prenatal, labor and postpartum doula training course. Topics include and expand beyond:

  • The history and duties of labor and postpartum doulas
  • The legacy of the African American midwife
  • The midwifery model of care
  • Signs and symptoms of pregnancy
  • Labor and birth
  • Birth justice
  • Perinatal comfort measures
  • Reproductive anatomy
  • Medical terminology
  • The role of the father
  • Physiology of labor and birth
  • Cultural awareness
  • Breastfeeding support
  • Infant care
  • Postpartum rituals
  • Bonding and family integration
  • The spirituality of birth
  • Intuition and “Mother wit”
  • Infant mortality reduction
  • Entrepreneurial skills.

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This high-energy training is didactic, interactive, and woman-centered and teaches comprehensive doula care. Graduates of the training are certified with Shafia Monroe Consulting/Birthing CHANGE. With program completion, the graduate is certified to practice as a labor and a postpartum doula, and though graduates may choose to specialize as labor doulas or postpartum doulas, their knowledge base is holistic and “Full Circle.”

The Full Circle Doula® Training will provide you with tools, skills, confidence and know how to begin your journey journey to lovingly assisting pregnant women through pregnancy, labor, birth and into motherhood employing emotional and physical support with local and national resources.

Full Circle Doula Instructor Shafia Monroe

Shafia Monroe


Join Shafia M. Monroe, founder of the International Center for Traditional Childbearing (ICTC), and the creator of the Full Circle Doula/Birth Companion Training for an amazing training to become an Full Circle Doula®. Shafia M. Monroe is a veteran midwife, certified doula trainer and Masters of Public Health. She is a mother, grandmother, herbalist, motivational speaker and mentor.

This distinctive training is built on the legacy of the 20th Century African American Midwife, who provided holistic services, with birth and postpartum rituals and mothering skills (Wilkie, 2003), building confidence and leadership abilities within families. The training is an excellent preparation for individuals who plan to become midwives.

Why Train With Shafia M. Monroe, DEM, CDT, MPH

Shafia is captivating, funny, respectful and honors the experiences of each person who attends the training. She is a veteran midwife, certified doula trainer and Masters of Public Health. She recognizes her Alabama roots and incorporates the Southern style of healing, using the laying on of hands, herbs and prayer. Her forward-thinking training style encompasses cultural awareness, sisterhood, love and diversity.

Shafia helps each student find their inner strength and identify their calling in birthwork work.

Doula Student


A champion forerunner of birth justice and reproductive justice work, doula and midwifery education, public health, professional development, and infant and maternal mortality prevention, Shafia Monroe guarantees an unparalleled training experience.

Shafia has instructed more than 75 trainings across the Globe with over 1,600 Full Circle Doulas trained. Some of her students include: Amparo Vesga, Claudia Booker, Basmah Karriem, Nicole Deggins, Monica Raye Simpson, Roberta Eaglehorse Ortiz, Shantae Johnson, Sheryl Paul, Meies Matz, Chanel L. Porchia- Albert, Sandra Hernández La Cantadora, Muneera Fontaine, Samira Alex, Freya Morani, Nadiyah Seraaj, Samsarah Morgan, Skylar Johnson, Tierra Solomon, Lauren Anita, Stephanie Johnson, Maat Felicia, Sarah Husain, and Solomon Ibe; and Erykah Badu, four times GRAMMY™ Award winner, singer/songwriter and holistic healer.

Full Circle Doula® Training Overview

Training Site

Site location varies according to the state and country of the training.

The site is announced once the dates are posted. 

Training Schedule

Thursday: 4:00 p.m. — 8:30 p.m. Orientation
Friday: 8:30 a.m. — 5:30 p.m. Prenatal
Saturday: 8:30 a.m. — 5:30 p.m. Labor
Sunday: 8:30 a.m. — 5:00 p.m. Postpartum & Business

Training Supplies

The Full Circle Doula® Training Manual and an introduction packet with the training syllabus is included in your tuition fee. The manual and packet is given on day-one of the training.

Required Reading

The required reading materials form the foundation of this training. Please make to read all the materials and bring them with you to the training.

Required Reading List:
1) The Full Circle Doula Philosophy, an abstract by Shafia M. Monroe Download PDF — 10-pages
2) The Doula Guide to Birth, by Ananda Lowe and Rachel Zimmerman
3) Listen to Me Good, Life Story of an Alabama Midwife, by Margaret Charles Smith and Linda Janet Holmes

The books are available at the library and online at By using “Smile.Amazon” the ICTC receives a nonprofit donation. Thank you for this consideration.


The training offers a light continental breakfast from 8:00 a.m. — 8:25 a.m. Lunch is on your own with local restaurants in walking distance. Several breaks are integrated into the training. Although childcare is not provided, you are always welcome to bring lap fed infants.

Training FAQs

What are the training prerequisites?

The only requirements to enroll in the training are that you must:

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Have or be working towards completing a high school diploma or GED
  • Be interested in supporting women and families

What is included in the cost of the training?

All registered students attending the training will receive:

Via Shavia Monroe Consulting (SMC)

  • Training manual
  • Hands on, interactive training
  • Resource list

Via International Center for Traditional Childbearing (ICTC)

  • Certification
  • Membership options
  • Client referrals

How do I register?

Visit the Registration Center and select the training of your choice. You can view other trainings, workshops, webinars, classes, and events.

Registration Center

Who can attend?

Shafia Monroe Consulting (SMC) does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status in any of its activities or operations.

Refund Policy

If the training is canceled by SMC, the registrant (trainee) will receive a full refund.
If the registrant (trainee) cancels within 24 hours from the time of registration, a refund will be given, less administrative fee of $50.00.
If the registrant (trainee) cancels at least two weeks prior to the training start date, the registrant (trainee) has the option of transferring to another training of equal or lesser value within the program within 12 months of the original training date.

Photo and Media Release

Photo & Media Release

I hereby grant permission to the rights of my image, likeness and sound of my voice as recorded on audio or videotape without payment or any other consideration; understand that my image may be edited, copied, exhibited, published or distributed and waive the right to inspect or approve the finished product wherein my likeness appears; waive any right to royalties or other compensation arising or related to the use of my image or recording.

I understand that I may be consulted about the use of the photographs or video recording for any purpose other than those listed above; that there is no time limit on the validity of this release nor is there any geographic limitation on where these materials may be distributed. I understand this release applies to photographic, audio and/or video recordings collected as part of the sessions listed on this document only and by signing this form, I acknowledge that I have completely read and fully understand the aforementioned and agree to be bound thereby.

I understand that photographic, audio and/or video recordings may be used for the following purposes: conference presentations, educational presentations or courses, informational presentations, on-line educational courses, educational videos and marketing.

I understand that I will be consulted about the use of the photographs or video recording for any purpose other than those listed above and that there is no time limit on the validity of this release nor is there any geographic limitation on where these materials may be distributed. I understand that this release applies to photographic, audio or video recordings collected as part of the sessions listed on this document only.

Shafia M. Monroe, DEM. CDT, MPH
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