Consultation and Customized Training

Building Community Partnerships.

Whether you’re a doula agency, a birth center or a community organization working with pregnant, adopting, or new families, we want to get to know you!

The doula model of care provides the support that families need to thrive.  But finding the right training path that defines scope of practice, emphasizes collaboration, provides accurate and up-to-date information and is comprehensive, not just a weekend crash course?  We've built our training on direct experience serving the community with a model that has been respected among health & mental health professionals and appreciated by families for decades. We would love to partner with you for training, supporting your teams, providing Relationship-Centered Care initiatives, or building your support programs.

Training, Case Reviews, and Support for Your Team

If you’re interested in providing in-house training on preventing burnout, reducing compassion fatigue, providing trauma-informed care, working with diverse families, or expert advice on evidence-based lactation practices, we would love to work with you!

Are doulas in your group using the evidence to support lactation? Do you have the resources to offer supervision or guidance with a Board Certified Lactation Consultant when they are supporting breastfeeding/chestfeeding?

Have you defined and refined your scope of practice to avoid medical advice-giving or other unsafe practices?

What are you offering your team to be sure that there is a safe and neutral sounding board for challenging situations?

How are you actively preventing burnout and meeting the needs your providers have for addressing trauma exposures or the stress involved in working in difficult situations?

If you have doulas or lactation educators on your team, are they working in a vacuum?

Do they have a place to gain perspectives when presented with counseling challenges?

How are you training your team to address bias and to meet the diverse needs and parenting approaches without judgment?

Take a look at our support programs below.

Customized Support Programs

Training Program

Trauma-Informed Training

(Healing-Informed Care) for Birthworkers

In this training, we’ll explore how to support clients who experienced a traumatic birth or perinatal event, while also supporting your own wellbeing as a helper encountering secondary or vicarious trauma. You’ll learn the three most common mistakes that could lead to further trauma for your clients. In the end, you’ll know how to be a true trauma steward for your clients while also mindfully caring for yourself.



Karen Laing, IBCLC, AMT is a Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) teacher and has worked in reproductive health care for more than 25 years, both providing care and training and mentoring midwives, doulas, and lactation consultants.

Melinda Marasch, LCSW, MA is a trainer and consultant for health professionals with a specialization in HIV-AIDs, trauma-informed care, and motivational interviewing.


Training Program

Doula Training

If you’re exploring starting a doula program, or establishing more consistent training standards, the training and ongoing mentorship available through WisdomWay Institute is unmatched. While many groups emphasize the business of caring for families, we focus on the skills involved with caring for families, including not only solid training in lactation support, postpartum health, newborn and infant development and wellbeing, and emotional health/mood disorders, but a training that is designed to prevent burnout, cultivate deep listening and establish a Relationship-Centered model of care.

Our programs are designed to earn the trust of families, referral partners, and community stakeholders who are looking for providers who have skills, knowledge, and a framework for delivering care that is safe, compassionate, equitable, and carefully organized around a scope of practice framework.

Ask about group discounts to train your team in mindfulness-based approaches to doula care, our Equity scholarships, or workshops or retreats that will inspire and support your community.

Professional Development/Support

Case Reviews

WisdomWay institute provides, evidence-based support and burnout prevention that is critical to maintaining quality, safety, equity, and compassion in the care you’re providing while also supporting, encouraging, and guiding your team. Our online case reviews are based on a successful model that allows providers to bring situations to peer-and expert-led, facilitated discussions, based on mindfulness and mindful caregiving. Providers will gain insights into evidence-based practices related to their specific needs using a mindfulness approach that encouraged self-awareness, compassion, self-compassion, non-judgment, and curiosity.

Trust Our Experts. Case Reviews are facilitated by board-certified lactation consultants and is directly overseen by Karen Laing, IBCLC, RLC, one of the earliest creators of doula models of care. Karen has operated a successful doula organization for more than two decades, training and providing ongoing supervision to hundreds of labor support doulas, postpartum doulas, perinatal educators, board-certified lactation consultants and IBLCE candidates. She was also involved in creating the first standards for postpartum doulas through NAPCS. Guest experts will include senior doulas, perinatal mental health clinicians, midwives, and others.

Interested in private consultation and support?

Connect with us to explore the ways that we can support your team of doulas, lactation professionals, and other home visitors with the Compass of Mindful Caregiving.

Customized Team Retreats

Team Retreats

Retreats give you the opportunity to learn, practice, and reflect on meaningful experiences with mindful awareness in a supportive and relaxing environment.

Your team retreat leader is a Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction teacher skilled in supporting health workers and building communication skills across teams.

Would you like to plan a mindfulness retreat or a learning retreat for your team? Connect with us for more information.

WisdomWay Institute Founder Karen Laing is available as a speaker, and she’s open to discussing and creating custom programs for your organization.

See about availability for 2020.

Let’s get connected!

When we get caught up in hope, happiness relies on a certain outcome. To be a heartful caregiver, we abandon that ‘goal’ oriented way of thinking and we train to be in full and fearless contact with what is actually happening, not what might be or what might be escaped. When we convey confidence, and compassion, we offer something more unconditional, more authentic, than hope. Hope can come and go, but this kind of caring, is boundless.

– Karen Laing

Connect with us today.

If you want to help families start out strong and you’re ready to be a part of a new paradigm in compassionate healthcare, check out our available courses and sign up below to stay connected.

"Let’s do this work together to bring the kind of caring presence that heals"

Karen Laing