Hello!! I am so happy to meet you here and I hope that we can meet soon in person.
Why MBC? What is MBC Doula School?
In a nutshell, MBC Doula School was created out of a need for trained doulas who would be willing to volunteer for Montreal Birth Companions, which is a volunteer organization that provides free doula services and resources to needy clients.
MBC Doula School prepares students to work as holistic doulas. It is a unique and comprehensive program that offers classroom learning, hands-on experience and mentorship. Students are given the opportunity to shadow an experienced doula through a doula care experience, and then to volunteer their services, while being mentored. The program is based on the belief that hands-on experience is the best teacher, but that all students need a mentor or a guide. I believe in the value of self-directed learning and self-exploration. The doula skills that are taught are skills that can be applied to all caring professions, including midwifery, medicine, alternative practitioners, and of course doulas.
MBC Doula School teaches a holistic approach to doula care. We believe that the healer is only a guide; that a person during the childbearing year is a whole person; that all modalities can be effective and useful, including allopathic ones, if they are used appropriately.
Who are we?
I am Rivka Cymbalist, the director of MBC Doula School. I have been working as a birth attendant since 1997 as a certified DONA doula and a CPM. In 2003 I created Montreal Birth Companions, a grassroots organization that serves over 100 families per year. Since 2003, I have also been training doulas. I am passionate about midwifery care and committed to lifelong education.
Guest teachers for MBC Doula School come here from all over the world: Debra Pascali-Bonaro, Elena Skoko, Robin Lim, Julie Bonapace, Jodi Hall are among the more well known ones, and Sarah Armstrong, Basia Klincewisz, Sara Liba Vann, and Svea Block, among others, are homegrown talents. If you are interested in providing a class at MBC Doula School, please let me know!