İçsel Doğum was born out of the perceived necessity for honest, wholistic birth support and childbirth preparation. Julia (Julia Steils Paçacıoğlu) founded İçsel Doğum after working as a doula, childbirth mentor, prenatal and postpartum massage specialist and breastfeeding counselor in America and Turkey for over 10 years. İçsel Doğum’s training and philosophy is firmly based in Birthing From Within’s revolutionary approach to childbirth preparation, and also includes many hands-on elements from Julia’s training through DONA and Heart and Hands Midwifery school’s doula training program.
İçsel Doğum-certified birth and postpartum doulas undergo one of the most rigorous training programs in the world, each requiring 8 days of class time, online studies and evaluations, minimum attendance at 6 births or 21 postpartum visits as well as undertaking a commitment to personal growth and reflection. Upon successful completion of the İçsel Doğum training, birth doulas are eligible for dual certification through Birthing From Within.
İçsel Doğum Childbirth Mentors participate in 16 days of training and also must attend births, postpartum visits and are required to lead at least three parent classes before earning their certification. İçsel Doğum Certified Childbirth Mentors are eligible to attend the Advanced training for certification through Birthing From Within.
İçsel Doğum’s growing family of birth and postpartum doulas and childbirth mentors can be found across Turkey, From İstanbul to Fethiye, Manisa to Kayseri. To find an English-speaking doula or mentor near you, please click here (English-speaking doulas)