​​​DONA Approved Birth Doula Trainers

The Sterling Doula Prenatal Plus Volunteer Program fosters an environment which supports the development and mentoring of new Doulas. Once Doulas have completed their DONA training thru Sterling Doulas, this program helps them gain experience; acquire professional skills and accomplish all the qualifications required to achieve DONA Certification.  

Many of the birth-givers who are referred to this volunteer Doula program; in addition to dealing with pregnancy, often find their lives in fragile situations. These situations can often add unique circumstances to the support needed during and immediately following labor.  Sterling Doulas often come together, when needed, to support each other in meeting a birth-giver’s needs, in an efficient and caring way.  


The Sterling Doula Prenatal Plus Volunteer Program helps connect under-served birth-givers in the Denver Metro Community with volunteer Doulas who have completed the Sterling Doula DONA training curriculum.  Our mission is “Volunteer Doulas supporting Birth Givers with Quality Support Regardless of Financial Means.”   





The Volunteer Doulas for Sterling Doulas Prenatal Plus, are handled by Kristyn Ryals, CD(DONA).  Kristyn is a volunteer Doula herself who communicates with participants and coordinates the Sterling Doula Prenatal Plus Volunteer Program.  For ease of communication, Kristyn manages a private Prenatal Plus Volunteer Doula Facebook page.  She can post a need for Doula volunteers and Doula volunteers can also post specific support needs, concerning their birth assignments.

As Sterling Doulas become certified, many are selected to remain involved and have made the commitment to become Volunteer Mentor Doulas. These experienced Mentor Doulas are often available for new Doulas who need; last minute consults, phone calls to answer questions and help Doulas deal with potentially difficult situations.  These Mentor Doulas are also often the caring, supportive voice needed for a New Doula in Training, to help them get through the night.

In summary; Sterling Doula Training is a first step in embarking on a career as a Professional Doula.  Sterling Doulas will teach you, guide you and mentor you in meeting all the requirements for achieving Professional DONA Certification.  In addition, Sterling Doulas will be there for you throughout your Doula Career; as an informational resource, as a mentor and as a source for comforting fellowship when needed. We care about you.


Kristyn Ryals is the Prenatal Plus Volunteer Program Coordinator. Kristyn loves serving the Denver area as a birth doula and childbirth educator. She received her undergraduate in BIO/CHE from MSU. Kristyn approaches birth work with a mix of scientific research and metaphysical care. Kristyn loves connecting certifying doulas with birthing persons in Colorado. 


Doulas who would like to volunteer with Prenatal Plus Volunteer Doulas: please attend at least two Sterling Doula support groups and then ask to join the prenatal plus volunteer doula facebook page where volunteer opportunities will be posted. 


We get client referrals from the nurse family partnership for underserved and at risk moms. 


Contact info:
Kristyn Ryals CD(DONA), CBE(BAI)
denverbirthculture@gmail.com
(303)-596-7316 ( text or call)