Humble Haven Yoga has partnered with toLabor to offer an 85-hour Prenatal Yoga Teacher and Doula Training Program. This offering is designed for yoga teachers and students, health and childbirth educators, healthcare professionals, expecting mothers, women wanting to conceive, and those passionate about labor and birth. The intention of this program is to empower each participant with tools to support expectant mothers in their 9-month journey through pregnancy and beyond. Participants may register for the full Yoga and Doula Training Program or the Doula Training weekend only.

Topics of Study:

  • Sequencing prenatal yoga classes

  • Yoga postures and modifications specific to various stages of pregnancy

  • Pranayama (breath) techniques during pregnancy

  • The anatomy of expectant women

  • A teacher’s role in creating a conscious community for mothers and expectant mothers while preserving a safe environment 

  • Movement, meditation, and breath techniques for women looking to conceive

  • Childbirth education covering the physiology of birth and common interventions during birth - how to avoid them, alternative options, and when they become medically necessary

  • Hormonal structure of labor, birth, breastfeeding, and postpartum

  • Developing and defining the scope of your doula practice & learn how to create professional protocols for the services you choose to offer

  • Providing effective labor support to your clients by utilizing techniques which can reduce the client’s discomfort, promote faster, safer births, & reduce the need for medication & medically unnecessary interventions

  • Supporting the birthing family when pregnancy or birth doesn’t go as planned

  • Communicate effectively & professionally with clients, partners, families, & medical professionals, establishing trust & mutual empowerment among the birthing team

  • Conduct prenatal & postpartum visits, take a comprehensive history, and maintain client confidentiality

  • The business of Yoga and Birth

  • Botanical Oils to nurture conception, pregnancy + postpartum 

What You Receive Upon Completion of Program: 

  • Humble Haven Yoga PYTT and toLabor Program Manual - worksheets, resources, sample forms, & certification paperwork

  • Eligibility for Yoga Alliance registration as 85-hour RPYT

  • toLabor Membership Activation (one year)

  • Personal Attention, Networking & Support - Receive support from the toLabor local sponsor (1 email or 30 minute phone consult with Executive Director)

  • Referrals - Opportunity to receive listing on toLabor’s website to receive online referrals. toLabor membership required ($50/year).

  • Doula Certification Forms - Earn internationally recognized certification through completing the requirements. Additional certification fee required, please contact toLabor office for details.


Weekend 1: 1/17/20-1/19/20 

  • Friday, 6-9pm 

  • Saturday, 12-7pm 

  • Sunday, 8a-5pm 

Weekend 2: 1/24/20-1/26/20 

  • Friday, 6-9pm 

  • Saturday,12-7pm 

  • Sunday, 8a-5pm 

Weekend 3: 2/14/20-2/16/20 

  • Friday, 1-9pm 

  • Saturday, 9a-7pm 

  • Sunday, 8a-5pm 

Weekend 4: 2/28/20-3/1/20 *Doula Training Weekend*

  • Friday, 6-9pm 

  • Saturday, 12-7pm 

  • Sunday, 8a-5pm 


  • $300 non-refundable deposit due upon registration. deposit to be applied to full tuition payment.

  • $1900 if deposit received before 11/30/19

  • $2200 if deposit received after 11/30/19

  • $850 for Doula Training weekend only

Full tuition payments due by 1/15/19.


  • Option 1: $300 deposit at time of registration. $950 due on 1/15. $950 due on 2/15.

  • Option 2: $300 deposit at time of registration. $475 due on 1/15, 1/31, 2/15, 2/28

training leads

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Suzanne Burns

Suzanne Burns is the Owner of Humble Haven Yoga, a Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga School and Registered Prenatal Yoga School. Suzanne is a Certified Baptiste Power Yoga Instructor, E-RYT 200, RPYT, and a licensed practitioner of Yoga for the Special Child, a yoga program designed specifically for children and adults with special needs. After encountering challenges when wanting to start a family of her own, Suzanne sought to deepen her awareness and connection with her body and was drawn to the teachings of Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa. Suzanne completed her Khalsa Way 85-hour Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training in 2015.

Suzanne believes in blending the tools she has learned from all of her teachers along the way to deliver empowering and nurturing classes for women trying to conceive, already expecting and beyond. Suzanne is passionate about making yoga accessible to every body. Since opening Humble Haven's doors in 2016, she has nurtured and established yoga and mindfulness outreach programs for emergency responders, young adults with intellectual disabilities, and the refugee communities of Richmond. When not on her yoga mat, Suzanne is typically at home or exploring Richmond with her husband, three year old son, and six month old daughter.


Melanie Headley

Melanie Headley is the Executive Director of toLabor, an International Doula Training + Certifying Organization. toLabor is built on the foundation of empowering families, honoring birth and changing lives. We believe there is room for compassion in every birth. It is a civil right. It is a human right.

Melanie is a mother to 6ish kids, 4 of whom she grew and birthed herself. Melanie and her partner, along with their blended family of teens and preteens, live on the James River in Richmond, VA. She also owns/operates a thriving Birth Collective called A Brighter Birth where she has worked as a practicing Doula, Childbirth Educator and Lactation Counselor for the past 12 years. Melanie has been involved in birth work for the last 15 years in some form or another, and always will be. Now at the helm of toLabor, she is overjoyed at the thought of being a part of cultivating the next wave of Birth Doulas and to continue bringing CHANGE to women’s health, labor and delivery. 

This brand new option of adding a toLabor training within a prenatal yoga teacher training was devised to give birth workers + prenatal yoga instructors a well rounded, holistic view of pregnancy, labor, birth and postpartum from a supportive, empowering perspective.