End of Life Doula * Doulagivers of Door County

Portage GlowAfter years of working as a Registered Nurse, I walked with my own mother through her aging and decline, until her final days in hospice care. I was blessed to use my professional experience as an oncology and hospice registered nurse to assist my family to understand the consequences of the choices we were asked to make for my mother’s care. I learned firsthand the incomplete explanations that were given by her medical practitioners, and what decisions we were guided towards that were in opposition to my mother’s wishes. I became her advocate, my family’s guide and teacher, as well as a grieving daughter and sister.

I am now able to combine the depth of my medical knowledge and nursing expertise with my spiritual presence as a Reiki Master (an ancient Japanese spiritual technique for stress reduction, relaxation, and healing).   I work independently as an End of Life Doula to offer training and certification as End of Life Doulas for those wishing to learn this very sacred work. I also am active in community education about caring for our aging population and all issues related to end of life care.


Elder Care Doula * End of Life Doula

As an End of Life Doula, I work individually with those facing serious/terminal illness and their families. I offer my knowledgeable support, my spiritual presence, and emotional acceptance as we walk together through this process.

For those elders that need support and caring presence, but are not at the end of their lives, I offer Elder Care Doula Services. I walk with these elders to assure them, and their families, that a loving and compassionate companion is supporting them. 

This caring support is usually arranged to meet each families needs, and is based on where in the process the client’s health is at. My visits are contracted in packages based on the expected length and intensity of service. All is offered with true compassion and love.

Please contact me at marggie@marggiehatla.com to discuss your need.


Doulagivers of Door County: 

As a Certified Trainer forDoulagivers End of Life Training Program, I offer three levels of training to support dying patients and their families.

Level I Training is a free community training designed with a vision of every family being prepared to support loved ones as they decline, and to understand the care that is needed at the end of life. This training is for everyone: family caregivers, community volunteers, healthcare workers, and many more. This is a  non-medical course that teaches everyone the skills they need to take care of those that are facing the end of their lives.

Participants learn the 3 phases of End of Life Care, and what interventions they can suggest for the comfort of both patient and family in each phase. Infused with patient bedside stories, this workshop is empowering, uplifting, and inspiring.

What you will learn:

The 3 phases of End of Life Care, based on the concept of the hospice nurse teaching families how to care for their dying loved one. Participants will learn everything they need to know from the time someone gets a terminal diagnosis, all the way through their final hours as they help to create a sacred space. This course is full of practical, emotional and spiritual information that will empower everyone who takes it. In generations past, these skills were handed down from one generation to another. Doulagivers of Door County is helping to bring this skill and education back to people so that we will regain this knowledge and create the most positive end of life experiences within our community that are possible.

LEVEL 1 COURSE TIME:  4 Hour live workshop

To learn more about how to attend this workshop, email marggie@marggiehatala.com




Level 2 Training:

Doulagivers Practitioners Certification Training

Fee: $1997.00   

This training is for those who wish to be Certified End of Life Doulas. Doulagiver certified End of Life Doulas learn everything to do from the time when a person gets a terminal diagnosis, all the way through to helping families to re-enter life after loss. This training is for those who have a calling and desire to support and guide both patients and families through the end of life process.

Certification Includes: 12 online modules, providing thorough education and experiential learning in the areas listed below as well ass 1:1 coaching available throughout the program

  • The shock phase
  • The stabilization phase
  • The transition phase
  • Building a sacred space
  • The most common medications used in End of Life Care
  • The top 10 end of life disease processes
  • When science meets the bedside
  • Your Doula comfort kit
  • Advance Directives, Creating a Self-Care Practice for yourself
  • End of life planning,, obituaries, eulogies, creating legacy and remembrances with your patient, End of Life options, Funerals, Cremations, green/natural burials, home wakes/home funerals, life celebrants
  • What to do when your patient dies, the truth about children and death, grieving/mourning/bereavement, learning skills for healthy grieving, End of Life Doula Mission Statement and Code of Ethics
  • Starting your End of Life Doula Practice, End of Life Doula Interview Checklist, End of Life Doula Family Agreement, End of Doula Patient Template, End of Life Doula Network: The Global Community, marketing your Doulagivers practice

Doulagivers Certification also includes: Lifetime access to all levels in the End of Life Doula Classroom

  • Access to the live monthly webinars, podcasts, or blogs
  • Lifetime membership to the End of LIfe Doula Network: the Global Community. Monthly conference calls wtih the latest Doula news, education, business building techniques, and Q&A
  • Ongoing mentorship and coaching support
  • Business Building and Marketing Your Doulagivers Practice Series

The Certified Practitioners Training Course Time: 12 online modules with mentoring support available throughout the course. Approximately 30 hours of online study, with 30 hours of bedside contact hours required for graduation.

The total course time: 60 hours.  This is a self-study course with live 1:1 coaching support throughout the training whenever students require it. There is an optional monthly workshop day in Door County, for those that have completed the online course and would like an opportunity to practice case studies, participate in group discussions, and learn business techniques in a group setting. There is an additional fee of $250 for those who wish to participate. Early registration is strongly advised.

Email marggie@marggiehatala.com to register for this Certification Training.  This course requires a phone interview prior to acceptance. You will be contacted by Marggie to schedule your interview and to answer any questions you have.


Doulagivers License Agency Training

The Doulagivers Trainings are The New Gold Standard in Elder Care and End of Life Care. Awarded “Worldwide Leader In Health Care” by The International Nurses Association, Doulagivers is desired and raising the level of care in both medical and non-medical Home Health Care Agencies, Nursing Homes, Assisted Living Facilities, Hospitals, and Long Term Care facilities.

Doulagivers is the new specialized, holistic, non-medical area of health care for the elderly. Now licensed and being offered to agencies and organizations to add this much needed area of care to our 78 million Americans over the age of 65 who prefer to stay at home as they age and reach end of life.

For Agency Licensure: 

Agencies must apply for licensure. After being accepted, there are 2 different packages offered. The exclusive territory package and the non-exclusive territory package. The employees that are accepted into the program will participate in an online Doula “classroom” for a total of 12 modules, live weekly webinars and at least one year of on-going support and continuing education in The End of Life Doula Network. After purchasing the Doulagivers Training, the agency has an option to bring in a live trainer for an intensive training weekend or continue through online webinars, case studies and support. There will be patient case studies, comprehension assessments, and a minimum number of at least 30 contact hours at the bedside, as well as a background check before certifications are awarded.

Agency/Organization benefits for having Doulagivers as part of there service offerings:

1) Being One of The First to Have The New Gold Standard in Elder Care. It is time to thoroughly train those who care for the elderly with the best holistic model of care. Doulagivers is recognized internationally by multiple organizations and has been the recipient of several awards and more importantly family testimonials.

2) Marketing Advantage Over Competitors. Our senior population will reach the largest demographic by 2030. There is going to be a huge demand for specialized elder caregivers. Consumers have a choice and will be choosing a provider that has taken the extra measures to ensure and train the best elder caregivers possible. It is time to bring back the highest quality of holistic care to our very precious elder population and the people who care for them.


3) Use of The Doulagivers logo, name and Level 1 Community Caregiver Training. Doulagivers is recognized internationally. Adding this name to your services and website will draw people to your business. Agencies/organizations who attain licensure are allowed to offer the Level 1 End of Life Doula Community Caregiver Training. This is a wonderful way to support and educate family caregivers in your community and let them know you are now offering Doulagivers as part of your services.

4) Listing on the Doulagivers.com website. All Agencies and Organizations that have purchased The Doulagivers Training Certification Program will be listed on the Doulagivers website under “Find a Certified Doulagiver” section. This is free marketing that will bring many more consumers to the participating agency or organization.

Contact:  marggie@marggiehatala.com




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