Professional Birth, Postpartum & End-of-Life Doula Training

WELCOME to Lifespan Doulas! We offer comprehensive, professional doula training and guidance for creating a sustainable birth, postpartum or end-of-life doula business. Located in Ann Arbor, Michigan, we train doulas from all over. Follow your dreams and make your living doing work you love!

Doulas are coming into the cultural mainstream and they are not just for birthing and postpartum families anymore. The emerging role of the end-of-life doula is gaining traction and helping transform how we approach end-of-life care in the United States and beyond.

If you are looking for CENTER FOR THE CHILDBEARING YEAR & Patty Brennan's Birth & Postpartum Doula Trainings, you are in the right place. Check out our new website!

become a doula


The doula profession is growing by leaps and bounds. After training, you can begin serving families right away. A medical background or years of schooling are not necessary.

You can start a doula business, work for a doula agency or program, supplement family income, offer your services as a volunteer, or gain experience on the way to a midwifery, nursing, hospice or public health career.

Re-invent yourself in a field that you love! A surprise bonus is that many participants report unexpected personal healing and growth after completing their doula training.

Our Blog

doula business guide

April Newsletter for Birth/Postpartum Doulas

COVID-19 updates, strategies and resources for doulas. Effects on infant mental health, distance labor support, saving our weekends, working ON your business while home bound, training updates and more. Also...
Spring is here

Special Edition March Doula Newsletter ~ COVID-19

How we are accommodating our supporters in this crisis, as well as tips for doulas and coping strategies for all. Lifespan Doulas will make every accommodation possible for each person...
doula connecting remotely

Doula-ing from a Distance

I know many of you are not making in-person visits to your clients, family and friends right now. Here are a few ideas for being a remote end-of-life doula, based...