Doula Training & Certification Online

Your doula career starts here!

Doula Training & Certification Online

Your doula career starts here!


Professional doula training for the complete lifespan ...

All doula training programs are self-paced online. Become a birth doula, postpartum doula, or end-of-life doula. Or, combine specialties and invest in the discounted Doula Business Builder Training Bundle that best matches your goals.

We specialize in small business basics and offer guidance for launching your doula business (though we don't presume everyone wants to do this).

After completing doula training, you can begin serving families right away in your chosen specialty area(s). A medical background or years of schooling are not necessary. Reinvent yourself in a field you love!

What makes us different? Why train with Lifespan Doulas?

Top value at an affordable price! We understand you are searching for the best fit. Here is what we believe to be unique about our programs and what we think sets us apart.

Over 3,000 doulas trained!

Maximum Flexibility

All programs are self-paced online. There is no expiration date on your access to the course materials. Regular opportunities to come together online with other doulas to network and engage continuing education and business topics is provided. Move at your own speed!

Instructor Expertise

Patty Brennan has been supporting families in transition for the past 40+ years as a doula, midwife, educator, and nonprofit founder/executive director of two community-based doula programs. She has trained over 3,000 people to become doulas.

Accessible Certification

Our professional doula certification can be completed shortly after training, has no expiration date, and is included in the cost of training. No ongoing or hidden costs! This is a big deal if you are comparing programs.

Business Development

Patty Brennan is the author of the top-selling Doula Business Guide: How to Succeed as a Birth, Postpartum or End-of-Life Doula and is an expert at helping folks embrace the creative process of launching a doula practice.

Strong Foundation

Our focus is on developing doula support skills and building a strong foundation of knowledge and resources in your doula specialty. Emphasis is placed on proactive prevention of trauma for all families.

Support Community

After training, we provide continuing education webinars, priority referrals, and an online forum for community support and mentoring as you begin supporting families in your community.

The Lifespan Blog

webinars on doula business topics

Atomic Habits: Tiny Changes, Remarkable Results (July Newsletter)

Atomic Habits (Book Review): You do not rise to the level of your goals. You fall to the level of your systems. Success as a doula business owner is certainly...
doula legal challenges

Doula Legal Challenges (June Newsletter)

Rites and Rights Revisited: Legal Challenges for End-of-Life Doulas This virtual townhall, co-sponsored by NEDA and INELDA, featuring two lawyers who have been active in defense of EOLDs in California and...
End-of-Life Doula Scope of Practice

Medical Aid in Dying, End-of-Life Doulas, and the Doula Scope of Practice

By Patty Brennan Recently, I was conducting a webinar for end-of-life doulas (EOLDs) when someone in the audience shared that Medical Aid in Dying (MAiD) clients were her specialty and that she travels...
setting fees as an end-of-life doula

Setting Fees as an End-of-Life Doula (webinar)

With Patty Brennan Join a discussion on how to value our doula work. Fee setting considerations include your cost of doing business, your need for income, your geographic location and...