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 online and feature a blend of self-paced study and opportunities for live, interactive learning.

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.

Hybrid Online Learning

A variety of teaching methods are used. Get grounded in the basics with our self-paced online learning modules. And experience the inspiration and sense of community generated in a live online workshop or through our Mentoring Webinars.

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 2500 people to become doulas!

Accessible Certification

Our professional doula certification process 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 providing loving, non-judgmental care and 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.

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