Make a difference, one family at a time!

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Empowered mothers
Healthy babies
Strong families

When you become a birth doula, you help parents experience:

  • Reduced anxiety
  • Lower rate of medical interventions used in labor, including cesareans
  • Shorter length of labor
  • Improved breastfeeding success
  • Improved mother-baby bonding & attachment
  • Greater satisfaction with the birth experience

CURIOUS about doula training? Join our monthly live webinar: "Top 5 Questions about Becoming a Doula"

Our interactive FREE webinar provides an overview of the role of birth and postpartum doulas, the certification process, your income potential as a doula, how to get started on your path, and more. This session offers an opportunity to spend an hour together and get your questions answered before making an investment.


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There are 3 components to your online training program:

#1. SELF-PACED STUDY MODULES (Total 65 hours)

Doula Fundamentals (Estimated 25 hours)

Childbirth Education Basics (Estimated 16 hours)

Birth Doula Support Skills (Estimated 16 hours)

Breastfeeding Basics for Doulas (Estimated 8 hours)

Sample our self-paced study program now.

Get a feel for our online course with this Free Sample Lesson:

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"Self-paced" means that there is no expiration date on these materials. You will have unlimited access to complete your studies in your own timeframe.

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These optional monthly live sessions (on Zoom) are designed to complement your self-paced study. Sessions provide an opportunity to:

  • process what you are learning and do a deeper dive on complex topics
  • connect with other doulas in training
  • get your questions answered
  • receive feedback from the instructor

All sessions will be recorded and made available for later viewing. Students are encouraged to send in questions ahead of time. Sessions start in September.


Our professional certification for life is included in your training fee and can be completed shortly after training. Once you have completed all the training components, you are eligible to take the Certification Exam. Some additional reading is required which you can get started on anytime. Learn more about our Birth Doula Certification Requirements.


An enhanced listing in our Birth Doula Directory for one year ($50 value) is included.

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Are you interested in more than one training or doula specialty?
Do you need expert advice on the business aspects of doula work?
Choose the package that best fits your goals & save!

If you are interested in specializing as a doula in more than one area, these packages deliver the best value on your investment. Choose one, two, or three certification programs. Plus training in how to put it all together into a life-changing, successful doula business.


Doula Business Builder Package


$397 down + 5 payments of $100

  • Your choice of training & certification program (Birth, Postpartum, End-of-Life)
  • The Doula Business Guide & Workbook
  • Doula Business Guide Online Training
  • One Lifespan Directory listing (one year free)


Doula Business Builder Package


$497 down + 7 payments of $200 OR 12 payments of $120

  • Birth Doula Training & Certification
  • Postpartum Doula Training & Certification
  • End-of-Life Doula Training & Certification
  • The Doula Business Guide & Workbook
  • Doula Business Guide Online Training
  • 3 Lifespan Directory Listings (one year free)
  • One Year End-of-Life Doula Membership


Doula Business Builder Package


$397 down + 4 payments of $250 OR 10 payments of $100

  • Your choice of any two training & certification programs (Birth, Postpartum, End-of-Life)
  • The Doula Business Guide & Workbook
  • Doula Business Guide Online Training
  • Two Lifespan Directory Listings (one year free)

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 program and what we think sets us apart.


A variety of teaching methods are offered. Get grounded in the basics with our self-paced online learning modules. Complement your study with a support community through our live Q&A sessions.


Our professional and accessible 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. Learn more.


Patty Brennan has been supporting families to successfully navigate the healthcare system for the past 40 years as a doula, midwife, educator, and nonprofit founder/executive director of two community-based doula programs. She has trained approximately 2500 people to become doulas!


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. Additional business training is available, as well as Doula Directory listings to support you on your journey.

What do participants have to say about their training?

“I didn’t get a chance to tell you in our short encounter on the Dexter boardwalk how much I appreciate the birth doula training I took with you. I used so much of what I learned in the birth and breastfeeding of my daughter. I felt much more prepared for labor and more empowered to make the choices I did. Your training has also helped me to be even more loving and supportive of the women I get to care for as a chiropractor. I still use resources and skills that I gathered from your class on a regular basis. The work you do is very important and it has changed me for the better!” —Sarah Prater-Manor

“I absolutely loved this experience. Worth my money and time investment. I am so thankful I undertook this venture. I feel inspired and filled with recognition of my soul’s purpose. Thank you for being here and running such an amazing workshop.” —Jess Juntunen, Hancock, MI

“Thank you so much–I can’t get enough! I only wish I could take this workshop and the postpartum one over again for the first time. What an education and experience! Best $$ I ever spent.” —Kat Oshman, Ann Arbor, MI

“I took your birth doula class to help my daughter through labor. She did fantastic, remained in full control, trying a lot of different positions and various techniques. We tried and did many things I learned in class and I appreciated everything you taught and suggested.” —Dana Borenitsch

"I wasn't sure how an online class would go, but I thought it was great! The breakout rooms/activities, especially, were a great way for us to interact with each other. You made us feel like a community, even though we weren't physically together." —Jessica Woodward

“Patty was such an inspiring woman to learn from as I begin this new part of my life! Her energy, enthusiasm, and passion for serving mothers and their babies (and partners!) will stay with me forever.” —Kate Louik, Ann Arbor, MI

“As a young woman who has never experienced pregnancy or birth, the subject was a bit overwhelming at times. But your teaching style made the material so approachable, understandable and fun.” —Mary Colleen Casey, Ypsilanti, MI

"It is awesome that you are able to create an environment of camaraderie via Zoom! I have been invited to two Facebook groups based on your classes. The groups like to stay together even after class and that is so cool and such a superpower!" —Lanay Gilbert