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DONA BIRTH DOULA TRAINING Learn how to support families in birth!

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Few events in life match the birth of a baby in anticipation and effect. We stand in awe and celebrate our children’s births while simultaneously witnessing that, for too many women today, birth is traumatizing. Nearly one-third of American women undergo major abdominal surgery as their entry into motherhood. Others are struggling emotionally through the early weeks and months of their babies’ lives. And a disproportionate number of African American women and their infants are dying. It doesn’t have to be this way. Invest in DONA Birth Doula Training and ...


CURIOUS? 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 DONA 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.

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 and attachment
  • Greater satisfaction with the birth experience
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physiologic positioning for childbirth

Your hands-on, skills-oriented birth doula training will include:

  • Movement and positioning to support physiologic birth
  • Troubleshooting common challenges
  • Facilitating informed decision-making
  • Communication and self-advocacy skills
  • Comfort measures and natural approaches to pain management
  • Centering techniques, acupressure, massage and use of the rebozo
  • Proactive trauma prevention strategies
  • The birth doula's role during prenatal and postpartum visits
  • And more!

DONA Birth Doula Workshop & Breastfeeding Class Package

This option includes the pre-requisite Introduction to Childbirth for Doulas class, the DONA Birth Doula Workshop and the Breastfeeding Basics for Doulas class. It fulfills three DONA International certification requirements for birth doulas.

$550 Early Bird (expires 30 days prior)
$610 Full Price or
Deposit $305 and 2 payments of $152.50

November 21–24, 2019

February 27–March 1, 2020

April 16–19, 2020

June 26–28, 2020
(+ your choice of Breastfeeding Class dates)

October 8–11, 2020

December 3–6, 2020

DONA Birth Doula Training Workshop

This option includes the pre-requisite Introduction to Childbirth for Doulas class and the DONA Birth Doula Workshop. It fulfills two DONA International certification requirements for birth doulas.

$497 Early Bird (expires 30 days prior)
$550 Full Price or
Deposit $275 and 2 payments of $137.50

November 22–24, 2019

February 28–March 1, 2020

April 17–19, 2020

June 26–28, 2020

October 9–11, 2020

December 4–6, 2020

Breastfeeding Basics for Doulas Class

This class fulfills a DONA certification requirement for birth and postpartum doulas (included with the DONA Postpartum Doula Workshop; do not register for this class if you plan on taking the Postpartum training).

$70 Early Bird (expires 30 days prior)
$85 Full Price

November 21, 2019

February 27, 2020

April 16, 2020

October 8, 2020

December 3, 2020


Do you want to become both a birth and postpartum doula?

Invest in our Doula Business Builder Deluxe Training Package and save!

This comprehensive training package is substantially discounted and includes DONA International Birth and Postpartum Doula Workshops, all pre-requisite classes, and training in how to put it all together into a life-changing, successful doula business.
Your choice of 2019 or 2020 training dates. Payment plans available.

“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

 “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

“Unfortunately, I received my [initial] doula training from another trainer … thank goodness Patty has renewed my faith in DONA and the holistic model that it originally represented. It was well worth the extra miles to get here!” - Kristin Kelly, Traverse City, MI

“Great learning environment. Best class I have ever attended.” - Michaela Anderson, Adrian, MI

Let an expert be your guide:

Patty Brennan has been immersed in all things birth related for over 35 years. She has prepared well over 1,000 couples for birth as a childbirth educator and is an experienced birth doula and retired midwife. Since 1998, she has trained more than 1,000 birth doulas, encouraging each new doula to use her own unique strengths and gifts to make a positive difference for new families. As you begin your doula journey, Patty and her carefully selected team of doula instructors are honored to be your guides.


With Barbara Robertson, MA, IBCLC

Join us for a professional workshop taught by lactation educator extraordinaire Barbara Robertson. Learn the very latest in evidence-based breastfeeding support. This class will enhance the doula’s ability to assist breastfeeding mothers immediately post-birth and in the early days postpartum. Barbara’s enthusiasm for all things breastfeeding is contagious!

This class fulfills a DONA certification requirement for birth doulas and is offered, as an option, in conjunction with our Birth Doula Workshop on Thursday night from 6-9:15pm. It can also be taken as a stand-alone class, either before or after completing your Birth Doula Workshop. 

Learn how to provide skilled breastfeeding support:

  • A new look at breast anatomy and physiology
  • Importance of skin-to-skin contact
  • Newborn self-attachment at the breast
  • A new view of positions and latch-on
  • How to know baby is getting enough/not getting enough breastmilk
  • Troubleshooting common challenges
  • When to make a referral
breastfeeding basics class

“I had the privilege of attending Barbara Robertson’s course and wow, did I enjoy it! Living two-and-a-half hours away, some might think it would make more sense to complete the breastfeeding requirement locally or online, but after attending your DONA Birth Doula Workshop, I knew I wanted to take the class at the Center. I really appreciated the outstanding quality of the workshops.” - Allison Hatcher, South Haven, MI

“It was fabulous. Inspiring, informative, engaging.” - Kat Kieffer, McClure, OH

“So positive and reassuring. Practical and empowering of mothers and doulas. Wonderful!” - Ann Smith, Berkley, MI

“Thank you for your enlightened approach to educating doulas on breastfeeding. Your humor and energy made the subject even more interesting.” - Valerie Mangual, Ann Arbor, MI | 722 Brooks St., Ann Arbor, MI 48103