DONA POSTPARTUM DOULA TRAINING Learn how to nurture new moms and families!

Invest in DONA Postpartum Doula Training and learn how to create a cocoon of rest, healing and support for the new mother. Encourage breastfeeding moms to overcome challenges and grow in confidence. Help care for newborns and their siblings and relieve the sleep-deprived, overwhelmed parents of newborn twins. And ease the pain of that mom who is struggling emotionally in the early weeks of her baby’s life.


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 postpartum doula, you help ease the transition into parenthood.

  • Provide emotional support.
  • Keep the household running while mom focuses on healing and bonding with her baby.
  • Help moms be successful with their breastfeeding goals.
  • Provide tips for healing and comfort measures.
  • Educate new parents about newborn care, baby calming techniques and babywearing.
  • Help with integration of the newborn into the family.
  • Recognize symptoms of postpartum mood disorders.
  • Provide hands-on support for families with twins/multiples.
  • Identify “red flags” and make referrals for anything beyond the norm.
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DONA postpartum doula workshop

Our DONA Postpartum Doula Training prepares you to create your own postpartum doula business offering knowledgeable and skilled in-home support services to families with newborns. The four-day workshop includes the Breastfeeding Basics for Doulas pre-requisite class and fulfills two steps toward requirements for professional certification through DONA International. Click here for information on DONA certification requirements and fees.

Your skills-oriented postpartum doula training will include:

  • Solid grounding in the basics of breastfeeding
  • Troubleshooting for breastfeeding challenges
  • Babywearing safety and how-to (hands-on)
  • Brainstorming strategies for meeting the needs of all family members
  • Differentiating between the baby blues, postpartum mood disorders and postpartum psychosis
  • How to help moms who are struggling emotionally
  • Care of the newborn and calming techniques
  • Normal physiologic recovery and comfort measures for the mother
  • Practicing effective communication skills
  • How to support a family after a loss
  • Strategies for working with families with twins/multiples
  • How to structure your postpartum doula practice
  • And more!


COVID-19 Registration Updates

Our July 2020 will be a virtual LIVE training. The November 2020 workshop is planned to be an in-person training (though we will adapt as circumstances dictate).


  • a reliable internet connection
  • a computer or laptop; you will not be able to fully participate on a phone
  • a private quiet space, free of interruptions
  • ability to attend all portions of the training
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DONA International
Postpartum Doula Training


July 23-26 (VIRTUAL)

Virtual class meets Thursday-Sunday, 8:30am-5pm

November 12-15

In-person class meets Thursday-Saturday, 8:30am-6pm and Sunday, 8:30am-4pm.

This option includes the pre-requisite Breastfeeding Basics for Doulas class and the DONA Postpartum Doula Workshop. It fulfills two steps toward professional postpartum doula certification through DONA International.


$640 Full Price or

$585 Early Bird (expires 30 days prior) or

Deposit $310 + 3 payments of $110

How Payment Plans Work

Doula Business Builder
Deluxe Training Package


Our Doula Business Builder Deluxe is designed for you! 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 2020 training dates. Payment plans available.

Read what past class participants say about their experience:

"I truly feel that I got an education (informational, emotional, spiritual) through this course. It was tough to fork over the fee because it was a huge chunk of my savings, but it is, hands down, the best money I've ever spent." - Kat Oshman, Ann Arbor, MI

“I could not have envisioned a more intelligent and comprehensive four days. I learned so much and continue to be so excited about this new path I'm on. I feel so fortunate to have crossed paths with you. Thank you sincerely for the formidable training!” - Kim Manasevit, Brookline, MA

“Just wanted to thank you for an amazing weekend. Each day was super and surpassed my expectations.” - Jody Swank, Mattawan, MI

“Patty was very professional, caring, passionate and dedicated. I was reassured that becoming a postpartum doula is what I want to do. I was also given great advice for starting my own business. I would highly recommend this training to anyone and cannot say enough good things about it!” - Leah Segura, Bay City, MI

“Patty is an excellent trainer. I felt welcomed, accepted and appreciated. The training was extremely informative and enjoyable, and I learned lots of tools for working through potentially challenging situations. I feel very equipped.” - Kelli Brien, South Bend, IN

Let an expert be your guide: with Patty Brennan & guest instructors

Patty Brennan has been immersed in all things birth related for over 35 years. She has prepared well over 1,000 couples for birth and new parenthood as a childbirth educator and has extensive experience supporting families in the early weeks postpartum as a doula and (now retired) midwife. Since 2002, Patty has trained hundreds of postpartum 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 guest instructors are honored to be your guides.