Doula Fundamentals Core Competencies & Essential Skills for All Doulas

No matter your specialty—birth, postpartum, end-of-life—the Doula Fundamentals course covers core competences and essential skills for all doulas. Get well grounded in the guiding principles and best practices of the Doula Model of Care. The course prepares you to:

  • Serve families with respect & protect yourself from liability
  • Teach clients to become their own best advocates
  • Recognize abusive relationship & respond appropriately
  • Consider your safety when meeting with clients
  • Respond with compassion when folks can't afford your services
  • Identify & prevent caregiver burnout
  • Understand what is involved in starting a doula business
doula fundamentals

Course Content (25 hours)

The Doula Fundamentals course includes seven self-paced online study modules covering the following topics. Toggle the + to open each module for details.

Enjoy unlimited access to the study materials and complete the course in your own timeframe (no expiration date). Gain access within 24 hours of registering.

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We employ a proven, dynamic blend of teaching methods that adult learners of all ages find effective and enjoyable.

Study modules include downloadable tools and guides, videos, quizzes, case studies, skill-building exercises, templates for creating your own materials for use with clients, abundant resources, and more.

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Our Doula Fundamentals course is included with each of the three doula trainings offered by Lifespan Doulas—birth, postpartum, and end-of-life. 

If you invest in this course and then decide you want to continue on and complete any of our certification programs, you can purchase individual components here.

The Doula Fundamentals course is for you if ...

You want to understand more about what it means to be a doula before committing to a doula certification course.

You want to cross-certify with Lifespan Doulas but are having difficulty passing our certification exam.

You completed training with another organization which did not emphasize the doula model of care.

You are seeking continuing education as a doula and want to brush up on essential skills.