Postpartum Doula Training and Certification

Ease the transition for families with a newborn (or two!)

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Create a cocoon of rest, healing & support for the new mother & family. 

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 postpartum doula training program:


Doula Fundamentals (Estimated 25 hours)

Postpartum Doula Support Skills (Estimated 24 hours)

Breastfeeding Basics & Support Skills for Doulas (Estimated 16 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 Postpartum Doula Certification Requirements.


An enhanced listing in our Postpartum 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 could not have envisioned a more intelligent and comprehensive training. 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 training. Each component 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