Postpartum Doula Training and Certification

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

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Invest in our 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.


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. Register now OR watch a recording of a recent webinar.

Our skills-oriented postpartum doula training covers:

  • Understanding the needs of the newborn & basics of care
  • Normal physiologic recovery & comfort measures for the mother
  • Breastfeeding basics & support skills
  • Understanding & screening for postpartum mood disorders
  • Support strategies for moms who are struggling emotionally
  • Babywearing safety & how-to
  • Whole family adjustment—sibling & partner support
  • Supporting families with twins or more!
  • Communication, mediation & advocacy skills for doulas
  • How to structure your postpartum doula practice
  • And more!

Our professional certification features a streamlined process that can be completed shortly after training. Included in your training fee. Learn more.


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Fee includes:

Doula Fundamentals & Essential Skills

Get started with seven self-paced study modules covering core competencies for all doulas. These are paired with each specialty training—Birth, Postpartum, and End-of-Life—and are included when you purchase a training. See topics covered.

Postpartum Mother/Baby/Family Care Basics

These self-paced study modules cover key information for postpartum doulas. See the list of topics covered.

Postpartum Doula Support Skills

3-day live workshop on Zoom includes 7 hours (on Saturday) dedicated to Breastfeeding Basics and Support Skills for Doulas.

Also included . . .

  • Professional certification for life (no extra fees )
  • Enhanced listing in our Doula Directory for one year ($50 value)

2021 Schedule

  • October 8–10 (Fri 9am–4pm, Sat 8:30am-5pm, Sun 9am-4pm, EST)
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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)
  • Evolving Your Business Workshop
  • The Doula Business Guide & Workbook


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
  • Evolving Your Doula Business Workshop
  • The Doula Business Guide & Workbook
  • 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)
  • Evolving Your Doula Business Workshop
  • The Doula Business Guide & Workbook

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.


Benefit from the best of both worlds! Get grounded in the basics with our self-paced online learning modules. And experience the inspiration and sense of community generated in a live online workshop.


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 over 2,000 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 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