Postpartum Doula Training and Certification

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

When you become a postpartum doula, you help the new mother & family ...

  • Heal and get more rest
  • Reduce the overwhelm
  • Learn new skills & grow in confidence as parents
  • Experience increased breastfeeding success
  • Benefit from an extra pair of hands when caring for multiples
  • Recognize & seek help for postpartum mood disorders
  • Adjust & adapt to the changing family dynamics
  • And more!
mom and baby
become a doula webinar

Not quite sure? Join our FREE webinar & get your questions answered.

Our Top 5 Questions about Becoming a Doula webinar provides an overview of the role of birth and postpartum, 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 with the instructor and get your questions answered before making an investment.

BECOME A POSTPARTUM DOULA

Do you have questions about our Refund Policy, payment plans, how to register, or something else? See our FAQs page for answers.

There are 3 components to your online Postpartum Doula Training:

#1 Self-Paced Study Modules

#2 Monthly Mentoring Webinars

#3 Postpartum Doula Certification

STEP #1
SELF-PACED STUDY MODULES (65 hours)

The following four courses comprise your online self-paced training. Toggle the + to open each module topic for more information on course content.

Doula Fundamentals (Estimated 25 hours)

Postpartum Doula Support Skills (Estimated 24 hours)

Breastfeeding Basics & Breastfeeding Support Skills for Doulas (Estimated 16 hours)

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.

Explore Our Online Platform with FREE SAMPLE Lessons

We love the platform that hosts our self-paced study modules and want you to experience first-hand just how user-friendly it is. Check out the free sample lesson below to see for yourself.

Over 2500 doulas trained!

Dynamic, Expert Training

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.

STEP #2
MONTHLY MENTORING WEBINARS

With Patty Brennan

These optional monthly live sessions (on Zoom) are designed to complement your self-paced study. Sessions provide an opportunity to:

  • Connect with other doulas in training and build a sense of community (make new friends!)
  • Enjoy the opportunity for hands-on skills practice with instructor feedback
  • Do a deeper dive on complex topics
  • Get your questions answered

These sessions are designed for postpartum and birth doulas. All sessions will be recorded and made available for later viewing. Students are encouraged to send in questions ahead of time if they are unable to join the live webinars.

These sessions are not lectures. Bring your questions on these topics and be prepared to engage and participate, as that is the whole point.

mentoring for doulas

2023 Webinar Schedule

This year we are offering a repeating series of topics as the focus for each session including a special session for practice of hands-on comfort measures with a "practice partner."

Webinars take place on Wednesday from 8-9pm EST with the exception of the hands-on practice session, scheduled for a designated Saturday from noon-2pm EST. We will take the months of August and December off.

For those who appreciate continuity, new cohorts start in January and June, but students can join the optional sessions in any order and get started immediately.

Winter/Spring

  • January 25: Scope of Practice & Professional Boundaries
  • February 22: Prenatal Contact & Onset of Labor
  • March 22: The Doula's Role as Mediator & Advocate
  • April 29: Hands-On Comfort Measures Partner Practice (Saturday noon-2pm)
  • May 24: Open Session & Business Topics

Summer/Fall

  • June 28: Scope of Practice & Professional Boundaries
  • July 26: Prenatal Contact & Onset of Labor
  • September 27: The Doula's Role as Mediator & Advocate
  • October 28: Hands-On Comfort Measures Partner Practice (Saturday noon-2pm)
  • November 29: Open Session & Business Topics

STEP #3
POSTPARTUM DOULA CERTIFICATION

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.

BONUS!

A listing in our Postpartum Doula Directory is included in your course fee ($50 value, good for one year). Your year starts when you feel ready to call yourself a doula!

Postpartum Doula Certification

Do you have questions about our Refund Policy, payment plans, how to register, or something else? See our FAQs page for answers.

Our Postpartum Doula Training program is for you if ...

You feel a calling to support new moms, babies & families

Others naturally turn to you in their time of need (Hint: you are already a doula!)

You want to provide skilled support to a sister, daughter, friend ...

You want to become a professional postpartum doula and launch your own practice

You want to volunteer your services to helps moms and families in your community

You intend to have a career in maternal-infant health & want to gain knowledge & experience in the field

By the end of your doula training, you will have ...

hands-open

A deep appreciation for the doula model of care

creativity

A brain full of exciting ideas for your doula practice

learning

Access to the best available resources for supporting families as they adjust postpartum

Close,Up,Of,Woman,Hands,Filling,Form,Crossing,Yes,Checkbox

Templates & tools for creating your own practice

Feedback from Participants

Postpartum Doula Training Reviews

“Patty was very professional, caring, and passionate. 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 highly recommend this training and cannot say enough good things about it!”

Leah Segura, Bay City, MI

“Just wanted to thank you for an amazing training. Each component was super and surpassed my expectations.”

—Jody Swank, Mattawan, MI

"The training was extremely informative and enjoyable. I learned lots of tools for working through potentially challenging situations and feel very equipped.”

—Kelli Brien, South Bend, IN

“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.” Kim Manasevit, Brookline, MA

Very interesting, I learned a great deal from this course." —Victoria Wenger

"Wonderful! Thank you so much for the amazing knowledge shared and the wonderful course you put together. I am so grateful." —Alexa Rittichier

"Excellent! Very helpful and informative. Self-paced class was easy to use!" —Laura Gill

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.

Hybrid Online Learning

Get grounded in the basics with our self-paced online learning modules. Complement your study with a support community through our monthly live Mentoring Webinars. We use a proven, dynamic blend of teaching methods that adult learners of all ages find effective and enjoyable.

Streamlined Certification

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.

Instructor Expertise

Patty Brennan has been supporting families in transition 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!

Doula Business Development

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.

DOULA BUSINESS BUILDER TRAINING BUNDLES

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 creating a doula business or 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.

BASIC

Doula Business Builder Package

$897

or PAYMENT PLAN:
$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)

DELUXE

Doula Business Builder Package

$1897

or PAYMENT PLAN:
$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)

CORE

Doula Business Builder Package

$1397

or PAYMENT PLAN:
$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)