Thank you for purchasing our Birth Doula Training & Certification program. We are delighted that you have chosen Lifespan Doulas for your professional training needs. Please read the information on this page regarding how to access all training components. And let me know if you have any questions or concerns (email patty@lifespandoulas.com).

Access Self-Paced Online Training Modules

Within 24 hours of purchase, you should receive an invitation from Thinkific, our online learning platform, giving you access to the self-paced study modules. If you do not receive an invitation, please check your spam folder. If it's not there, then email patty@lifespandoulas.com for help.

You will see three programs in your student portal:

  • Doula Fundamentals & Essential Skills
  • Childbirth Education Basics
  • Birth Doula Support Skills
  • Breastfeeding Basics for Doulas

If you are participating in an upcoming workshop, see the Preparation for the Workshop section below for guidance in prioritizing your progress through the modules prior to the workshop.

Access Live Online Workshop

SCHEDULE *** All Workshops Meet on Saturday 10am-4pm (EST). ***

Your chosen training date for the Birth Doula Skills Workshop appeared on the receipt you received from our system immediately after registering. Please make a note of it and give us as much advance notice as possible if you need to make any changes.

Hands-On Skills Practice Session

Please arrange to have a practice partner on hand for a portion of the afternoon session from 2–4pm). We will be demonstrating hands-on comfort measures and providing an opportunity to practice the support techniques and ask questions. This person can be another doula/doula-in-training, a pregnant friend, or anyone of your choosing.

Preparation for the Workshop

It is not presumed that you will have completed the self-paced study materials prior to your workshop date. However, if you are completely new to birth, then it is recommended you complete the Childbirth Education Basics, Modules 2–4 (~15 hours) before the workshop.

Downloads ~ Have available for class

We will use this handout in class. You can download it and simply have it open on your computer OR you can print it out if you prefer.

Scope of Practice Exercise

Tech Requirements for Live Workshop on Zoom

  • A reliable internet connection is required. It is recommended that you download the Zoom application on your computer in order to access all the functions we will be using. In addition, you must have audio and video enabled on your computer. Please do this well BEFORE the workshop and get help on your end if you need it. We're generally not able to troubleshoot from our end once class starts.
  • You will not be able to fully participate from a cell phone.
  • We will send you the Zoom link the day before the workshop begins. That way, it will be easily accessed from your email Inbox.

Access Your Directory Listing

You may claim your enhanced Birth Doula Directory listings whenever you are ready to start serving clients. It will be good for one year from the date of posting on the website. Fill out the form whenever you are ready.

Submit Directory Listing Now.

Birth Doula Certification

Access the Certification Exam

When you have completed your training requirements, email patty@lifespandoulas.com to request access to the exam. Within 24 hours, the exam will be accessible in your Thinkific student portal. Exam questions are in a multiple choice and True/False format. The exam is not timed, meaning you can start and stop as you please. It is open book, meaning you can consult course materials if you need to look something up. And, finally, you can take it as many times as you need to achieve a passing grade of 85%.

Certification Reading Requirements

In case you want to get started with the reading requirements for certification, we are listing them here. There is no need to buy the books new. Many can be found in your local library or through inter-library loan. You can also search online for used books for the best prices.

  • The Birth Partner, 5th Edition, by Penny Simkin
  • Breastfeeding Made Simple, by Mohrbacher and Kendall-Tackett
  • Natural Hospital Birth, 2nd Edition, by Cynthia Gabriel
  • The Doula Business Guide, 3rd Edition, by Patty Brennan

Download the Certification Instructions

The packet contains instructions and forms for completing and submitting your application to be certified through Lifespan Doulas.

Download the Birth Doula Certification Instructions (PDF).