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 to Self-Paced Online Training Modules

Within 24 hours of purchase, you should receive an invitation from Thinkific, our online learning platform. If you do not receive an invitation, please check your spam folder. If it's not there, then email us. You will be guided to set up a password to access your courses which will be available in your student portal. It's a very user-friendly platform and you should be able to get started right away.

Start with the Doula Fundamentals & Essential Skills modules. Ideally, these should be completed before taking the live workshop.

The Childbirth Education Basics modules will be released on August 1 and will appear in your student portal as soon as they are available.

Hands-On Skills Practice Session

Please arrange to have another person on hand for the Saturday afternoon skills practice (1-4pm). Ideally, this should be someone who can practice the techniques as demonstrated with you so that each of you gets to be on both sides of giving and receiving. If you know another doula who would like to practice/attend or perhaps a pregnant friend, that would be ideal. But really, it can be anyone of your choosing.

Access to Live Online Workshops

Your chosen training dates for the Breastfeeding Basics Workshop and Birth Doula Skills Workshop appeared on the receipt you received from our system immediately after registering. Please make a note of these. If you need to change your dates, please give us as much advance notice as possible.

Tech Requirements for Live Workshops 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 link to the class on Zoom the day before the workshop begins. That way, it will be easily accessed from your email Inbox.

SCHEDULE *** All Workshops Meet on Saturday & Sunday, 9am-4pm (EST). ***

Access to 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.

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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