WELCOME!

Thank you for purchasing a Doula Business Builder Training Bundle. 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 components of the bundle. 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.

Your training programs will appear in your student portal and, depending on which package you purchased, include the following:

Doula Fundamentals & Essential Skills

This course goes with each of the 3 training programs we offer—birth, postpartum, and end-of-life. We recommend starting here.

For Birth Doulas:

  • Childbirth Education Basics
  • Birth Doula Support Skills
  • Breastfeeding Basics for Doulas

For Postpartum Doulas:

  • Become a Postpartum Doula
  • Breastfeeding Basics for Doulas
  • Breastfeeding Support Skills for Doulas

For EOL Doulas:

  • End-of-Life Doula Basics
  • Note: If you purchased the EOLD Basic package, then we will give you access to the "Become an EOLD Training" as one integrated training rather than splitting the materials into two programs (Doula Fundamentals and EOLD Basics).

Access Live Online Workshops

Your chosen training dates 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.

NOTE: If you chose the 100% self-paced Business training, we will give you access and notify you as soon as it is released (anticipated Spring 2022).

SCHEDULE *** All Workshops Take Place in Eastern Time (EST) ***

  • The Birth Doula Workshop meets on Saturday from 10am–4pm EST.
  • The Postpartum Doula Doula Workshop meets on Saturday from 10am–4pm EST.
  • The End of Life Doula Workshop meets Saturday & Sunday from 10am-4pm EST. If you chose a weekday option, class meets from 1–4:30pm EST, on the designated day, for 3 consecutive weekly sessions.
  • The Evolving Your Doula Business Workshop meets on Saturday from 10am–4pm EST.

Preparation for the Workshops

BIRTH DOULAS (variable time to complete pre-work)

Please arrange to have a practice partner on hand for 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.

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.

Download / Have available for Birth Doula Workshop

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

 

POSTPARTUM DOULAS (no pre-work required)

Join the workshop at any point before, during, or after completing the self-paced modules.

 

END-OF-LIFE DOULAS (estimated 5 hours of pre-work)

It is not presumed or expected that you will complete all the self-paced materials prior to the workshop though some folks like to do it that way. It is recommended that you complete the following prior to the workshop (estimated time is about 5 hours).

If you are enrolled in the EOLD Basic training program only:

  • Scope of Practice: Read through Lesson 2.2 and complete the Self-Test in Lesson 2.3.
  • Advance Care Planning: Complete Lesson 4.2. If you don't have your own Advance Directive, begin to engage this process. You don't have to have completed everything suggested in this lesson prior to class but it would be good to make a start.
  • Lesson 6. Jot down your impressions and questions on the Case Studies. We will go over these in class.

If you are enrolled in the EOLD program and the Birth and/or Postpartum program, these same materials are located in the Doula Fundamentals & Essential Skills and End-of-Life Doula Basics modules as follows:

  • Doula Fundamentals: Read through Lesson 1.3 and complete the Self-Test in Lesson 1.3c (Saturday & Week 1).
  • EOLD Basics: Read through Module 2. If you don't have your own Advance Directive, begin to engage the process. You don't have to have completed everything suggested in this lesson prior to class but it would be good to make a start. (Saturday or Week 2)
  • EOLD Basics: Read through Module 5 and jot down your impressions and questions regarding the Case Studies (Sunday or Week 3).

Downloads / Have available for EOLD Workshop:

We will use these handouts in class. You simply need to have them open on your computer for class OR you can print them out if you prefer. We have indicated when the handouts will be used based on whether you are taking a Saturday & Sunday weekend workshop or the weekday option offered over three weeks.

 

EVOLVING YOUR DOULA BUSINESS (~1 hour)

  • Identify one goal you have related to the development of your doula business.
  • Complete pp. 1–2 of the Personal Inventory Exercise. The tool is designed to help you identify your strengths and weaknesses (or areas for growth!). Bring your answers to class.
  • Watch the 18-minute video below, Riding the Self-Employment Rollercoaster.

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. For the EOLD Workshop, it will be a new link each training day.

The Doula Business Guide & Workbook

If you live in the U.S., your two books will be shipped to you, typically within one week of your registration. If you have not received your books within three weeks, please email Patty@LifespanDoulas.com.

If you reside outside the U.S., you can download electronic versions of the book below. Please do not share these files with anyone. We will credit your card $50 US if you paid in full or, if you opted for a payment plan, we will deduct $50 from your last payment. That way, if you prefer, you can order the books on Amazon.

The Doula Business Guide, 3rd Edition

The Doula Business Guide Workbook, 3rd Edition

Access to Directory Listings

You may claim your enhanced Doula Directory listings whenever you are ready to start serving clients (one per area of specialty). The listing(s) will be good for one year from the date of posting on the website.

Submit Directory Listings Now.

Certification Requirements

In case you want to get started, below you will find the certification packets and reading requirements for each certification. There is no need to buy all these 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

The Baby Book, Revised Edition, by Sears

The Fourth Trimester Companion, by Cynthia Gabriel

Depression in New Mothers, by Kendall-Tackett

The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding, 8th Edition Revised. by Wiessinger, West, and Pitman

The Doula Business Guide, 3rd Edition, by Patty Brennan

Accompany the Dying, by Deanna Cochran

Being Mortal, by Atul Gawande

Stepping Stones, by Ellie Atherton

My Final Wishes, by Threshold Circle