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 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. They can be completed in any time frame, at your own pace.

The Postpartum Mother/Baby/Family Basics are available now. You can complete these in any time frame, at your own pace.

The End-of-Life Doula Basics modules are available now. You can complete these in any time frame, at your own pace.

Hands-On Skills Practice Session for the Birth Doula Workshop

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 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 Take Place in Eastern Time (EST) ***

  • Birth Doula Workshop meets on Sat & Sun from 9am–4pm.
  • Breastfeeding Basics for Doulas workshop meets on (1) Sat from 8:30am-noon or (2) Tuesday 6-9:15pm.
  • Postpartum Doula Workshop meets on Fri from 9am–4pm, Sat 8:30am–5pm, and Sun from 9am–4pm. Note that Saturday is a longer day with different start and end times.
  • End of Life Doula Workshop meets (1) Sat & Sun from 9:30am-3pm or (2)Three consecutive Tuesdays from 1-4:15pm.
  • Evolving Your Doula Business Workshop meets on Sat 8:30am-5pm.

Access to Directory Listings

You may claim your enhanced Doula Directory listing(s) 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 Reading Requirements

In case you want to get started with these, here are the 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.

Birth Doula

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

Postpartum Doula

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

End-of-Life Doula

Accompany the Dying, by Deanna Cochran

Being Mortal, by Atul Gawande

Stepping Stones, by Ellie Atherton

My Final Wishes, by Threshold Circle

Learn more about the certification processes.

The Doula Business Guide & Workbook

Your two books will be shipped to you, typically within two weeks of your registration. If you have not received your books within three weeks, please email Patty@LifespanDoulas.com.

Evolving Your Doula Business Workshop Pre-requisites

Preparation for the Workshop (about 1 hour of your time)

  • Identify one goal you have related to the development of your doula business.
  • Complete the Personal Inventory exercise below. 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. The video is best viewed on a computer or laptop rather than a phone. For a better viewing experience, click on the full screen icon on the bottom right corner of the video window.

Personal Inventory PDF (pp. 1-2 only; the Reflections section is optional for now).