Postpartum Doula Training

A Three-Day Intensive, Interactive Workshop

Our Postpartum Doula Training is designed to empower postpartum doulas in supporting families when an infant has complex care needs and in helping parents find harmony in a new household. When families are delayed in or won’t be bringing home a baby, our postpartum doulas specialize in nurturing the family through their grief and adjustment process. This three-day in-person workshop covers key topics and support techniques to help postpartum doulas better serve their client families.

Course Recognition

This training workshop is a required component to our Postpartum Doula Certification Program.  It is also approved by DONA International as Step One of their certification program. You have options and choices!

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Why Postpartum Doulas Matter

Why Postpartum Doulaing Matters to the Healthy Growth & Development of Babies

Our best research shows these first months influence the first years together. Making an investment now in parent baby relationships pays off immensely in later years. Children who are sensitively parented and securely attached live more satisfying lives, achieve more, and have more stable relationships. When parents learn their new baby’s personality, communication cues, and preferences, their relationship develops with increased depth and meaning and confidence in their parenting choices increase. As a postpartum doula, you can help new parents and changing families set healthy habits and better manage the postpartum period.

Course Content

Coursework and training for our Postpartum Doula Training Workshop were developed by Jesse Remer – PDT (DONA) of Mother Tree Birth in Portland, Oregon and will be taught by our Postpartum Doula Programs Coordinator and Foundations of Doula Practice Coach, Jaime Healy-Plotkin. During this training workshop, we will explore in detail:

  • Doula scope and standards of practice
  • Developing a postpartum plan
  • Physiological postpartum recovery
  • Mental health and signs of postpartum mood and anxiety disorders
  • Cultural healing practices around the world
  • Newborn behaviors, cues and needs
  • Grief and loss
  • Sibling, partner and family transitions
  • Intersectionality and postpartum advocacy
  • ON-DEMAND webinars
  • Cultural responsiveness
  • Collaborative practice
  • Trauma informed care for birth worker
Postpartum Doula Training Course Content

Your Plan for Success

Over the course of approximately 30 hours, our dedicated postpartum doula trainer will help prepare you to support the families you serve after birth while helping them integrate a newborn into their existing family. An integral part of this training includes fostering self-determination in clients while highlighting parents as experts of their own baby.

We focus on nurturing, education, assessing, and referring clients on a wide range of postpartum experiences like changes in the body, the healing process, mental health, grief and loss, healing practices, developing newborn relationships, understanding basic newborn needs, and supporting sibling and partner transitions.

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Learn More About the DTD Postpartum Doula Certification Program