As a seasoned and experienced doula of almost 10 years, Chelsea is full of knowledge to share about doula work and how to turn your dream into a reality. This workshop is fun, interactive, and full of great information!

This training is a 2-day 18 hour comprehensive workshop designed to equip you with the knowledge and skills needed to support your clients in and out of the birth space.

Postpartum Doula Training

Part One - The Doula Foundation

  • What is a Doula? Greek terminology + definition
  • Doula Scope of Practice
  • Doulas and Advocacy
  • Understanding Different personality types
  • Reading the room + attunement

Part Two - The Doula Philosophy

  • Becoming connected in the community + establishing rapport
  • Confidence in your role and value
  • Establishing your doula philosophy + elevator speech
  • Continuing education

Part Three - Parent Care

  • Transitioning home from the hospital
  • The first night home - what to expect
  • Physical recovery from birth - vaginal & surgical
  • Normal vs abnormal recovery
  • PMAD and other reasons to call the doctor
  • The 6 week postpartum checkup
  • Resources for the postpartum person
  • Supporting the spouse/partner
  • Parenting philosophies & controversial parenting topics
  • Scheduled parenting vs attachment parenting

Part Four - Infant Care

  • Infant Feeding: Breast. Bottle, and combo feeding
  • Breastfeeding positions, scheduling, and SNS and donor milk
  • Pumping, breast pumps, breast pump cleaning, safe breastmilk storage
  • Bottle types, formula types, paced feeding, formula preparation and storage
  • How to give a newborn baby a bath
  • Diaper changing and how to address diaper rash
  • How to soothe a fussy baby, swaddling
  • Meal preparation. Light housekeeping, cleaning & sanitizing bottles
  • Baby-wearing
  • Developmental leaps and other milestones
  • Co-sleeping and AAP approved safe sleep
  • SIDS
  • Vaccines, cord care, circumcision care
  • Caring for a premature baby, jaundice, and other common newborn happenings
  • Emergencies and other challenges
  • Modern baby products

Part Five - The Professional Doula

  • How to nail an interview
  • Deciding what to charge and how long to schedule your shifts
  • Creating your brand
  • Networking with perinatal providers
  • Insurance, taxes, and other backend business practices
  • Doula self care
  • Internship with La Bella Birth and Baby

The following key topics will be included in the Postpartum Doula Training:

Postpartum Doula Training


Upcoming Trainings

Workshops are 18 hours total over the course of a weekend.

Current schedule:

4/29 9am-5pm
4/30 9am-5pm
Lexington, NC

Cost: $300

Post- Training

So what happens after you complete the training? Great question! We will email you with a list of tasks to complete. You'll have 18 months to finish each task and complete your certification. Join our group on Facebook to receive ongoing support and mentorship as you navigate the certification process. We're here for you! The tasks required are as follows: 

  • Become Infant & Adult First Aid/CPR Certified
  • Complete the open book Certification Exam
  • Support 3 postpartum families and complete evaluation forms
  • Read "The Birth Partner" by Penny Simkin

Click the Facebook icon to join our Facebook group for trainees and receive ongoing support and guidance as you navigate the certification process. We are here for you!

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The world needs more doulas. Families deserve as much emotional and educational support as they do medical support. Let's bring the "village" back into the community. It takes teamwork to raise a baby and every family deserves to have unbiased support during their birth and postpartum experience. Train with me so you turn your skills into a life-changing career and support your perinatal community.

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You are passionate about supporting families

You don't know how to get started as a doula

You have a basic knowledge of birth and want to learn more

Birth, babies, and breastfeeding are all you talk about

You've taken a doula training before and need a refresher

You are looking for a modern approach to doula learning

You seek mentorship as you navigate birth worker life

You need business advice

Placenta Encapsulation peeks your interest

Being self employed and profitable is your goal

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