“Doulas are not therapists, but we are therapeutic.”
 – Kathrin Auger

Postpartum Doula Training

THIS TRAINING IS EXPERIENTIAL AND INTERACTIVE, OFFERING PARTICIPANTS A BROAD-BASED LEARNING EXPERIENCE AND EVIDENCE-BASED INFORMATION.

 

Participants learn in an environment that fosters self-growth while providing both didactic and hands-on experience.

During the training participants will gain in-depth knowledge about the role of a doula during the postpartum period as well as a personal understanding of the emotions and spiritual nature of birth and life with a newborn.

This is a DONA International approved Postpartum Doula Training. This four-day course offers a balanced approach to professional postpartum support combining lectures, texts, supplementary literature, videos, role-play, and hands-on practice. Attendance of this course constitutes one step toward becoming a DONA International certified doula.

This course can offer the beginning of a new career as a postpartum doula or compliment your current one. It will give you all the confidence and training you need to work in this rewarding career.

This training is the first step toward becoming a DONA International certified doula. We will cover the certification process in detail during the training. There are no prerequisites for this training.

THIS TRAINING IS EXPERIENTIAL AND INTERACTIVE, OFFERING PARTICIPANTS A BROAD-BASED LEARNING EXPERIENCE AND EVIDENCE-BASED INFORMATION.

Participants learn in an environment that fosters self-growth while providing both didactic and hands-on experience.

During the training participants will gain in-depth knowledge about the role of a doula during the postpartum period as well as a personal understanding of the emotions and spiritual nature of birth and life with a newborn.

This is a DONA International approved Postpartum Doula Training. This four-day course offers a balanced approach to professional postpartum support combining lectures, texts, supplementary literature, videos, role-play, and hands-on practice. Attendance of this course constitutes one step toward becoming a DONA International certified doula.

This course can offer the beginning of a new career as a postpartum doula or compliment your current one. It will give you all the confidence and training you need to work in this rewarding career.

This training is the first step toward becoming a DONA International certified doula. We will cover the certification process in detail during the training. There are no prerequisites for this training.

Dates

The training will take place virtually or in-person. For in-person, please read my COVID protocol here.

 

This four-day training (virtual or in-person) runs Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday

from 8:30am – 5pm Pacific Standard Time

with two 15 – minute breaks and an 1 hour break for lunch, every day.

2022

Thursday – Sunday, January 13 – 16, 2022
virtual, 2 SPACES LEFT

Thursday – Sunday, February 17 – 20, 2022
in-person, 
CANCELLED due to high COVID-19 numbers

Thursday – Sunday, March 10 – 13, 2022
virtual

Thursday – Sunday, March 24 – 27, 2022
in-person, Tucson, ARIZONA

Thursday – Sunday, April 28 – May 1, 2022
in-person, Los Angeles, Venice

Thursday – Sunday, May 19 – 22, 2022
virtual

Thursday – Sunday, June 23 – 26, 2022
virtual

Thursday – Sunday, August 25 – 28, 2022
virtual

Thursday – Sunday, September 15 – 18, 2022
in-person, Los Angeles, Venice

Thursday – Sunday, October 20 – 23, 2022
virtual

Thursday – Sunday, November 3 – 6, 2022
in-person, Los Angeles, Venice

Thursday – Sunday, November 17 – 20, 2022
in-person, Tucson, ARIZONA

Thursday – Sunday, December 8 – 11, 2022
virtual

What

will be covered
during the training?

 Understanding the role of the postpartum doula

 How pregnancy and birth influence the postpartum period

 Racial disparity and inequity in childbirth

 The physical care and emotional and spiritual aspects of the newborn and parent

 Understanding newborn care

 Differentiating ”baby blues” from Perinatal Mental Health Disorders

 Supporting loss and grief

 Infant feeding

 Communication skills

 Business aspects of the postpartum doula practice (contract, invoices, etc.)

 Certification process in detail

Registration

The four-day training will be held from 8:30am–5pm PST with two 15 minute breaks and an hour for lunch, each day.

Full tuition for the postpartum doula training is

$595

Early registration and payment is encouraged as these trainings fill quickly and space is limited.

Payment options available upon registration.

Includes

DONA International training manual and additional handouts

 A certificate of attendance

Access to regular Doula meetings

Mentorship with Kathrin via monthly, in person, group meetings

Kind Words

“Your passion for your work really came forth and helped me to more fully understand the sacred work of the doula. This has been a wonderful weekend. Thank you for being such an amazing mentor to all of us.”

“What a wonderful workshop! Thank you so much for all your encouragement and knowledge that you so willingly shared with us.”

“You are truly inspirational!”

“Kathrin has given me the confidence and knowledge to go out and provide a caring and nurturing service to women who need it most.”

“Unforgettable. Invaluable. Inspirational.”

“You are an amazing doula and trainer. I am thrilled about my new ‘calling’ and feel having you at my side is providing me with the good start I need. Thank you for modeling, nurturing me, and encouraging all the new doulas – you are a gift.”

Frequently Asked Questions

Are there any prerequisites for this training?
No, there are not. You might want to read ‘Mothering the New Mother’ by Sally Placksin to help you prepare.

What are the hours of the training?
This four-day training will be held Thursday – Sunday, from 8:30am – 5pm PST each day and will be held live via zoom meeting; no recording will take place. We will also have two 15-minute breaks; one in the morning and one in the afternoon. We will break for lunch for 1 hour each day.

 What is the cost of the training?
The cost is $595 and will include a training manual, extra handouts, certificate of attendance and access to mentorship program including monthly peer meetings. Please read the cancellation policy here.

Do you offer payment plans?
Yes, I do. Payment plans are available in cases of true need, requiring an initial non-refundable payment of $350 to reserve your space; balance of $245 is due one week before training starts. Please read the cancellation policy here.

Do you offer scholarships?
Yes, I do. I offer a limited amount of partial scholarships to BIPOC (Black/Brown, Indigenous, People Of Color) per training. Systemic racism is the root cause of disparities leading to higher infant and maternal mortality rates for BIPOC. Doula support from people from the BIPOC community improves outcomes and makes a difference in more positive birth and postpartum experiences. I am committed to offer scholarships to individuals who identify as BIPOC and have shown:

  • a commitment to addressing racial and/or social justice.
  • have a financial need for scholarship assistance.
  • will use doula skills to support their community.

Please get in touch with me to inquire about a scholarship spot while telling me a little bit about the above three points and what training dates your interested in.

How do I sign up?
Click here.

Do you also train birth doulas?
No, I am not. You may get in contact with me and I will gladly make a recommendation though.

Will you help me find work after the training?
I will do my best to help you find work and will gladly refer my students out when I get inquiries. However, you will be your own business owner and are encouraged to find your own clients. We will talk extensively about the business aspect of doula work including invoices, contracts, and how to find clients.

How about mentorship?
I offer mentorship to trainees and I’m always available for support. I have also created an environment to stay connected after the training so you get as much guidance as you need. It is important to me to see you succeed.

May I bring my baby to class?
Babies in arms are always welcome.

Will I be certified after this course?
No. You will receive a certificate of attendance and can start working as a postpartum doula right after the training. This workshop is the first step toward DONA International postpartum doula certification. If you would like to become internationally certified, there are a few extra steps to complete after the training. We will talk in detail about those steps in the training. If you would like to look into it, click on the link below to the DONA International website and the certification process for postpartum doulas.
You will also find information about costs involved for certification by following this link.

DONA International Certification Process

What if I don’t have my own children or if I’ve never lactated. Can I still become a postpartum doula?
Absolutely, you will be a most wonderful doula even if you have not gone through this experience yourself. Lots of OB/GYNs are males and have never given birth. Some of your clients might even prefer a doula like yourself.

I would like to be updated about future training. Can I be added to your mailing list?
Yes, absolutely. Please click on the link below and I will add you to my list.

What is your cancellation policy?
Please click here to read the cancellation policy.

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