Postpartum Doula Training and Certification

About Postpartum Doula Training

If you are passionate about supporting new families, our accredited Postpartum Doula training program will provide you with knowledge and skills to confidently support them. Many families find the initial weeks after the arrival of a baby challenging. They’re learning how to care for a new baby, helping siblings adjust, and trying to get some sleep! A Postpartum (Postnatal) Doula can make this transition easier. Your presence can help parents enjoy the early days with their baby and discover the techniques that work for them.

Postpartum doula training programs often focus on physical techniques or skills that you can use during the early postpartum period. Being a postpartum doula though is much more than simply making healthy family meals, or caring for an older child. Parents are trying to make decisions about where their baby will sleep, which vaccinations to choose, how to calm a crying baby, and learning how to breastfeed. All of these are things that a postpartum doula can help with. At CBI we make sure you have a thorough grounding in these areas and more.

As a student you’ll develop strong communication skills, learning the important skills of reflective practice, and active and effective listening. You’ll learn techniques for helping a client debrief their birth, identify how they want to parent their new baby and support them through any difficult decisions. You’ll cover basic first aid measures, healthy meal planning, recognition of home safety, and tips on household tasks. In the physiology module, you’ll look at maternal and infant health, nutrition, sexuality and relationships in the postpartum period. You’ll also cover all the business aspects – how to build your client base, paperwork, forms and legal issues, advertising and promoting your business.

If you are unhappy with your course in any way, you can cancel within 48 hours of purchase and receive a full refund (less a $50 administration fee). You can read our refund policy for full details.

Certification Requirements

  • Two reflective practice assignments
  • Two assignments critiquing an article, podcast, or video
  • Physiology exams (online, open-book)
  • Reflections for two clients (no need for a care provider and client evaluation)
  • Postpartum services survey
  • Evaluation of the course




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Topics in Postpartum Doula Training

No other postpartum doula training course covers the same depth of topics as you’ll cover with Childbirth International. In addition to the skills required as a Postpartum Doula, we also focus on strengthening your knowledge base of the hands-on skills in newborn care and parenting issues, developing communication skills, and building or growing your business. Rather than just touching the surface on how to support a client as you would do in a weekend workshop, you will develop the skills and knowledge and develop the confidence to support a client through any problems or concerns that they have. We cover four subject areas in the Postpartum Doula training program: Communication Skills; Postpartum Physiology; Becoming a Postpartum Doula; Building Your Business.

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Communication Skills

Enhancing your communication skills enables you to build strong relationships with clients and caregivers alike. Many of you will work in challenging environments. During the course, you’ll explore these challenges and develop skills in building relationships with caregivers, without compromising your professionalism or your client’s wishes.

At the heart of every CBI training and certification program is reflective practice. But what exactly is “reflective practice”?

At its simplest, reflective practice is looking at what you’ve done, or didn’t do, and reflecting on it. In relation to CBI training, though, it’s so much more. Reflective practice is about examining choices and decisions, considering them from different perspectives, thinking about alternatives, learning from them, and then applying that learning to your work. It demonstrates best practice in continuing education, increases confidence and professionalism. It’s an incredibly valuable skill that you can pass on to your clients and help them to assimilate their experiences and one that we believe is essential in a birth doula training program.

All CBI training programs have an ongoing reflective practice focus. In every assignment you submit, this will be evaluated by your trainer, providing you with feedback on this aspect and help you to see your own growth in this area. You’ll be encouraged to reflect on the language you use, your participation in discussions and how you approach every aspect of your work.

At the end of this module, you’ll write a reflective assignment that will be reviewed by your trainer who’ll provide feedback and assessment.

Topics in Communication

  • effective communication
  • language and communication
  • active listening skills
  • reflective practice and debriefing
  • diversity & cultural humility
  • evidence-informed care and informed choice
  • grief and loss
  • professional practice
  • perspective and recognition

Postpartum Physiology

Gain a thorough understanding of the anatomy and physiology of the postpartum period. All student materials are focused on evidence-informed care. Evidence-informed means care that is based on sound research while taking the client’s needs, beliefs and values into account. The opinions and thoughts of experts on postpartum issues are referred to throughout your student manuals – it’s important to hear the views of others in the field to build your own knowledge base. At the end of this module, you’ll complete the online, open-book tests to assess your learning. You’ll also submit a reflective evaluation of this module which will be reviewed and assessed by your trainer.

Topics in Postpartum Physiology

  • postpartum physiological changes
  • postpartum psychological changes
  • sexuality and relationships
  • adaptation of the newborn
  • infant growth and development
  • infant health and health problems
  • routine postpartum procedures
  • nutrition and exercise
  • introduction to lactation

Becoming a Postpartum Doula

Develop your hands-on skills as a Postpartum Doula, enabling you to provide the best care possible, and identify strategies for establishing and developing your business. You’ll learn how to support a new parent in the early weeks, and feel confident in taking care of themselves and their new baby. You’ll learn how to provide information that helps them to overcome any problems and make those first few weeks joyful. During this module, you’ll submit reviews of three books, a survey, reflection on your experience as a postpartum doula, and a reflective evaluation of this module. These will all be reviewed and assessed by your trainer.

Topics in Becoming a Postpartum Doula

  • meal planning and preparation
  • household tasks
  • home safety
  • first aid measures
  • postpartum education
  • debriefing the birth
  • supporting clients parenting
  • cultural practices
  • breastfeeding support
  • newborn care
  • caring for multiples and infants with special needs
  • supporting parents during hospitalization

Building Your Business

The Building Your Business module provides you with everything you need to know about starting up, or growing, your business. We take away the daunting aspects of running a business and help you to find strategies to get started. With this in mind, our easy step-by-step process will soon have you on track with a business plan (that you understand!) and all the documentation you need for success.

Postpartum doulas can, and do, have successful businesses that support them and their families. But to achieve that, developing business skills is essential. We want you to succeed, not just in your training, but in your business being sustainable, profitable, and personally satisfying!

This is an optional module and does not include any assignments. However, some students prefer to have more guidance. For this reason, we offer three different mentorship options that you can choose from.

Topics in Building Your Business

  • becoming a birth and parenting professional
  • determine your personal and business goals
  • learn marketing strategies such as segmentation, targeting, and positioning
  • develop a customer profile
  • analyze your competitors
  • determine your unique selling point
  • identify ways to broaden your products and services
  • develop your brand
  • learn the basics of website design
  • develop a social media strategy
  • determine your advertising approach
  • learn how to carry out financial analysis and avoid debt
  • understand the different options for a legal business structure
  • time management and ways to deal with work stresses