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PP Doula Trainings

Postpartum Doula Skills Workshops

Facilitated by:

Angie Dobbins-Frisbie
DONA Approved Postpartum Doula Trainer

Chicago, IL
Seattle, WA**

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Seattle, Washington
Six-week Series Format!
Beginning 2013, this series format will only be
offered upon multiple requests.

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Chicago, IL
April 22, 23, 24 and 25, 2015

6:30 pm to 9:30 pm

Thursday, Friday, and Saturday
8:00 am to 6:00 pm

Sponsored by:

Jan Dowers, CD
Chicago, IL

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Use your working knowledge and gain new skills with supporting families in the postpartum period, and begin the process of certifying as a Postpartum Doula with DONA International, the world's premier international doula organization.

The Postpartum Doula

Postpartum Doulas offer education, companionship and non-judgmental support during the postpartum period. The doula assists with newborn care, family adjustment, meal preparation, and light household tyding. The Postpartum Doula offers evidence based-based information on infant feeding, emotional and physical recovery from birth, infant soothing and coping skills for new parents and makes appropriate referrals when necessary.

DONA International Approved 27-Hour Postpartum Doula Skills Workshop

Topics include:

  • The postpartum doula role
  • The postpartum doula's role in breastfeeding support
  • Effective communication
  • The postpartum doula and the newborn
  • Physical and emotional transitions for mother and infant
  • Integrating the birth experience
  • Perinatal mood and anxiety disorders
  • Working with multiples
  • Values clarification
  • Prenatal contact
  • Referrals and resources
  • Business aspects of being a doula
  • DONA's Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics
  • DONA's Postpartum Doula Certification Process

This training is for nannies, birth doulas, childbirth educators, midwives, therapists/counselors, mothers, and anyone interested in supporting families after birth. It is expected that you will have some experience with newborns and postpartum families prior to attending this training.

This DONA Approved Training is one step towards becoming a DONA Certified Postpartum Doula. For certification requirements, go to:

Training Pre-requisites

Participants are expected to have a working knowledge of the following:

-  Physical and emotional adjustment of the birth mother following birth
-  Newborn characteristics and care
-  Breastfeeding basics
-  Common breastfeeding difficulties and solutions

The following prerequisites are required BEFORE attending the training:

1.     Required reading: the participant must have completed reading one selection from each of the following categories. Some of these books can be purchased on the DONA website ( through the Doula Boutique:

a.     Becoming a Mother: The New Mother: Eagan, Misconceptions: Wolf, Ourselves as Mothers: Kitzinger, Mothering the New Mother: Placksin, The Year After Childbirth: Kitzinger

b.    The Newborn: Your Amazing Newborn: Klaus and Klaus, The Mind of Your Newborn Baby: Chamberlain, Infancy: Field, The Year After Childbirth: Kitzinger, Touchpoints: Brazelton, The Vital Touch: Heller, The Baby Book, Sears

c.     Breastfeeding: Ultimate Breastfeeding Book of Answers: Newman, The Breastfeeding Answer Book, La Leche League International

2.     Breastfeeding Preparation: The participant must have completed at least one of the options listed below before attending the Postpartum Doula Skills Workshop:

a.     Certificate of attendance of Lactation Consultant/ Breastfeeding counseling education program or peer counseling training through LLL or local nursing mother’s group.

b.    Completion of an on-line breastfeeding study program.

c.     Proof of participation in a breastfeeding workshop (three hour minimum)

d.    Investigative project series with essays. Participants must complete all three assigned tasks as described below and then write an essay summarizing the experience and what you learned.

 i.    Visit with a local Lactation Consultant or Breastfeeding Counselor. Ask about her practice, and what she thinks the most important role of the doula would be in regard to breastfeeding. If at all possible, spend some time with pumps, SNS, etc. Write a brief description of what you learned, as well as how this experience will help you as a doula.

 ii.    Explore the resources available to breastfeeding mothers in your community. Where can she find quality nursing bras? A sling? Cotton nursing pads? A pump? Who can she turn to if she has a nursing problem? Are there support groups available in the area?

 iii.    Spend time with a nursing mother who has delivered a baby within the past two weeks. Observe at least three nursing’s. Write about what you learned by observing, as well as any suggestions you may have made to the mother.

*Note: the participant should be prepared to present proof of participation or the notes and essays from her investigative projects.

Fees & Registration

The cost to attend this workshop is $500* per participant. An early bird special of $450* is available for a limited time for each workshop. For additional information and/or to register, click here.

*Occasionally due to multiple reasons, (state specific operating regulations, location costs), these fees may vary, and thus, Grateful Doula Services (GDS) reserves the right to those variances. GDS will make every effort to make those variances clear to the best of its ability prior to registration.
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