Postpartum Doula Training

Many new families in our society lack the continuity of care they need following the birth of their baby. After completing this course, you will be a qualified postpartum doula, ready to empower new families as they take on this lifechanging role.

Program Overview

New families across the U.S. and the globe are looking for the emotional, informational, and evidence-based support that only a postpartum doula can provide. Upon completion of this program, you will feel empowered to start supporting families, as you will have in-depth knowledge of breastfeeding, bottle feeding, newborn care, perinatal mental health, and more.  

Program Length

2 week and 5 week formats

Credentials Earned

Course required for DONA International Postpartum Doula Certification



About the Course

The "fourth trimester," the first twelve weeks following birth, is often the most challenging and overlooked period in the transition to parenthood. Many new families in our society lack the continuity of care they need following the birth of their baby. 

As a postpartum doula, you’ll help meet this need by educating, nurturing, and empowering families toward confidence in their new roles. Doulas may support with newborn, new parent and sibling care, lactation, emotional support and household organization. They also provide referrals to community and professional resources as needed. 


The Simkin Center Postpartum Doula Training curriculum includes: 

  • The role of the doula in supporting lactation 
  • Bottle feeding safety and techniques 
  • Nurturing families with more than one infant 
  • New parent care 
  • Comfort and care of newborns 
  • Listening and communication skills 
  • Integrating the birth experience 
  • The emotional transition of the new family 
  • Ethical conduct of postpartum doulas 
  • Newborn sleep 
  • Business aspects of a doula practice 
  • Prenatal contact  
  • Perinatal Mental Health 
  • Case scenarios - the doula's role 
  • Community resources 

There is no required reading for this training. 

There will be no refund for cancellation requests made less than 30 calendars days before the start of class. The deadline to request refund or transfer is 30 calendar days before the first day of the workshop for which you are registered. We must receive your request in writing (email is fine).  A $100 processing fee is charged on all cancellation, transfers or refunds. Only one transfer per calendar year is permitted. Returned checks will be assessed a $28 fee. No refunds are made for any missed portions of a course, and student will not receive a certificate of completion. It may be possible to make up missed portions of a course for an additional fee of $75/day. Contact us to explore that option. Simkin Center reserves the right to cancel courses with insufficient enrollment, in which case a full refund will be granted.