Make a Difference:

Become a Postpartum Doula

luminous postpartum doula training

Make a Difference:

Become a Postpartum Doula

caring for one another is a radical act

We need doulas in ALL communities. Our doula trainings are open to anyone who chooses to do this beautiful work regardless of race, sexual orientation, gender identity, ethnicity, or religion.

What's unique about our doula training?

This isn't just a "rock the baby while mom sleeps" postpartum doula training! We dive deep into topics that stretch us in new ways and might even make us uncomfortable...

We cover institutionalized racism and how that impacts maternal and infant health, and we dig into our own implicit bias as individuals to see how it might impact our clients and where our own inner growth needs to happen.

We learn inclusive language and discuss how to cross cultures respectfully to work with families who have diverse and unique needs, along with practicing active-listening and trauma-informed communication skills.

This training is highly interactive, with lots of opportunities for role-play, small group discussion, activities, and making connections with other participants, even in a virtual format.

Why become a Certified Postpartum Doula?

In an ideal world, new parents would receive the postpartum support they need from family and friends, but in this day and age, with geographical distance and busy lives, it's not always possible for loved ones to be available.

And even when loved ones can help out, it's often not the full scope of support new parents need, which is unbiased, nonjudgemental, and evidence-based.

The world needs skilled postpartum doulas now more than ever, not only to help with the tangible needs of a new family like cooking and tidying up, but also someone who can advocate for the parents, provide up-to-date information and resources, and provide referrals to competent, reputable providers when necessary.

Become a DONA Certified Postpartum Doula:

Luminous Postpartum Doula Trainings are approved by DONA International.

Certification with DONA International not only provides a baseline for standards of care in the doula profession, but also provides a worldwide peer network of other doulas to connect with, member discounts, the quarterly International Doula Magazine, an annual conference, and opportunities for continuing education to stay current.

Luminous Postpartum offers a limited number of partial scholarships for each training, on a first-come-first-serve basis. In an effort to address disparities in the healthcare system surrounding birth and postpartum, the first consideration for scholarships goes to BIPOC applicants. > learn more.

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Your interactive postpartum doula training includes:

The Significance & Role of Postpartum Doulas

  • Advocacy
  • DONA International Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice
  • Certification Process

The Business of Being a Doula

  • Marketing
  • Interviews, Contracts & Fees
  • Business Structure
  • Ethics and Sticky Situations

Trauma-Informed Whole Family Care

  • Communication Skills, Inclusive Language, and Trauma-Informed Care
  • The Impact of Birth on Postpartum

Doula Work During a Pandemic

  • Effective virtual support
  • Connection and empathy in virtual care
  • Educating Clients and Providing Referrals

Inclusive Care in our Multi-Cultural Community

  • Implicit Bias and Institutionalized Racism
  • The US Maternal Mortality Crisis
  • Crossing Cultures & Cultural Humility
  • Inclusive Language

Evidence-based & Nurturing Infant & Parent Care

  • Postpartum Comfort Measures
  • Postpartum Planning
  • Perinatal Mental Health
  • Integrating Baby into the Family: Changing Roles, Siblings and Extended Family
  • Infant Feeding: Breast/Chestfeeding, Pumping, Bottles & Formula
  • Supporting Families with Multiples, Unique Needs and NICU Stays.

Once you complete your postpartum doula training:

Support for you as a doula doesn't end with the workshop; I am available for questions as they arise and to help with your postpartum doula certification process.

Each trainee is also invited to join the Month of Mentoring, a free four-week series in collaboration with Homegrown Families to help you along your journey. This quarterly offering's topics are Birth Doula Certification, Postpartum Doula Certification, Business Structure, and Social Media & Marketing.

Feeling like you need additional support? Doula Mentorship and business coaching are also available for an additional fee.

Are you also wondering how to build the business side of being a doula, and how to thrive in this field? I am a business coach and co-founder of a non-profit organization with over fifteen years of experience helping people start and grow their businesses, in addition to being an entrepreneur myself, and I can’t wait to share what I’ve learned with you!