Postpartum Doula Training

Our postpartum doula training provides a depth of knowledge of the postpartum period that is unmatched in mainstream doula trainings. Our postpartum doulas learn not only the basics of postpartum recovery, baby care, and feeding support, but more importantly, they learn how to listen, guide, and support the postpartum parent as they figure out who they are after giving birth. So much of postpartum work looks very subtle, and often new postpartum doulas get locked into roles of housekeeping and baby holding. While those can be helpful to new families, there is often a gap of emotional support skills that are not taught to doulas in training. We also offer thoughtfully presented information on a variety of global postpartum healing protocols and traditions. You will leave our training feeling confident to go and work with new families right away, knowing you have practiced hands on support skills, active listening skills, and tons of other valuable information that your clients will love. Our trainings always come with business training, community support, mentorship, and more. Our certification process is also different, because it’s about time someone change the way doulas are trained and certified. We give our certification candidates 12 months to complete the process from the time of their training. We are joining the growing movement of organizations who offer lifetime certification! See below to learn more about our training and certification process.

Our doula training goes beyond the mainstream. Yes, you will learn the basics, but you’ll also receive insight into the Embodiment Method of doula work that founder, Zoë Etkin, has been practicing for nearly a decade. Postpartum embodiment doula work goes beyond looking out for postpartum mood disorder red flags, beyond making peri pads, beyond teaching diapering skills, though you will receive all of that as well. You will learn how to connect to your clients on a deep level that supports them body-mind-spirit. You will be able to confidently facilitate their exploration and engagement with their body, their sexuality, their relationships, their baby, their belief systems, their parenting goals, and more. You’ll have the knowledge necessary to promote biologically/evolutionarily based, embodied baby care, helping parents bond, connect, and understand their baby in ways that our culture lacks. With our Embodied Method of doula support, you will meet clients where they are, help them navigate early parenthood in ways that acknowledge the evidence and evolution of human mammals, and be able to distill that into practices that fit within your clients’ unique context. 

Certification Requirements

New to Postpartum work

Brand new to becoming a doula? We're thrilled you have chosen Embodied Doula Trainings. We know our certification process will get you started off well. Here's your path!

Trained/Certified/Seasoned

If you have trained or certified with another organization, or have 5+ years experience in postpartum care with/without doula training, this is the path for you!

  • Become a member of Embodied Doula Trainings
  • Attend our Postpartum Doula training
  • Document work with 3 postpartum clients
  • Submit your client contract for review
  • Read and respond to reading list books
  • Create a resource list
  • Review a published scientific study
  • Complete an essay test
  • Complete a personal reflection essay
  • Complete a business plan
  • Submit 3 client experience surveys
  • Attend a baby care class (in person or online)
  • Attend a breastfeeding class (in person or online)
  • Submit a letter of recommendation from an experience birth professional
  • Submit proof of liability insurance
  • Pay Certification Review processing fee of $150
  • Once submitted and reviewed, receive your lifetime certification!
  • Become a member of Embodied Doula Trainings
  • Attend our Postpartum Doula training
  • Document attendance of 2 clients you supported prior to training, and 1 client after training
  • Submit your client contract for review
  • Read and respond to 3 reading list books
  • Complete an essay test
  • Review a published scientific study
  • Complete a personal reflection essay
  • Submit 3 client experience surveys (2 can be from clients before training)
  • Submit a letter of recommendation from an experience birth professional (not required for doulas with 5+ years experience)
  • Submit proof of liability insurance
  • Pay Certification Review processing fee of $150
  • Once submitted and reviewed, receive your lifetime certification!

Advanced Certificate option

Those who complete the Postpartum Doula training have the option to, in addition to certifying as a postpartum doula, receive an advanced certificate in Newborn Care. We do not offer a separate training for Newborn Care due to the fact that we already cover this extensively in the PP Doula Training. However, we know it is meaningful to have the Newborn Care Specialist designation for some clients, and so we decided to create this advanced certificate option. We are calling this our "Your Primal Baby" (based on Zoë's next book project!) Newborn Care Specialist, so YPB NCS. This is an add on certificate and is not meant to take the place of our PPD certification.

  • Must be a member of Embodied Doula Trainings
  • Attend our Postpartum Doula training
  • Be enrolled in the Postpartum Doula certification process
  • Submit a 2500 word research paper on a newborn care topic
  • Complete an essay test
  • Create a comprehensive resource guide for biological/evolutionary based resources
  • Complete an essay test
  • Complete a personal reflection essay
  • Pay Certification Review processing fee of $150
  • Once submitted and reviewed, receive your lifetime advanced certificate!

Investment

New To Postpartum Work

Training $499

Membership $100 yearly

Certification Review $150

Trained/ Certified/ Seasoned

Training $399 

Membership $100 yearly

Certification Review $150 

Additional materials costs will vary doula to doula. These are the only fees you will owe to EDT, with the exception of late certification review fees. Payment plans are available. Doulas who have taken any of Zoë Etkin’s workshops in the past year are eligible for an additional discount on the cost of training. 

Ready to start your journey as a Postpartum doula?

Postpartum Doula Training 2021

Friday & Saturday, January 15 & 16

Location: Virtual

EDT Membership is Required to take this training
membership fee: $100, should be paid before or at time of deposit payment

Non-Refundable Deposit Of $200 Due By November 1
Balance Due December 15

Payment Plans & Other Payment Methods Available*

*If you need to pay your registration fee in smaller chunks, that’s no problem. Just let us know! Send us a message letting us know your circumstances and we will be happy to figure something out. See our Scholarship page if you need support in attending this training. The link above will send you to Paypal, but if you’d like to pay with Venmo, the handle is @zoe-etkin, and CashApp is $zoeetkin. 

Postpartum Doula Trainings 2021

Saturday & Sunday, March 6 & 7

Location: Memphis, TN

EDT Membership is Required to take this training
membership fee: $100, should be paid before or at time of deposit payment

Non-Refundable Deposit Of $200 Due By January 1
Balance Due February 15

Payment Plans & Other Payment Methods Available*

*If you need to pay your registration fee in smaller chunks, that’s no problem. Just let us know! Send us a message letting us know your circumstances and we will be happy to figure something out. See our Scholarship page if you need support in attending this training. The link above will send you to Paypal, but if you’d like to pay with Venmo, the handle is @zoe-etkin, and CashApp is $zoeetkin. 

Ready to Purchase Your Certification Packet?

Hooray! You’ve completed your training! In order to become certified as an Embodied Doula Trainings Postpartum Doula, you must purchase the certification packet. This packet includes all of the paperwork and requirements listed above. The certification packet costs $150, which covers certification review, when the time comes that you return it to us. Once we assess your packet for completion, we will send you your certification papers and you will be a lifelong certified doula through Embodied Doula Trainings. No further money will be owed toward your certification, but we’d love you to maintain your membership each year! Thank you for choosing Embodied Doula Trainings. 

Purchase Advanced Certificate Packet

How exciting! You’re on your way to becoming a certified postpartum embodiment doula (CPED) and you want to further hone your skills by adding the Your Primal Baby Newborn Care Specialist designation. In order to earn this advanced certificate, you must purchase the the packet. This packet includes all of the paperwork and requirements listed above. The certification packet costs $150, which covers certification review, when the time comes that you return it to us. Once we assess your packet for completion, we will send you your certificate and you will hold this advanced distinction through our organization for life. No further money will be owed toward your certification, but we’d love you to maintain your membership each year! Thank you for choosing Embodied Doula Trainings.