Postpartum Doula Training

The postpartum period is a tender, transformational time for a new family. Postpartum doulas have a sacred role in walking alongside the postpartum family as they make this profound transition. We bring a wealth of knowledge, compassion, love, and skill that enhances and supports the postpartum experience for our clients. At EDT, we believe strongly that postpartum doulas serve as hands-on healers, biologically-informed baby care educators, nourishers, listeners, and helpers. 

Therefore, we offer trainings to new and experienced doulas alike, who want to come to your postpartum work with a certain depth that is not offered precisely this way elsewhere. In our trainings, you will learn not only the basics of postpartum recovery, baby care, and feeding support, but more importantly, 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. 

All of our students receive a Doula Book for their training subject, that includes extensive information on all the topics we believe it is important for our doulas to know, pre-workshop exercises, and space for live work during your training. This book serves as a resource you can always go back to post-training, and fits beautifully in your doula bag as well!

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. 

Our trainings are built on more than just passion. You will feel capable and supported when you leave our training, knowing that you have tangible skills you can begin using right away, and knowing that you have ongoing mentorship and community as an EDT doula. 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 18 months to complete the process from the time of purchasing the certification packet. We are joining the growing movement of organizations who offer lifetime certification! See below to learn more about our training and certification process.

Training Options

Foundations Courses

$750, $100 off for EDT members; Certification Packet Included

The foundations postpartum doula training offers a strong base for folks who are beginning their postpartum doula career for the first time. Our trainings are rooted in embodiment and the inner journey of postpartum, biological and evolutionary infant care education, and global postpartum healing traditions. Students will also get business training and more.

Expansions Courses

$500, $100 off for EDT members; Lifetime Certification Included

The expansions postpartum doula training offers experienced postpartum doulas an expansive approach to postpartum physical and emotional care, as well as a deep dive into the nervous system, biological, and evolutionary drive of newborns. This course is a place to explore where you’ve been in your career and where you’d like to see yourself going forward in your work caring for new families.