July 10 2020 8:00 am   through   July 18 2020 5:00 pm
Online Event
Full Registration $ 689.00
Simkin Course Types
Course Type: Postpartum Doulas
Audience the public, professionals and others interested in childbirth vocations
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Gain postnatal competence, tools & capacity in 4 days, team-taught by qualified faculty since 1994. Fridays & Saturdays: July 10-11 & 17-18, 2020. 8am-4:45pm (with several breaks in between). Full tuition: $689 Due to Washington state and King County health advisory guidelines, we are offering this class virtually, via Zoom. Students will receive additional information, including login information once registered. Please contact us directly for more information on our Course Assistant positions.

The curriculum

  • The role of the doula in supporting breastfeeding
  • Bottle feeding safety and techniques
  • Nurturing families with more than one infant
  • New mother care
  • New baby care
  • Listening and communication skills
  • Integrating the birth experience
  • The emotional transition of the new family
  • Ethical conduct of postpartum doulas
  • Business aspects of a doula practice
  • Prenatal contact
  • Postpartum mood disorders and post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Comforting touch for new mothers
  • Case scenarios - the doula's role
  • Comfort and care for new babies
  • Community resources

Course Notes

Certificates of completion will only be issued to students present for all of the sessions each day. Read Simkin Center Registration Policies

Required Texts (Click here for information on where to obtain texts.)

  • Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Newborn by Penny Simkin, Janet Whalley, and Ann Keppler

Choose one (1) from the following list:

  • Breastfeeding Made Simple: Seven Natural Laws for Nursing Mothers by Nancy Mohrbacher and Kathleen A. Kendall-Tackett
  • Dr Jack Newman's Guide to Breastfeeding by Jack Newman
  • Latch: A Handbook for Breastfeeding with Confidence at Every Stage by Robin Kaplan
  • Skimmed: Breastfeeding, Race and Injustice by Andrea Freeman
  • Working and Breastfeeding Made Simple by Mohrbacher

Recommended Texts

  • The Gentle Art of Newborn Family Care by Salle Webber
  • Operating Instructions: A Journal of My Son's First Year by Anne Lamott
  • Intentional Interviewing and Counseling: Facilitating Client Development in a Multi-Cultural Society by Allen Ivey and Mary Ivey
  • The Nursing Mother's Companion by Kathleen Huggins


DONA-approved postpartum doula trainer, see Simkin Center Faculty, lead each Postpartum Doula Training.

More Information: See Simkin Center Website