Postpartum Doula Training

The Simkin Center at Bastyr University offers multiple Postpartum Doula Training Workshops throughout the year. The workshop covers many aspects of postpartum care, including new mother care and new baby care. Those who complete the course can begin the process of becoming DONA International-certified postpartum doulas. <strong>Length of workshop:</strong> four days.<br><strong>Campus:</strong> Kenmore, Washington

Testimonials

Background

What is a Postpartum Doula?

The "fourth trimester," the period 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.

The postpartum doula helps meet this need by educating, nurturing and empowering mothers and families toward confidence in their new roles. Doulas may provide assistance with breastfeeding, newborn and mother care, and housework. They also provide referrals to community resources as needed.

Training @ Simkin Center

The Simkin Center has played an integral role in developing the postpartum doula movement in the Northwest. Participants in our first classes in 1995 founded the Northwest Association for Postpartum Support (NAPS), a professional organization providing peer support, continuing education and referrals. The Postpartum Doula Training meets NAPS’ training standards for certification. To contact NAPS, send them an email or call (206) 956-1955.

In February 2004, our postpartum doula training workshop received approval by DONA International. Our training was the first in the western U.S. to be approved. DONA approval allows someone who completes the course to begin the process of becoming a DONA International-certified postpartum doula.

Workshop Description

The Simkin Center Postpartum Doula Training is a four-day course. The curriculum includes:

  • 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

Required Reading (latest editions encouraged)

Recommended Reading (latest editions encouraged)

  • Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life by Marshall Rosenberg 
  • 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

Faculty

Two DONA-approved postpartum doula trainers (see Simkin Center faculty) lead each postpartum doula training.

Calendar

Aug
23
Sunday, 2020
Simkin Center for Allied Birth Vocations
Gain postnatal competence, tools & capacity in 4 days, team-taught by qualified faculty since 1994. Sundays-Mondays: August 23rd-24th & 30th-31st 8am-4:45pm (with several breaks in between) $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 at (425) 602-3361
Oct
05
Monday, 2020
Simkin Center for Allied Birth Vocations
Gain postnatal competence, tools & capacity, taught by qualified faculty since 1994. Mondays: October 5th, 12th, 19th & 26th, 8am to 4:45pm (with several breaks in between). Full tuition-$689. Due to Washington State and King County health advisory guidelines, we are offering this training virtually, via Zoom. Students will receive additional information, including login information once registered. If you have any questions, and/or interested in our Course Assistant position, please contact the Simkin Center at (425) 602-3361.
Jan
23
Saturday, 2021
Simkin Center for Allied Birth Vocations
Gain postnatal competence, tools & capacity in 4 days, team-taught by qualified faculty since 1994. Event dates: Saturdays-Sundays, January 23rd-24th & 30th-31st. Full tuition is $689. Please contact us directly for more information on our Course Assistant positions at (425) 602-3361
Mar
11
Thursday, 2021
Simkin Center for Allied Birth Vocations
Gain postnatal competence, tools & capacity in 4 days, taught by qualified faculty since 1994. Event dates: Thursday-Sunday, March 11th-14th, 2021. Full tuition is $689. Please contact us directly for more information on our Course Assistant positions at (425) 602-3361
Apr
30
Friday, 2021
Simkin Center for Allied Birth Vocations
Gain postnatal competence, tools & capacity in 4 days, taught by qualified faculty since 1994. Event dates: Fridays-Saturdays, April 30th-May 1st & May 7th-8th, 2021. Full tuition is $689. Please contact us directly for more information on our Course Assistant positions at (425) 602-3361
Aug
19
Thursday, 2021
Simkin Center for Allied Birth Vocations
Gain postnatal competence, tools & capacity in 4 days, taught by qualified faculty since 1994. Event dates: Thursday-Sunday, August 19th-22nd, 2021. Full tuition is $689. Please contact us directly for more information on our Course Assistant positions at (425) 602-3361
Nov
04
Thursday, 2021
Simkin Center for Allied Birth Vocations
Gain postnatal competence, tools & capacity in 4 days, taught by qualified faculty since 1994. Event dates: Thursday-Sunday, November 4th-7th, 2021. Please be aware that this training will be offered in a retreat format, with additional training activities including overnight lodging and meals. For more information regarding this retreat and cost, please call Alex at (425) 602-3378. Please contact us directly for more information on our Course Assistant positions at (425) 602-3361

What Our Students Say

  • I feel with my life experience I will be able to [practice as a postpartum doula] with confidence [especially] with the added information about postpartum mental health and the business aspects [of doula practice].
  • You’ve opened my eyes in ways I never thought possible. This has really helped me for my new role as a grandmother!!
  • The Training was incredible! The healthy (physically/emotionally/mentally) attitude of instruction touches my heart. There is hope for this world, with all the wonderful trained doulas out there. One Mom at a time!