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 lactation and parent and newborn care. Those who complete the course can begin the process of becoming DONA International-certified postpartum doulas. Length of workshop: four day or 10-day formats
Campus: Kenmore, Washington

Background

What is a Postpartum Doula?

The "fourth trimester," the first twelve weeks 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 families toward confidence in their new roles. Doulas may support with newborn, new parent and sibling care, lactation, emotional support and household organization. They also provide referrals to community and professional resources as needed.

Training @ Simkin Center

The Simkin Center has played an integral role in developing the postpartum doula profession in the Pacific 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. Contact NAPS at,  info@napsdoulas.com 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 curriculum includes:

  • The role of the doula in supporting lactation
  • Bottle feeding safety and techniques
  • Nurturing families with more than one infant
  • New parent care
  • Comfort and care of newborns
  • Listening and communication skills
  • Integrating the birth experience
  • The emotional transition of the new family
  • Ethical conduct of postpartum doulas
  • Newborn sleep
  • Business aspects of a doula practice
  • Prenatal contact 
  • Perinatal Mental Health
  • Case scenarios - the doula's role
  • Community resources

 

There is no required reading for this training

 

Faculty

A DONA-approved postpartum doula trainer (see Simkin Center faculty) leads each postpartum doula training with informative guest speakers to enrich the learning experience.

Calendar

Nov
03
Thursday, 2022
Simkin Center for Allied Birth Vocations
Gain postnatal competence, tools & capacity taught by a DONA International-approved trainer-Tracy McPhillips. This training is scheduled to meet Thursday to Sunday, starting November 3-6, 2022 from 8:00am-5:30pm (Pacific Standard Time). This training will be hosted as a live-remote class via ZOOM. This course is perfect for people who want to complete their workshop in the quickest format. Completion of this training meets the criteria for two requirements towards DONA International Certifications: (1) Postpartum Doula Workshop, and (2) Breastfeeding/Chest feeding for Doulas. REGISTER NOW- Registration deadline is October 27. We do offer a Course Assistant position to provide technical support for the Zoom live classroom, and in exchange the Course Assistant would receive discounted tuition. Full tuition is $725. Participants will receive additional information, including login information once registered. For more information regarding this position as well as any other inquiries regarding our doula trainings, please contact us at simkincenter@bastyr.edu or call us at (425) 602-3361.
Jan
05
Thursday, 2023
Simkin Center for Allied Birth Vocations
Gain postnatal competence, tools & capacity taught by a DONA International-approved trainer-Tracy McPhillips. This Postpartum Doula training will be hosted as a 5-week format (10 sessions) from January 5 to February 9, 2023, meeting on Monday and Thursday evenings from 5:45pm-9:00pm (Pacific Standard Time). (No class January 16). This workshop will be hosted as a live-remote training via ZOOM. This virtual workshop will consist of the same DONA-approved curriculum as the traditional 4-day intensive class but offers a more spread-out schedule for people who want more time to assimilate the material. Completion of this workshop meets the criteria for two requirements towards DONA International Certifications: (1) Postpartum Doula Workshop and (2) Breastfeeding/Chest feeding for Doulas. REGISTER NOW- Registration deadline, December 27, 2022. We do offer a Course Assistant position to provide technical support for the Zoom virtual classroom, and in exchange the Course Assistant would receive discounted tuition. Full tuition is $725. Participants will receive additional information, including login information once registered. For more information regarding this position as well as any other inquiries, please contact us at simkincenter@bastyr.edu or call us at (425) 602-3361.
Mar
24
Friday, 2023
Simkin Center for Allied Birth Vocations
Gain postnatal competence, tools & capacity taught by a DONA International-approved trainer-Tracy McPhillips. This Postpartum Doula training, hosted as a 2-week format, will be held March 24-April 1, 2023 and meets on Fridays and Saturdays from 8:00am-5:30pm (Pacific Standard Time). Must be able to complete 2-4 hours of pre-workshop modules before the course begins and up to 4-6 hours of flipped content between the first and second weekend of class. Completion of this training meets the criteria for two requirements towards DONA International Certifications: (1) Postpartum Doula Workshop, and (2) Breastfeeding/Chest feeding for Doulas. This training will be in-person and participants will be required to provide proof of vaccination and comply with mask and social distancing requirements. REGISTER NOW- Registration deadline is March 15. We do offer a Course Assistant position to provide classroom support, and in exchange the Course Assistant would receive discounted tuition. Full tuition is $725. Participants will receive additional information, including login information once registered. For more information regarding this position, or if you have any questions regarding this training or attending in-person classes at Bastyr University, please contact us at simkincenter@bastyr.edu. or call us at 425-602-3361.
May
01
Monday, 2023
Simkin Center for Allied Birth Vocations
Gain postnatal competence, tools & capacity taught by a DONA International-approved trainer-Tracy McPhillips. This Postpartum Doula training will be hosted as a 4-week format from May 1-22, 2023, meeting on Mondays from 8:00am-5:30pm (Pacific Standard Time). This workshop will be hosted as a live-remote training via ZOOM. This virtual workshop will consist of the same DONA-approved curriculum as the traditional 4-day intensive class but offers a more spread-out schedule for people who want more time to assimilate the material. Completion of this workshop meets the criteria for two requirements towards DONA International Certifications: (1) Postpartum Doula Workshop and (2) Breastfeeding/Chest feeding for Doulas. REGISTER NOW- Registration deadline, April 21. We do offer a Course Assistant position to provide technical support for the Zoom virtual classroom, and in exchange the Course Assistant would receive discounted tuition. Full tuition is $725. Participants will receive additional information, including login information once registered. For more information regarding this position as well as any other inquiries, please contact us at simkincenter@bastyr.edu or call us at (425) 602-3361.
Jul
06
Thursday, 2023
Simkin Center for Allied Birth Vocations
Gain postnatal competence, tools & capacity taught by a DONA International-approved trainer-Tracy McPhillips. This training is scheduled to meet Thursday to Sunday, July 6-9, 2023 from 8am-5:30pm (Pacific Standard Time). This training will be held in-person and participants will be required to provide proof of vaccination and comply with mask and social distancing requirements. This course is perfect for people who want to complete their workshop in the quickest format. Completion of this training meets the criteria for two requirements towards DONA International Certifications: (1) Postpartum Doula Workshop, and (2) Breastfeeding/Chest feeding for Doulas. REGISTER NOW- Registration deadline is June 27. We do offer a Course Assistant position to provide classroom support, and in exchange the Course Assistant would receive discounted tuition. Full tuition is $725. Participants will receive additional information, including login information once registered. For more information regarding this position, or if you have any questions regarding this training or attending in-person classes at Bastyr University, please contact us at simkincenter@bastyr.edu or call us at (425) 602-3361.
Sep
07
Thursday, 2023
Simkin Center for Allied Birth Vocations
Gain postnatal competence, tools & capacity taught by a DONA International-approved trainer-Tracy McPhillips. This training is scheduled to meet Thursday to Sunday, September 7-10, 2023 from 8am-5:30pm (Pacific Standard Time). This training will be held in-person and participants will be required to provide proof of vaccination and comply with mask and social distancing requirements. This course is perfect for people who want to complete their workshop in the quickest format. Completion of this training meets the criteria for two requirements towards DONA International Certifications: (1) Postpartum Doula Workshop, and (2) Breastfeeding/Chest feeding for Doulas. REGISTER NOW- Registration deadline is August 29. We do offer a Course Assistant position to provide classroom support, and in exchange the Course Assistant would receive discounted tuition. Full tuition is $725. Participants will receive additional information, including login information once registered. For more information regarding this position, or if you have any questions regarding this training or attending in-person classes at Bastyr University, please contact us at simkincenter@bastyr.edu or call us at (425) 602-3361.
Oct
27
Friday, 2023
Simkin Center for Allied Birth Vocations
Gain postnatal competence, tools & capacity taught by DONA International-approved trainer-Tracy McPhillips. This Postpartum Doula training will be hosted as a live-remote training via ZOOM and will be held October 27-November 4, 2023. The class meets on Fridays and Saturdays from 8:00am-5:30pm (Pacific Standard Time). Must be able to complete 2-4 hours of pre-workshop modules before the course begins and up to 4-6 hours of flipped content between the first and second weekend of class. Completion of this training meets the criteria for two requirements towards DONA International Certifications: (1) Postpartum Doula Workshop, and (2) Breastfeeding/Chest feeding for Doulas. REGISTER NOW- Registration deadline is October 18. We do offer a Course Assistant position to provide technical support for the Zoom virtual classroom, and in exchange the Course Assistant would receive discounted tuition. Full tuition is $725. Participants will receive additional information, including login information once registered. For more information regarding this position as well as any other inquiries, please contact us at simkincenter@bastyr.edu or call us 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!
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