DONA Birth Doula Training

dona birth doula trainingDONA Birth Doula Training ~ Special Package

Invest in both the Birth Doula Workshop and the Breastfeeding Basics for Doulas classes together now and save!

Sign up for the DONA Birth Doula Training and our professional Breastfeeding class and complete THREE DONA certification requirements for birth doulas in three days and one evening. NOTE: The Breastfeeding Basics for Doulas class is included in our Postpartum Doula Workshop and should not be purchased separately if you plan on taking that class.

2019 Schedule & Fees

2019 DONA Birth Doula Workshop & Breastfeeding Class Package ($597; $550 Early Bird)
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See also our Doula Business Builder Deluxe Training Package.


2019 DONA Birth Doula Training Schedule & Fees

2019 DONA Birth Doula Workshop ($550; $497 Early Bird)
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DONA Birth Doula Training Description

With Patty Brennan

Join us for a professional training that blends a deep appreciation for the miraculous physiology of women’s bodies with a practical approach to the challenges of giving birth in a fear-based culture. How can we guide the birthing mother and her partner out of fear to strength and empowerment?

In this hands-on workshop, we will practice:

  • support techniques for normal birth
  • how to troubleshoot common challenges
  • how to best facilitate informed choices
  • centering techniques, acupressure, massage and use of the rebozo
  • comfort measures and natural approaches to pain management
  • communication and advocacy skills for navigating the medical setting effectively
  • movement and positioning to support physiologic birth

Additional topics covered:

  • the doula’s role prenatally, during labor and in the postpartum period
  • nutritional counseling and discomforts of pregnancy
  • anatomy and physiology of pregnancy, labor and birth
  • overview of the labor and birth process
  • the meaning of “support”
  • emotional needs of the mother
  • breastfeeding and the doula’s role
  • and more!

Help put an end to birth trauma … Become a doula!

Your instructor, Patty Brennan, has created this dynamic training based on her 35 years of experience as a doula, childbirth educator, homebirth midwife and doula program visionary. You do not need to be a mother yourself, nor have a medical background to become a doula — just a passion for birth and the desire to empower other mothers to have the best possible experience.

This workshop includes the pre-requisite “Intro” training and fulfills two steps toward professional birth doula certification through DONA International. Learn more about the DONA Birth Doula Certification process.

Read what past participants in this class have to say:


“This workshop was amazing! Patty is an excellent speaker and her passion for the importance of a doula really showed throughout the sessions. This was a very well organized workshop in a great facility.” — Noelle Zalar, Oregon, OH

“Thank you so much–I can’t get enough! I only wish I could take this workshop and the postpartum one over again for the first time. What an education and experience! Best $$ I ever spent.” — Kat Oshman, Ann Arbor, MI

“I took your birth doula class to help my daughter through labor…. She did fantastic, remained in full control, trying a lot of different positions and various techniques…. We tried and did many things I learned in class and I appreciated everything you taught and suggested.” — Dana Borenitsch

“I absolutely loved this experience. Worth my money and time investment. I am so thankful I undertook this venture. I feel inspired and filled with recognition of my soul’s purpose. Thank you for being here and running such an amazing workshop.” — Jess Juntunen, Hancock, MI

“Patty was such an inspiring woman to learn from as I begin this new part of my life! Her energy, enthusiasm, and passion for serving mothers and their babies (and partners!) will stay with me forever.” — Kate Louik, Ann Arbor, MI

“Great learning environment. Best class I have ever attended.” — Michaela Anderson, Adrian, MI

“As a young woman who has never experienced pregnancy or birth, the subject was a bit overwhelming at times. But your teaching style made the material so approachable, understandable, and fun.” — Mary Colleen Casey, Ypsilanti, MI

“Entire weekend was so amazing, inspiring, and informative, I never wanted it to end. I hope to take more classes with Patty in the future.” — Sarah Barrette, Grand Rapids, MI

“Unfortunately, I received my [initial] doula training from another trainer … thank goodness Patty has renewed my faith in DONA and the holistic model that it originally represented. It was well worth the extra miles to get here!” — Kristin Kelly, Traverse City, MI

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Breastfeeding Basics for Doulas

With Barbara Robertson, MA IBCLC

2019 Training Schedule & Fees

2019 Breastfeeding Basics for Doulas ($85; $70 Early Bird)
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DONA birth doula trainingBreastfeeding Basics for Doulas Workshop Description

Join us for a professional workshop taught by lactation educator extraordinaire Barbara Robertson. Learn the very latest in evidence-based breastfeeding support. This class will enhance the doula’s ability to assist breastfeeding mothers immediately post-birth and in the early days postpartum. Barbara’s enthusiasm for all things breastfeeding is contagious! Topics include:

  • a new look at breast anatomy and physiology
  • importance of skin-to-skin contact
  • newborn self-attachment at the breast
  • a new view of positions and latch-on
  • getting off to the best start possible
  • how to know baby is getting enough/not getting enough breastmilk
  • when to make a referral

This class fulfills a DONA International certification requirement for birth doulas. (It is included in the DONA Postpartum Doula Workshop and fulfills the pre-requisite for that class. If you are intending to take the Postpartum class, you do not need to register for this class separately.)

Read what past participants in this class have to say:


“So positive and reassuring. Practical and empowering of mothers and doulas. Wonderful!” — Ann Smith, Berkley, MI

“It was fabulous. Inspiring, informative, engaging.” — Kat Kieffer, McClure, OH

“I had the privilege of attending Barbara Robertson’s course and wow, did I enjoy it! Living two-and-a-half hours away, some might think it would make more sense to complete the breastfeeding requirement locally, but after attending your DONA Birth Doula Workshop, I knew I wanted to take the class at the Center. I really appreciated the outstanding quality of the workshops.” — Allison

“Thank you for your enlightened approach to educating doulas on breastfeeding. Your humor and energy made the subject even more interesting.” — Valerie Mangual

Loved, loved, loved it. Super informative.” — Cameron Shaw

“You have such a way of teaching, it makes something not so simple, very simple.” — Sara Pratt

DONA birth doula trainingDoula Business Builder Deluxe Training Package

Are you considering become both a Birth and a Postpartum Doula? This discounted training package will save you money!

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