Become a Postpartum Doula!

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What is a Postpartum Doula?

A postpartum doula assists with the mother’s recovery after childbirth and supports the new parents in the first three months of the newborn's life.  This support includes a special attention to the mother’s physical and emotional needs, which is truly the first line of defense against postpartum depression.  The doula also assists with the family’s transition to life with a newborn – caring for the baby while mom rests, helping to establish proper feeding methods and routines, and offering help wherever needed with the goal of bringing the family to a state of comfortable independence.


How can I become a Postpartum Doula?

Certification is an important step in becoming a postpartum doula.  There are quite a few organizations that train for this role and it is important to choose one that best suits your goals.  DONA is the most well-known and well-regarded certifying organization, and the one that many insurance companies accept for reimbursement purposes.  The first step toward DONA International certification is to attend a training workshop.  This in-person training will teach you how to support, nurture, and educate families who are in the postpartum period.  You will also receive a postpartum doula manual, business forms, and additional handouts and resources that will prepare you for success in this profession.


Get Started!

The Nest will be hosting a DONA Postpartum Doula training workshop August 13th through 15th.  Classes will be held from 8:15am to 6:45pm Friday, Saturday, and Sunday with breaks and time for lunch.  The cost of this training is $525.00 when you register before July 30 to take advantage of their early bird discount.  



Learn more about becoming a postpartum doula and what that professional lifestyle might look like for you!  We will be gathering for casual conversation on Thursday June 3rd from 6:30 to 7:30pm to answer questions about both birth and postpartum doulas.  Please register on our online calendar to attend this event.  For more online information and to register for the postpartum doula training itself, visit

Marcia Thuermer, the instructor for this workshop, is a certified postpartum doula and DONA trainer with over 19 years of experience.  Feel free to contact us (below) with questions, or you can reach out to Marcia directly at

We hope to see you in August!