Postpartum Doula Training

   Support families in your community as a postpartum doula.


If you would like to see a DONA Doula Workshop offered in your community, please get in touch with Birth Roots at (204) 792-6769. The training will be offered for free to the organizer in the community. Cost of the training may differ based on expenses and travel for instructors to your community.

Upcoming dates: September 13th, 14th, and 15th

Length: 3 days

Register: Openings are still available.


  • $550 +GST

    *Refund Policy* There will be no refunds for this course. If you would like to transfer your registration to the next training there will be a $50 fee.

    Dates: September 13th, 14th, and 15th
    Time: 8:00am to 6:30pm
    Location: Rm 206 – 83 Sherbrook St., Winnipeg

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The Role of the Postpartum Doula

A postpartum doula’s role is flexible. From family to family, day-to-day, even hour-to-hour, her role is constantly changing.

She is a teacher and a source of information and will provide reliable, evidenced-based information on maternal care, infant feeding and care, as well as integrating a baby into the family.  She offers practical support with meal preparation and household organization. 

The postpartum doula also has a thorough knowledge of services, products, and professionals available in her community and offers quality referrals when they are needed.

At all times the doula provides reassurance, support and the belief that these parents can and will be successful in nurturing their family. Her support and information extend to all family members equally in her role of “nurturing the family”.

Curriculum Topics

The DONA-approved workshop is a three-day, comprehensive program. Doulas who participate in and complete the program will be extremely well-prepared to meet the needs of families during the postpartum period.

Topics Covered Over Three Days:

  • Doula basics

  • Effective listening

  • Emotional issues from birth

  • Physical changes in the mother

  • Educating clients

  • Multiples

  • Breastfeeding

  • Information on DONA certification

  • Integrating a baby into the family

  • Referrals

  • Postpartum mood disorders

  • Values clarification

  • The newborn and the doula

  • Prenatal contact

  • Loss and grief

  • Rehearsal of learned skills


Course Prerequisites

To be sure that participants are prepared for their Postpartum Doula Workshop, the following are required BEFORE attending the workshop:


Required reading:

DONA Postpartum Doula Required Reading List; one book from each of the following categories:


Section One: Becoming a Mother

(choose one)

  • Misconceptions: Wolf (2013)

  • Mothering the New Mother: Placksin (2003)

  • The Year After Childbirth: Kitzinger (1996)


Section Three: The Newborn / Infant Care and Development

(choose one)

  • Your Amazing Newborn: Klaus and Klaus (2000)

  • Touchpoints: Brazelton (2006)

  • Your Baby is Speaking to You:Nugent (2011)

  • The Wonder Weeks: Blooij (2013)

  • The Baby Book: Sears (2013)


Section Five: Breastfeeding

(choose one)

  • Dr. Jack Newman’s Guide To Breastfeeding: Newman (2014)

  • Breastfeeding Made Simple: Morbacher/Kendall-Tackett (2010)

  • Womanly Art Of Breastfeeding:Wiesinger /West (2010)


Course prerequisites, required reading options and certification are all further described on the DONA website.

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Guest Trainer- Susan Martensen


A birth and postpartum doula since 1990, Susan is a DONA Postpartum program mentor and trainer, a DONA birth doula trainer and is a DONA Past President. Susan is a Certified Lactation Counselor. She has participated in training postpartum and birth doulas since 1995. She is a founder of LSAR/Doula CARE in Canada and has served on several hospital and Family-Centered Maternal/Infant Health committees. She is a published author in various maternal health magazines and is also a noted speaker in North America.