Newborn Care

Postpartum Doula Training & Certification

Complete this thorough training, as well as 40 contact hours and become a Certified Postpartum Doula.

Course Objectives:
-Students will gain an understanding of what a postpartum doula is and what their goals are.
-Students will learn the differences and similarities between doulas and Newborn Care Experts, as well as understand baby care vs. Family care.
-Students will learn how to support the family as a unit.
-Students will be guided through how doulas can recognize signs and support parents with postpartum mood disorders.
-Students will have a refresher on some newborn care and feeding support.

The course is taught by Annie Getz, an Advanced Newborn Care Expert and DONA certified Postpartum Doula, & Carole Kramer Arsenault, an RN specializing in obstetrics and maternal health.

Instructor: Annie Getz & Carole K. Arsenault, RN

  • Welcome
  • Instructions To Use The Online Learning Platform
  • Terms of Use Agreement
  • Welcome
  • Meet Your Instructors
  • Read: Nurturing the Family, by Jacqueline Kelleher
  • Unit 1
  • What is a Postpartum Doula?
  • What Does A Postpartum Doula Do?
  • Unit 2
  • What is a Doula's Process of Care?
  • Baby Care vs. Family Care
  • Handout: The Postpartum Doula Process
  • Unit 3
  • Postpartum Mood Disorders
  • Postpartum Depression & Psychosis
  • Unit 4
  • Postpartum Doula Job Responsibilities
  • Processing the Birth Experience
  • Client Intake Process
  • Establishing Boundaries
  • Handout: Client Intake Form
  • Unit 5
  • Routine Newborn Care: Bathing
  • How to Bathe Your Infant
  • Circumcision
  • Routine Newborn Care: Diapering
  • Diapering Tips
  • Top BabyWearing Options & Benefits
  • Baby Wearing - How To
  • Unit 6
  • When to Call the Pediatrician
  • Medication Permission Form
  • Unit 7
  • Supporting the Breastfeeding Parent
  • Hunger Signs
  • Skin to Skin Benefits
  • Breastfeeding: Latching & Positioning
  • Ineffective Latch
  • Effective Latch
  • 8 Breastfeeding Positions
  • Final Steps
  • Completion Test
  • Nurturing the Family Book Quiz
  • Survey: Tell us your thoughts
  • 40 Contact Hours Submitted
  • Congratulations
Completion rules
  • All units must be completed
  • Leads to a certificate with a duration: 3 years