Full Spectrum Doula Training

Embark on a Comprehensive Reproductive Support Journey with Full Spectrum Doula Training

Are you passionate about providing holistic support through the entire spectrum of reproductive experiences? Doula Training Canada introduces the Full Spectrum Doula Training, offering an enriching learning opportunity to become a perinatal professional. This unique program spans 20 weeks, incorporating 36+ hours of virtual class sessions and various online modules, providing the skills and competencies needed to become a certified Birth and Postpartum Doula, Fertility Support Practitioner, and Infant and Pregnancy Loss Support Person.

  • Full Spectrum Knowledge: Delve into trauma-focused birth and postpartum support, infant feeding, the importance of the reproductive story, and more. Gain a comprehensive understanding of reproductive support that goes beyond traditional doula training.
  • Four Certifications, One Price: In addition to Birth and Postpartum Doula certification, participants have two years to complete certifications as a Fertility Doula and Infant and Pregnancy Loss support practitioner, providing a holistic foundation in reproductive support.
  • Live Meetings & Mentorship: Engage in several live webinars (36+ hours – format for number of weeks/weekends may vary throughout the year), fostering interaction with experienced instructors and guest speakers. Mentorship opportunities, including drop-ins and one-on-one sessions, ensure ongoing support throughout the program.

Embark on this transformative journey, gain a holistic perspective, comprehensive skills, and four valuable certifications to offer full spectrum reproductive support.

Recommended for

This course is ideal for anyone seeking a new career path in birthwork, individuals on their pregnancy journey, educators, counselors, healthcare professionals, yoga teachers, or those focused on reproductive health.

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Duration and effort

120 hours

1-24 months

Dependent on your desired pace and your enrollement choice

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Certifications

Certificate as a Birth Doula

Certificate as a Postpartum Doula

Certificate in Infant and Pregnancy Loss Support

Certificate as a Fertility Doula

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Mentorship

Mentors always available for one-on-one support

Many free and low-cost webinars for continuing education

LIVE MEETINGS and MENTORSHIP

$1,499.00 CAD
(+applicable taxes)


June/July 2024

Sept/Oct 2024

The Birth and Postpartum Live Meetings:
Various formats may be available. Students will be asked to participate in 36+ hours of live meetings (check schedule for current options), via Zoom, with experienced DTC instructors and guest speakers. A requirement for this program is that students must attend all of the live webinars to be recognized as having completed the program. Webinars will be recorded for playback purposes and sent to only registered members who have been provided the access to this course.

Mentorship Opportunities:
During your time, mentoring through DTC drop-in’s or requested one-on-one’s are available to all members.

We love to connect with you and support you on your journey!

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What Do You Receive?

Upon successful completion of the course, you will receive:

Certificate as
a Birth Doula

Certificate as
a Postpartum Doula

Certificate in Infant and Pregnancy Loss Support

Certificate as
a Fertility Doula

Course Credentials: A Global Journey in Doula Education

Investment: $1499 CAD

Total Savings by taking all courses together of over $500

Birth and Postpartum Doula Certificates: Acquire the essential skills for birth and postpartum support, covering pregnancy changes, labor and birth, newborn care, perinatal health disorders, and more. With dual certifications, you’ll have the confidence to assist new parents during the crucial first weeks and months, offering emotional, physical, and informational support. Through a combination of live virtual and self-paced modules, you’ll be equipped to guide and empower families on their unique journey into parenthood.

Fertility Doula Training: Understanding the body and biology of reproduction is vital. The Fertility Doula program deepens your confidence in compassionate support, covering topics such as anatomy, hormonal cycles, holistic health, and assisted reproductive technology. Equipped with this knowledge, you’ll provide personalized guidance to individuals navigating fertility challenges, offering a holistic approach that addresses both physical and emotional well-being.

Infant and Pregnancy Loss Certificate: Explore the vast landscape of perinatal loss, from preconception to neonatal death. Gain the skills to provide information, communicate professionally about loss, normalize and validate grief, and refer clients to appropriate support services. With this certification, you’ll become a trusted companion to individuals and families experiencing loss, offering compassionate and informed support during a challenging time.
Unlock your potential and make a lasting impact on the lives of those navigating the intricate landscape of reproductive experiences.

Cynthia

I think this is a wonderful and much needed program. I see this specialty really helping so many lives. Even as a trained midwife I learned so much!  Caylan has guided me through this entire journey and has provided me with honest and constructive feedback that I greatly appreciate.

Rachelle Stimac

I must say, I enrolled for the holistic program and I’ve listened to the first audio introduction and OH MY I am excited!  This course is what my dreams are made of. Cannot waaaait to have these tools under my belt.  Doula Canada is incredible. I am so grateful for you!

Busy mom

The videos on these modules for the dual stream are SO GOOD. First of all it’s great to be able to see/hear you guys especially as a home-study person and secondly so much of the content is covering stuff I was really wondering about (e.g what is meant by emotional support, and the nuances of relationship building with primary care folks). Loving it!!

Graduate student

Training with DTC to become a Birth Doula has been an amazing positive experience in my life.  I feel so blessed to have joined a sensational group of women pushing the bar to educate, encourage and empower women during the most incredible journey of their life.

What Can You Do with These Certifications?

Private Practice: Establish your own doula or reproductive support practice, offering a range of services to clients seeking holistic support through various reproductive experiences.

Hospital Programs: Collaborate with hospitals and healthcare institutions to pioneer and enhance doula programs, bringing your expertise to a wider audience.

Community Outreach: Engage with local communities, providing workshops, support groups, and educational sessions to empower individuals and families on their reproductive journey.

Collaboration with Professionals: Collaborate with healthcare professionals, therapists, and other specialists to create a comprehensive network of support for individuals navigating reproductive challenges.

Embark on this transformative journey with Doula Training Canada, where you gain a holistic perspective, comprehensive skills, and four valuable certifications to offer full spectrum reproductive support.

Doula Training Framework

Whether you’re looking to expand your skills, make a career change or expand your birth business, we’ve packaged our trainings to provide actionable steps to succeed as a birth worker.

Pregnancy Changes

Dive deep into the journey of conception, hormonal changes, and supporting clients through challenges.

Diversity and Inclusion

Explore historical, cultural, and sociological factors, learning to level-up support for families from various backgrounds.

Labor and Birth

Understand the doula's role, emotional support, comfort measures, and advocacy during labor.

Postpartum Support

Learn about newborn care, feeding, and perinatal health disorders.

The Birth and Postpartum Live Meetings: 

Various formats may be available. Students will be asked to participate in 12, 3 hour live meetings or 6 full days, via Zoom, with experienced DTC instructors and guest speakers.

A requirement for this program is that students must attend all of the live webinars to be recognized as having completed the program.  Webinars will be recorded for playback purposes and sent to only registered members who have been provided the access to this course.

Mentorship Opportunities:

Students will have 2 years to complete the online modules, assignments and certification requirements.  During that time mentoring through DTC drop-in’s or requested one-on-one’s are available to all members.

We love to connect with you and support you on your journey!

  • Each class, you will gain access a new module that contains video and audio lessons, slide deck, hand outs, links and resource lists, worksheets, and reflection and/or quiz questions.
  • You will have live webinars with one of our DTC instructors, staff, and/or perinatal experts.  You must attend all modules to graduate from this program. All modules will be recorded for playback and shared only with registered members. Please check the registration link below for day and time.
  • You will receive a certificate of completion upon completing all modules, all live webinars, all assignments and your online final exam.

Students will be asked to support three (3) clients through the birth and postpartum period within 2 years of the start of the Full Spectrum Doula Training.  

An evaluation must be completed by the clients This requirement meets the expectations of provincial doula associations and ensures that persons completing this program can apply for professional liability insurance.

Estimate time commitment: 48 hours of live meetings spread out over either 6 8 hour sessions or 12 3 hour sessions, approximately 30 hours for assignments and practicum.

Total expected hours over: approximately 120 hours

Contact hours with instructors:  estimated at 40 hours

The Full Spectrum Doula Training investment is  $1499 CAD + applicable taxes.

  • Estimated 4-6 hours per week on modules
  • 48 hours for live webinars (depending on chosen format – weekly or weekends)
  • Approximately 20 hours for assignments 
  • Practicum hours can vary depending on length of births
  • Total expected hours: approximately 120 hours
  • Contact hours with instructors: estimated at 48 hours

By registering for this training, you acknowledge and agree to the following:

Your presence at all live webinars, recorded, and with your camera on.  No partial credit can be awarded

Training Information & Eligibility:
You have read through the Resources & Policies at www.doulatraining.ca, including but not limited to our Cancellation Policy, Equity & Inclusion Policy, Harassment & Discrimination Policy, and Complaint Policies & Procedures prior to registering.  You acknowledge that all materials are taught in an online format and that you will be asked to submit quizzes at the end of each module and assignments at the end of your program, prior to writing a final online exam.

There are no age or educational pre requisites for taking this program and DTC works with providers across many countries, with only limited exceptions.  If you are a provider outside of Canada or the United States we recommend that you contact any local doula associations to ensure that our programs can be used for any required authorization.

You have 2 years from the time you start this program to complete the modules.  Extensions can be granted by request and will be granted under extreme circumstances (e.g., a humanitarian crisis, illness or injury).

Practicum:
Any additional costs related to the 3 client practicums are not covered by DTC.  Doula Canada requires that all persons in this program submit client evaluations within two years of completing their exam.  Submitting the evaluations will allow you to maintain your life-time certification with DTC. Failure to submit an evaluation will result in removal from Doula Canada as a member in good-standing and revocation of certification status.  Evaluations are provided by Doula Canada and students will be offered support by our team of mentors.

Additional Education:

You will be required to take First Aid/CPR Level C, a 4 hour breastfeeding/chestfeeding course, IPAC training and a Food Handlers course.

Professionalism:
You will show up on time and be fully present for each live session that you attend, acting in a professional manner.  You will reach out to our faculty or any staff if any unexpected issues arise.  You agree to take full responsibility for addressing your needs in the area of accessible learning, self-care, and compassionate treatment of peers and DTC staff.  The faculty and staff reserve the right to remove trainees at any time if the trainee creates an unsafe or unprofessional environment for you or other trainees, or for any reason that does not represent the policies of DTC.

Accommodation: 
Doula Training Canada follows the Accessible Canada Act (ACA).  We ask that if you are in need of any special accommodations that will allow you to take your training with us online, please email us with special requests at least fourteen days before the scheduled training.  If, during the training, a need for an accommodation arises, you are expected to contact your instructor and/or DTC staff immediately and we will work with you to discuss the best possible solution.

Confidentiality:
You are asked to respect the confidentiality of other trainees and our staff during your time with DTC.  Confidentiality with clients will be discussed by your trainer/s.  Trainees who observe a problem with another trainee are asked to bring the problem to the lead trainer for the specific session or DTC administration, as per the set policies and guidelines.   Similarly, if a staff member acts unprofessionally we ask that you email DTC administration as soon as possible.

Preparedness for doing your own work:
Throughout your training you will be expected to participate in working through your module content in the role of doula support or perinatal support.  You are responsible for your own scheduling, discipline, and follow through on projects and module expectations.  In registering you recognize the set amount of time that you have access to the program and agree to work towards completion in the timeframe set forth by DTC and its vocational expectations.  Mentoring can be accessed by emailing our staff at info@doulatraining.ca and we are always prepared to assist you if you communicate your questions or needs.  Each program at DTC may have a slightly different timeframe and we encourage you to review these details prior to registering.

Who may apply:
This course is for new registrants only.  Those who have previously registered with DTC in either the Self Study (virtual) training or the in-person workshop option should continue in their studies under that format.

Options for tuition fees: 
Instalment plans are available via Sezzle.  If this is not an available option to you please contact info@doulatraining.ca to discuss other payment plan options with DTC.  Our registration staff is happy to work with you to discuss Etransfer, PayPal, or Square payment preferences that we can support you with.

Postpartum doula training

Curriculum

Birth Doula

  • Learn about conception and the pregnancy journey
  • Learn about normal pregnancy changes and how we can help people experiencing challenges and discomforts
  • Learn about the hormones of pregnancy, birth, and early postpartum
  • Review the history of birth and understand our current context
  • Learn about the history of labour support
  • Explore various issues affecting under-resourced families and how you can help
  • Learn about working with families from different cultures, religions, backgrounds and how you can level-up your support
  • Explore your own biases and knowledge gaps
  • Get a deep dive on the BEST ways to support families prenatally
  • Explore a variety of activities to use in your prenatal visits with families
  • Learn the MOST effective way to do a consultation with a client to get hired
  • Review communication tools and strategies to make the most of your interactions with families and care providers
  • Learn about the signs of labour and stages of labour.
  • Explore the role of the doula and how we support people through the journey.
  • Delve into the 5 elements of care: emotional, physical, informational, partner support, advocacy.
  • Practice hands-on skills to use in birth to help increase comfort and decrease pain.
  • Learn about the various medications families will have access to in labour and birth, their benefits and trade-offs
  • Learn about the most common challenging situations and how to handle them as a doula
  • Explore the reasons for cesareans and how to support families through these experiences
  • Learn about normal newborn characteristics
  • Learn about newborn feeding and how to support families
  • Learn about perinatal health disorders
  • Discuss how to get your first clients
  • Learn how to get started in your practice
  • Review the various options for how you can work as a doula

Postpartum Doula

  • Normal physiological changes in the postpartum body
  • Warning signs in the postpartum period
  • Comfort measures for new parents
  • Referrals sources for additional support
  • Normal newborn characteristics
  • Warning signs in newborns
  • Diapering, bathing
  • Soothing techniques
  • Each class, you will gain access a new module that contains video and audio lessons, slide deck, hand outs, links and resource lists, worksheets, and reflection and/or quiz questions.
  • How to support families through PMADs
  • Knowing the difference between various PMADs
  • How to resource people through the “Baby Blues”
  • How to provide resources for other PMADs
  • Our role and scope in supporting postpartum mental health
  • Review the history of the early postpartum period and understand our current context
  • Learn about the history of postpartum community support
  • Explore various issues affecting under-resourced families and how you can help
  • Learn about working with families from different cultures, religions, backgrounds and how you can level-up your support
  • Explore your own biases and knowledge gaps

By registering for this training, you acknowledge and agree to the following:

Your presence at all live webinars, recorded, and with your camera on.  No partial credit can be awarded

Training Information & Eligibility:
You have read through the Resources & Policies at www.doulatraining.ca, including but not limited to our Cancellation Policy, Equity & Inclusion Policy, Harassment & Discrimination Policy, and Complaint Policies & Procedures prior to registering.  You acknowledge that all materials are taught in an online format and that you will be asked to submit quizzes at the end of each module and assignments at the end of your program, prior to writing a final online exam.

There are no age or educational pre requisites for taking this program and DTC works with providers across many countries, with only limited exceptions.  If you are a provider outside of Canada or the United States we recommend that you contact any local doula associations to ensure that our programs can be used for any required authorization.

You have  20 weeks from the time you start this program to complete the modules.  Extensions can be granted by request and will be granted under extreme circumstances (e.g., a humanitarian crisis, illness or injury).

Practicum:
Any additional costs related to the 3 client practicums are not covered by DTC.  Doula Canada requires that all persons in this program submit client evaluations within two years of completing their exam.  Submitting the evaluations will allow you to maintain your life-time certification with DTC. Failure to submit an evaluation will result in removal from Doula Canada as a member in good-standing and revocation of certification status.  Evaluations are provided by Doula Canada and students will be offered support by our team of mentors.

Professionalism:
You will show up on time and be fully present for each live session that you attend, acting in a professional manner.  You will reach out to our faculty or any staff if any unexpected issues arise.  You agree to take full responsibility for addressing your needs in the area of accessible learning, self-care, and compassionate treatment of peers and DTC staff.  The faculty and staff reserve the right to remove trainees at any time if the trainee creates an unsafe or unprofessional environment for you or other trainees, or for any reason that does not represent the policies of DTC.

Accommodation: 
Doula Training Canada follows the Accessible Canada Act (ACA).  We ask that if you are in need of any special accommodations that will allow you to take your training with us online, please email us with special requests at least fourteen days before the scheduled training.  If, during the training, a need for an accommodation arises, you are expected to contact your instructor and/or DTC staff immediately and we will work with you to discuss the best possible solution.

Confidentiality:
You are asked to respect the confidentiality of other trainees and our staff during your time with DTC.  Confidentiality with clients will be discussed by your trainer/s.  Trainees who observe a problem with another trainee are asked to bring the problem to the lead trainer for the specific session or DTC administration, as per the set policies and guidelines.   Similarly, if a staff member acts unprofessionally we ask that you email DTC administration as soon as possible.

Preparedness for doing your own work:
Throughout your training you will be expected to participate in working through your module content in the role of doula support or perinatal support.  You are responsible for your own scheduling, discipline, and follow through on projects and module expectations.  In registering you recognize the set amount of time that you have access to the program and agree to work towards completion in the timeframe set forth by DTC and its vocational expectations.  Mentoring can be accessed by emailing our staff at info@doulatraining.ca and we are always prepared to assist you if you communicate your questions or needs.  Each program at DTC may have a slightly different timeframe and we encourage you to review these details prior to registering.

Who may apply:
This course is for new registrants only.  Those who have previously registered with DTC in either the Self Study (virtual) training or the in-person workshop option should continue in their studies under that format.

Options for tuition fees: 
Instalment plans are available via Sezzle.  If this is not an available option to you please contact info@doulatraining.ca to discuss other payment plan options with DTC.  Our registration staff is happy to work with you to discuss Etransfer, PayPal, or Square payment preferences that we can support you with.

Fertility Doula

  • Introduction to Fertility
  • Anatomy of egg, sperm & reproductive organs
  • Hormones
  • The Fertile Window
  • How to identify symptoms
  • Translation information into a chart
  • Assistance options
  • What this type of support looks like
  • Birth Control Chart
  • Coming off of birth control
  • Variation by individuals
  • What this type of support looks like
  • Holistic Health and Holistic Fertility Options
  • Physican Preparation
  • Emotional Preparation
  • Education Preparation
  • Common terms when trying to conceive
  • What this type of support looks like
  • Endometriosis
  • PCOS
  • LUF
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Recurrent Pregnancy Loss
  • Grief, Loss and Fertility
  • Types of specialist charting
  • What the first appointment may look like
  • Some standard tests
  • Ongoing support
  • What this type of support looks like
  • Types of specialist charting
  • What the first appointment may look like
  • Some standard tests
  • Ongoing support
  • What this type of support looks like
  • Assisted reproductive technology
  • Surrogacy
  • Adoption and foster parenting
  • What this type of support looks like

Infant and Pregnancy Loss Support

  • What is Grief and Loss  ​
  • Anatomy, Physiology and Experiences of Loss
  • The Role of a Loss Support Person
  • Caring for Baby​ and Honouring the Memory in Grief
  • Memorial Arrangements and Community Support ​
  • Communication, Support, and Listening Skills ​
  • And much more related to companionship, counselling, and community resource development
  • The modules are an opportunity for students completing the full training to gain awareness about theoretical concepts around loss, grief, trauma and companionship.  There are many resources, articles, videos, and methods to test your ability to support others in loss.

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