“A doula is more than perinatal support.  A doula is more than personal support.  A doula defines compassionate support, and our profession has a long history in traditions around the world.  Each as unique as the doulas we train.”  ~ Shaunacy King, Director, Doula Canada


Now is your chance to fully train with our DTC team… live & online!

DTC trainings have been offered globally since 2001.  These trainings are:

  • Offered by a vocationally recognized school in Canada
  • Client-centered
  • Trauma informed
  • Culturally responsive
  • Advocacy based
  • Community focused
  • Emphasizes biological, psychological, and social aspects of childbirth and parenting
  • Evidence-based
  • Taught by birth workers with global experience in birth work, counselling, teaching, and advocacy

This 14 week course also provides the opportunity for DTC members to hold space with our experienced team of instructors from around the globe.  Trainees will learn about the relational and holistic aspects of becoming a labour and postpartum doula, the imperative of advocacy and social justice, and the in’s and out’s of physiology, processes, options, and you-as-doula care!

The program covers materials related to the support of clients through fertility, pregnancy, labour, postpartum, infant feeding, trauma & loss.

This course has 10 scheduled LIVE webinars.  When you register for this program you are registering for the 12 module Holistic Doula program, the 10 live webinars, mentoring, a final exam, and the review of one practicum client (within one year of completing your exam).  All offered in a one-time fee, non-expiring fee!

The program will look at the wide range of things to consider in modern birth culture and support.  We will tackle complicated experiences that individuals may face during their reproductive years, as well as honour the role of historical birth support has played.  Fertility, birth prep, holistic modalities, medical options, business….And so much more!

Note: our program covers doula work, perinatal support, and client-centred care from a culturally relational and social justice perspective.  Each member is asked to complete a module on anti-oppression, allyship, and privilege in our efforts to magnify advocacy efforts related to birth work.

All this is to say that this program is FULL of juicy awesomeness that is sure to leave our members feeling confident in their support skills.

The goal of this course?  Help you actualize the stellar support person you already are…. all while having a little learning fun with our full DTC team!

At the end of this course you will be able to use the title:
Certified Loss Support Person (infant and pregnancy)
Certified Labour Doula (or Birth Worker)
Certified Postpartum Doula (or Postpartum Worker)
Trained Fertility Support (with option to accelerate certification)

Please see below for upcoming Start Dates.  By clicking on the preferred dates you will also find a list of the scheduled webinars for each session.

What You Will Learn:

Our 14 week, 12 module Intensive will introduce you to the topics of fertility, deeply imbue you with knowledge of pregnancy, labour, birth, postpartum, grief and loss.  It will leave you feeling holistically minded and ready support clients in your community!

It is designed to help you:

o Increase your knowledge and understanding of working with clients from fertility through the postpartum experience, including trauma and loss

o Consider the far reaching experiences that choices and options can have on our clients long-term life’s journey

o Introduce you to holistic modalities, such as acupressure, acupuncture, reiki, reflexology, meditation, affirmative thought, and other options for creating a balanced approach to perinatal support with medical options and availability

o Offer helpful resources, accurate information, and educational materials that have been prepared by experts in perinatal topics or experiences

o Connect you to the history, culture, and advocacy of birth work

o Allow you to work with experienced mentors in a small, virtual, classroom setting

Important note: All persons who complete this program will be considered a perinatal support in Loss, Labour and Postpartum Doula work.  The training is taught completely online through modules, videos, audio, hand outs, assignments, and weekly live webinars.  All persons who register for this program must abide by the DTC practice guidelines, codes of conduct and outlined policies against discrimination and harassment.

The concepts you will learn in this course are:

Essential– What?  This course provides content and mentoring on topics that we believe every doula must know. Practice guidelines, ethical and legal considerations, fertility, pregnancy, labour, birth, postpartum, trauma, loss… and so much more!

Unique – What?  Our training allows you to train live and in-person with some of the most experienced doulas and perinatal experts… all in one place!

Evidence-based – Why?   Because thoughts are not facts.  We focus on the most current research and this evidence informs our content

Holistic – How?  By helping you see the whole person through a myriad of experiences!

Actionable – How?  By teaching you how to guide your clients through advocacy, facilitation, informed consent, and empowerment tools they can easily execute in their reproductive journeys

Transformative – How?  By boosting your confidence, connecting you with others along your journey, inspiring you through our team, and guiding you into your next steps.

Module One:  You as Support+

  • Intro, Scope of Practice
  • Modern support models and 
  • Explanation of course and expectations
  • Research practices
  • Consent, trauma and informed care

Module Two: Family Planning, Fertility, Pregnancy, and Supporting the First Trimester

  • Holistic options for fertility wellness and conception
  • Cycle charting
  • Conception control
  • Fertility obstacles

Module Three: Mid and Late Pregnancy Support 

  • Anatomy and Labour Physiology
  • Birth choices preparation
  • The last weeks of pregnancy
  • Holistic options for wellness
  • Early labour support and needs to know

Module Four:  Medical Options, complications, and alternatives

  • Knowing medical options
  • Medical vs holistic alternatives
  • Complicated birth experiences
  • Cesarean birth and vaginal birth
  • Pushing and placentas
  • Special circumstances
  • Immediate infant care and procedures

Module FiveCommunication and Comfort Techniques 

  • The three C’s of good support
  • Enhancing your clients options for labour and birth
  • Holistic modalities for pain and comfort
  • Hands on techniques and positions
  • The culture of holistic birth tools
  • Mediation, mindfulness and breath
  • Tips of the experienced doula

Module Six: Supporting the postpartum person  

  • Postpartum planning
  • Nutrition and exercise
  • Sex and intimacy post birth
  • Pelvic floor health and well-being
  • Recovery support – mind-body-emotions-spirit
  • Supporting the family unit

Module Seven: Supporting the Infant and Feeding Solutions

  • Infant to toddler feeding options 
  • Issues with feeding and solutions
  • Infant sleep and brain development
  • Infant milestone in the first year
  • Bonding and attachment

Module Eight: Procedures and Protocols for working with clients 

  • Client meetings: from stranger to support person 
  • Labour support considerations
  • Blood borne pathogens
  • Infectious disease and safety measures to consider
  • Child Welfare / Mental Health Crisis
  • Working in clients homes 
  • Boundaries 

Module Nine :  Anti-Oppression, Social Justice and Advocacy

  • Bias, privilege, and fragility
  • Advocacy vs facilitation
  • Oppression and racism in modern birth culture and work
  • Supporting diverse families in a heteronormative, white-washed birth culture
  • Learning to be an ally in the decolonization of perinatal health

Week Ten: Loss and Loss Support

  • The role of loss support
  • Compassion, empathy, and burn out
  • Institutional experiences and at-home care
  • Bereavement, Grief, and Mourning
  • What to expect, your role
  • Options for offering loss support

Week Eleven: Business Solutions and Sustainability

  • Contracts and agreements
  • Value and revenue
  • Pro bono, volunteer, or charitable work
  • Marketing 
  • Maintenance
  • Collaboration 

Week Twelve: Next steps 

  • Community practicum review and presentations
  • Virtual class party!

Note: the order of these modules, titles, and content are subject to change prior to registration and at the discretion of DTC.

o Each week, 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.

o You will have a live webinars with one of our DTC instructors, staff, and/or perinatal experts.  These webinars are held on Tuesday evenings at 7:30pm EST via Zoom.  You must attend a minimum of 6 out of 10 modules to graduate from this program and are responsible for watching all missed sessions. All modules will be recorded for playback and shared only with registered members.

o Each module builds upon the previous one, so it is important to have a solid understanding of concepts presented in the current module that you are working through.

o Each week you will have assigned chapters from your required DTC reference guide. There will also be optional readings if you want to dive deeper into the topic for the week.

o At the end of each module you will submit your module assignment and complete a short quiz before advancing to the next set of content.

o You will be required to compete three community support projects (loss, labour, postpartum) and may be selected to present it to the group during the final live webinar.

o You will receive a certificate of graduation upon completing all modules, a minimum of 6 of the 10 live webinars, all assignments, your community support projects and your online final exam.

New for 2022!  Students will be asked to support one client within 1 year of writing their exam.  An evaluation must be completed by the client and students have the option of choosing which form of support they wish to offer.  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: 6 hours per week on modules, 2 hours per week for live webinars, approximately 30 hours for community projects and practicum.  Total expected hours over 14 weeks: 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 6 of 10 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 14 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).

Any additional costs related to the 1 client practicum are not covered by DTC.  Doula Canada requires that all persons in this 14 week program submit a client evaluation within 1 year of completing their exam.  Submitting the evaluation 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.

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.

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.

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.

Required Text:

The required text for this program is the Doula Training Canada reference guide.  This guide is offered for free as a PDF in the module system.  Persons wish to purchase a paper copy can do so HERE or at the time of registration.

*Persons with accessibility concerns can email info@doulatraining.ca to discuss their needs and options.

Highly recommended additional texts for this program:  

Taking Charge of Your Fertility, The Definitive Guide to Natural Birth Control, Pregnancy Achievement and Reproductive Health, 20th Anniversary Edition 

Toni Weschler (William Morrow Paperbacks, 2015)

A comprehensive read that will introduce you to topics ranging from fertility, pregnancy, conception, and loss.

Why Did No One Tell Me This?: The Doulas’ (Honest) Guide for Expectant Parents  

Natalia HailesAsh SpivakLouise Reimer (Running Press Adult: April 7 2020)

A new book on the market, written by doulas, and ready to imbue you with lots of late pregnancy prep, labour, and birth know-how.

Well-researched this book will cover topics about physiology, biology and psychology… from a feminist perspective.

This book will help unpack years of oppression and colonization, help us look at modern structures, introduce us to history and culture, and provide a lens into allyship and anti-racism.

Payment, Refund/ Cancellation Policy:
This 14 week program costs $1,150 CAN.  You may choose to pay it at one time, or in 4 equal payments (deposit + 3 instalments).  Students who choose the instalment plan recognize that they must login every 30 days and make payment.  Failure to do so will result in removal from the program and loss of all fees paid to date.
Registrants acknowledge the DTC cancellation policy at the time of registering and recognize that they have 7 days post registration to request a refund of fees paid to date.  After 7 days, but within 30 days, registrants can request a DTC credit that must be used within 1 years time.

Your one-time fee covers:
• Instructor fees
• Online access to all modules, digital downloads, resource guides, audio or video lessons, beautifully designed client handouts, professional interviews, and worksheets.
• Live reviews and group learning sessions
• Access to instructors, via email, to work through learning concepts, get support, or answer questions

Your fee also covers membership to DTC, exam fee/s, additional mentoring, and ongoing invitations to DTC member events!

*applicable taxes not included in base fee


Course Content

Modules Status

Welcome! 14 week program introduction


Module One: You as a Perinatal Support+


Module Two: Family Planning, Fertility, Pregnancy, and Supporting the First Trimester


Module Three: Mid and Late Pregnancy Support


Module Four: Medical Options, complications, and alternatives


Module Five: Comfort Techniques & Labour Alternatives


Module Six: Supporting the postpartum person


Module Seven: Supporting the Infant and Feeding Solutions


Module Eight: Procedures and Protocols for working with clients


Module Nine: Anti-Oppression, Social Justice and Advocacy


Module Ten: Leading by Example


Module Eleven: Business Solutions and Sustainability


Module Twelve: Final Projects & Next Steps!


14 week program – FINAL EXAM

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