25% of Canadians experience loss at some point in their expectant journeys.

The goal of this course is to familiarize and prepare professional support and care professionals for the experience and support of loss. 

This course will focus on multiple stages of loss in pregnancy and the labour and birthing experience.  It will discuss how support persons impact the experience and the environment of loss, as well as place emphasis on communication and the expression of individual grief.

After this training you:

  • You will be uniquely equipped with the ability to provide information and answer questions about infant and pregnancy loss through multiple stages and experiences.
  • You will confidently be able to professionally communicate about loss in order to cultivate trusting relationships; both with clients and with other professionals.
  • Experienced a national community of support who are educated in loss; 24/7 support by the Doula Canada team and your training colleagues.
  • ​You will be able to normalize, validate, and refer clients to loss and grief support services.
  • You will have completed all assignments and requirements towards your training (2 year timeframe provided; can be done in less time).
  • You will be provided with a certificate of completion as a Infant and Pregnancy Loss Support Person.

Persons who should consider taking the Infant and Pregnancy Loss training are:

  • Birth workers, such as doulas or students (nurses, midwives) working towards becoming primary care support in a birth environment
  • Practicing primary care practitioners interested in developing their skills in compassionate companionship and communication
  • Persons working in a support role in their community who serve bereaved families (e.g. not-for-profit associations, or peer-to-peer organizations)
  • Persons who are interested in providing one-to-one support for bereaved families before, during and after the loss of an infant or maternal family member
  • Professionals who work in an emergency environment that may witness infant or maternal mortality
  • Completion of pre requisite reading for online component, “After Miscarriage” by Krissi Danielsson
  • Participation in two week online theoretical workshop (4 hours total time)
  • Participation in 16 hour onsite training (reference guide and learning materials included)
  • Completion of blood borne pathogen educational unit (2 EU credits)*
  • Participation in 6 monthly mentorship and peer support meetings over period of completing training (online)
  • Community awareness project
  • Community partnership project
  • Cultural support assignment
  • ​Completion of 4 readings (students choice from curated list)*
  • Completion of 8 Educational Units in related topics to infant or pregnancy loss
  • Completion of online mid term exam (within 8 weeks of onsite training)
  • Completion of final exam

Students are provided a two year period from their chosen start date to complete all training requirements and submit their work for final approval and examination prior to obtaining their Infant and Pregnancy Loss Support Person certificate.

Students can begin the training at any time and attend an on-site training when it is next in their region, or convenient for their schedule.

Examples of module topics (not conclusive):

  • 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

Online component:
The two week online session is an opportunity for students completing the full training to gain awareness about theoretical concepts around loss, grief, trauma and companionship.
It is also an opportunity for doula students to gain 4 Educational Unit credits towards their doula certification, and learn about the larger program that they may want to add to their doula services portfolio.

On-site training:
The two day onsite training, with our experienced bereavement instructors and community support partners, is an opportunity for students completing the full training to learn the concepts and hands on practices in a comprehensive and supported way.

Students will leave the onsite training having made community connections with other persons and associations who support infant and pregnancy loss, new skills for handling and supporting infant or maternal loss, and a profound connection with their peers and mentors unmatched in infant and pregnancy loss training in Canada.

Our Infant and Pregnancy Loss Support Person program is set at a one-time membership and certification fee of ​$375*.

We do not charge annual membership or renewal fees.

The cost of required readings (4 total) and the cost of educational unit workshops for EU credits (10 total) are additional costs to the student.
Approximate costs for books: $100-150
Approximate costs for EU workshops: $150 to $300 (there are many free options).

Our one time fee covers:

  • Student reference guide and training packet
  • Two week online theoretical workshop
  • 16 hour onsite training with experienced bereavement doula
  • Exam fees
  • Assignment grading
  • Online and phone mentorship (as requested)
  • Administrative costs
  • Membership into our Canadian peer network
  • Access to online learning modules, resources, and continuing education options
  • Canadian developed by a team of experienced bereavement counsellors and doulas who have worked significantly in infant and maternal loss at a grassroots and institutional level
  • A dedicated team that takes time with each student as requested
  • Our mandate is to create a standardization for loss resources and support
  • A passionate family of thousands of Doulas and CBEs who are available 24/7 via our online community
  • Online access to resources, learning modules, and continuing education
  • Collaborations that facilitate important conversations about infant and maternal loss across Canada
  • No annual membership or renewal fees
  • One time training fee of $375 plus applicable taxes
  • Minimum deposit due at time of registration if student does not choose to pay in full, balance can be made in instalments (3 or 6 month option available at time of registration); student can begin once 50% has been finalized.
  • Self study start is available.  Don’t see an in-class training in your area? Begin at any time with our online modules and join an in-class when you can.
  • All deposits are Non-refundable.  Please read our cancellation policy prior to registering.

*applicable taxes not included in base fee*

Self Study

Mar 03

Infant & Pregnancy Loss I Toronto I March 3

March 3 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm EST
Toronto Ontario
Apr 14

Infant & Pregnancy Loss I Vancouver I April 14

April 14
Vancouver British Columbia
Apr 30

Infant and Pregnancy Loss I Belfast, Northern Ireland I April 30

April 30 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm EDT
Belfast Northern Ireland
May 06

Infant & Pregnancy Loss I Halifax I May 6

May 6 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm EDT
Halifax Nova Scotia
May 26

Infant & Pregnancy Loss I Kelowna I May 26

May 26 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm EDT
Kelowna British Columbia
Sep 29

Infant & Pregnancy Loss I Calgary I September 29

September 29 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm EDT
Calgary Alberta
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