Birth Doula Training



Support parents through pregnancy, birth and into postpartum
Homebirth with doula
Homebirth with doula

Have you ever considered a career in birth work and thought to yourself

“Where do I even begin?”

If you’ve been in the same career for a while, it can feel daunting to consider doing something new. But then you see others who are starting new journeys, launching a side hustle, and finding something they are passionate about.

And you’re wondering how to make that a reality for you. How do you find a job that is both emotionally and spiritually fulfilling while also giving you financial stability.

You’re thinking – I don’t have the time. I’d love to try something new but where would I even start. How long would it take? How much would it cost? What’s the process?

You can do it, too. Just imagine…

Turning your passion for birthwork into a thriving business with a community around you to lean on for guidance

Being the go-to doula in your area, with families reaching out to express their thanks for the positive impact you had on their lives

A world where people journey from pregnancy to parenthood surrounded by a village of support

You can turn your passion into a career as a birth professional.

If you’re feeling called to birth work you probably realize families need more support through this journey. You’re right about that!

Research shows that when a birth doula is present, births are shorter, less complicated, have fewer interventions and birthing people and babies are healthier and families more satisfied with their experience.

Do you have what it takes to become a doula?

Doula assisting a client during labour

Do you have what
it takes to become a doula?

For generations the norm has been to work in a 9 to 5 job. Or a set schedule where you “live for the weekends” and get your fulfillment outside of your career.

Well… things have changed.

Everyone is different and this old paradigm of work-life doesn’t work for all of us. We come across so many students who are looking for something different, where they can make a difference in their community.

Whether you are 21 or 61, birth work can become a part of your life. Supporting new parents through pregnancy, birth, and into postpartum is something that you can start at any stage of life – from any career you might have today. We’ve taught lawyers, doctors, nurses, stay at home parents, marketing professionals, receptionists, and even neuro-scientists. Yup. No joke. The key is having a kind heart and a passion for helping people. We help you with the rest.

Real Talk:

What is a doula anyway?

While the modern day doula profession can be traced back only about 35-40 years, the profession is of course as old as time. In most historical accounts people in labour were always surrounded by caring neighbours, friends, sisters and mothers. While one person would have been the midwife, the rest were there for support. By the time we were having babies of our own we would have attended many births. This experience helped us feel more confident about our experience.

It’s no surprise that people today are often nervous about their upcoming experience. They’ve seen dramatized TV shows and movies that depict birth as anything but its reality.

“If a doula were a drug, it would be unethical not to use one”

Dr. John Kennell

Doulas provide 5 elements of care to support families through whatever twists and turns their journey may take. Emotional support to hold space, Physical support to provide comfort and help reduce pain, Informational support to provide the right info at the right time. Doulas are also there to support partners and other labour support members and help families advocate for themselves.

If you’re feeling called to birth work you probably realize families need more support through this journey.

Train with a
recognized organization

Train with a recognized organization

You may be wondering how you’ll choose which doula training to attend when you’ve found dozens out there! When I first became a doula 20 years ago there were 4 training organizations that I could find. There are now over 200!

It can be challenging to know which one will be right for you. You want to take the best training available at the best price possible.

How can you choose? Here are some things to consider:
– How long has the organization been in operation?
– Who owns it?
– Is it being run by one person or a board of directors/advisors?
– How recognized is it in your area?
– What are your priorities (topics, cost, location, trainer, etc).

Here at Doula School we provide a Doula Canada approved training. Doula Canada is a internationally recognized organization that has helped thousands of students follow their passion for birth work. We think you’ll be in good hands with us but we’re always happy to chat with you and answer any questions to ensure we’re the right fit for you.

– Stefanie Antunes


Stefanie Antunes

Our Doula Training Framework

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

Mother holding her newborn baby

Training & Specialization

Learn about the emotional, physical and transformational role of Doulas.

Newborn baby getting its head measured

Certification & Experience

Get all the step-by-step details for becoming certified through Doula Canada. We support you the entire way.

Group learning with Stefanie

Business Building

Fast-track your Doula business, from marketing to technology to emotional wellness.

Zoe Elkington

Meet Zoe Elkington

Milk & Blossom
If you are serious about having a meaningful doula career, start here.

From the moment Stefanie spoke I caught the doula bug – she is passionate and professional in equal measure. Not only did her teaching set me up for success, she remains an excellent mentor and someone I hope to continue working with; I loved my training so much I completed two additional courses. 5 months since my initial class, I now take care of my very own clients full time while pursuing certification and several passion projects in the field.

Helena Mcmann

Meet Helena

Milk & Blossom
I left feeling ready to take on Birth World!
I’ve been a doula now for over 10 years, so when I took my training with Stefanie (WAY back then) it was an incredible experience. Now imagine, 10 years later and 1000’s of attendees later…imagine the type of trainer Stefanie is now. The maturity, the passion and the knowledge that comes along with learning right along side of you. Stefanie is the real deal – she gets it. You want to be a doula? Train with someone that will inspire you, not just teach you. Give Doula School a call.


“Is birth work even right for me?”

Ahh, we get this question a lot!

what’s it like to work as a doula?

Working as a doula has a lot of ups and downs, like any career. But here are some of the things you might want to consider as you’re deciding if this is the right path for you:

Questions to ask yourself:

Do you love to support birthing people and families in their OWN choices and decisions?
How much money do you want/need to make from being a doula?
Can you handle working on-call?
Do you work well with others and can you see yourself working alongside a variety of other medical professionals?
What is your motivation for wanting to become a doula?
What are your long-term plans in the field?

How much money can I make working as a doula? 

Like anything in life, the amount of effort you put out is the amount of benefit you’ll get in return. We’ve seen doulas make anywhere from $0 (those who want only to work as volunteers) to $80,000 a year.

Following your passion

Working as a doula can be the most amazing experience and is such an honour to be a part of. If you are thinking this is the right path for you then we encourage you to come to our workshop!

If you feel passionate about helping birthing people and families then this could be your next dream job!

I became a doula because I wanted my life to have an impact on the world. Feeling burnt out at my “regular” job and needing something I truly cared about.

When I first started as a doula I was a mother of young children and juggling a lot of responsibilities. I wasn’t sure how it was all going to work out. I wanted to support new parents and do something I was passionate about, but I also needed a steady income.

Over the years I saw a need for doulas to connect and mentor one another. A place where a doula starting out could learn the skills they needed to not only BECOME a doula but also GROW a successful business.

That’s when the light went on.

That’s when I created a doula agency. Something that didn’t exist in my province. But I knew I wanted to support BOTH parents AND doulas. My work experience now includes running two agencies, a hospital doula program and this wonderful training organization called Doula School.

Now, years later, I’m so incredibly amazed at the progress we’ve made. Having served over 4000 families through our agencies, over 1200 Doula School alumni all across the world, we’re helping more families and communities than I could have ever imagined. And most importantly, we’re helping create strong, dedicated, and capable doulas that have the tools they need to be successful.

Training doula guide

Start Here

Step-By-Step Doula Training

Our Birth Doula Training combines what you need to know to get started as a doula, plus all the tips and advice I’ve learned in 20 years as a birth worker

In our Birth Doula training we’ll walk you through the ways in which a doula supports new parents. You will learn all about pregnancy changes, the stages of labour, the importance of emotional support, developing good listening and communication skills, hands-on comfort measures, how to help people through challenging situations, the spiritual aspects of birth and becoming a parent, and SO MUCH more!

You might feel like this is a lot right now. A new career, a side hustle, learning about birth. Should I have gotten trained years ago? Is this something I can manage? That’s ok. Any new endeavor will have challenges, that’s why our team at Doula School is here to help.

If you have a willingness to learn and a passion for birth, you can be an amazing doula

Inside our Birth Doula Training we’ll provide solutions for you to not only support new parents, but also practice balance and self-care for yourself as a doula. There is the old saying that you can’t pour from an empty cup, so we give advice on how to balance your new life in a way that is sustainable.

Are you ready to take the first step on your journey as a birth worker? Ready to support new parents in your community? Ready to find something that you can truly put your heart and soul into? Ready to change the paradigm of BIRTH?


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Here’s what Doula School’s students have to say:


I have attended a number of Doula School’s courses throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, both in person and virtually.  It has been an awesome privilege to be able to learn from Stefanie.  She is an incredible facilitator — a wealth of knowledge from years of experience and truly emanates passion for this important work, you cannot help but feel inspired.  I continue to seek out continuing education opportunities through Doula School because I know that the content is up-to-date and will be presented thoughtfully in an accessible way.  Through the Birth Doula Workshop and Business School for Doulas, I have gained valuable and practical insight with the tools to go forth and DOULA.


Doula & Former Student

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Thank you so much for such an amazing weekend. Your wisdom, authenticity and attentiveness has led to such security and openness in our learning environment. I am coming from this weekend feeling so affirmed and inspired. Thank you for being such a force and great leader.


Doula & Former Student

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Let’s take a look at what you’ll learn

  • 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
  • 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
  • Explore the option of certification
  • Review all the steps to complete certification
  • 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
  • Review the history of birth
  • 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

Doula Canada

  • Doula Canada is a nationally registered and internationally recognized vocational school offering professional education for modern birth workers. Their team of instructors and staff have combined their years of experience with the development of flexible programs that lay the foundation for client-directed care and community support.
  • For over 20 years they have been creating a space where advocacy and intuition meet. Their evidence-based online learning, peer-to-peer support, and trauma informed mentoring from experienced birth workers, and an emphasis on collaboration has helped them become a leader in the doula space. Doula School is proud to partner with Doula Canada for certification of this program.

Birth Doula

Self Study

$600 +HST

  • Doula Canada approved birth doula training
  • Childbirth Education requirement (included)
  • Self-Study Program
  • You will leave the training as a doula, and can begin working as a doula immediately
  • Community support
  • Guidance on additional certifications
  • Learn from experienced doulas

Dual Stream

Birth & Postpartum Doula

$900 +HST

  • Doula Canada birth doula training
  • Childbirth Education requirement (included)
  • Self-Study Program
  • You will leave the training as a doula, and can begin working as a doula immediately
  • Community support
  • Guidance on additional certifications
  • Learn from experienced doulas
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