We prepare you to be a Lamaze certified educator

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Students taking notes in class

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 Childbirth Educator in your 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!

We know that the more prepared and educated new parents feel, the more confident they are heading into their pregnancy, birth, and

postpartum experiences. That’s where having an incredible Lamaze Childbirth Educator can make a big difference.

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Do you have what
it takes to become a Childbirth Educator?

In this program we help you become a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator. Over the course of your time with us you’ll learn the ins and outs of teaching skills for birth workers, and how you can work with new parents during this important time in their life.

We’re with you every step of the way..

Our program is approved by Lamaze International, the leading certifying organization for Childbirth Education. After completion of our program, we work with you to help you prepare for your Lamaze Certification exam. We ensure you’ve been rigorously trained for the exam so
that you can start your new career right away.

Real Talk:

What's it's like being a Childbirth Educator?

We get asked this question all the time. Working as a childbirth educator has many different
paths, 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:


Do you love to support women and families in their OWN choices and decisions? How much
money do you want/need to make from being a childbirth educator? Can you handle working
many evenings and weekends? 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 childbirth educator? What are your long-term plans in the field?

"The beautiful thing about learning is that nobody can take it away from you."

B.B. King

Working as a childbirth educator can be a wonderful rewarding experience, but it is also a responsibility. Parents trust their childbirth educator to provide current evidence-based information upon which they will base their own decisions. It’s an important job. If you feel
passionate about helping to educate women and their families then this could be your next
dream job!

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

Train with a recognized organization

You may be wondering how you’ll choose which Lamaze Childbirth Educator training to attend when you’ve found dozens out there! When I first became a birth worker 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 Lamaze International approved workshop. Lamaze International is the most recognized childbirth education organization around the world. 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 LCCE 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.

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Training & Specialization

Learn the ins and outs of working as a Lamaze Childbirth Educator. How to prepare classes and connect with parents.

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Certification & Experience

We walk you through the entire certification process so you can feel prepared for the Lamaze International exam.

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Business Building

Fast-track your birth work business, from marketing and technology, to emotional wellness, we give you the tools to be successful.

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Meet Your Trainer

Jennifer Fontaine, Doula, LCCE, Program Trainer

Jenn has been supporting the families of Winnipeg as a birth doula (attending several hundred births) and childbirth educator (preparing over a thousand new families) since 2002.

Over the years, while supporting families, Jenn has made education a priority. She has achieved certifications as both a birth and postpartum doula, became a certified Lamaze Educator. Jenn is passionate about passing along her knowledge to families and other doulas, knowing that she is learning just as much from them! 

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Meet Your Trainer

Stefanie Antunes, Doula, Lamaze Educator

Stefanie Antunes has been a Lamaze® Educator and doula since 2002, after the birth of her second son showed her just how valuable it is to be prepared for birth and to have good support around you.

Stefanie is a visionary in the childbirth field. She leads the Discover Birth organization providing a variety of services to expectant parents and training for those wishing to pursue work in the childbirth field.

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Meet Your Trainer

Jennifer Rogers, Doula, Lamaze Educator

In 2006 she became a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator and a Lamaze Program Director in 2015. She has been teaching prenatal Lamaze classes since then to families across Durham Region. Her background in Adult Education, Group Facilitation and Public Speaking ensures that your group or private series is fun and informative. She is well known for her sense of humour and past participants often say that attending her classes was the highlight of their week!

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Meet Your Trainer

Priyanka Gulati , Doula, Lamaze Educator

Priyanka is a women’s health physiotherapist, a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator, a Doula and a mother. She is a program trainer who spends her time between Canada and India helping families and birth workers alike. Priyanka has extensive experience providing both doula support as well as childbirth education to families across Canada and India. Her inclusive, dynamic, and engaging classes have clients always asking for MORE. We are thrilled to have Priyanka’s extensive experience and passionate and fun teaching style join our program!


"What job opportunities will I have as a LCCE?"

Ahh, we get this question a lot!

what’s it like to work as a Childbirth Educator?

Like all careers some of your job opportunities will be unique to your area. But there are a few
paths that are generally available to our students upon graduation.

Finding Your Path:

1. Work on your own by running your own private classes.
2. Work with a collective or agency who can help fill your classes.
3. Teach for a hospital or clinic for an hourly rate.

How much money can I make working as a Childbirth Educator?

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

Following your passion

Working as a Childbirth Educator 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 birth worker 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 Lamaze Childbirth Educator 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 birth workers to connect and mentor one another. A place where someone starting out could learn the skills they needed to not only BECOME a Childbirth Educator but also GROW a successful business.

That's when the light went on.

That’s when I created my own business, starting a local doula agency. Something that didn’t exist in my province. But I knew I wanted to support BOTH parents AND birth workers. 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 birth workers that have the tools they need to be successful.

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Step-By-Step Childbirth Educator Training

Our Lamaze Childbirth Educator workshop combined what you need to know to start your career as a LCCE, plus all the tips and advice I’ve learned over 20 years as a birth worker

How long will it take to become certified? The length of time it will take you to become a
Lamaze Educator can range from a few months to a year or two, depending on how you decide
to work through the program. There are a few things to consider such as your background
knowledge and whether you are on the regular or alternative path to certification? Of course
your own life situation and time commitments are the most likely factors affecting how long it
will take you to complete all the steps!

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

Inside our Lamaze Childbirth Educator training we’ll provide solutions for you to not only
support new parents and build awesome classes, but also practice balance and self-care for yourself. 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 this next 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:

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I credit Stefanie with the success of my practice. From the moment she 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. If you are serious about having a meaningful doula career, start here.

–Zoe Elkington

Doula, Milk & Blossom

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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.


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

  • Learn about birth concepts
  • Study various birth terminology
  • Addressing challenges when birth plans change
  • How to prepare for a cesarean birth providers
  • Understanding the art of teaching adults
  • What traits make an effective Childbirth Educator
  • Understand best practices for the immediate postpartum period
  • How to provide breastfeeding support
  • Preparing for the Lamaze exam
  • How to set goals for your career
  • How to create a course
  • The importance of teaching aids and learning stations
  • How to create a position and welcoming class environment
  • Importance of celebrating women, pregnancy, and birth
  • Understand various philosophies of parenting
  • The history of birth through the ages
  • Explore your own biases and knowledge gaps
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  • Lamaze International is a non-profit organization, a trusted global leader, with a mission to advance safe and healthy pregnancy, birth and early parenting through evidence-based education and advocacy.


  • Lamaze education and practices are based on the best, most current medical evidence available. They can help reduce the use of unnecessary interventions and improve overall outcomes for mothers and babies. Working closely with families, health care providers and Lamaze certified educators, millions of parents have achieved their desired childbirth outcomes using Lamaze practices.

Payment Plan


$549 +HST

  • Lamaze International approved Childbirth Educator Training
  • Virtual classes conducted in live time with an intimate setting
  • Community support
  • Guidance on additional certifications
  • Various perks and discounts as a Doula School alumni

Pay in Full


$549 +HST

  • Lamaze International approved Childbirth Educator Training
  • Virtual classes conducted in live time with an intimate setting
  • Community support
  • Guidance on additional certifications
  • Various perks and discounts as a Doula School alumni
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