Postpartum Doula

What you need to know 
about Postpartum Doula Training

Our Doula School Postpartum Doula Training program is 24+ hours of in class (virtual) learning. Our DONA International approved training is the first step on your journey to supporting families as a certified Postpartum Doula.


This interactive and live training will equip you with tools to empower and support families throughout their pregnancies and labor which we believe is very needed in this world. Covering a variety of topics, from the importance of bonding, breastfeeding, emotional support, and a whole lot more – we feel that it’s the most comprehensive doula training available.

This training is recommended for


…interested in learning about women’s health, pregnancy and supporting new families
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Birth Doulas...

…looking to expand their services and offer postpartum support

PSWs, yoga teachers...

… nurses and ECEs interested in expanding their knowledge to include postpartum doula support.

In this course you will

Understand the important role of a postpartum doula.

Understand newborn characteristics and infant care.

Differentiate “Baby Blues” from Perinatal Mental Health issues.

Learn the business basics of launching and running a doula business.

Goals of This Course

  • Understanding the role of the postpartum doula.
  • Study how pregnancy and birth influence the postpartum period.
  • Learn the importance of bonding.
  • Understand newborn characteristics and infant care.
  • Study the dynamics of family and friends after birth.
  • Differentiate ”Baby Blues” from Perinatal Mental Health.
  • Learn how to deal with loss and grief.
  • Study household management.
  • Understand breastfeeding basics
  • Review DONA International standards
  • Improve communication skills
  • Learn the business basics of running a doula business
  • Study the certification process

Career as a Doula: How much will I make?

  • Postpartum Doula is a growing field, with a high community need
  • Hourly rate for overnight support can range from $30 to $50
  • Low overhead or recurring costs as a doula

What is the Certification Process?

  • We support you on every step of the DONA certification process, which includes:
    • Completing Required Reading
    • Joining DONA International as a member
    • Supporting clients and getting evaluations
    • Submitting a resource list
    • Attending a Breastfeeding Class (which we offer at a small additional fee)

Meet your trainer –

Kathrin Auger

I started my training as a pediatric RN in Switzerland in 1993 where I worked on the NICU at one of the leading university hospitals in Switzerland for several years before moving to the USA. During my years on the NICU I expanded my training in infant massage, baby wearing, reflexology, kinesthesia (conscious handling of the newborn), lactation, homeopathy, and flower essences which broaden my expertise tremendously. My work also included the supervision of pediatric nurses and midwife interns. My years of conventional medical training fed my desire to step outside the typical medical model and go deeper into more personal care during pregnancy and the birth and postpartum period. After my move to the United States (Los Angeles) in 2002 I got certified as a birth doula in 2003 and as a postpartum doula in 2004 through DONA International.


I was the director of postpartum services at the Chapman Family Center from 2005 till 2008 which included assistant teaching of birth and postpartum doulas as well as running the postpartum doula agency. In 2007 I became a DONA International approved postpartum doula trainer. The Bastyr University in San Diego welcomed me to their faculty in 2013 as a postpartum doula trainer until they closed their doors in 2015.


In short, my passion about all things pregnancy and postpartum knows no bounds and I strongly believe in a culture where birth is just, inclusive and free of fear. I live with my husband in Los Angeles and gave birth to our son in 2006 via surgery and in 2007 to our second son at home. My pronouns are she/her.


Certification Process

We support you on every step of the DONA certification process, including:

– Completing Required Reading

– Joining DONA International as a member

– Attending births

– Submitting Written References

– Attending a Breastfeeding Class


What a wonderful training! I feel SO inspired to support others. I always knew it's what I wanted to do but felt intimidated. Did I have enough knowledge and experience to do it? Kathrin reassured me and I already have my first client booked. I can't wait!

Melissa R.

What a fantastic weekend!!! Stephanie is an amazing facilitator. She is so welcoming and sincere in her teaching. She is extremely knowledgeable, professional, and open to sharing appropriate experiences and stories. Her pace was on point, I enjoyed the variety of activities which encompassed the many learning styles. I love how she encouraged us as part of her parting words to “Go out and Doula”.


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    About DONA International

    DONA International is the world’s first, largest and leading doula certifying organization. Founded in 1992, DONA professionalized the role of the doula. Since then, they have certified more than 12,000 DONA International doulas in more than 50 countries!

    DONA International’s primary function is to provide excellent doula education and certification to a diverse population of doulas world-wide. DONA International promotes the highest quality perinatal support for birthing mothers and their families by setting the standard for doula education and training, and by advocating the research-based benefits of doula care.

    Cancellation Policy

    Full cancellation available within 24 hours of booking. Refunds are available 30 days or more before workshop start date minus a $40 handling fee. No refunds will be made within 30 days of the workshop, however registrants may apply the fee towards a future workshop held by Doula School. Cancellations within one week of class must pay a $50 administration fee to rebook and apply fee towards another workshop. NO EXCEPTIONS.
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