A postpartum doula helps to create the environment a family needs to nurture itself after the arrival of a newborn.  The postpartum doula comes alongside growing families and supports by:

  • Nurturing – caring for the newborn parent and their family, assisting with infant care, helping with household tasks such as cooking, laundry and tidying, and providing empathetic support as new parents navigate the exciting and challenging postpartum period,
  • Educating – offering evidence-based information and education about their baby and the postpartum time,
  • Assessing – being aware of the challenges unique to the postpartum period, and
  • Referring – recognizing when the needs of the family require the support of perinatal professionals and helping the family access those supports.

If you are currently working with families or think you’d like to explore the possibility of serving childbearing families in this way, you are invited to take advantage of this Postpartum Doula Workshop.  This training course meets DONA International training standards for certification.

The Curriculum Includes:

  • Caring for the new parent
  • Caring for the newborn
  • Listening and communication skills
  • Breastfeeding for Doulas – learning the basics and supporting the challenges
  • Bottle and formula feeding
  • Nurturing families with twins or triplets (or more!)
  • Perinatal and Postpartum mood disorders
  • Supporting the Postpartum family
  • Baby wearing
  • Running a postpartum doula business
  • Case studies

    …and so much more!

Registration Information

Upcoming Dates:
November 3-6, 2023
8:30am-5pm each day

Unfortunately we have had to cancel this class. Check back for future options or get in touch with questions.

Location:  846 Broughton Street (Theatre SKAM Studios)

There will be two 15-minute breaks and a one-hour lunch break each day.
Coffee, tea, juice, water and snacks will be provided.  Lunch will be on your own.

Instructor:  AJ Hadfield

Cost:  $695 +GST
A deposit of 40% (278.00) is required to book a spot. The balance is due before October 6th, 2023.

Contact us at admin@motheringtouch if a payment plan would help make attendance feasible for you.

Class Cancellation and Refund Policy for this Workshop: If you cancel your attendance 4 weeks or more before the start date you will be refunded the amount you’ve paid minus a 15% admin fee (based on the full price). If you cancel your attendance less than 4 weeks before the start date, you will not be refunded but you may apply your fee to a future Postpartum Doula workshop.

image of Postpartum Doula Trainer AJ Hadfield


To be sure that all participants are adequately prepared for their Postpartum Workshop, participants are asked to complete the prerequisite reading:

1. Read the DONA International Position Papers:

The Postpartum Doula’s Role in Maternity Care
The Birth Doula’s Contribution to Modern Maternity Care

2. Read at least ONE book from EACH of the following three categories from the Postpartum Doula Required Reading List.

The full Postpartum Doula Certification Requirements ask you to read 12 books, from 11 different categories. But you don’t have to do it all before the workshop. You have two years to get that done! Don’t panic.

SECTION ONE: Becoming a Parent

Nobody Told Me About That: The First Six Weeks edited by Ginger BreedLove & 14 authors (2018)

The Fourth Trimester: A Postpartum Guide to Healing Your Body, Balancing Your Emotions, and Restoring Your Vitality by Kimberly Ann Johnson (2017) 

The First Forty Days by Amely Greeven, Heng Ou, and Marisa Belger (2016)
Mothering the New Mother: Women’s Feelings and Needs after Childbirth: A Support and Resource Guide by Placksin (2000)
And Baby Makes Three: The Six Step Plan for Preserving Marital Intimacy and Rekindling Romance after Baby Arrives by Gottman (2017) audio available
Pride and Joy: A Guide for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans Parents by Sarah and Rachel Hagger-Holt (2017)
Do Fathers Matter? by Paul Raeburn (2015)
Black Fatherhood: Trials and Tribulations by Khalid Akil White, Thurman V. White, Jr., Dr. Larry Wayne Ellis (2016)

Crib Sheet by Emily Oster (2019)

SECTION TWO: The Newborn/Infant Care and Development

The Baby Book: Everything You Need to Know about Your Baby from Birth to Age Two by James Sears, MD (2022)

The Mother of All Baby Books: The Ultimate Guide to Your Baby’s First Year by Ann Douglas (2015) *

The Wonder Weeks: How to Stimulate Your Baby’s Mental Development and Help Him Turn His 10 Predictable, Great, Fussy Phases into Magical Leaps Forward by Frans Plooij, et al.(2019)

Touchpoints: Birth to Three: Your Child’s Emotional and Behavioral Development by T. Berry Brazelton (2006)

Your Baby is Speaking to You: A Visual Guide to the Amazing Behaviors of Your Newborn and Growing Baby by Kevin Nugent (2011)

SECTION THREE: Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding Made Simple: Seven Natural Laws for Nursing Mothers by Nancy Morhbacher and Kathy Kendall-Tackett (2010)

The Black Woman’s Guide to Breastfeeding: The Definitive Guide to Nursing for African American Mothers by Kathi Barber (2005)

Dr. Jack Newman’s Guide to Breastfeeding by Jack Newman, MD and Teresa Pitman (2019)

The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding by Wiessinger and West (2016)

Latch: A Handbook for Breastfeeding with Confidence at Every Stage by Robin Kaplan M.Ed. IBCLC, Robin and Abby Theuring (2018)

The Positive Breastfeeding Book: Everything You Need to Feed Your Baby with Confidence by Amy Brown (2019)

Working and Breastfeeding Made Simple by Mohrbacher (2014)

Mothering Multiples: Breastfeeding and Caring for Twins or More! by Karen Kerkhoff Gromada (2007)

Sweet Sleep: Nighttime and Naptime Strategies for the Breastfeeding Family by La Leche League International (2014)

Helping Baby Sleep by Anni Gethin (2009)

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