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 by assisting with infant care, helping with household tasks such as light cleaning, laundry and cooking, and generally “mothering the mother” during the exciting and challenging postpartum adjustment period.

If you are currently working as a postpartum doula 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 mother
  • Caring for the newborn
  • Listening and communication skills
  • Breastfeeding support
  • Alternative infant feeding methods
  • Nurturing families with twins or triplets
  • Postpartum mood disorders (eg. postpartum depression)
  • Code of ethics & standards of practice for postpartum doulas
  • Running a postpartum doula business
  • Case studies
Postpartum Doula Workshop


To be sure that all participants are adequately prepared for their Postpartum Workshop, participants must have completed the pre-requisite reading.

A. Read the DONA International Position Papers:

B. Read at least one book from each of the following three categories from the Postpartum Doula Required Reading List.  Some of these books may be purchased at The Mothering Touch Centre.

(Note: 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.)

The Newborn

  • The Baby Book: Everything You Need to Know about Your Baby from Birth to Age Two by Sears (2013)
  • The Mother of All Baby Books: The Ultimate Guide to Your Baby’s First Year by 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 Plooij (2019)
  • Touchpoints: Birth to Three: Your Child’s Emotional and Behavioral Development by Brazelton (2006)
  • Your Baby is Speaking to You: A Visual Guide to the Amazing Behaviors of Your Newborn and Growing Baby by Nugent (2011)

Becoming a Mother

  • Misconceptions: Truth, Lies, and the Unexpected on the Journey to Motherhood by Wolf (2013)
  • Mothering the New Mother: Women’s Feelings and Needs after Childbirth: A Support and Resource Guide by Placksin (2000)
  • The Year after Childbirth: Enjoying Your Body, Your Relationships, and Yourself in Your Baby’s First Year by Kitzinger (1996)
  • 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) 
  • 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) 


  • Breastfeeding Made Simple: Seven Natural Laws for Nursing Mothers by Morhbacher and Kendall-Tackett (2010) *
  • Dr. Jack Newman’s Guide to Breastfeeding by Newman (2014)
  • The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding by Wiessinger and West (2010)
  • Working and Breastfeeding Made Simple by Mohrbacher (2014)
  • The Black Woman’s Guide to Breastfeeding: The Definitive Guide to Nursing for African American Mothers, by Kathi Barber (2005) 
  • 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)
  • 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 Anni Gethin (2009)

Registration Information:

Instructor:  AJ Hadfield

Schedule:  4 consecutive days from 8:30am to 5pm
There will be two 15 minutes breaks and a one-hour lunch break each day.
Coffee, tea, juice, water and snacks will be provided.  Lunch will be on your own.

Location:  The Mothering Touch Centre

Cost:  $550 +GST

Upcoming Dates:

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