Healing. Bonding. Transition. Connection. Reflection. Sacredness. Tradition. Integration. Celebration. 

The postpartum period is a sacred and transformative time.  Being present for new families as they integrate the birth of their child into their life's narrative is an honor that comes with deep responsibility.  Before entering the postpartum space you must understand the needs of the birthing person, newborn and partner: Their emotional needs, psychosocial needs, psychological needs and

physiological needs. You will leave this training ready to enter the postpartum space.

Before signing up for our Postpartum DoulaTraining, you are ecouraged to sign up for Community Commitment dues.

For the foreseeable future, due to COVID-19 and social distancing, this course is only available online.

You can sign up for our online courses here

Postpartum Doula Training

About this course:

What makes us unique?

This intensive in-person workshop gives you, the aspiring birth worker everything you'll need to build a sustainable, equitable, ethical and effective postpartum practice. We don't stop there: you have direct access to your trainers for mentoring and support post-training. We build community and we are here for YOU. There are no certification fees, no hidden fees and your certification (if you choose to be certified) is for life.

Cornerstone Labor & Birth Doulas are internationally recognized as leaders in birth justice and advocacy.  Cornerstone Doulas provide continuous unbiased, client-centered support throughout the reproductive lifespan. This support focuses on the whole person, family and community and encompasses emotional, physical, psychosocial, and educational support techniques. Cornerstone doulas employ individualized supportive communication, culturally responsive care, hands-on therapeutic techniques and an equitable approach with all clients.


In our Postpartum Doula Training you will hone in on the core competencies, skills and attitudes of the Cornerstone Postpartum Doula and make them your own. Through this course, you will find out who YOU are as a postpartum doula.  Your confidence will grow, your skill set will expand and your knowledge will solidify.  You will leave this course ready to enter the postpartum space.

Course outline:

Brief overview of topics covered. Our courses go into so much more. 

  • Postpartum doula roles and professional framework

  • Interviewing and determining if you're a good fit.

  • Boundaries - taking care of yourself and your clients.

  • Burnout prevention

  • Trauma informed care

  • Therapeutic communication techniques

  • Culture and postpartum traditions

  • Nutrition -- the science and traditional wisdom.

  • Common complaints and remedies for discomforts in the postpartum period

  • How to support a client post cesarean

  • Baby care

  • Common newborn issues

  • Sleeping arrangements

  • Physiologically and psychologically nurturing sleep support techniques

  • Newborn psychological needs

  • Postpartum mood disorder spectrum and community resources

  • Creating a client centered plan in the event of a postpartum mental health crisis

  • Day and night doula work

  • A full 6-hour intensive lactation and nursing support module led by a certified lactation educator is included in this training.

Dates, locations and fees:

Our trainings take place every three months in Oakland, CA and Portland, OR. 

Next available training dates:

ONLINE: https://cornerstonedoulatrainings.teachable.com/


Certification is not required to practice. If you'd like to become certified through Cornerstone, these are our requirements:

Postpartum Doula certification requirements:

Certification awarded after attending full training, plus showing proof of CPR/First aid certification.

For more info on certification and if it's for you, please read our Statement on Certification.

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