Doula Trainings

Upcoming DONA Approved Postpartum Doula Training

Sept 12- Nov 21st, Tuesdays from 6-9pm in Edmonds, WA

This class will be small format, 5-8 people, with additional work outside the classroom, group sharing and include some meal preparation. This workshop includes more hours than my typical 4 day intensive, with additional time to learn about some postpartum cultural traditions and setting up your individual business. Make up sessions may be available (~33 hrs).

Now offering payment plans. Please contact Melinda directly to make this arrangement.

Ready to bring a workshop to your town? Contact Melinda directly.

Do What You Love and Train with Confidence

Postpartum doula training in Minneapolis, St Paul. Baby wearing practice.

Extensive, Hands-On Skill Building

Hone your postpartum doula skills in an engaging environment. Practice swaddling, baby-wearing, active listening, and more!

Intimate Small-Class Setting

One-on-one and group skills practice, role-playing scenarios, open discussion, and questions, reflective learning opportunities. Learn from and network with classmates from a variety of backgrounds. There will be take home projects, activities and reading. Classes limited to 8 students.

Melinda was an engaging instructor that gave insight to the many levels of support needed in the postpartum time.
— St Paul, July 2105
Nurture, Educate Assess, Refer. Breastfeeding Challenges brainstorm

Doula Business Savvy

Learn marketing, basic accounting, tax information, forms and more. You will leave the workshop with detailed, essential knowledge needed to start and grow a thriving doula business. 

Highly Experienced and Supportive Instructor

Melinda has attended over 200 births and served over 100 families postpartum.

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We discuss many options for continued learning, evidence based education and making good referrals.

Gain evidenced-based knowledge and practical skills in: 

  • Newborn Care

  • Lactation Support

  • Postpartum Physical Changes

  • Effective Communication

  • Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders

  • Loss & Grief

  • Multiples & Preemies

  • Business Management & Marketing

  • Resource and Referral List Development

  • DONA Postpartum Doula Certification Requirements

Class Pre-requisites:

Read one book from each of these three categories of the Postpartum Doula Certification Required Reading List: Becoming a Mother, The Newborn/ Infant Care and Development and Breastfeeding. The list can be found near the bottom of this page of Certification Requirements.

Also, read the DONA International Position Papers:

- The Postpartum Doula's Role in Maternity Care

- The Birth Doula's Contribution to Modern Maternity Care


Thank you for leading us and creating an environment for everyone to not just learn, but bond and build true relationships.
— St Paul, MN July 2105


This is an eleven week(~33 hours) workshop that fulfills the approved workshop requirement for students seeking DONA postpartum doula certification

Exact address will be provided about two weeks prior to class, after you have registered. Class runs from 6-9pm each Tuesday.

Certification requires attendance of a breastfeeding class. This online course will satisfy that requirement. It is NOT required to attend prior to the workshop. I also recommend Carrie Kenner's Breastfeeding workshop for doulas. She has a class on August 1st and November 2nd locally in Seattle.

For questions or payment by check, feel free to ask:
Melinda Ferguson

Melinda Ferguson CD(DONA), PCD(DONA), PDT(DONA) is a DONA Approved Postpartum Doula Trainer