DONA Approved Postpartum Doula Training 

  Minneapolis September 17-20 2016- FULL

(sponsored by Enlightened Mama)


San Diego, CA February 3-6, 2017 with Yana Katzap-Nackman
Registration NOW OPEN!

Minneapolis- St Paul April 2017- registration opening in November

Denver Area April 2017- registration opening in November


Do What You Love and Train With Confidence…

Melinda Ferguson’s workshop will uniquely prepare you to start or enhance your career as a successful postpartum doula. You will learn how to professionally support, educate, and nurture families as they integrate their new babies.

Why Melinda’s training workshop is an exceptional choice:

Extensive Hands-On Skill Building

You will hone your skills in the art and science of postpartum doula care in a highly interactive, engaging, and fun learning environment. Learn about and practice swaddling, baby-wearing, active listening, and more!

“Above and Beyond” Small Class Setting

You will earn 5 more training hours than DONA requires, allowing valuable time for one-on-one and group skills practice, role-playing scenarios, open discussion, and questions. Learn from and network with classmates from a wide variety of unique backgrounds in a class limited to 16 students.

Doula Business Savvy

You will leave the workshop with detailed, essential knowledge needed to start and grow a thriving doula business. Marketing, basic accounting, tax information, forms and more.
Highly Experienced and Supportive Instructor
Since 2007, Melinda has led or been involved with over 24 postpartum doula training workshops, and is currently a Lead Instructor at the Simkin Center for Allied Birth Vocations at Bastyr University. She is a certified postpartum doula with DONA and NAPS, and a DONA and PALS certified birth doula. Melinda has attended 180 births as a birth doula and served over 75 families as a postpartum doula over the past 11 years.

Melinda has specialized training and substantial support experience in perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, grief and loss, lactation and breastfeeding, infant mental health, family nutrition, and diversity. She served two years as President of PALS Doulas and six years on the Board of Postpartum Support International of Washington. She has also worked as a Postpartum Support International support group facilitator and has presented at their annual conference. Her extensive doula and care provider networks are invaluable. Read more about Melinda

You will 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
This is a 4-day (32 hours) workshop that fulfills the approved workshop requirement for students seeking DONA postpartum doula certification

Location: Exact address will be provided about two weeks prior to class, after you have registered.

For questions or payment by check call:
Melinda Ferguson, CD(DONA), PCD(DONA), PDT(DONA) 425-876-5049
Location Update: Class will be held in a private home, located roughly halfway between the MSP Airport and Downtown Minneapolis.  Exact address will be provided in post registration emailings.

Minneapolis September 2016 class has filled! 
San Diego, CA February 3-6, 2017 Registration is Open

Cancellation and Transfer Policy: Class registration may be cancelled and fees refunded, up to one month prior to scheduled first day of class minus a $50 non refundable fee. Registration may be transferred to another participant as late as one week prior to class with no penalty. In the event that there is an insufficient number of registered students to hold class, all fees will be returned (this will be decided no later than one month prior to class).

Unable to attend this workshop?  Perhaps you can find another that meets your needs.  Research your options carefully and choose a training organization that aligns with your values. Try this website for some other options:
Important! Please review the Course Prerequisites: More Information about DONA Certification, including complete requirement list: DONA Postpartum Certification

Bring a Postpartum Doula Training to You!

For more information, please contact me at 425-876-5049 or

What My Students Are Saying…

"Melinda is an amazing trainer with her mix of knowledge, experience, compassion and ability to stay well organized and on track with many women wanting to share!" ~ Longmont, CO-  April 2015
"Wow--Melinda seemed to meet everyone's needs – amazing."  ~ Longmont, CO - April 2015

"I feel excited and ready to support families in the postpartum period." ~  Longmont, CO - April 2015
"Thank you for leading us and creating and environment for everyone to not just learn, but bond and build true relationships." ~ St. Paul, MN -  July 2015
"Melinda was an amazing instructor. She sincerely cared about the physical, emotional and educational needs of her students. Her knowledge and experience made this training invaluable. I look forward to my future as a confident doula!" ~ St. Paul, MN - July 2015

"Melinda was an engaging instructor that gave insight to the many levels of support needed in the postpartum time." ~ St. Paul -  July 2015