Doula Trainings

DONA Approved Postpartum Doula Training

$550 early/ $600 late (one month prior to workshop start)

DONA Approved Postpartum Doula Training

Spring Training Dates:

March 18-21, 2020 Arlington, TX

May 6-9, 2020 Longmont, CO

May 14-17, 2020 Minneapolis/ St Paul, MN

WORK EXCHANGE STUDENT: For each workshop one work exchange position will be awarded. This person will receive a 50% reduction in tuition in exchange for a variety of support tasks prior to and during the workshop. People of color and those working in under represented communities are encouraged to apply for this position.

SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITY: One full scholarship per workshop will be available (pending sufficient full registrations), for those working with low income or underserved communities.

Please email a letter of introduction and address the following: What work do you currently do to support low income and/or underserved communities? How would you use the information from the workshop to improve care and support to these communities? Please submit your letter of interest no later than 5 weeks prior to the workshop. Scholarship recipients will notified by one month prior to the workshop.

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

Practice skills with realistic role play and case scenarios.

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. 

Learn how institutional racism influences perinatal health, and what you, as a postpartum doula can do to help mitigate the impact.

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. baby wearing

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.

Read more about Melinda

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

Gain evidenced-based knowledge and practical skills in: 

DONA International Postpartum Doula Training Manual
  • 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

Read Melinda’s Blog post on What it Takes to Become a Doula.

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

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 2015


This workshop fulfills the approved workshop requirement for students seeking DONA postpartum doula certification.  There are additional steps after this workshop to become DONA Certified. We cover this in class.

Exact address will be provided about two weeks prior to class, after you have registered. Class runs from 8-5 each of the four days and includes a light breakfast each morning.

Certification requires attendance of a breastfeeding class. This online course will satisfy that requirement. It is NOT required to attend prior to the workshop.

Babes in arms are welcome, but students must have a care taker for when the little one needs more attention. We want a learning environment where everyone is able to focus. A private pumping area and sufficient break times for those who are lactating will be made available. Class is a breastfeeding friendly space! 

Payment plan- yes, this can be an option, but not with online registration. Contact Melinda directly. Ideally registration is fully paid one month prior to the start of class.

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

Melinda Ferguson AdvCD/PCD/PDT(DONA) is a DONA Approved Postpartum Doula Trainer