DONA Approved Postpartum Doula Training
Minneapolis/ St Paul, MN September 12-15, 2019 (FULL- waitlist is closed)
Waco, TX October 23-26, 2019 With Tonja Carpenter (just 4 spots left!)
Registration is now OPEN!
$500 Early/ $550 Late (1 month prior to workshop)
*Upcoming: Minneapolis/ St Paul and Denver Area in April 2020. Registration opens on this page in October.
SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES:Melinda understands there are many people who cannot afford to take this workshop but who would greatly benefit from being able to. 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 (August 8th for MSP). Scholarship recipients will notified by one month prior to the workshop. (Waco is filled)
Ready to bring a workshop to your town? Contact Melinda directly.
Do What You Love and Train with Confidence
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.
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.
Gain evidenced-based knowledge and practical skills in:
Postpartum Physical Changes
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.
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
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 AdvCD/PCD/PDT(DONA) is a DONA Approved Postpartum Doula Trainer