Meet Your Trainer --- Ann Grauer


DONA International Trainer since 1994

  • Birth Doula Trainer
    • Postpartum Doula Trainer


  • First doula in DONA International's history to become an Advanced Certified Birth Doula, AdvCD(DONA), and an Advanced Certified Postpartum Doula, AdvPCD(DONA)Awarded both in the innaugural year of 2015.

                                    DONA International volunteer for over 25 years

                                    Past President, 2003-05

                                    Helped develop DONA's Pospartum Doula Training and Certification Program

                                    Director of Education, 2009-2015

                                    Postpartum Doula Sub-Committee Chair 2021-22




Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC, RLC) 

  • Since 2009
  • Hospital IBCLC for 8 years
  • Private Practice IBCLC
  • Lactation Parenting Group Facilitator


Motherhood Studies Certified Practitioner​

  • Certified 2021
  • Group facilitator

Lamaze International Educator, teaching famlilies since 1989

  • Certified Childbirth Educator (LCCE)
  • Fellow in the American College of Childbirth Education (FACCE)
  • 2007 Recipient of Lamaze's prestigious Elisabeth Bing Award "given for her tireless efforts on behalf of mothers, babies, and families and committment to Lamaze International"
  • Taught hospital-based pregnancy, birth and parenting classes for 27 years
  • Independent Childbirth Educator

RTS (Resolve Through Sharing)

Perinatal Bereavement Counselor since 1989

  • Assist famililies with pregnancy, birth and newborn losses
  • Provide training for those who work with families during this time


Gottman Institute Bringing Baby Home Educator

  • Trained to work with couples having babies
  • Classes may be offered

The Wonder Weeks Academy Foundations

  • Completed 2020
  • Babies and Their Development
  • Foundational program for further study
  • Supports the work done with families


TOTS: Tethered Oral Tissues Specialy Trained Professional

  • Completed 2021
  • Training to Evaluate, Educate and Execute the TOTS oral assessment

Postpartum Support International Group Facilitator

  • PSI Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders: Components of Care

Brazelton Neonatal Behavioral Assessment Scale  Assessor

  • First doula certified to perform the NBAS



  • Awards
    • ​DONA International's Fouder Phyllis Klaus Award 2022
    • Lamaze International Elisabeth Bing Award 2007
    • USLCA Best Overall Poster Presentation 2012--co-creator with Diane Oakland


  • Conference Presenter
    • ​Lamaze International
    • DONA International
    • Wisconsin Association of Lactation Consultants Quarterly
    • La Leche League International Wisconsin


  • Published Author
    • ​Nurturing the New Family by Jackie Kelleher--chapter author
    • Letters from Motherless Daughters by Hope Edelman--story author 
    • Journal of Perinatal Education
    • The International Doula
    • International Journal of Childbirth Education
    • Lamaze Parents magazine


  • Expert Contributor/Source
    • Yahoo News
    • Science and Sensibility
    • She Knows: Pregnancy and Parenting
    • Storknet
    • Washington Family
    • Time magazine
    • The New York Times
    • The Wallstreet Journal
    • HealthNewsDigest
    • St. Petersburg Times


  • Experience in the Following:
    • Establishing and running a hospital-based birth doula program that follows DONA's Code and Standards
    • Facilitating New Parents Groups since 1992
    • Facilitating a group for pregnancy and postpartum mood disorders since 2008
    • Resolve Through Sharing Counselor for pregnancy loss
    • Consultant to hospital and commmunity-based doula groups around the globe


Can you tell I've been blessed? It truly is my joy to help others realize their dreams of becoming doulas.


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