Meet Your Trainer --- Ann Grauer


DONA International Trainer since 1994

  • Postpartum Doula Trainer 2004 - present

Birth Doula Trainer 1994 - 2023, retired

  • Certified Birth and Postpartum Doula


  • Advanced Certified Birth Doula and Advanced Certified Postpartum Doula
    • First doula in DONA International's historty to become AdvCD(DONA), 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


Maternal Mental Health Certificate Training for Mental Health and Clinical Professionals

Postpartum Support International and The Policy Center for Maternal Mental Health present a Certificate Training for Mental Health and Clinical Professionals.                           ​​​This course qualifies as Step 1 for the PMH-C.

                               Completed 2024


IBCLC Masterclass

  • Oral Habilititation of the Breastfeeding Dyad: a Masterclass for the IBCLC
  • Completed 2023


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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