Postpartum Doula Workshop

Nurturing New Families from the Start

Are you passionate about new families...Do you yearn to do work that truly matters?



If so, being a postpartum doula may be your calling. A postpartum doula's role is fluid. From family-to-family, day-to-day, even hour-to-hour, the role is constantly changing.


The doula is a teacher and a source of information and will provide reliable, evidence based information on infant feeding and care, as well as integrating a baby into the family. Offering practical support with meal preparation and household organization. the postpartum doula also has a thorough knowledge of services, products and professionals available in the community; and offers quality, reliable referrals when they are needed.

At all times the doula provides reassurance, support and the belief that these parents can and will be successful in nurturing their family. The doula's support and information extend to all family members equally in her role of nurturing the family. 





This 3 day intensive workshop is DONA International-approved and meets the workshop requirement for postpartum doula certification. There are no prerequisites to attend.


  • WORKSHOP LENGTH: Three consecutive days in length, usally Friday-Sunday


  • HOURS OF WORKSHOP: In person class hours are 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM (virtual workshop hours may vary from this)


  • LOCATION: Exact Workshop Location is noted in the confirmation email


  • COST: $495 if registered 60 or more days prior to workshop

                   $535 if registered less than 60 days prior to workshop



We work hard in the workshop and we have a great time doing so! You will find that you are challenged and actively participating as we discover the needs of families and how the postpartum doula can assist families at this essential time.



Upcoming Workshops


These are the currently scheduled cities/dates


Please note that due to Covid-19 and the response in the US, any of the below workshops may be moved to a virtual format if conditions warrant



  • November 13-15, 2020  VIRTUAL WORKSHOP--ANYONE MAY ATTEND (orginally New York City)


  • November 20-22 2020  VIRTUAL WORKSHOP--ANYONE MAY ATTEND (originally Washington, DC)


  • December 4-6, 2020  VIRTUAL WORKSHOP--ANYONE MAY ATTEND  (originally in Chicago/Wheaton)


  • Oahu, Hawaii --scheduling for early part of 2021


  • Dublin, Ireland--scheduling for first part of 2021






Why Attend a DONA International Workshop



DONA International has been training and certifying doulas since 1992. Their certification is known and respected worldwide. A DONA certified doula knows that no matter where they live,   their certification is recognized around the globe.


Attendance at Nurturing Doula Dreams’ DONA International Postpartum Doula Workshop counts as one step towards certification as a postpartum doula through DONA International. The certification process is covered in the workshop but details may also be found here.


The 27 hour workshop was developed after several years of researching the true needs of new families and who could meet those needs. It is evidence-based, thorough and thought-provoking. It encompasses all aspects of new parenting and allows the participant in the workshop to explore ideas, apply life knowledge and learn how to separate out personal beliefs from those of clients.


After attending the workshop you have the foundation needed to work with families during the postpartum period. You will have assessed your own skill set, know what you need to do further your own development and can begin your work with confidence.



What Past Participants Are Saying About Ann and the Workshop


"It was a wonderful experience and I learned a lot. It was also very neat for me to be sitting in class and learning from you again; it's clear this is your heart's work and calling."---Jennifer


"First of all, Ann, what a great seminar! And what a wonderful bunch of women! I'm still plowing through the book and attacking my reading list. My background is PR and communication. My professional opinion puts you at the top of the ratings. Your delivery was superior. I admire your energy and intellect!"--Lois


"l love your teaching style. I love how you use real life examples to teach. I respect your openness to share mistakes you have made with families. I learned so much from your examples."--Greta


"I just finished the training this past weekend with Ann Grauer and it was an extraordinary experience for the emphasis on evidence-based information about babies, breastfeeding, sleep and all other things postpartum...for the healing that actually happens for women taking the training, for absolutely everything about it. It's rare to go to a training and have no constructive feedback to offer at the end, but that was the case this weekend. I wouldn't change a thing."--Lauren

Topics in the Workshop Include


  • Introduction to the Doula Role
  • Doula Business Basics
  • Practical support
  • Effective Listening
  • Emotional Issues from Birth
  • Physical Changes in the Mother
  • The Doula as Education Facilitator
  • The Doula and Multiples
  • Breastfeeding
  • DONA International and the Certification Process
  • Integrating a Baby into the Family 
  • Referrals
  • Postpartum Mood Disorders
  • Values Clarification
  • The Newborn and the Doula
  • Prenatal Contact
  • Loss and Grief
  • Rehearsal of Learned Skills
  • Networking and Connecting



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