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 27 hour workshop is DONA International-approved and meets the workshop requirement for postpartum doula certification. There are no prerequisites to attend.


**Due to Covid-19 we are currently holding workshops Virtually. You miss nothing in this format, except a real-life hug! When it is safe to return to In Person workshops, we will** 


Two Options for Attending a Virtual Workshop in 2021



  • LENGTH: Three consecutive days, usually Friday-Sunday


  • HOURS: Typically 8AM Eastern Time - 6PM Eastern TimeLOCATION: Virtual, via Zoom


  • COST:
    • EARLY BIRD: $520 if registered 45 or more days prior to the workshop
    • $545 if registered less than 45 days prior to the workshop




  • LENGTH: 8 consecutive Monday afternoons


  • HOURS1PM Central Time-4:30PM Central Time


  • LOCATION: Virtual, via Zoom


  • COST:
    • EARLY BIRD: $520 if registered 45 or more days prior to the workshop
    • $545 if registered less than 45 days prior to the 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


Currently Scheduled Dates



    • January 29-31, 2021
    • February 19-21, 2021 
    • March 12-14, 2021
    • April 9-11, 2021
    • May 14-15, 2021


  • 8 week VIRTUAL WORKSHOP FORMAT NEW for 2021!  
    • Mondays, January 11th- March 1st, 2021  1pm Central Time- 4:30 Central Time



  • IN PERSON 3 DAY WORKSHOPS (Returning when it is safe to do so)
    • Oahu, Hawaii --hoping for return in mid 2021
    • Dublin, Ireland--hoping for return in mid 2021


         More Dates Coming Soon!




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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