Brood-Approved Doula Training and Certification Programs

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Are you passionate about supporting new and expecting parents through the transformative journey of parenthood? Are you looking to enhance your skills and knowledge as a doula? Brood is built upon the understanding and value that doulas play in providing compassionate care during pregnancy, labor, postpartum, and early parenthood.

Part of this is why we’re committed to supporting doulas in setting up a strong foundation for their career in care work — we do so by recommending top-notch training programs, and then should you be interested you can fill out an application here.

Whether you’re just starting your career as a doula or seeking to expand your expertise, we’ve curated a list of trainings that align with our values and standards of care.

In-person in British Columbia:

Doula Canada: This hybrid program offers in-person training (3 days for birth, and 2 days for postpartum), supplemented by self-directed modules. Doula Canada offers unique demonstrations, mentorship, and guidance to deepen your knowledge of pregnancy, birth, and early postpartum. These trainings are offered across Canada, with stops in Vancouver, Ontario, and beyond.

Pacific Rim College: This training is the most comprehensive program in North America, it’s based on complementary and integrative approaches, bridging the standard model of perinatal care with holistic therapies. Teachers include herbalists, Midwives, acupuncturists, doulas, nurses, naturopaths, and more! This training is offered in Victoria, BC.

MotherWit: These are comprehensive trainings, typically over two weekends, totaling 70 class hours (total). With an emphasis on inclusivity and relational medicine — focusing on creating therapeutic presence and reducing reproductive trauma. These trainings are offered across Canada, with stops in Vancouver, Ontario, Quebec, and beyond.

Online:

Doula Trainings International: These doula trainings prepare you to support families, through advocacy with self-guided online courses. The DTI approach integrates social justice, creativity, and technology — through flexible online modules and live calls with educators. Certification is for life, and you’ll join their supportive learning community.

Cornerstone: These courses are collaborative, online and rooted in harm reduction, inclusivity, and reproductive justice. Led by a diverse team of experts, these accessible modules support care workers in serving their communities through life’s transitions. Classes are closed-captioned, with live session replays available for two years, with access to free group mentorship and a private Facebook group.

Doula Canada: These self-directed online trainings are made to learn at your own pace over two years, gaining the knowledge and skills needed. This is a recognized organization (covered by Sunlife Insurance!) with over 20 years of experience and thousands of grads.

Wise Woman Way of Birth: Gain comprehensive knowledge and skills with the Wise Woman Way of doula trainings. Led by experienced doula Candice Johnson and Gloria Lemay, this course inspires doulas to become a powerful influence within their community. With a focus on learning essential skills and supporting new families through their pregnancy & parenting journey.

At Brood, we believe that ongoing education and professional development are essential for providing high-quality doula care. We understand that investing in our care team allows us to be at the forefront of reproductive health practices and evidence-based care. We’re proud to partner with doulas who are dedicated to continuous learning and growth, and we look forward to welcoming you to our team of compassionate care workers!

Generally, doulas and care workers can choose to uplevel their skills and offerings through continuing education, here are our top picks:

Fertility and Conception Doula Trainings: These trainings are to offer care for families considering/actively exploring pregnancy. This equips doulas with the skills to provide compassionate support, understand reproductive science, and navigate assisted reproductive technologies. Blending live webinars, online learning, and mentorship, with open enrollment for flexible start times.

Childbirth Educator Training: These trainings empower doulas and educators to deliver inclusive, trauma-informed, evidence-based education to birthing people.Topics covered are paths to conception, consent, trauma, mental health, disability, lactation, and grief. Done through self-guided online modules, including videos, templates, and assignments, rounding out with a customized curriculum to meet your community’s needs and teaching goals.

Spinning Babies Workshops: Ideal for understanding the principles of optimal fetal positioning — for supporting smoother, more comfortable labors. These workshops teach doulas techniques to promote better fetal positioning, resolve common childbirth discomforts, and facilitate easier labors.

Evidence Based Birth Classes: Developed by renowned childbirth educator and advocate Dr. Rebecca Dekker, these classes equip doulas with up-to-date evidence on childbirth practices and interventions. These online courses cover topics such as the stages of labor, comfort measures, medical interventions, and advocacy skills — allowing care workers to gain valuable insights into the latest research and best practices in perinatal care

Death Doula Training: This training teaches you to offer compassionate care, develop care plans, support grief, and facilitate family meetings. It is designed for those providing care, support, and advocacy for individuals nearing the end of life.

Ready to take your doula career to the next level? Contact us today to learn more about joining our agency and accessing exclusive training opportunities. Together, we can make a positive impact on the lives of birthing individuals and their families.

Below, you’ll find a taste of workshops and roundtables that we facilitate for our care team:

Now that you’ve got the low down on our vetted trainings and continuing education, let’s break down what sets Brood apart, what having a career in care work requires, and how we can support you on this journey!

Becoming a doula is not just a career choice; it’s a lifestyle that requires dedication, flexibility, and a deep desire to support others during life’s most transformative experiences. As a care worker, you’ll not only provide emotional and physical support to birthing individuals and families but also run a business alongside it. This means being prepared for an unscheduled lifestyle, with the ability to be on call at any time. Reliable transportation is essential for attending births and prenatal/postpartum appointments. Most doulas enter the field with some basic knowledge of birth or a strong passion for helping people, but the journey to becoming a doula involves ongoing learning and growth. It’s a rewarding path that requires commitment, compassion, and a willingness to embrace the unpredictability of birth and the needs of the families you serve.

At Brood, we’re not just an agency; we’re a community of passionate, dedicated doulas and care workers committed to making a difference in the lives of new families. When you choose to work with us, you’re not just joining a team – you’re becoming part of a supportive network that values your growth, expertise, and unique contributions.

Here’s what sets us apart:

  • Comprehensive Support: We provide our doulas with ongoing support, mentorship, and resources to ensure they feel confident and empowered in their role. From client referrals to professional development opportunities, we’re here to help you thrive in your doula career.
  • Client-Centered Care: We prioritize personalized, client-centered care that honors the diverse needs, preferences, and experiences of every individual and family we serve. As a doula with Brood, you’ll have the opportunity to make a meaningful difference in the lives of those you support.
  • Exclusive Training Opportunities: In addition to recommending top-notch training programs, we also offer exclusive training opportunities and workshops designed to enhance your skills and knowledge as a doula. Whether you’re interested in advanced childbirth education or specialized techniques, we’re dedicated to helping you expand your expertise.
  • Community Engagement: We’re actively involved in our local community and strive to be advocates for perinatal health, birth equity, and reproductive justice. By working with us, you’ll have the opportunity to participate in community events, outreach programs, and initiatives that promote positive birth, postpartum, and parenting experiences for all.
  • Flexible Work Arrangements: We understand that flexibility is key when it comes to balancing your doula career with other responsibilities. That’s why we offer flexible scheduling options and support our doulas in creating work arrangements that suit their individual needs and lifestyles.

Whether you’re an experienced doula, a practicing healthcare worker, or exploring a new career path, we welcome you to be a part of our community. We offer local clients, flexible hours, mentorship, continued education, above living wage, community discounts, and perks. We handle business admin, marketing, and outreach, so you can focus on caring for families and yourself. Criminal record check, CPR-C certification, proof of Covid-19 vaccination with booster dose, and doula training are required. We prioritize supporting marginalized community members, including 2SLGBTQIA+ and BIPGM folks. Whether you’re established, mid-training, or curious, we’re here for you. Let’s make a difference together.

Ready to embark on the next chapter of your care work journey? Click here to submit your application today.

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