Being a postpartum doula is a very gratifying and fulfilling job. So many people ask a new Mom how her baby is doing, but neglect to ask her how she is feeling. It’s easy to do, as everyone wants to visit and hold an infant. However, parents need support too. Are you ready to nurture the whole family? We invite you to take our detailed Postpartum Doula Training & Certification to grow and expand on your childcare career.

What is a Postpartum Doula?

A postpartum doula is a professional assistant that provides physical and emotional support to parents and families during the postpartum period. They have newborn care training, but their focus is the family as a whole, not just the newborn. A Postpartum Doula can cook and clean around the house so parents can focus on their new baby. They also assist with older siblings, mom’s mental health as she processes her birth experience, caring for the newborn, and educating new parents.

Postpartum Doula Training & Certification

Boston Baby Nurse & Nanny is proud to announce we now offer a postpartum doula training through the Nanny & Doula Training Academy. Our extensive postpartum doula training goes over the doula’s process of care, job responsibilities, setting boundaries, maternal and newborn care, the client intake process, and more! We give a thorough review of newborn care and how to support a breastfeeding mother. Take a look here at the course outline.

Course Instructors

Our postpartum doula training has two instructors: Annie and Carole. Annie Getz is an Advanced Newborn Care Expert and Certified Postpartum Doula with 11 years of newborn and maternal care experience. Additionally, Annie is a certified Newborn Care Specialist and Birth Doula. Carole Kramer Arsenault is a Registered Nurse, specializing in obstetrics and maternal child health. She also has years of experience as a Sleep Coach and Lactation Consultant. The award winning parenting book, Newborn 101, was authored by Carole as well.

Top Qualities of a Postpartum Doula

  • Good Intuition: A postpartum doula must be able to read the room. All clients will be different; some will want to share about their pregnancy and labor experience, while others will want more space. Perhaps you are working with a quiet parent who doesn’t know how to ask for guidance. Being a strong communicator, while respecting boundaries is key.
  • Newborn Care Experience: A successful postpartum doula has worked in the early childhood field previously, whether it be as an infant classroom teacher, NICU nurse, nanny, or even birth doula. Newborn care hands on experience is a must, but remember you’ll be signing up to work with the parents and whole family.
  • Availability & Hard Working: This is job is a time commitment. Many family will want both day and evening shifts so they can catch up on some sleep. Be sure you have the time available to dedicate to the families in your care. With all the hard work a postpartum doula devotes to families, she must also take care of herself to avoid burnout. You can only be the best caregiver possible when your glass is also full.

Are you Ready to be a Postpartum Doula?

Ask yourself these questions to make sure you are ready and understand the expectations of the job. If yes, then sign up for our postpartum doula training today!

  • Are you excited to care for Mom and Dad, as much as an infant?
  • Babies enter the world on their own time. Are you flexible with dates and times?
  • Are you willing to work daytime and/or overnight newborn care shifts?
  • If you’re not working with an agency, do you have back-up support if you are ever sick?
  • Do you enjoy cooking and cleaning or will that feel tedious if doing it daily to support families?
  • Do you have strong communication skills and the ability to set boundaries?

We hope you take our online postpartum doula training to add to your resume. If you have any questions please email us at info@bostonbabynurse.com. Keep in mind that if you work with our agency, we will give you the training for free! Apply Today!