doula training course

Doula Preparation Course
Doula UK Approved

Every Birth Matters

Doula Preparation Course


Every Birth Matters is now offering a Doula UK approved preparation course over a three days in Birmingham and online courses.


Doula's come from many different walks of life usually because of their birth experiences themselves.  You may have been asked to be someones birth partner and you want to feel more prepared or you may be wanting to change your career.  Some doula's also have experience in other areas such as Hypnobirthing,  Pregnancy yoga or Antenatal education, it doesn't matter what your experiences are as long as you have a desire to want to support and nurture women, pregnant people and their families.

If you are unsure perhaps attending a Doula UK Introductory day might help.


What is a Doula?

A Doula offers friendship and support to pregnant mums, pregnant people and partners as well as their families throughout their pregnancies. A doula who supports in pregnancy and birth is usually known as a "Birth Doula" a doula who supports after a baby has been born is known as a "Postnatal Doula".  Some doula's will do both and some doula's choose to do one or the other usually because of various commitments you may have.  This course is useful for either role that you are considering.


Doula's are in very privileged position of trust and our role is to empower, listen and support women and pregnant people in their choices, we often support families through the first stages of baby care, bathing, sleeping and breastfeeding,  We are there not to necessarily do, but to just be with.


If this is what you are looking to do and would like to be prepared within your role as a doula or birth partner then this is the course for you.

To read more about doula's click here

The course is offered using blended learning techniques to give you times for learning, self study and reflection. 


What does the course cover?

To obtain a certificate you will need to complete the following modules;


1. Pre-course Learning ~ This gives you the opportunity for some reflective practice, and to build on your knowledge and skills with a fully comprehensive assignment that consists of questions that will enhance your learning experience and prepare you for your workshop and post course work. This research task also allows you to practice your research skills. Prior to the course there will be a one hour online discussion where we can introduce ourselves. Additional resources can be access here via our Brand New ONLINE DOULA MOODLE.

2. Pre course Introduction - Online ~ This is a chance for us to meet online before the workshop and we will look at the course layout, introduce the core principles of doulaing and answer any questions ahead of the 3 day workshops. This session is 1.5 hours if you are doing an in person course, or 3 hours if doing a online course.


3. Three day workshop ~ The workshop is action packed with a range of activities where you will have time to think and reflect as well as work with the other supportive delegates discussing, reflecting, questioning and exploring the birthing world and why women/pregnant people want to hire a doula? All the course content meets the Doula UK curriculum plus more.  You will have the opportunity to write a learning journal and action set points for your journey as a doula after the course finishes. 

The in person course days will run 9.30am to 6pm.

The online workshops will run 9.30 - 5pm.

4. Post coursework ~ After three full days of exploration and self-discovery, you might want to take a few days to digest. Then when you are ready you can begin your post course assignments. There are seven tasks altogether which I encourage you to take time digesting and preparing. These assignment will give you further self-acknowledgement about how you can work as a doula as well as expanding further on the birth world that surrounds you as a doula.  It creates opportunity for networking and beginning your work with your first client, of which you will be supported.  Every delegate will receive written feedback with certification. From September 2022 - the post course assignment will be delivered as a self directed study module. 

5. Mentoring and Closing the Course ~ Group peer support will be offered as a 1 off session 4 weeks after the course. This can be used as an opportunity for us to meet up again, discuss your post coursework module, business preparation, insurance and mentoring. This session will be online. We will also then discuss further mentoring upon completion as we offer mentoring as an extension of our support. To read more about mentoring for doulas please see here

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Doula UK Core Curriculum: 


  • Anatomy and Physiology of pregnancy and Birth

  • Hospital and Home Births

  • Infant feeding

  • Cultural sensitivity, values and attitudes

  • Pregnancy, labour and birth

  • Communication skills

  • The Role of Hormones

  • Language

  • Birth wishes

  • Emotional and practical support

  • First six weeks of having a newborn

  • Bonding and Attachment

  • Pain relief options available

  • Professional boundaries

  • Role of a  birth doula and postnatal doula 

  • Relationships between doulas and midwives

  • Loss and bereavement

  • Safeguarding

  • Finding Work - setting up you business

  • Various skills required to be a good Childbirth Support Partner.

All of these subjects will be covered in face to face and online course.  


How does the learning run?


You will need to attend the three day training which is set up in a workshop environment. These three days we will cover varying activities in order for you to maximise your learning and build on your confidence for becoming a doula. The workshops are usually ran within the following time scales;


In person course is: 9.30am - 6pm.         Online course: 9.30am - 5pm

Times might change depending on location - you will be informed of all timings at initial interest. 


There is a pre-course assignment to complete prior to attending the workshops, after the workshop has been attended you will then have access to all the other assignments to complete at your own leisure but within six months of the workshops.  As your tutor I will be able to support you through this should you need it. The assignments are designed for you to complete and submit online or via email.  The assignments are designed to help you with further learning and understanding as well as building your confidence as a doula.


No certificates can be issued until all assignments are complete.  You can obtain Doula Student Insurance so you can begin working as a doula whilst you complete your post coursework and begin your mentoring journey.


This course is designed to build upon your knowledge, encourage personal learning as well as some research which is facilitated through the assignments.

If you are still not sure sign up to our free online "Becoming a doula" Online free e-learning module here

Course Cost


*If you have booked onto the Doula UK Introductory day, this will be deducted from your course fee. 


16th, 23rd & 30th October 22

Places available

This is a full 3 days interactive live online, spread over 3 Sundays.



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14/1/23 & 15/1/23 - In person

21/1/23 - Online LIVE

Places available

This course give you 2 days in person learning and 1 day interactive online.



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15/4/23 & 16/4/23 - In person

22/4/23 - Online LIVE

Places available

This course give you 2 days in person learning and 1 day interactive online.



Refund Policy: 
Your right to cancel and receive a full refund starts the moment you pay your deposit of £100 to secure your place and ends after 14 days.

Remaining payment for the doula course is due in total 21 days before the first day of the workshop.

If you cancel between less than day 21, but before day 10 of the course, you will only receive 50% refund of total paid less the deposit.

Cancellations after day 10 will not result in any refund.  You will be offered to transfer to another course subject to availability.

If the course is cancelled by the provider for any reason – you will be offered the opportunity to book onto another course or have a full refund. If you opt to transfer onto another course – you cannot then ask for a full refund AND you can only transfer once to another course matching the course you have booked ie: online or in person.

Access to Doula Moodle will be given once 14 days after paying deposit ends. 

This course includes access to:

  • Approved Course that meets the core curriculum content for Doula UK membership.

  • Comprehensive Resource File.

  • Access to DOULA MOODLE inclusive of pre course materials and assignment.

  • Access to various E-books to further enhance you knowledge.

  • Access to E-Learning courses to further enhance your development.

  • Doula E-Resources online via the Every Birth Matters website.

  • Access to additional CPD learning workshops (fees may apply)

  • Access to additional online learning/training videos.

  • Online support in a private Every Birth Matters Social Media Forum with other doulas and educators that have trained with me.

  • Recommended reading/website/video list.

  • Comprehensive student discount on insurance so you can begin your practice.

  • Doula Directory Listing (name, business name, email, phone number and website)

  • Discount vouchers from other partnering services.

  • Access to purchase a range of additional doula resources (additional cost).

  • Bespoke mentoring programme to support and empower your working doula journey (additional fees apply).

Once you have applied for the course and full payment has been made you will receive your pre-coursework, you will receive the Doula Preparation Training Manual when you attend the workshops. Full payment must be received at least 21 days before the workshop begins.  You can secure your place now with a non-refundable deposit of £100. 


Once certification is complete. You can then join the membership of Doula UK and begin your mentoring journey.

To book onto the Doula Preparation course, please complete the enrollment form.

Every Birth Matters Teaching code of practice can be found on the main practitioner page.

Please contact me for an informal telephone chat to discuss the course and to make sure this suits what you are looking for. 

Course Cost


*If you have booked onto the Doula UK Introductory day, this will be deducted from your course fee. 

07751 077755

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