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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 four 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, or sign up for our free online e-module "Becoming a doula" HERE!


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?

The main structure of this course is now 4 full days.  3 days in person/online live workshops and 1 full day e-learning module.

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. Four 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 which is completed after each session 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.

3. Post coursework ~ This is a self directed e-module - 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 e-module. This further opportunity has been created to enhance your learning which I encourage you to take time digesting and preparing. This e-module 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. This further learning can be done in your own time and as you complete the e-module assignments you will receive feedback and acknowledgement of completion.  On completion you will receive certification.  Advisory time for e-learning is 8 hours. 

4. Mentoring and Closing the Course ~ Each delegate will be offered a one to one mentoring follow up call. 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 video call. 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. Every delegate can also take full advantage of the course cohort chat group. 


Guided Learning Hours (GLH) for this course are 45

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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 courses as well as extended learning

in the post course e-module.  


How does the learning run?


You will need to attend the four day live training which is set up in a workshop environment either in person or online. These four 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.

Your post course e-module is self directed study with lots of further information to work through after the live sessions. 


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 course e-module 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

Please note - From January 2024 this course will be four full days in person or online in a live workshop. 

Course Cost


*If you have booked onto the Doula UK Introductory day, this will be deducted from your course fee. 
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8/9/23, 9/9/23, 16/9/23 Online

+ self directed e-module

Places available

This course is 3 full days online over 2 weeks. 

You will then spend time on your self directed study e-module.



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3/2/24 - 4/2/24 - Birmingham

& 10/2/24 - 11/2/24 - Online

+ self directed e-module

Places available

This course is 2 full days in person and 2 online, spread over 2 weeks. 

You will then spend time on your self directed study e-module.



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***NEW*** One to One in person or Online

+ self directed e-module

Places available

This course is bespoke at a time to suit you on a one to one basis.

You will spend time on your self directed study e-module following the workshop. 



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10/2/24 - 11/2/24 - Online

24/2/24 - 25/2/24 - Online

+ self directed e-module

Places available

This course is 4 full days online, spread over 3 weeks. 

You will then spend time on your self directed study e-module.



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24/11/23, 26/11/23, 2/12/23 Online

+ self directed e-module


This course is 3 full days online over 2 weeks. 

You will then spend time on your self directed study e-module.



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27/4/24, 28/4/24, 4/5/24 5/5/24 Online

+ self directed e-module

Places available

This course is 4 full days online over 2 weeks. 

You will then spend time on your self directed study e-module.



Refund Policy: 
You have the right to cancel your place anytime - however your £100 deposit is non-refundable once received. 

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.

Upon receipt of your booking form and deposit - you will be sent access to the Doula Moodle. 

This course includes access to:

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

  • Sign up for our free online e-module "Becoming a doula" HERE!

  • Comprehensive Resource File.

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

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

  • NEW Free doula Gift Set - Available for bookings after 16th August 2023. 

  • 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.

  • 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. 

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Course Cost


Free Doula Gift Set for every Doula Course Booking.
*If you have booked onto the Doula UK Introductory day, this will be deducted from your course fee. 
Free Doula Gift Set for every Doula Course Booking.
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