How to Become a Postpartum Doula

By: Care Messer | Doulas, Podcast, Postpartum | January 18, 2024

I want to say this show is for doulas and childbirth educators BUT – there is also so much good information for parents in here! In this podcast episode, Darla Burns, a long time CAPPA postpartum doula trainer discusses the multifaceted role of postpartum doulas. I have been in Darla’s training and it was the best thing I could have taken as doula and childbirth educator. I use this education everyday. As a birth doula, you may have some misconceptions about what a postpartum doula does or how they compare to a newborn care specialist or even a baby nurse. Darla clears that up.

Darla explains the advantages of how taking a postpartum doula training will round out your education even if you never plan on actually doing postpartum work. As educators- this training will give you so much more insight as to help families prepare ahead of time for postpartum. And as a doula you will have more information and confidence as you are seeing families after birth and may be the main resource provider for them.

Darla covers certification, the teaching aspects of the job, the importance of setting realistic expectations, and also putting in place great boundaries for your work! Darla has a $50 off code for anyone who wants to jump into her training this year so take advantage of that and let’s get you started! (Care50)

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About the author:
Care is the founder of the Birth Education Center, San Diego HypnoBirthing and Cuddle Sanctuary San Diego. She is a Birth Educator, Hypnotherapist, Birth and Postpartum Doula, INNATE Care Provider, Erotic Blueprint Coach and also professional Cuddler. She specializes in connection work between people and increasing self boundaries for a more balanced life together.


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