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Become a Postpartum Doula in 1 day!

Always dreamed about supporting women after birth? Maybe you have thought about becoming a doula, but were unsure where to start. This one day training will be your springboard to your new doula career. 

Blissful Postpartum Doula

This in-person training will help you quickly understand the Nashville birth scene and give you the skills to start your doula business. You will get support and connect with other local doulas and birth professionals when we add you to our Nashville Facebook group. After the training we will be here to answer any questions you have as you start your business and serve women. If you are interested, we will also send you information on volunteering as a doula in one of the local hospitals.

*This class can also be completed online at your own pace with our pre-recorded videos. Email us to ask about it.

Blissful Postpartum Doula In-Person Training Covers:

(Training video)

  • Duties of a Postpartum Doula 

  • Healthy Boundaries and Pacing

  • Practical and Modest Clothing Choices

  • Having  a Servant Heart for Moms

  • Providing Unbiased Support for Mom's Parenting Choices

  • Entering and Leaving Client's home

  • Holding and Burping a Newborn

  • 5 S's for Swaddling a Newborn

  • Paced Bottle Feeding and Bottle Care

  • Babywearing

  • Signs of Postpartum Depression

  • Continuing Education Options

  • Record Keeping

  • Building Resources for Postpartum Clients

4 - 5 pm Hands on practice with pumps, swaddles, diapering, etc.


Belly Binding Class (additional $70 fee for this class to cover your muslin binding)


After completing the class, you will receive your certificate via email and the exclusive digital Blissful Birthing Trained Postpartum Doula badge in jpeg format.

Meet your trainer, Rebekah Porter by reading her bio. 


Next Trainings:
Smyrna, TN
June 22, 2024
September 14th, 2024

postpartum doula class


* Steps to finish Certification:

1. Attend a postpartum doula one day training.

2. Get educated about breastfeeding: Watch these videos by Global Health or be a La Leche Leader, CLC, or IBCLC



3. Provide postpartum doula support to 2 clients and their families. Submit a one page summary of your work with them, what you learned, what went well, and what you think could have gone better.

4. Create a list of Local Area Resources (45 resources in at least 15 categories)

5. Get CPR trained

6. Baby Loss training via video class.

7. Connect to the community by attending 2 different group meetings. Choose between La Leche League, ICAN, Baby Wearing International, Attachment Parenting International, GroovaRoo, or Nashville Breastfeeding Coalition.

8. Read 3 of the following books and submit a short (2-3 paragraphs) essay of what you learned and how you might use the information in your doula work.

  • Pascali-Bonero, Debra, and Arnold, Jane Nurturing Beginnings: Guide to Postpartum Care for Doulas and Community Outreach Workers

  • Placksin, Sally Mothering the New Mother

  • Kleiman, Karen, and Raskin, Valerie Davis. This Isn't What I Expected: Overcoming Postpartum Depression

  • Ou, Heng The First Forty Days: The Essential Art of Nourishing the New Mother

  • Weissinger, Diane; West,Diana; and Pitman,Teresa The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding

  • Your Baby’s Sleep in the First Year ky Middlemiss & Kendall-Tackett

  • Postpartum Depression & Anxiety by Pacific Post Partum Support Society

  • What You Should Know about Cry It Out by Middlemiss & Kendall-Tackett

Certification Includes:

1. Training workshop

2. (BCPD) credential: “Blissful Certified Postpartum Doula” will be added next to your name to bring confidence and credibility to your business. Blissful Birthing has been in the Nashville community for over 11 years and is a trusted name throughout middle Tennessee.

3. Receive via email a digital Blissful Birthing Certified Postpartum Doula badge to add to your websites and business cards (png and jpeg format).

4. Sample client intake forms & contracts

5. Addition to our exclusive Facebook page for Birth Professionals where you can connect with other local doulas, ask questions, and get support.

6. Never have to renew your certification or pay a yearly fee. Certify once and be done!

7.Complete the certification at your own pace matching your family needs.

8. Email support from an established doula. We are happy to answer your email questions


The website will be updated as trainings become available.

To register for the one day birth doula training please click on the book a class button on the page.  Contact me if you plan on paying cash.

I am excited to share my knowledge with you and help you begin your journey of serving women to have a blissful postpartum.

If you have any questions please contact Rebekah (

Trained Doulas

Frequently Asked Questions

1) With this doula certificate where can you get hired or what companies hire doulas? 

You can get hired with any doula group. The truth is that there is only one "doula" group around here that hires more doulas and they only hire once a doula leaves their group which is not very often. Most doulas start their own business or band together to start a group. 


2)  Are we signing up only for a class to get info on how to become a doula or is it an actual course? 

You are signing up for an actual course. What I cover is listed above and will be a springboard to developing great skills to serve women.


3) Do we get a certificate simply for attending the class?

You will get a trained certificate at the end of the class. Certification requires additional work.


4) Do we pay extra for taking a test for the certificate ? If so, how much is the test?

There is no test. Just a fun day of learning! You are going to be a great doula.


5) Is the certificate good only in certain state or all over U.S?

It is good in any state. No state requires a certificate. You can just start your doula work. If you want to be hired at a hospital, some of them require that you are certified through the organization they pick. 


6) How often do you have to retake the certificate test?

Never! Improving your doula skills depends on you. A test is not going to make you a good doula nor tell me if you are good at what you do. Your passion for learning and serving women will drive you to improve in ways that a test never can.


7) Does the certificate expire if you don't do doula jobs?

Nope! It is yours forever.


8) Do you have to report to the state that you are doing doula jobs for your certification to stay active?

No state requires doulas to be trained or certified. It is not a job that is legally mandated in any way. Anybody can all herself a doula. It just makes the job easier if you have been trained. 


9) How much does a doula get paid per job?

A doula charges what she wants. Nobody and no law mandates that. A beginning doula charges about $20 an hour. A doula who is certified will charge about $32. It takes about 18 hard working months to start and grow your business.  Clients will not fall in your lap. You have to work to get them. 

10) What is a day in the life of the doula like?

That is a very tough question to answer. There are many ups and downs. Once nice thing about postpartum work is that you can schedule it. The hard thing is that doing postpartum care 3 nights a week and caring for your own family is exhausting if you do it for weeks at a time.

If you are a trained doula and want more tips to get your business started, visit my new doulas page.

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