ICEA Approved Postpartum Doula Workshop

ICEA Postpartum Doula: Care Through the First 1,000 Days

MTM Training offers a postpartum doula care through the first 1,000 days  training that is approved by ICEA for certification purposes.  In our 2 day interactive training you will learn the basics of becoming an independent postpartum doula who can provide care not only in the immediate postpartum period, but throughout the first 1,000 days of life..  You will leave your training with the skills to start your business.  Your trainer who has been working in the birth world for more than 15 yrs will serve as your mentor assisting you through your journey as you go from novice postpartum doula to becoming experienced.  

This training is only one step towards certification and trainees should visit the ICEA website  for full details on certification requirements and fees.  

At this workshop we will go over all of the basics of becoming a postpartum doula.  We do a lot of interactive activities, have discussions, there are lectures and videos, and you get to try your hand at providing support in a mock setting.....we touch on many different aspects and explore all types of learning styles.  All of this provides participants the opportunity to also expand your learning and experience as we go through the three days.  The topics we cover (although not in this order) include:

  • ICEA and Postpartum Doula Certification
  • Mother’s Physical Recovery
  • Postpartum Emotions
  • Family Dynamics
  • Newborn Appearance
  • Baby Care
  • Breastfeeding
  • Listening and Communication Skills
  • How to facilitate a strong relationship in the families you work with before the baby arrives
  • How to help foster development (physical, emotional, social, intellectual, and brain) so that families and children can be confident and strong.
  • Learn developmental play appropriate at each stage of life from birth through preschool age
  • Learn about developmental screenings to help alert families of potential issues that may need additional follow up with their providers
  • Replenishing the Doula Spirit – Maintaining the Passion
  • Safety and Self CarE

The first 2 days are from 9 am to 6:30 pm, and the third optional day goes until 6 pm (or later).  Class stays open the third day as long as you have business related questions and need assistance.  

Training fee: $525 ICEA workshop only / $600 with added business training

For anyone planning on working for themselves I highly encourage adding on the 3rd day for an additional $75.  Learn more about the business workshop here  (By adding the business workshop I include unlimited phone and email mentoring support from the date of registering through the completion of certification, access to my e-newsletters that take you from training to business owner in 224 days).  

Registrations that occur within one month of the training will incur a $50 late registration fee unless stated otherwise.* 


The exact location of the training will be determined one month before the event is scheduled to occur based upon the number of people enrolled (unless it is already listed below).  There must be a minimum of four people enrolled for the training to run, and there will be a limited number of late registration spots available.  

Important Information

When registering for your postpartum doula workshop please note that if you are flying in please consider calling us to ensure the workshop is running before making flight and hotel arrangements.  Unless it is marked below that the workshop will definitely run.

All workshop fees are non-refundable.  Thank you.

This workshop has been approved for 16.0 ICEA Contact Hours, 16.0 nursing contact hours, and 16.0 R-CERPs. This continuing nursing education activity was approved by the Western Multi-State Division, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, and Utah Nurses Associations are members of the Western Multi-State Division of the American Nurses Association. (WMSD Approval ID #: 167-16) Continuing Education Recognition Points (CERPs) have been awarded through the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners ® (IBLCE®). 

Unless it is already noted below that the workshop will run.


"Training with ICEA and Michelle showed me that there are so many ways to be compassionate doula.  It was wonderful to be in a situation where I could learn not only from my wonderful instructor but also the other women who joined me. After my training, I felt more able to support women and their partners in a variety of ways, everything from emotional and physical suport to even just being a calm voice and presence when necessary." Stephanie Umstot (2016) 

Workshop Dates/Locations 9 am to 6:30 pm (3rd day optional)

November 9-11 Cary, NC

Jessica (host)

329 Royal Delta Drive

Cary, NC 27519

This workshop will run!

December 12-14, 2018 Miami, FL

Embassy Suites Miami Airport

3974 NW S River Dr

Miami, FL 33142

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January 23-25,2019 Milwaukee, WI

Milwaukee Doulas/Mothering the Mother

1586 S. 81st St

West Allis, WI 53214

This workshop will run!

February 19-21, 2019 Orlando, FL

Homewood Suites by Hilton Orlando Nearest Universal Studios

5893 American Way

Orlando, FL 32819

February 26-28, 2019 Atlanta, GA

Hampton Inn & Suites Atlanta Airport

3450 Bobby Brown Parkway

Atlanta, GA 30344

April 9-11, 2019 Sacramento, CA

Double Tree Suites by Hilton Sacramento-Rancho Cordova

11260 Point East D

Rancho, Cordova, CA 95742

April 16-18, 2019 Minneapolis, MN

Homewood Suites by Hilton Minneapolis - Mall of America

2261 Kilebrew Dr

Bloomington, MN 55425

June 18-20, 2019 Boston, MA

Homewood Suites by Hilton Boston-Peabody

57 Newbury St

Peabody, MA 01960

July 9-11, 2019 Seattle, WA

Embassy Suites by Hilton Seattle North Lynnwood

20610 44th Avenue West

Lynnwood, WA 98036

July 30-August 1, 2019 Philadelphia, PA

Exact location: TBD

August 13-15, 2019 Los Angeles, CA

Exact location: TBD

September 17-19, 2019 Portland, OR

Exact location: TBD

September 24-26, 2019 Phoenix/Tempe, AZ

Exact location: TBD

November 7-9, 2019 Charlotte, NC

Exact location: TBD