NBDA Postpartum Doulas are professionally trained individuals who specialize in immediate postpartum support, from 0-3 months, for recently birthed families.

They are experts trained to help identify and offer support around postpartum issues such as breastfeeding, sleep support, nutrition, mental and emotional wellness, physical healing and more. Postpartum Doulas offer varying levels of support depending on the needs of the family.

The Fourth Trimester is the most underestimated time of pregnancy. The NBDA equips trainees with knowledge of the importance of timing around holistically healing the body from a realistic approach.

Welcome To This Live Course

Course Outline

Schedule: 8:30am – 5pm daily

*** This is an EXTENDED TRAINING ***

This training is designed for students who need to move at a slower pace. You will sit in class for one day a week and then have a week to study and digest the information. There will be homework exercises each week to help reinforce the information.

Class Dates:

Friday Nov 5, 2021
Friday, Nov 12, 2021
Friday, Nov 19, 2021

NBDA Licensed Instructor Event

  • Week 1

    ● What Postpartum really means?

    ● What is a Postpartum Doula

    ● The First 40 Days – Healing Techniques

    ● Postpartum Nutrition – Healing Foods

    ● Birth Effects on Postpartum Recovery

    ● Postpartum Physiology – The body’s Healing process (Vaginal birth & C-section)

    ● How to support the Partner in Postpartum

  • Week 2

    ● What is Postpartum Depression?

    ● How to identify Postpartum Depression – Signs

    ● Symptoms & Racial Differences & Depression

    ● Identifying Postpartum Danger Signs

    ● Breastfeeding

    ● LGBTQIA Families, Support & Resources

    ● Basic Newborn Care

  • Week 3

    ● The Business Behind it All

    ● Working with new Families amid Covid-19

    ● Taking Precautions in your Practice

    ● Building your Postpartum

    ● Practice & Infrastructure

    ● Business Development

    ● Mentorship

Meet Your Trainers

NBDA® Birth & Postpartum Doula Instructor

Akilah V. Witherspoon

The only daughter of a teacher, Akilah was born into a life of education. From a young age, she has been trained in the art of instruction. After teaching kindergarten for two years in high school, Akilah decided that she WAS NOT going to be a teacher when she grew up. Little did she know, life had different plans for her. Today she “teaches” families about how to prepare for birth and postpartum and to understand the physical process of labor. She also trains new doulas seeking certification and professional development. Ms. Witherspoon has a background in biology and earned her bachelors from Howard University. After graduation, she worked as a research assistant studying Uterine Fibroids. During her time working on that project, she discovered a need to focus on women’s reproductive health, but it was the birth of her daughter that truly started her on her journey towards becoming a doula. After working in the field for some time as a Perinatal Community Health Worker and home visitor, she has learned more about what families need in order to thrive during pregnancy, birth and postpartum. As a Full Spectrum Doula and Certified Lactation Counselor (CLC), she teaches what she has learned over the years so that more families can have positive birth outcomes.

Payment plan options are available

*Please note that if you are registering LESS than 3 months out, your payment options lessen.

**Please Note: There are NO REFUNDS issued for trainings. When you complete the Enrollment Form, you are agreeing to this. However, we do issue a 1-year credit that can be applied to future trainings.

Once your enrollment is complete, you will receive some information directly from your instructor via email.

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