Lifespan Doulas

Location: Michigan


Training offered
Lifespan Doulas offers professional doula training and certification for the complete lifespan. Become a birth, postpartum, or end-of-life doula. All programs are online and feature a blend of self-paced study and live interaction/community building on Zoom. A 100% self-paced option is also available, your choice. Become a full-spectrum doula and invest in one of our discounted Doula Business Builder Training Bundles (payment plans available). Our focus is on the development of doula support skills, building a strong foundation of knowledge in your chosen specialty area(s), and proactive prevention of trauma for all families. Our professional and accessible certification process is included in the course fee and can be completed shortly after training. We specialize in small business basics and offer guidance for launching your doula business, including our comprehensive Doula Business Guide Online Training program. Owner/doula trainer/author Patty Brennan is an expert in helping folks embrace the creative process of launching a doula practice.
Summary of qualifications
Patty Brennan is the owner and visionary force behind Lifespan Doulas. For 40 years, she has been a doula, midwife, educator, author, nonprofit executive, and entrepreneur. Patty has personally trained approximately 2500 people to become doulas. She was a DONA International approved birth and postpartum doula trainer from 2002 to 2021. As the founder/executive director of two community-based nonprofit doula programs in Michigan, Patty has helped make doulas widely available in her home state, especially for low-income families. She is the author of The Doula Business Guide: How to Create a Successful Birth, Postpartum, or End-of-Life Doula Business and The Doula Business Guide Workbook: Tools to Create a Thriving Practice, both in their 3rd edition. Patty has been educating and supporting families to become their own best advocates and successfully navigate healthcare systems since 1983. She became interested in end-of-life issues after supporting two sets of parents through their final days, witnessing the remarkable similarities between birth and death, and what it means to hold space for these major life transitions. Patty developed and launched the end-of-life doula training in 2016 and has earned the NEDA Proficiency Badge from the National End-of-Life Doula Alliance.
Style of teaching
I became a childbirth educator in 1983 on my path to become a homebirth midwife. Over the years, I discovered that I love teaching! I think of teaching as empowerment, which is closely aligned with the concept of doula-ing. Helping people understand their options and find their own path forward, based on their values. I see myself as a guide, doula-ing YOU as you find your place in the doula world, bringing your own brand of support to families in your community. We start with getting you well grounded in the basics and work on building skills, including communication and hands-on support skills. We emphasize the doula model of care and scope of practice and how to apply it in service to families. All trainings are online and include a hybrid option of self-paced learning combined with live interactive sessions, though a 100% self-paced option is available. Teaching methods are varied, including video lessons, PowerPoint lectures, reading, quizzes, exercises, demonstrations, guided visualization, brainstorming, checklists, templates (for future use in your practice), and more.
Years offering training

Languages Spoken

  • English

Profile last updated: 6/3/2022 12:23:07 PM

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