Training and Certification


Become a certified MOTHERPATH Labor & Postpartum Doula

The Gathering Place has established itself as an essential resource not only for pregnant and new families in South Florida, but also for professionals and aspiring professionals interested in careers as doulas, lactation consultants, breastfeeding and childbirth educators and midwives. Over the last five years we have hosted a number of trainings including a variety of certification programs for birth and postpartum doulas. Providing doula services to all expectant families is a central part of what we offer at our center and through our non-profit Project Motherpath. We host trainings not only to grow the community of birth professionals locally but also to supply our own staff. We've observed over the years that because South Florida is such a unique and challenging environment for pregnant and birthing families, often there are gaps in traditional doula training programs that limit their ability to prepare doulas for birth climate here. We are incredibly excited to announce that we have created a doula certification program specifically designed to not only give new doulas a solid 4-day foundational training in the basics of being a birth and postpartum doula, but also includes 3-6 additional days of specialized training from our Doula Toolkit that we believe is absolutely critical for working with the diverse array of clients across South Florida and as part of The Gathering Place doula team.

Our training begins with 2 weekends (Saturday + Sunday) of core training followed by 3 or 6 days of training and discussion groups over the course of the following four months depending whether you select the Basic or Advanced Certification.

Basic Certification (65 hours)

Specialization Courses / Basic Certification ($749):


  • So You Attended a Doula Training Now What?

  • They Are Not Alone I Perinatal Mental Health and Postpartum Mood Disorders

  • Eating for Two | Appropriate Nutritional Guidance for Pregnancy and Postpartum

  • Avoiding Incompetence | Cultural Sensitivity and Social Justice in Birth

  • Closing the Gap | A Maternal Child Health Primer for Doulas -

  • It's Complicated | Managing VBACs, Multiples & Other Twists & Turns

  • Grieving and Healing After a Traumatic Birth: Implications for Doula Care

  • On the Spectrum | Caring for LGBTQIA Families

Intermediate Certification (85 hours)

Specialization Courses / Intermediate Certification ($1049):

  • Aromatherapy for Birth & Postpartum

  • Mother Massage 101

  • Supporting all Options | Doula Care following Abortion

  • When a Baby Dies | Providing Pregnancy & Infant Loss Support

  • A Womb's Herbal | Pregnancy Birth & Postpartum Herbal Support

  • It's Everybody's Baby | Understanding & Supporting Adoption

Advanced Certification (105 hours)

Certified Breastfeeding Educator / Advanced Certification ($1349):

This 20-hour three day course foundation course is perfect for nurses, doulas, childbirth educators and community workers in maternal -child health and focuses on providing services to pregnant women to encourage the initiation and continuation of breastfeeding. The course discusses strategies for providing anticipatory guidance and support in order to prevent breastfeeding problems, to address barriers to breastfeeding, and to enable women to overcome any perceived or actual breastfeeding problems. Upon completion of course and post-test, attendees will receive certificate of Breastfeeding Counselor course completion, with 20 CEU’s for RN's and 19.5 LCERPS. 


Our comprehensive 65-105 hour training program includes easy online access to program organizers via an online learning classroom, direct mentorship and community not only essential during the certification process but also as you get started as a new doula. When you take a MOTHERPATH doula training you will not only benefit from the combined 50+ years experience of our trainers, but also from becoming part of The Gathering Place/ Magnolia Birth House family.

Registration requires a $475 non-refundable deposit. Once registered, you will receive a complementary copy of a book from our reading list as well as a code to register for our Your Amazing Newborn, Breastfeeding Basics and Giving Birth with Confidence monthly workshops. All three classes should be attended prior to the first day of training. Balance of training cost is due within 21 days of training. Doulas have 12-18 months from the date of their training workshop to complete certification.

Core training is all 4 days. Each cohort is limited to 10. Our 2018/2019 training dates are as follows:

  • June 15-16th, 2019 and June 29-30th, 2019 (early Summer) CLOSED

  • August 17-18th, 2019 and August 31 - September 1st, 2019 (late Summer) CLOSED

  • November 16-17th, 2019 and November 30th - December 1st, 2019 (Fall) OPEN

Training & Certification Cost: $749.00 (basic), $1049 (intermediate), $1349.00 (advanced)

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