Holistic Doula Certificate
The Holistic Doula Certificate is the most comprehensive Doula program in North America. The education and training provided within the Holistic Doula Certificate is based on complementary and integrative approaches, bridging the standard Maternal Health model with holistic therapies. Upon completion, students are prepared to serve as prenatal, birth and postpartum Doulas providing comprehensive support to people across the perinatal period.
Length: 15 weeks
Offered: Winter, Fall semesters
Hours: 270 total
Program Enrolment: Maximum 18
I am so grateful to have made the decision to attend the Holistic Doula Certification at PRC. I left the program feeling excited, prepared and inspired to work as a Doula. Not only did I gain the practical knowledge and technical skills to work as a doula but I also learned the business skills to make this work obtainable and sustainable.
– Gabrielle Emmett, Alumnus
Why Pacific Rim College?
What You’ll Learn:
Key Learning Outcome #1
To gain the skills and knowledge to work as a Prenatal, Birth and Postpartum Doula.
Key Learning Outcome #2
The experience to establish a private inclusive doula services business or join or create an integrative health clinic or birthing centre.
Key Learning Outcome #3
An in-depth understanding of anatomy and physiology, especially in relation to the human reproductive system.
Key Learning Outcome #4
Working knowledge of complementary therapies to provide enhanced, safe client experiences.
Key Learning Outcome #5
Ethics of the Doula practitioner and a strong understanding of the role of the midwife and other medical practitioners.
The Holistic Doula program really exceeded all of my expectations. The teachers were all amazing professionals from their field, many of them still practicing while teaching. They created a safe space to explore ourselves as Doulas and as individuals. I left the program with a huge amount of confidence, a plethora of new skills and an authentic Doula practice. I would recommend it to anyone looking for a well rounded Doula training program and also to practicing Doulas looking to upgrade their training (like I was). For the ultimate Doula training program, look no further!
– Vanessa Brown, Alumnus
Core Program Instructors
Laura is a birth and postpartum doula who co-manages the innovative business Birdsong Brooklyn.
Since 2005 Michelle has been one of Vancouver’s busiest and most-skilled Doulas. She is a Childbirth Educator, perinatal loss doula, and has attended well over 700 births.
Jeannie is a Naturopathic Doctor and educator. She focuses on women’s reproductive health, and has a certificate of midwifery and natural childbirth
Angela is a Registered Midwife and the founder of It Starts With Birth.
Arwen Brenneman is an entrepreneur who loves the authentic storytelling that comes with good marketing. In 2011, Arwen became a doula and prenatal educator with Birthing From Within.
Malcolm turns old art forms into very practical life skills and has built techniques to relieve physical, environmental and emotional stresses.
Carrie is a Naturopathic Doctor, yoga teacher and senior educator at PRC.
Celina is a Registered Acupuncturist and is certified in Tui Na, a traditional Chinese medical branch of bodywork.
Amy is a Medical Herbalist and a professional member the Canadian Herbalist Association of British Columbia.
Alyssa completed her 200hr RYT Yoga Teacher Training in 2011 and her Prenatal Yoga training and her Doula Training both in 2016.
The Holistic Doula Certificate provides a practical foundation with varying therapeutic approaches, enabling graduates to become competent and confident doulas. The depth and breadth of this program not only provides tools for the doula’s practice, but also takes students on their own journey, finding what doula work will mean for them from an intentional and educated perspective.
Below are the courses that comprise the Holistic Doula Certificate Program. Successful completion of all components is necessary for graduation.
Holistic Doula Certificate
This program is approved for Canada Student Loans. British Columbia residents can apply for student loans online through StudentAid BC. For non-British Columbia residents, please visit hrsdc.gc.ca for information about Canada Student Loans.
For a list of all financial aid programs available to PRC students, please visit our Financial Aid page.
Graduates of the Holistic Doula Certificate Program may work as Prenatal, Birth and Postpartum Doulas and may use knowledge and experience gained to establish a private inclusive doula services business or join or create an integrative health clinic or birthing centre.
Pacific Rim College certified Holistic Doulas (program alumni) have met the highest education standards available for doula training in North America. Having gained extensive education in a variety of disciplines, graduates are poised to change the current standards of what it means to be a doula in North America, working with an expanded scope that sets them apart.
All students are eligible to partake in the Doula Mentorship once they have completed all classroom requirements of the certificate program.