Doula Training at Sweet Stella's is something that we take to heart, and as such we have designed a variety of courses (with more in the queue!) for doulas to continue their education both before and after their formal doula training course. From how to build your business to teaching you about the intricacies of cesarean support, these courses are meant to support, educate and validate you on your doula journey.

Each course comes with mentorship, as well; an element to doula work that Shannon feels strongly about. A mentor is essential to furthering your career and feeling supported in this work. This job can be hard, so having someone to turn to with questions or to simply debrief after a difficult (or awesome) experience is really important, and something that I was missing when I took all of my formal training. Being your mentor is a position I am honoured to hold and one that I take seriously as it helps shape you into a strong leader in your field.

Certification Requirements for the Certified Birth and Postpartum Doula program:


  • Attend and engage in doula training workshop weekend (total 20 hours in-class training)

  • Personalized education plan and mentorship sessions, regularly until certified

  • Submit 3 case studies for review (mandatory 1 birth, other 2 clients may be doulas choice)

  • Theory exam (1 for birth, 1 for postpartum)

  • Mentorship sessions (suggested twice per month until certified, approximately 50-75 hours total)

  • Reflective essay

  • 2 book or documentary reviews

Birth doula training

Certified Birth and Postpartum Doula Training

Hands on training in a classroom environment, small class sizes, and industry experts in London, Ontario! This course includes a 120+ page manual, intensive instruction, continued learning opportunities, lending library and mentorship.

In this course, you will learn:

  • Comfort Measures

  • Signs and Stages of Labour

  • Liability and Confidentiality

  • How to Attract and Retain Clients

  • Labour and Birth Support

  • Postpartum Transitions

and more!

January 18-20, 2019
March 22-24, 2019
May 24-26, 2019
August 16-18, 2019
November 8-10, 2019

$1250 (+HST) {2019 Trainings}

$750 (+HST for cross certification)


Online Certified Birth and Postpartum Doula Training

Extensive doula training with expert knowledge, made available to you for self study at your own pace!

This course includes your doula training manual, videos, supplementary materials, your certification exam and 6 months of mentorship with doula trainer, Shannon Moyer-Szemenyei.

$700 (2018 curriculum)

Payment Plans Available

Cesarean support

Cesarean Support - A Course for Doulas

This online education course was designed for Doulas wishing to learn more about the process of a cesarean birth, as well as how to prepare their clients for the operating room and how to have the most positive birth experience possible.

In this course you will learn:

  • How to prepare your client for their cesarean

  • How to interact with medical staff

  • The basics of the operating room

  • How to support your client during their cesarean

  • How to help them have a positive postpartum transition

and more!

April 14, 2019

London, Ontario



Business and Marketing Strategies for Doulas

Practical strategies  to build your doula practice as a solo practitioner or agency owner, this course takes you through a series of exercises designed to help you hone in on your strengths, uncover your weaknesses and help build a strong foundation for your business.

In this course you will learn:

  • How to define, and find, your target client

  • The benefit to scheduling your social media

  • How to build a strong brand for your business

  • Effective uses of marketing material

  • Who to network with and how to do it

and more!



Crisis Support Training for Doulas

A crisis can strike at anytime during pregnancy birth or postpartum. Do you know what to do if your client is experiencing one? How do you define one, and what is our scope of practice as a doula?

In this course you will learn:

  • How to recognize a crisis situation when it is happening

  • When to call for help, and who to call

  • How to support the partner and family through the crisis

  • The residual impact of crisis on the doula

  • The main areas of crisis for pregnancy, birth and postpartum

and more!

January 27, 2019

London, Ontario



Pregnancy and Infant Loss Support

A comprehensive and compassionate course designed for doulas to provide support to families experiencing a miscarriage or stillbirth.

In this course you will learn:

  • How to prepare to support your client through a miscarriage or stillbirth

  • Practical techniques for physical support

  • Grounding and centering practices

  • Resources for your client and yourself

  • Continuous aftercare

and more!

February 10, 2019

London, Ontario



Private Birth and Postpartum Doula Training

All of the benefits of the Certified Birth and Postpartum Doula Training course, but in a private 1-on-1 learning environment!

Not only will you learn the above mentioned areas such as comfort measures for labour, labour and birth positions, how to attract and retain clients, as well as postpartum transitions but you will also be able to choose from one of our specialty courses!

  • Breath Awareness for Birth

  • Pregnancy and Infant Loss Support

  • Understanding Fertility

  • Cesarean Support

  • Practices of a Calm Birth


From Our Clients

I loved every part of it. It opened my eyes to so many new things I wasn’t aware of. I also came out of the training feeling more confident in myself not only as a woman but a wife and mother! It was a very enlightening experience for me!
— Lindsey
I loved it all. While giving ample time for discussions, stories and experiences, Shannon and Janice are amazing, strong, patient, understanding, beautiful, informative, intelligent, empowering women. The course was so well taught. It was just a glorious experience.
— Christine