Fertility Doula

Become a Fertility Support Practitioner with Doula School International

This dynamic certification is a hybrid learning experience, combining LIVE Webinars, online learning, and mentorship to enhance your offerings to your clients and become a Fertility Doula.

Supporting Families

According to the WHO, 1 in 6 People Globally are Affected by Infertility.  

With a rising number of people facing fertility issues, the demand for accurate, evidence-based support is needed now more than ever. Many families and individuals are seeking support to understand the best options for themselves based on their reproductive health, circumstances, and family dynamics. 

 

The Fertility Doula (or Fertility Support Practitioner) is a one-of-a-kind program designed to deepen your confidence in compassionate support and practices related to fertility, preconception, and assisted reproductive technologies.

 

As a Fertility Doula, you will skillfully help clients by offering emotional support, informational support, and advocacy to help families explore which fertility route is best for them.

 

In this role, you will…

  • Understand the latest in reproductive science, the body’s psychophysiological response to stress, and how that impacts fertility. 
  • Broaden your understanding of the experience of (in)fertility at all stages. 
  • Be able to offer information about the technicalities involved with getting pregnant through Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART).

This dynamic certification is a hybrid learning experience, combining LIVE Webinars, online learning, and mentorship to enhance your offerings to your clients and become a Fertility Doula. With open enrollment, you can begin anytime!

Ideal for:

This certification is for anyone who deeply cares, realizes that people need help, and who wants to support individuals and families on their fertility journey.

  • Individuals on their own fertility journey who want to gain a deeper understanding of their options
  • Birth workers who want to expand their scope of practice to include supporting clients with fertility
  • Individuals in related fields who want to deepen their knowledge and skills

Duration and Effort:

50+ Hours

5 LIVE Mandatory Webinars

8 Modules of Self-Guided Online Learning

6 Assignments and 8 Small Quizzes

Required Reading (3 books)

1-24 months

Certifications:

Fertility Doula / Fertility Support Practitioner

Mentorship:

32 hours of direct contact with your instructor throughout the LIVE modules

Each cohort also has access to a supportive forum of peers, offering a safe space to ask questions, share resources and support learning

Ongoing one-on-one support from mentors is available through email and scheduled meetings

Materials:

Self-directed learning modules and LIVE classes Students are responsible for purchasing or borrowing the required readings. 3 books total are required including the book: Taking Charge of Your Fertility, 20th Anniversary Edition: The Definitive Guide to Natural Birth Control, Pregnancy Achievement, and Reproductive Health

Flexible Learning

We offer flexible learning to help you achieve your personal and professional goals of becoming a Fertility Doula.

LIVE Webinars are offered each quarter with your Instructor. 

The webinars are offered three times per year to ensure you are able to attend all 5 sessions throughout your certification period. 

These webinars will enhance your learning and offer a time to collaborate with your peers and receive mentorship from your instructor. Attendance at the 5 LIVE Webinars is mandatory for certification completion within a 24-month period.

2024 Fertility LIVE WEBINARS: 

Session 1

CLOSED

Session 2

Class 1 –  April 11, 7:30pmEST

Class 2-   April 25, 1:30pmEST

Class 3-   May 9, 7:30pmEST

Class 4-   May 16, 1:30pmEST

Class 5-   May 23, 7:30pmEST

Session 3

Class 1 – September 12, 1:30pmEST

Class 2-  September 26, 7:30pmEST

Class 3-  October 10, 1:30pmEST

Class 4-  October 24, 7:30pmEST

Class 5-  November 7, 1:30pmEST

LIVE VIRTUAL

Curious about what’s required to complete this certification?
$595 USD*
  • Each student has 24 months to complete the following certification requirements:
  • Attend 5 LIVE virtual webinars
  • Complete all designated online course modules
  • Achieve a minimum grade of 80% on all module quizzes
  • Obtain 8 approved Educational Units and provide a written summary about your experience (within or outside Doula Canada)
  • Completion of all core assignments – 6 in total
  • Complete required reading, with review (3 books total, included one specific text)
  • Practical assessment hours for at least two clients, totaling 10 hours each
  • Achieve a minimum grade of 85% on an online final examination (proctored)

Payment Plan

Curious about what’s required to complete this certification?
$225USD*
  • Make 3 Monthly Payments for your Payment Plan
  • Attend 5 LIVE virtual webinars
  • Complete all designated online course modules
  • Achieve a minimum grade of 80% on all module quizzes
  • Obtain 8 approved Educational Units and provide a written summary about your experience (within or outside Doula Canada)
  • Completion of all core assignments – 6 in total
  • Complete required reading, with review (3 books total, included one specific text)
  • Practical assessment hours for at least two clients, totaling 10 hours each
  • Achieve a minimum grade of 85% on an online final examination (proctored)
fertility doula

Why Choose Doula School International?

We are dedicated to offering an amazing learning experience that truly equips you with the information you need to confidently become a Fertility Doula.

We use a variety of philosophies, teaching strategies, and adult learning techniques to make sure you feel prepared to step into this role and support individuals and families through their fertility journey.

Experience a comprehensive 50+ hour exploration into fertility support. Learn to provide invaluable support to the families you serve as they prepare for their new arrival and navigate unexpected circumstances.

Join a global movement dedicated to enhancing birth experiences and upholding the rights of all perinatal individuals. Make a genuine impact in people’s lives while pursuing your passion and expanding your client services.

This HYBRID self-study and LIVE program makes it easy to dive in anytime, plus we offer a passionate family of thousands of Doulas and CBEs who are available 24/7 via our online community. No annual membership or renewal fees.

Doula School International offers a globally esteemed certification program that sets a high standard.

Here’s why our certification is exceptional:

Distinguished Accreditation and Worldwide Recognition: 

The expertise and learning you acquire through Doula School International are culturally pertinent and supported by an internationally renowned certification and organization. This acknowledgment highlights the credibility, depth, and quality maintained by our training curriculum for the last two decades.

 

Surpassing Industry Expectations:

Our certification goes beyond the standard practices. It signifies that you’ve completed thorough training, ensuring you possess the necessary skills and knowledge essential in this profession. 

 

Innovative Leadership:

Aside from being a leading training institution, we’ve pioneered hospital doula programs on a global scale. We take immense pride in providing every individual with a solid groundwork, continuous professional opportunities, and credibility for their journey as a Fertility Doula.

Cynthia

I think this is a wonderful and much needed program. I see this specialty really helping so many lives. Even as a trained midwife I learned so much! I was personally guided and mentored through this entire journey and was provided with honest and constructive feedback that I greatly appreciate.

Rachelle Stimac

I must say, I enrolled for the holistic program and I’ve listened to the first audio introduction and OH MY I am excited! This course is what my dreams are made of. Cannot waaaait to have these tools under my belt. Doula School is incredible. I am so grateful for you!

Johanna

The videos on these modules for the dual stream are SO GOOD. First of all it’s great to be able to see/hear you guys especially as a home-study person and secondly so much of the content is covering stuff I was really wondering about (e.g what is meant by emotional support, and the nuances of relationship building with primary care folks). Loving it!!

Nadia

Training with Doula School to become a Birth Doula has been an amazing positive experience in my life. I feel so blessed to have joined a sensational group of women pushing the bar to educate, encourage and empower women during the most incredible journey of their life.

Meet Your Instructor

Jessica Palmquist, Fertility Doula Trainer

Jessica Palmquist enjoys teaching adult learners and is invested in ensuring her students reach their goals and highest success while having a positive learning experience.

 

Jessica is Nova Scotian born and raised, has traveled extensively to 30+ countries; she currently lives in Ontario, Canada. She is a trained educator, experienced teacher, certified advanced Yoga Teacher, and lifelong learner.

 

She brings a wealth of knowledge, passion, and experience to her roles as Fertility & ILPS Support Program Coordinator and senior instructor with Doula School International. She is also a first-generation university graduate with formal educational training which includes Masters in Educational Leadership & Curriculum Development, Bachelor of Education, Bachelor of Arts, and Principal’s Certification.

Jessica helps her clients and students flow through the new chapters in their lives with as much grace and ease as possible. She understands unique family dynamics and non-traditional work schedules and is flexible and creative in her individualized wrap-around support approach.

 

Jessica works with a diverse population and believes education, health, and wellness services should be accessible and customizable. In addition to Jessica’s training as a certified Fertility, Birth, & Postpartum Doula and Infant & Pregnancy Loss Support Specialist, she has worked in the public and post-secondary education sector for nearly 20 years. 

 

Her passion for teaching and learning combined with a desire to support individuals and families as they create their own story brought Jessica to birth work and Doula School International. Her own unique journey to parenthood made possible through IVF inspired Jessica to become a Doula, Doula Instructor, and fertility specialist.

Jessica Palmquist

Training Framework

Whether you’re looking to deepen your knowledge or expand your birth business, we’ve designed this training to provide actionable steps to succeed as a Fertility Doula.

Fertility Expertise

Dive deep into the journey of conception, hormonal changes, and supporting clients through challenges.

Diversity and Inclusion

Explore historical, cultural, and sociological factors, learning to level-up support for families from various backgrounds.

Compassion and Support

Understand the doula’s role, emotional support, comfort measures, and advocacy during the fertility journey.

Curriculum

Terminology, Anatomy and the Hormone Cycle
  • Introduction to Fertility
  • Anatomy of Egg, Sperm & Reproductive Organs
  • Hormones
  • The Fertile Window
Code of Ethics, Conduct and Scope of Practice and Jurisprudence

Code of Ethics, Conduct and Scope of Practice and Jurisprudence

Cycle Charting
  • How to identify symptoms
  • Translation information into a chart
  • Assistance options
Birth Control
  • Birth control chart
  • Coming off of birth control
  • Variation by individuals
Beginning the Journey
  • Holistic Health and Holistic Fertility Options
  • Physician Preparation
  • Emotional Preparation
  • Education Preparation
  • Common Terms when Trying to Conceive
  • What this type of support looks like
Fertility Obstacles
  • Endometriosis
  • PCOS
  • LUF
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Recurrent Pregnancy Loss
  • Grief, Loss and Fertility
Outside Resources
  • Types of specialist charting
  • What the first appointment may look like
  • Some standard tests
  • Ongoing support
  • What this type of support looks like
Additional Options
  • Assisted reproductive technology
  • Surrogacy
  • Adoption and foster parenting
  • What this type of support looks like
The Business of Fertility Support
  • More details on what support will look like
  • How to tell what stage clients are in
  • What average experts charge
  • How to tie in with other birth-worker business
Certification Fees
  • One time fee of $595 plus applicable taxes
  • Minimum deposit due at time of registration. If a student does not choose to pay in full, the balance can be made in installments (3-month option available at time of registration)
  • All payments are Non-Refundable.  Please read our cancellation policy prior to registering.
  • *applicable taxes not included in base fee*

Discover Your Journey!

Transform Lives as a Fertility Support Practitioner

 

Start this fulfilling journey and join our community of passionate Fertility Doulas today!

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