Professional Training offered by ABC Doula Service

Postpartum Doula Training


Think you have the perfect skills to become a postpartum doula? ABC owner Kimberly Bepler has been a CAPPA Postpartum Doula Trainer for 12 years, and regularly offers postpartum doula trainings in Oregon, Washington, Arizona, Hawaii, and other states. 

These trainings are fun and interactive two-day workshops and are the first step towards become a CAPPA Certified Postpartum Doula.  They provides you with a great foundation to build on as you serve new families in your community.

Topics covered include:

  • Breastfeeding Support
  • Modern Newborn Care
  • Family Adjustment
  • The Role of the Postpartum Doula
  • Business Development.

Those just beginning their doula career as well as those seeking to enrich their existing doula practice can benefit from these workshops.

Register for one of the trainings below and visit our FAQ page specifically for Postpartum Doula Training.

For more information on how to have a Postpartum Doula or Lactation Educator training in your area email contact us.

If you want to find out more about the CAPPA Postpartum Doula certification process, please see the Postpartum Doula section on the CAPPA website for information on certification, membership, and all the benefits! CAPPA is the largest childbirth organization in the world, and hosts free conferences every year. They also have the best customer support we've ever experienced, and truly support their members to personal success.

Cost: $480 with up to 2 days and 20 instructional hours. There is an Early Bird discount of $40 off for those registering 45 days in advance.

An introduction to the Postpartum Doula career


Is a new career as a Postpartum Doula right for you? If you are thinking about supporting moms and new babies as a postpartum doula, but have questions about what it is really like, then this workshop is for you!  In this introductory workshop, you will learn first hand from experienced doulas who know doula life - the job, the joys, and all the details you have been curious about.  This is a time to get answers so that you can make a decision that is the best fit for you. There will be plenty of time for individual questions, and there are no prerequisites, only a passion for this work!

Some of the questions we will answer:

  • What type of schedule could I work as a doula?
  • What is a starting wage? What can I eventually expect?
  • What kind of training is involved?
  • How much does it cost to become a doula?
  • Should I work in a group or by myself?
  • How would being a doula affect my family life?
  • What are the downsides of postpartum work?
  • How do I gain the experience needed to get certified?
  • Do I need to have breastfeeding experience?
  • How do I market myself?

Cost: $50 for 3 hour workshop ($25 can be applied to a CAPPA postpartum training taught by Kimberly Bepler in the next 2 years).

ABC Doula Service Team, Postpartum Doulas serving the metro Portland, Oregon area.

Advanced Doula Training; Working with Multiples


Already a Postpartum Doula or caregiver of families with multiples but wish you had more knowledge as you work with twin or triplet families? Have you been challenged by questions from parents of twins? Wish you had a broader range of options to offer your clients?

Come learn from a doula who not only has a passion for families welcoming multiples, but who also teach classes to expectant parents of multiples and has worked with over 600 sets of multiples in the past 15 years.

Topics covered include:

  • Postpartum emotions and hormones
  • Special considerations for premature babies
  • How to support a mother nutritionally
  • Swaddling options for twins/preemies
  • Challenging scenarios for experienced doulas 
  • The prenatal interview
  • Welcoming the family home
  • Planning to feed 2 or more
  • Setup & equipment
  • Scheduling and routines
  • Tandem baby wearing safety

If you want to bring a workshop to your local area, and have a space that holds at least 15 comfortably, contact us to reserve a date. These workshops can stand alone or be brought to an area after a 2 day Postpartum Doula training course.

Cost: $225 8 hour workshop (1 day) with 8 CEU's offered if attended in full. Early Bird deadlines offer $25 in savings.

2018 Trainings

Postpartum Doula Training

January 10-12, Portland, OR
January 26-28, Phoenix, AZ
July 27-29, Mill Creek, WA

"Working with Multiples" Advanced Training

Feb 10 Charlotte, NC
Feb 24, Omaha, NE

Lactation Educator Training

January 16-18, Olympia, WA
May 16-18, Bend, OR
July 13-15, Issaquah, WA

Introduction to the Doula Career

TBD (request via email)

Set up a training in your area

Want to bring a postpartum doula or lactation educator training to your area? Contact us to request some available dates and information on how to host a training. Hosts earn deep discounts on their training and can be the key to bringing a training to an area that might not otherwise have the opportunity. 

Areas that Kimberly has trained Doulas and Educators include:

  • WA: Seattle, Everett, Bellingham, Olympia, Whidbey Island   
  • OR: Portland, Bend, Eugene
  • CA: Berkley, LA, Santa Monica, Ventura, Pasadena, Oakland
  • TN: Nashville, Knoxville, Memphis
  • AZ: Phoenix, Surprise
  • HI: Honolulu, Kailua
  • IL: Chicago
  • MI: Detroit, Kalamazoo
  • VA: Richmond
  • AK: Anchorage
  • MO: Kansas City
  • NC: Raleigh
  • ME: Portland

Lactation Educator Training


Ready to become more proficient when offering breastfeeding education? Take the first step towards becoming a Certified Lactation Educator™ with CAPPA.  This 24-hour workshop meets the first requirement of your CLE® program and prepares you to work through the steps for certification. This course is designed to improve the skill base, knowledge and perspectives on breastfeeding for perinatal professionals. Additionally, this course supports both the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative and Mother Friendly practices and provides training for those seeking certification as certified lactation educators™ with CAPPA.

Offering 21.25 L-CERPS and 24 CAPPA Contact Hours. RD and nursing contact hours potentially available on request.

Topics covered include:

  • Goals/Roles of the Lactation Educator™
  • Historical Look at Breastfeeding
  • Anatomy of Breast and Lactation Physiology
  • Importance of Breastfeeding/ Hazards of Formula Feeding
  • Counseling the Postpartum Family
  • Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding – BabyFriendly Information
  • Working with the Hospital
  • Maternal/Infant Challenges
  • Pumping/Expressing Breastmilk
  • Medications and Mother’s Milk
  • Teaching To Adult Learners
  • And much more!

Why Certify as a CLE®?

Certified Lactation Educators™ (CLE®s) provide evidence based information to the community, families and professionals to encourage an increase in breastfeeding initiation, duration and support. Lactation Educators™ are found teaching community and hospital based breastfeeding classes, as peer breastfeeding counselors in hospital and public health settings, facilitating support groups, running pump rental stations and providing phone support.

Read more on how to Certify as a CLE®.

Costs: $525 including 24 hours of instruction, 21.25 L-CERPS, and 24 CAPPA Contact Hours. RD and nursing contact hours potentially available on request.

    Kimberly Bepler, ABC Doula Service, Portland, OR

    About The Trainer

    ABC Doula owner, Kimberly Bepler, IBCLC, CPD, CLE (CAPPA) has over 16 years’ experience working hands-on with infants and their families, with over 500 sets of multiples. She teaches baby care, breastfeeding, twins and more, and new moms group classes, in addition to teaching postpartum doula trainings. She is an innovator of new approaches for caring for families with twins. Kimberly founded ABC Doula Service in 2001, and has seen it grow to a team of 16 doulas.

    Kimberly is also CAPPA Faculty for the Postpartum Doula and Lactation Educator programs, and is the Director of the Lactation Educator program. She travels between many western states to offer training and help people get started on new career paths caring for new families.

    Business Consults

    Are you interested in starting a business of your own, enriching your doula practice, or just want to run some ideas by someone with expertise in the business?

    With years of serving happy families, happy doulas, and a happier community of support for families, Kimberly has a wealth to offer new business owners. Her skills and experience can set you up for success, and she can keep your learning curve shorter than hers was! A few hours with an expert help can make a huge difference! Click the link below to learn more about Business Consults.

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