Infant & Pregnancy
Loss Doula
Training & Certification

Next Training Session:  

June 25, 26 & 27, 2021

Home Hospice Association’s IPLD training covers preconceptions loss due to early and late miscarriage, medical and elective termination, prematurity, stillbirth and neonatal death and the subsequent feelings and emotions families experience during perinatal loss.


Perinatal loss is more than the loss of a baby; it’s the loss of a relationship. 25% of people living in Canada experience loss at some point in their expectant journey. Inspired by parents who searched for compassion, education, care and support during one of the most painful moments in their lives, Home Hospice Association offers Canada’s first training in Pre and Perinatal Hospice Services. Their Infant & Pregnancy Loss Doula (IPLD) Training & Certification is designed to equip you, professionals and caregivers, with the knowledge, tools and resources to reflect on the care provided to individuals and families who experience perinatal loss and the grief that follows. This training was created to enhance the holistic end of life care provided to patients, clients and loved ones experiencing infant and pregnancy loss.

Our IPLD training covers preconceptions loss due to early and late miscarriage, medical and elective termination, prematurity, stillbirth and neonatal death and the subsequent feelings and emotions families experience during perinatal loss.

HHA’s IPLD training equips you with skills, knowledge and perspectives to support, encourage

and empower grieving individuals and their families. As a benefit to taking HHA’s Infant & Pregnancy Loss Doula Training & Certification, you will gain access to:

● Peer to Peer support from your Candidate Advisor

● Access to HHA resource and programs for continued life-long learning

● Network to Death & IPLD Doula community support groups


For more information about Pre and Perinatal Hospice and its importance to holistic end of life

care, please click here

Virtual Training

Virtual two and half day,

weekend program.

Friday 6:00pm - 9:00pm

Saturday & Sunday 9:00am - 5:00pm

In following with government guidelines and for the safety of all, we continue to conduct virtual trainings. We look forward to offering hybrid in-person and virtual when safe to do so. 

Training & Certification Cost:



A $100 deposit is due at registration to secure your spot.  Please note, deposits and tuition fees are non-refundable.

Next Training Session: 



25 - 27, 2021 

Infant & Pregnancy Loss Doula
Training & Certification
Who Should Take This Training?

Individuals who should consider taking the Infant & Pregnancy Loss Doula training and certification are:

  • Caregivers or individuals wanting to learn how to better support grieving loved ones

  • Birth workers (professionals or students) working within primary care and/or birth environment

  • Primary care practitioners looking to develop their skills in compassionate care

  • Persons in community supportive roles who serve bereaved families

  • Professionals who provide one-to-one bereavement support to families before, during and after death

  • Professionals who work in emergency or trauma environments that may witness infant or maternal death

  • Individuals who have experienced this type of loss and want to support and empower others

Why Choose Home Hospice Association as your IPLD Educators?

Our Infant & Pregnancy Loss Doula Training & Certification Program is created by a team of experts who share a common passion for educating and empowering, and bringing comprehensive knowledge and practical perspectives to end-of-life care. Our educators come from diverse backgrounds and bring experiences in birthing, end of life and bereavement care. With a growing need to support this community, our training has enhanced the care provided

from professionals, including OBGYN’s and neonatal nurses, to parents and family membersacross North America, including Mexico.

Our weekend training focuses on participation between facilitators, students and special guest speakers, providing opportunities to practice learning and networking to further expand your skills and knowledge.


Merri-Lee is kind, giving, warm and professional!

This was a feel good about the ideals of the doula! She gave a presentation and painted vivid pictures of her stories. Great example you set

for us Merri-Lee.” 


What’s the difference between Training and Certification?

HHA’s Infant & Pregnancy Loss Doula Training is a one-time weekend training. Whether you are an individual learning how to better support a loved one or a professional hoping to advance your client care, you will benefit from the weekend course. It may take a village to raise a child, but it also takes a village to grieve and support the loss of a child. Infant & Pregnancy Loss Doula Training is recommended for anyone who provides emotional support, advice or comfort to an individual and their loved ones experiencing perinatal loss and the subsequent grief that follows. This may include birth doulas, neonatal nurses, social workers, funeral professionals, bereavement specialists, health care workers, and physicians or any individuals who have walked this difficult path and would like to be there for someone else on their grieving journey.

The Infant & Pregnancy Loss Doula Certification, takes place at the conclusion of the training weekend. Working with an Advisor as Infant & Pregnancy Loss Doula Candidate you will complete various requirements including a combination of written assignments and practicum needs, as well as a final exam. IPLD Certification is recommended to anyone who has a calling to provide this service as a career development or profession.

Infant & Pregnancy Loss Doula’s are not currently a regulated profession however certification provides its own merits within one's own practice and allows HHA to confidently work with or refer a certified Doula to a client in need.

Your Facilitator Team

Merri-Lee Culbert

Professional Development Training Lead;


Bereavement Specialist, Death Doula and Reiki Master/Teacher

Glen Burkholder

HHA Co-Founder; Professional Development Training

With a career spanning 35 years as a funeral professional

Sue Balaz

Professional Development Training;

IPLD Candidate Advisor

Birth Doula

Learning Objectives

By the end of the weekend training, you will have learned about:

● The role of a Infant & Pregnancy Loss Doula

● Stages of gestation and how to support

● Termination elective

● Prematurity, stillbirth and neonatal death

● Compassionate and empathetic communication strategies

● Memorialization and memory making at the time of birth

● Complexity of grief and how to respond effectively to expressions of grief

● The legalities of funeral practices in Ontario

● Community resources available through HHA networks and partners


Course Content Includes:

● Evolving Role of an Infant & Pregnancy Death Doula

● Grief & Bereavement

● Comfort Measures Before, During and After Delivery

● Supporting other family members along the journey

● Contacting the Funeral Home

● Honouring a Life - Rituals, Traditions and Cultural Awareness

● The Art & Skill of Compassionate Communication

● Reserving Judgement

● Consultation Practice for Delivery Plans

● Selfcare, Triggers and Debriefing

For more information about Infant &Pregnancy Loss Doula’s please click here or if you have any additional questions about HHA’s IPLD program, please email Merri-Lee Culbert

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