Expecting(nyc) Doula Training

Expecting(nyc) offers the only Childbirth and Postpartum Professional Association (CAPPA) Labor and Postpartum doula training in NYC. Kristy Zadrozny, our founder, will teach you how to apply basic mindfulness techniques, theory, and practice to your personal life and your work as a professional doula. Kristy incorporates story telling, humor, and interactive practices to create a fun, inspiring, and soulful workshop experience. Kristy weaves together her two passions - the evidence based, professional CAPPA certified training curriculum and her experience as a Mindfulness Based Childbirth and Parenting Educator, to bring you a grounded, multifaceted approach. 

Our ultimate goal is to live in a world where more women and families are emotionally supported through pregnancy, childbirth, and the postpartum period. That is why we open our doula trainings to anyone who shares our vision. This may be a shift from a traditional doula training in that we really focus on how we can support the expectant family as a larger community. We want to see not only prospective professional doulas but sisters, grandmothers, other perinatal professionals, and friends at our trainings. All Expecting(nyc) Doula Trainings give participants a strong framework for starting a career as a professional doula, a mindful understanding of the birth process, and a realistic understanding of the postpartum period.

For those especially serious about a career path as a doula, we offer an advanced Apprenticeship program. 

All doula workshops are 20 hours in length, 9:30am-7pm, including break periods.

The cost of Expecting(nyc)'s Doula workshops are $550.

We are able to offer a limited number of scholarships.

Scholarship opportunities include: To be considered for the scholarship, we encourage you to apply with at least a month in advance of class. Scholarships are limited and are granted on a first come basis.

One full scholarship, registrant must pay a materials fee of $100

Two partial scholarships of $200 off of the registration price

Three partial scholarships of $100 off of the registraion price

We are thrilled to announce that The Motherhood Center of NYC will be hosting our 2019-2020

Labor and Postpartum Doula trainings!

Postpartum Doula Trainings:

October 5-6 2019

January 25-26 2020

Labor Doula Trainings:

December 7-8 2019

March 20-21, 2020

Becoming a CAPPA Certified Doula

Childbirth and Postpartum Professionals Association (CAPPA) is an international certification organization for doulas, childbirth educators, and lactation educators. CAPPA trainings are designed to educate and equip the contemporary perinatal professional for a successful career in a fun, supportive, and collaborative environment.

CAPPA trainings are evidence-based, comprehensive, and are designed to appeal to all learning styles. Students will enjoy engaging and interactive instruction, with practical and real-world scenarios. CAPPA instructors have in depth knowledge and follow standardized curriculums to ensure the highest quality training.

As one of the first and most comprehensive perinatal organizations in the world, CAPPA is respected for its longevity, stability, and its commitment to excellence in both education and unsurpassed student and member support.

Fee $550, please contact Kristy@expectingnyc.com for scholarship information

Learn more.
Certified Labor Doula Pre-training homework assignment

Certified Postpartum Doula Pre training assignment


Special Workshops

We offer specialized advanced trainings for parents and professionals. Check back for more details.

“Kristy, I just want to tell you, I’m a much better doula for having met you. My dear friend (whose first birth I attended two years ago) is in labor. I have been texting advice to her hubby, and the things I have to offer are simpler, clearer, and more useable than what I would have come up with even six months ago. Wanted you to know the impact you’ve had on me, and on any families I serve into the future. ”

— Apprentice, 2015

“THANK YOU!....to all of you! it was refreshing to be in a room with women whom all have a fire burning in them...Special thank you to Kristy, you are a great teacher/educator! When someone can teach you in story form, break things down and keep everyone intrigued.... gets 4 thumbs up in my book.” 

— Anna F.

Caretakers often don't get taken care of so I'd like to take a moment
to say how inspiring you are. Your dedication to hard work, passion
for life and intelligence shined through every second of training. I'm
very grateful to have spent the weekend in the company of you and such
individual, different and lovely women. We don't often get told how
special we are just for being female, and your guidance and teaching
really re-affirmed so much of that for me.


“Kristy is absolutely incredible, her passion and ability to teach has been so powerful. She is inspiring and a highly effective teacher, in explaining, demonstrating and teaching her experience to help the learning process.”

— Lane L.

"Kristy is an incredible source of wellness information, spanning from pregnancy and birthing best practices, to massage technique, holistic medicine and more. She's reliable and friendly to work with and I would recommend her highly to anyone interested in massage therapy or any of her other services."

— Andrew K.