Marcia Thuermer, Postpartum Doula Trainer
I am Marcia Thuermer, PCD/PDT (DONA), DONA-certified postpartum doula and DONA- approved trainer, Lactation Consultant and Infant/child sleep coach. I am owner/director of “The Doula Training Path” formerly known as “Baby Blue and Pink”.
My career as a professional postpartum doula...
So, in 2002 I became the founder and owner of Triangle Mothercare, Inc., a postpartum doula agency in Raleigh/Durham, NC. The agency grew and became well-known in the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill area, and many new mothers were empowered through the well-trained certified doulas my agency provided. As the years passed, I grew and learned more and expanded my practice in many ways as I became ready and the need became visible.
I became a Le Leche leader to improve my breastfeeding knowledge, which led to a CLC (certified lactation counselor). Finally, I achieved my goal of becoming an IBCLC (International Board-Certified Lactation Consultant) in 2009. In 2010 I started Lullaby Sleep Coaching as the need grew in my area from my former doula clients who needed help with now-older baby sleep issues. I’ve accumulated thousands of hours working side by side with these families in all my areas of expertise.
In my career as a postpartum doula I have personally worked with hundreds of new families and over 1000 babies from 2002 to present day.
In December of 2012 I sold Triangle Mothercare, Inc. and relocated to Florida, leaving a legacy of passionate care for hundreds of new families in the care of new owners who are still carrying on the service of the doula agency I had started.
You see how versatile this path can be? When I became a postpartum doula, it was difficult to limit myself to just that, there were so many needs that young families had, and I wanted to help them in every possible way and I was eager to fulfill those needs. That is why this career is so great: you can keep it simple and do very well just being a postpartum doula or you can add other specialties to your career if the desire is there and when you are ready. You don’t need a college degree or formal education you just need commitment, determination and belief in yourself.
After moving to Florida in 2013 I started a new doula path with my other business called “Baby Blue and Pink”, continuing my doula practice, doula training workshops, lactation and sleep coaching practice. Now with the birth of my new name in 2020, “The Doula Training Path”, I am reinventing myself once again, still going forward toward fulfillment with my passion for babies, mothers, families, and doulas.
Where I am on today's path as a DONA-approved Doula Trainer:
After building my own dream business as a postpartum doula, now I can help others achieve their dream of being a successful postpartum doula as a doula trainer. After moving to Florida my focus changed to include more postpartum training’s as there is a big need here and everywhere. The demand for postpartum doulas is growing and more widely known since I started on this path in 2002.
I am an active DONA-Approved doula trainer and teach all over the United States. I believe in equitable care and equity in education regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation and cultural beliefs and practices. I teach 10 to 12 postpartum workshops per year and travel out of state for many of them. I also take clients that are just looking for postpartum doula support after the birth of their baby or parents who need help with baby sleep issues. I find staying current is important so I can provide reliable, evidence-based information to my parents and my students. I have a wealth of experience because I actively participated in all facets of my doula path and have transferred this knowledge into my postpartum doula trainings.