The Problem With Health Care Today for the  Elderly:

End of Life Disconnect- A National Hospice Organization Gallup Poll found that nine out of ten people who were terminally ill wanted to die at home, yet half were dying in the hospital. The same poll found that the number one fear of the dying patient was becoming a burden to their family. “Because of our society’s overwhelming fear of death, it is almost impossible to teach families how to fully care for their dying loved ones,” said O’Brien.
“Compounding that is the short amount of time the patients spend at home.” In fact, another study found that seven out of ten families said that they felt they were referred to Hospice too late. “We have literally become paralyzed by the topic of death and this fear is making the experience so much harder than it needs to be, for both patients and families,” observes O’Brien. “Planning for end of life wishes and discussing them with loved ones takes a great weight off of both patients and families.”

The Solution: Doulagivers.

What is Doulagivers?

Doulagivers is the New Specialized Area of Non-Medical Health Care for the Elderly. Doula is a Greek word meaning non-medical person who gives physical, emotional, and spiritual support to someone else. Giver means someone who gives. Doulagivers was born from the two definitions. Doulagivers consists of Suzanne B. O’Brien’s award winning training programs End of Life Doula Guide Training and Elder Care Doula Guide Training. The trainings consist of 3 phases of End of Life Care and teaches the Doulagiver what suggestions to offer for comfort in all 3 phases of end of life.

About Suzanne B. O’Brien RN:

Suzanne B. O’Brien is an award winning Hospice and Oncology Registered Nurse. She has been working with this precious population for over a decade. It was due to seeing Elder Care and End of Life Care not going well for most of her patients that fueled her to look for better ways to not only help the patients, but all their loved ones. The toll it takes on family to care for an aging loved one is overwhelming. The stress and fear of caring for someone at end of life at home is heartbreaking. It was too much for families to handle. Remembering that Hospice manages the care, the loved ones do the care. The Hospice Nurse teaches the loved ones how to care for the patient, a concept that is virtually impossible with the amount of fear and small amount of time that patients are actually on a Hospice program. Remember 8/10 people polled want to stay in their homes as they age and that 9/10 patients would want to be kept at home if they were terminally ill. The end of life phase and experience of someone we love touches everyone. We need a specialized area of trained professionals to advocate for the elderly and their loved ones to achieve these goals.

How the Program Works:

At the present time, Doulagivers is available as a Licensed Training and Certification Training Program to health care agencies and to individual practitioners. There is a screening and application process. Once an agency is accepted into the training, there are two separate offerings available.

The first is an exclusive territory package and the second is a non-exclusive territory package. Both packages consist of:

1) Live Trainings at the New York City headquarters for agency owners.
2) Online educational classroom for the education of all Doulagivers, including a comprehension exam, certificate of completion and continued CEU’s.
3) Bi-monthly conference calls for the latest education, support, and Q&A sessions.
4) Closed Facebook group for all Doulagivers, connecting and making a global community.
5) On going support of agency owners by Headquarter Trainers.
6) Press and Marketing materials including, use of logos and all related media.
7) Grand opening announcement to media through press releases, as well as all the tools to offer the globally recognized Level 1 End of Life Doula Caregiver Community Training. This is your community offering that allows everyone to know that the agency now has Doulagivers as part of the services they offer. It also gets all the media involved to do stories and promote your event as it is considered a community outreach.

A: Sooner rather than later is our motto. One of the most critical mistakes in having a positive passing, is asking for end of life support too late. People are living with chronic health conditions that require some form of assistance with daily living for 5, 10, 15 years of their life. Allowing Elder Care Doulas to help families at this time is invaluable. It also allows us to give the support needed now and see when someone is heading into an end of life phase. By doing this, we can have all the anticipated needs and support in place well in advance. This dramatically reduces the inevitable stress and creates the most positive experience possible.
A: Yes. Remember, Hospice manages the care and the loved ones do the caring. The Hospice Nurse teaches the family how to care for their loved one. Hospice, unfortunately, has a very limited time that they can be at the bedside of the dying. This is where Doulas fill that need. Hospice also supplies a muti-disciplined team of support and resources, including medication and equipment. The End of Life Doula will “guide” the family based on the Doulas extensive end of life education. The Doula will also assess the education and discuss what the loved ones understand on how to care for their loved one- a process that
will change as the patient’s conditions change. The Doula may advise families to call Hospice to go over information regarding medication, administration and/or hands on care.
A: No. Elder Care Doulas and End of Life Doulas are specially trained non-medical health care professionals for the elderly. They are trained in all three phases of End of Life Care. Based on their extensive training, the Doulas can offer suggestions for comfort to the patient and family. The Doulas will never make any direct decisions or engage in direct, hands on care. The Doula is a “guide”.

The most current dates for our live-online semester dates are always posted on on our home page for  We have 3 live-online semesters a year. There is a Fall Semester starting in August or September. Then, a Winter Semester starting in January or February.  Lastly, a Spring Semester  starting in May.  The live classes are always held on Tuesday evenings at 7 pm ET. Classes last 90-120 minutes. The semester will run for 12 full weeks.  Every class will be followed by a live Q&A session led by Doulagivers Founder Suzanne B. O’Brien RN.

No worries- We send you the replay of the live class within 24 hours so that you van listen to it at your convenience. All Live semester students will also get the FULL Self-paced classroom that is open to all students forever.

They are the exact same curriculum! Either way you choose to become a certified Doulagiver will give you the exact same education. The benefits of the live semester is the ability to ask questions live after each class and many people like to know that they have to “show up” at a set time every week. It helps them stay on track.

The Certified End of Life Doula Training is our award winning foundational training program. It is how Doulagivers began. Since then we have seen how a positive end of life experience starts way before anyone gets there. Planning ahead can make all the difference in the world. When you plan ahead and put things in place aging and end of life can be 80%-90% better. This is why we created The Certified Doulagiver Specialist. The Doulagiver Specialist Training is comprised of three separate certifications: The Certified End of Life Doula, The Certified Doulagiver Care Consultant, and the Certified Elder Geriatric Care Doula Manager. The DS allows you to work with the elderly, do consulting with healthy adults and be in place as an end of life doula when the time comes.

There is no government licensure nationally or international for the End of Life Doula profession. Doulagivers has our own internal certification process to ensure that our Doulas have acquired the highest level of education to practice as an End of Life Doula. Our certification process includes successful completion of all course work, 30 hours of documented bedside experience with End of Life patients, and a passing grade of 85% or above on the final exam.

Yes! IN the last two years the End of Life Doula Profession has gone mainstream both nationally and Internationally. On the national level there is( NEDA )The National End of Life Doula Alliance. NEDA is a national membership organization for all End of Life Doulas and Trainers. They also have a national badge that after completing the Doulagivers End of Life Doula Training you can take for an additional national credential. We recommend that all of our Doulas that want to practice professionally get their NEDA badge.

We have got you covered. All Doulagivers trainings come with a complete business building and marketing package. We literally walk you through every step of setting up your new business and how to get the word out to your community. We will also list you on the Doulagivers Directory so that families can easily find you.

Your end of life clients will come and go. I advocate for only working with one patient at a time so that you can support both the patient and their loved ones through the entire end of life journey. There will be times that you work more than 40 hours a week amnd times that you do not have a client. This is why I always advise potential students to become a certified Doulagiver Specialist so that they can start working right away by doing consulting work, make a great living and then care for the end of life clients as they come onto their services. The DS also allows for the Doulagiver to have incredible balance and not be consistently working in the often very emotional and stressful end of life space.

I always tell prospective students to look at two main things when choosing a training program. 1- Find out what the curriculum is and make sure that it matches what you are looking for. And two- Find out who your teacher is and what their background is. Your teacher will be your mentor- you want to like them and what they stand for.

We have lead trainers available to you Monday-Friday from 9amET-5pm Et to answer any questions you may have.

You may still call our lead trainers and ask any question that comes up. In addition, we have created the Doulagivers Private Practitioners Facebook page where you can post a question regarding patient cases at any time of the day or night and get an immediate response. We have hundreds of highly educated practicing Doulagivers in that page that will support you as you are just starting out and beyond.

No problem Just contact our care team within 7 days of purchase at and we will fully refund your money.

Doulagivers are being hired by hospices, home health agencies and also work in private practice. The projection for the future of helalthcare is The Non-Medical professional. Doulagivers will be used to fill in all the gaps in care for the elderly and those at the end of life. There is an elder care crisis that is happening now and is projected to become dramatically worse for decades to come. Doulagivers are changing healthcare and providing the best holistic education for non- medical professionals that will bring the best possible care to both patients and loved ones.