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.


Can you tell me the difference between the Doulagivers Certified End of Life Doula Training and The Doulagivers Specialist Bundle Package?

Answer: The Doulagivers 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% to 90% better. This is why we created The Certified Doulagivers Specialist (Bundle Package). The Doulagivers Specialist Training is comprised of three separate certifications: The Doulagivers Certified End of Life Doula, The Doulagivers Certified Care Consultant, and The Doulagivers Certified Eldercare Doula. The Doulagivers Specialist Bundle Package 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. If you want to make a full-time income doing this work, we highly recommend doing the Doulagivers Specialist Bundle Package so that you can do consulting work with healthy people as by nature, your end-of-life clients are going to come and go.

Q: When are the Trainings?

A: We now offer the full practitioners Online Semester Trainings only two times a year. There will be a Spring Semester and a Fall Semester.

Q: Can I do a self-paced class at any time?

A: No. We only open our doors to enrollment twice a year as we have found this is the best way to support our students with the most interactive, supportive and engaged learning experience and that is our highest priority.

Q: When does the next Online Semester start and how long is it?

A: The Online Semester consists of 3 Levels (12 learning modules over a 12-week period). There will be one module released every week with weekly Q&A sessions, opening and closing graduation ceremonies. We have two Online Semesters each year (Spring and Fall). To find out when the next one starts, join our waiting list and you’ll be the first to know when we open! (insert link to waitlist)

Q: After the training, is there support to start my business?

A: YES!!! Your training program not only consists of the practitioner’s education, but also has an entire Business and Marketing section with step-by-step guidance on how to start and build a successful Doulagivers Practice.

Q: Is the Doulagivers Certification recognized internationally?

A: Yes! This is a non-medical holistic training. We have Certified Doulagivers in 18 countries and counting worldwide. When in another country, you must follow the guidelines for end-of-life documents applicable to your country of practice. Everything else in the Doulagivers training applies.

Q: Can I make a full-time living by being an End-of-Life Doula?

A: If you want to do this work and have it become your full-time income, you want to take the Doulagivers Specialist Bundle Package so that you have three different services to offer in your community. Your end-of-life clients will come and go. When you are not supporting families in the home as the end-of-life doula, you can do consulting work with healthy people. The combination has been the perfect way for Doulagivers to start working right away upon completing the program.

Q: How Much do Doulagivers Practitioners Make?

A: Right now, Doulagivers Certified End of Life Doulas and Eldercare Doulas are making anywhere between $20 and $85 dollars/hr. Doulagivers Care Consultants are making anywhere between $125-$350 an hour. It is dependent on geographical location. Rural areas are lower-paying and metropolitan areas offer the highest price point.

Q: Does Hospice Support End-of-Life Doulas?

A: YES!! The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) Established the End-of-Life Doula Council in 2018. Read more about Doulagivers and Hospice Here: Hospices Engage with Death Doulas to Support Patients- Hospice News ( Link Article )