Training and Certification to become Doula


Become a Doula Doula Training and Certification

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The Birth Doula Certification curriculum is designed to cultivate well-rounded doulas who are prepared to provide excellent doula support! Training includes: participation in a DONA approved doula workshop; supplementary text reading from our reading list, training in breastfeeding and basic childbirth education, hands-on support with clients, networking to develop a resource list for your community, business webinar training. Doula Training and Doula Certification – DONA International Doulas are making a difference for families worldwide. DONA International is the leader in evidence-based doula training, certification and continuing education. Our doulas are the world’s best!

Doula certification is the process of completing the doula education process in its entirety. The first step is the in-person (or interactive, live, virtual) doula training experience. Once you have taken the training you will be what is considered, a “Trained Doula” or a “Pre-Certified Doula.”. Doula Certification and ProDoula Membership As your training organization, ProDoula must retain you as a member in order to grant you certification and maintain the responsibility of holding that certification.

For that reason, your certification is dependent on your consistent membership. Initial first year membership fee – $75. Find A Doula Workshop.

DONA approved doula workshops are your first step toward certification. DONA International offers high-quality, evidence-based doula training around the world. Search our database to find a doula training workshop near you. We have more than 160 trainers worldwide, so chances are great you will find a doula training near you. Go through the Doula Courseware, which could take from one week to one month — depending upon how hard you work and your level of experience — and take the certification exam at your convenience.

You can take the exam within one year of buying the certification. Get classroom training as well as hands-on practice with our postpartum doula certification program. In your postpartum doula training you can expect to learn not only the how to doula, but also the why we doula. Workshops cover evidence-based information about the benefits of doula support, the tender and sensitive time and space when a new families brings home a new baby, the significance of doula. Doula training and certification offers you many benefits.

As a doula, you work side by side with many other trained professionals. Your confidence will come from knowing what to do, and when to do it. That knowledge is preparation that you will receive with New Beginnings Doula Training programs.

The training will consist of a 3 day Birth doula training workshop and a Childbirth for Doulas class. Both are required towards DONA certification and will be offered on April 27-29, 2017. There is also an optional Breastfeeding for Doulas class offered on March 30, 2017 which will satisfy the DONA requirement for a breastfeeding course. Although there are no training or professional prerequisites to becoming a doula, there is a short admissions interview required. This allows the certification program to ensure a good t for the program and doula work.

The main component an admissions counselor wants to see in an applicant is a passion for pregnancy, childbirth and/or after birth.

List of related literature:

Nurses who have graduated as registered nurses, who plan to work in obstetrics wards but who have not really learned the skills of helping women to labor effectively, should go through doula training and get this kind of certification as well.

“Birth Matters: How What We Don't Know About Nature, Bodies, and Surgery Can Hurt Us” by Ina May Gaskin, Ani DiFranco
from Birth Matters: How What We Don’t Know About Nature, Bodies, and Surgery Can Hurt Us
by Ina May Gaskin, Ani DiFranco
Seven Stories Press, 2011

Midwifery Fellowships provide experienced nurses and midwives with an opportunity to carry out research in Ireland in clinical nursing and midwifery, leading to a postgraduale qualification at master’s and doctoral level.

“Directory of Research Grants 2008” by Schoolhouse Partners Llc
from Directory of Research Grants 2008
by Schoolhouse Partners Llc
AuthorHouse, 2008

It seems likely that without the early establishment of licensing, training facilities, codes of practice and divisions of labour, midwifery and the fortunes of midwives as a professional group would have taken very different courses.

“Midwifery and the Medicalization of Childbirth: Comparative Perspectives” by Edwin R. Van Teijlingen, George W. Lowis, Peter McCaffery, Maureen Porter
from Midwifery and the Medicalization of Childbirth: Comparative Perspectives
by Edwin R. Van Teijlingen, George W. Lowis, et. al.
Nova Science Publishers, Incorporated, 2004

Every midwife should ensure that they have copies of all the relevant NMC guidance which is available online from the Nursing and Midwifery Council (

“Mayes' Midwifery E-Book: A Textbook for Midwives” by Sue Macdonald
from Mayes’ Midwifery E-Book: A Textbook for Midwives
by Sue Macdonald
Elsevier Health Sciences, 2011

Nursing and Midwifery Board of Victoria, Nurses and Midwives Board of Western Australia, www.nmbwa.

“Midwifery: Preparation for Practice” by Sally Pairman, Sally K. Tracy, Carol Thorogood, Jan Pincombe
from Midwifery: Preparation for Practice
by Sally Pairman, Sally K. Tracy, et. al.
Elsevier Health Sciences, 2011

Some programs are available for non-nurses who take the national examination and then become certified midwives.

“Community Health Nursing: Caring for the Public's Health” by Karen Saucier Lundy, Sharyn Janes
from Community Health Nursing: Caring for the Public’s Health
by Karen Saucier Lundy, Sharyn Janes
Jones & Bartlett Learning, LLC, 2005

It also provides information about each doula’s training, certification, and experience

“The Essential Homebirth Guide: For Families Planning or Considering Birthing at Home” by Jane E. Drichta, Jodilyn Owen, Christianne Northrup
from The Essential Homebirth Guide: For Families Planning or Considering Birthing at Home
by Jane E. Drichta, Jodilyn Owen, Christianne Northrup
Gallery Books, 2013

Credentialing Non-Nurses (Direct-Entry Midwives) In 1994, the ACNM made the difficult decision to develop a mechanism to accredit midwifery education programs that do not require a nursing credential (ACNM, 1999, 2005d).

“Advanced Practice Nursing E-Book: An Integrative Approach” by Ann B. Hamric, Judith A. Spross, Charlene M. Hanson
from Advanced Practice Nursing E-Book: An Integrative Approach
by Ann B. Hamric, Judith A. Spross, Charlene M. Hanson
Elsevier Health Sciences, 2008

A certified nurse midwife (CNM) has postgraduate training in the care of normal pregnancy and delivery and is certified by the American College of Nurse Midwives (ACNM).

“Maternity and Pediatric Nursing” by Susan Scott Ricci, Terri Kyle
from Maternity and Pediatric Nursing
by Susan Scott Ricci, Terri Kyle
Wolters Kluwer Health/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2009

Long before the inception of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) in April 2002, guidance was provided to registrants by the United Kingdom Central Council for Nursing, Midwifery and Health Visiting (UKCC).

“Nursing Practice: Knowledge and Care” by Ian Peate, Karen Wild, Muralitharan Nair
from Nursing Practice: Knowledge and Care
by Ian Peate, Karen Wild, Muralitharan Nair
Wiley, 2014

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  • I have never turned to the youtube community but I really do not know who to ask…. I have considered becoming about 8 years or so. I even went and got my masters in public health (with a focus on maternal and child health care) to better equip myself. However, I have never birthed a child nor have I attended a birth. This fact alone has prevented me from pursuing this career. To you doulas out there, what are your thoughts on this? To you mommas out there, would you trust a doula who has never given birth??
    Thank you for this video, it was super informative!

  • Can you do a video on the basics of a what a doula is? Maybe like a doula FAQ. I think a lot of people, including myself, don’t 100% understand what a doula does, but are interested in learning more

  • Hi Bridget, I would like to know how to start attending births and your opinion of Lamaze and being also a childbirth educator! Thank you!!!

  • Great video!
    I’m wondering if it’s uncommon for a doula to be childless/haven’t given birth themselves? I’m interested in being a doula but I’m worried potential clients or other doulas will have judgements. Do you have any insight on this?

  • Earth’s Natural Touch: Birth Care and Beyond has an huge sisterhood of Interdisciplinary Doulas that span multiple states and have in-person and online training options due to the pandemic. I agree It is SO IMPORTANT to take time to find the training that fits YOU and your goals! “Popular” does not always mean BEST for you! It is also very important for Doulas and their supporters to be involved in the legislative process that you mention when states are considering insurance reimbursement so that doula trainings designed for marginalized communities do not get locked out of reimbursement, and that Doulas can receive a living wage. We’ve seen the mistakes that some states have made. In my Opinion it is not ethical to do a 3-4 day class, take your money and leave multiple women to create multiple business with no foundation. You make a lot of great points for those wanting to get into this field. Thank you for sharing. #EarthsNaturalTouch #DadaZuri

  • Miss Bridget, are you both a birth and post partum doula? And, if I plan to be a post partum doula, what are the usual things i am expected to do? Do i only need to give advice when they need one or do i need to continually visit the family i am working for and with?

  • Your one of the main reasons that has inspired me to be a doula!!! I start my training on the 29th ���� thankyou for your amazing videos! You really helped make my birthing experience ❤️❤️

  • Hi im a fellow doula in philadelphia and i’m getting certified through IDI, how did you get your business off the ground? Im finding out that its hard finding clients because of trust issues or because people have informed them that they dont need us.

  • I would love videos on how to set up as a doula once you got qualified! I live in Ireland and it’s something I’d love to do if I knew more about it and if it’s a viable career choice in a country where doulas are not common.

  • I would love to hear more about this! I have thought about becoming a doula, but I think I would benefit from hearing your pros and cons list. Thank you!

  • Thank you so so so much for posting this video! Ever since the births of my first two babies (natural births) I’ve had the idea that I might want to be a doula, and then after the birth of my third baby (third natural hospital birth), it was very solidified that that’s what I wanted to do with my life one day. Thank you for the helpful tips and steps you took toward becoming a doula! I’ll definitely keep these things in mind in the next couple tests when I start my certification process ��

  • Also! I would love to know what you bring with you as a doula to the births that you attend! I have seen your what to pack in a hospital bag video, but I would assume there would be some things that you as the doula would like to bring?

  • How many clients do you take at one time? I worry about if one mama goes into labor at the same time as another letting one of them down. I am looking into being a doula part-time, just during the summer months as I am going to be a school teacher, but I am wondering how close together I could/ should book them. I know estimated due dates are hardly ever correct.

  • Thank you so much for sharing this! I’ve been hoping you would film a video like this ever since I found your channel. Just curiouswhat did you do before becoming a doula?