Requirements for Certification

  • Attendance at our 3 day Birth Doula Training workshop (no longer than 5 years may elapse prior to sending in completed requirements) 
  • Completion of the required reading list (see below)
  • Observe/Audit a series of Childbirth Preparation Classes
  • Observe/Audit a Breastfeeding Education Class
  • Written summaries of 6 births you have attended 
  • Written evaluations from 3 people you've assisted (may be their partner).
  • Successful completion of the written exam
  • Current membership* ($50) and certification fee ($25)

We recommend that our participants follow through with the certification process and encourage completion within a year of the training. When all requirements are successfully fulfilled you will receive your certification documentation and your listing on the website will be upgraded to "Certified Professional Doula". Recertification is required each year. If more than 5 years elapses between original certification and recertification, further requirements will need to be completed.
*First year membership included in tuition

Required Reading List
for Birth Doula Certification:


toLabor Birth Doula Training Manual -- Resources/Articles section (received at workshop)

Nursing Mother's Companion- Huggins or Bestfeeding - Renfrew, Fisher, Arms

Optimal Care in Childbirth-The Case for Physiological Birth - Henci Goer & Amy Romano

The Birth Partner – Penny Simkin

The Complete Guide to Pregnancy and Childbirth – Shelia Kitzinger

Pushed – Jennifer Block

Heart and Hands– Elizabeth Davis

The VBAC Companion– Diana Korte or Birth After Cesarean – Bruce Flamm  

What Every Pregnant Woman Needs to Know About Cesarean Section -                

 Mothering the New Mother - Placksin

* A Guide to Effective Care in Pregnancy and Childbirth Enkin, Keirse & Chalmers             

* Understanding Diagnostic Tests in the Childbearing Year" -Frye
*These last books are required for reference purposes.  Although you are not expected to read each book from cover to cover, we do require that you be familiar with their content and strongly encourage you to own or ensure access to a copy once you begin your practice.

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