Requirements for Certification

  • Attendance at our weekend Birth Doula Training workshop (must be no longer than 5 years prior to sending in completed requirements) 
  • Completion of the required reading list (see below)
  • Observe/Audit a series of Childbirth Preparation Classes
  • Written summaries of 6 births you have attended - of which 3 can be births you have attended prior to attending the workshop.
  • Written evaluations from 3 people you've assisted or worked with (i.e., women you've helped in labor, midwives, doctors, nurses -- any combination is fine)
  • 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)

"Birth As An American Rite of Passage" – Robbie Davis-Floyd

"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

*"Obstetric Myths vs. Research Realities" – Henci Goer or "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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