Steps For Certification as a Birth Doula Note: If you are DONA certified or attended a DONA workshop and want to take our birth doula course, we offer discounts for certified doulas. We also found out we can offer CE units for some DONA things - so please ask us - like the rebozo portion of the course if you attend a live training for the rebozo!
Steps to Certification updated for June 2021 or beyond!
Steps include: Step 1. 3 book reviews are required. Please ask instructor on categories (usually one needs to be a spiritual related pregnancy book). Reviews should be around 250-500 words (more is fine). You may add the book reviews to your Community Project Assignment if so desired.
Step 2. Breastfeeding Mini-Class is now in the works - so students will need to enroll in this class as an add-on fee; you can ask us about attending other courses - but ours will be specific to helping mothers and breastfeeding. This course will cover some basics about breastfeeding. This can only be waived if you have breastfeeding experience (for one year) or/and been a La Leche League Leader or other leader like that for at least 2 years. Step 3. Work on the Community Project as laid out in 1st module (20 resources, mini-biography of yourself; interview a midwife, CBE, or doctor). ______
Step 4. Interview a doula (shadow one if possible). (Add to community project website). ______
Step 5. Take our new mini-business class - this will be available soon - so check back with us on that - it will be based on "Doing Business the Doula Way" digital edition of that book by Julie Larsen and Lisa Van Der Wilt. (This class maybe included in cost of course for limited time - check out enrollment information here).
Step 6. Make a 50 Doula Term list – we will post in classroom or send you list. It will include abbreviations you need to know. You may partner up with one other doula in training to do this together. Please include resources for each term. It is OK to use same resources. Abbreviations only need to put one resource if from same location. Submit with your community project website/blog. ____
7. Check with module one for the rest of requirements. I think most of above is it! ***Congrats you are finished! All certificates will be emailed to you once we have verified all certification projects have been done. Remember your community project is the biggest one (#3) and can incorporate on your blog or website some of the other requirements. We only send out digital certificates that you may print out yourself.