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. The current discount is 30% off our normal pricing. If you are certified with a different organization, contact us concerning receiving a discount.
Steps to Certification updated for April 2018-2022 or beyond!
Steps include: Step 1. You are required to do 4 book reviews if you are including the Bettering Lives of Outstanding moms program. We want you to review books in both courses; but you may use some of the required reading. Please see book review list at beginning of module where we list books. All book reviews must be 500 word minimum to show that you read the book. See classroom for full review information. You may add the book reviews to your Community Project Assignment if so desired.
Step 2. For Breastfeeding Requirement: We are switching over to having you take the M.O.M. Advocate program at Breastfeeding University. Currently it is located at: http://breastfeedinguniv.weebly.com – It might move back to http://breastfeedinguniversity.weebly.com later – so check either URL. This program is also on Eliademy and can be done in 4 weeks; no book is required; but we do recommend “Breastfeeding Made Simple” for one of your book reviews. 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 the Bettering Lives of Outstanding Moms Course (optional for certification—but required if you want to be a leader). We are revising a new version of this for 2018. ____(Note you can finish this step after graduation).
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. ____
Step 7. Visit a Labor and Delivery Room and Birth Center. (Second one is optional if you do not live near a birth center). Write up a paragraph about your visit. Look up if you can how much it actually costs to birth at the hospital or birth center. Stats on C-sections (bonus points). _____.
Step 8. Learn the Rebozo Techniques – we will start in module 2 (You can still take the first level of Royal Rebozoway if so desired). _____.
Step 9. Attend 3 births as a doula ____. Note we will allow you to waive one if you do not have anyone to go to. Please also send in evaluation forms______, ________, __________. (We will send to you or be posted in classroom).
Step 10. “Birthy Video reviews” that we ask you to review – see info earlier in module on how to review. There will probably be one per module to look over. ____.
Step 11. Business Module; We promised a better business module; so we hope to have this ready early spring for students to take. If you are almost finished and reviewing certification requirements; you can be waived from the requirement. New signups will need to work on the business module. ____
Step 12. Attend a childbirth class or request to view 2 modules of St. Gianna Childbirth Prep for parents or St. Anne Breastfeeding. If doing the online course – please critique the modules we send you so we can make improvements. If attending a local CBE class, just tell us date, name of your instructor, summary of what you learned that day. _____. ***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. If you want a printed certificate; it will cost $25 for us to send; for print fees. Thank you.