Certified doulas have those extra letters after their name. They have name badges and carry an ID card. They can also offer their credentials to your insurance provider to have some or all of the birth fee covered. But that’s not all they provide. If you’ve ever wondered what it takes for doulas to become certified, here is what we need in order to complete the certification process through DONA International.
- Doulas must complete an outlined home study regimen and read a required set of books relating to pregnancy, childbirth and birth support
- Attend a series of prenatal classes
- Attend a workshop run by a DONA approved doula trainer
- Complete a breastfeeding education class
- Complete a practicum during which the doula attends births as a doula in training, and is evaluated by the parents, doctors and nurses at each birth
- Write an essay on the Value of Birth Support
- Compile a list of resources for clients in 45 different areas
- Submit a certification package with proof of all of the above, along with study work completed to DONA International for review by the DONA Certification Committee
A trained doula who has attended her inital doula workshop has a maximum of 2 years to complete these requirements. Once certified, she must re-certify every 3 years.
With every bit of hard work and commitment it takes to achieve this honour of being a certified doula, you can trust and ensure that your certified doula is committed to you, her clients, and your journey.