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DONA Birth Doula Training Workshop

Live and Online Doula Trainings


Birth Doula Training

This comprehensive and holistic in-person 5-day workshop begins with our 2-day Childbirth Education for the Birth Professional class followed by 3-days of Birth Doula training.

Accelerated Doula Training

This 3-day faster-paced in-person birth doula training provides the same valuable content as our 5-day in-person workshop.

Online Birth Doula Training

 This 3-day Online Birth Doula Workshop workshop is held live online over Zoom and provides the same valuable content as our in-person workshops – from the comfort of your own home!

In addition to learning the Art of Childbirth Assisting, our unique doula workshop provides an exploration of historical and conventional paradigms around childbirth. You’ll learn the special role of Birth Doulas and how we can help women and families return to the ancient wisdom of birthing and parenting.

“Doula care is presented as a return to the community-based, woman-centered care that existed prior to the shift from home to hospital births. As such, the training demonstrates how woman-centered support can reclaim a place within medicalized childbirth in Western cultures. Doulas learn about the birth process, medical issues that can arise, ways to support laboring women physically and emotionally, and how to advocate with and for a patient in a hospital environment.”

~ Dr. Christine Morton, author of Birth Ambassadors

DONA Approved Doula Training Workshop

This comprehensive and holistic training is approved through DONA International. Attendance fulfills two requirements for Birth Doula certification with DONA International– the CBE + Doula training requirements. To learn more about the certification process, please visit the DONA International website.
In this doula training, participants learn about the doula’s role working with women and their partners during pregnancy and in each phase of the birthing process.

Participants gain an in-depth understanding of the emotional, psychological and physical needs of a laboring woman.

During this Doula Training you will learn how to:
  • Provide highly effective labor, breastfeeding, and postpartum care and support.
  • Support mothers and their partners in their choices while providing consistent emotional and physical care during their birthing experience.
  • Provide continuous support and care when technology and or medication become necessary.
  • Conduct prenatal and postpartum visits with clients.
  • Develop your own private doula service.
  • Market and promote yourself as a professional doula.

During the birthing process the doula plays an invaluable and unique role as protector, supporter, advocate, and general assistant. Graduates of this program will be able to offer services in their community for assisting with births in a hospital, birth center, or at home. This training often becomes the foundation upon which many childbirth professionals, including midwives and nurses, build their career.

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Get your Doula Certification Online

Online Doula Trainings

Our DONA approved online birth and postpartum doula training workshops and continuing education classes are held live and provide the same valuable content as our in-person classes– from the comfort of your own home!

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a doula?

A doula is a trained professional who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to their client before, during and after childbirth. Read the full blog post: “What is a Doula” 

If I miss a portion of a doula workshop, will I be able to make it up?

Our doula workshops are never recorded, and all classes must be attended live (online or in-person) to receive a certificate of attendance. Missed classes and portions of missed classes cannot be made up. If you miss attending part of a class, or an entire class, you may be dropped from the course and will need to attend a new course in its entirety. If this occurs, you will be given the option to attend the same online workshop at SCI at no additional charge, but you will need to attend the entire workshop and not just the missed portion. (Please note: This policy does not pertain to in-person workshops or classes at SCI. Be sure to read over our Terms & Conditions page.)

Does the birth doula training include the Intro to Birth class that DONA requires?

Yes, we include the “Intro” class, although at SCI we call this class Childbirth Education for the Birth Professional. Our workshops all begin with this CBE class and are followed by the doula training workshop. This means you’ll leave our birth doula workshop with both certification requirements fulfilled. After you complete the workshop you will be able to begin attending births right away while you work on your other certification requirements with DONA. 

Do the doula training workshops also include the breastfeeding class for Doulas?

Our birth doula training workshops do not include the breastfeeding class in the curriculum– you will need to attend a separate class to fulfill that requirement. We offer that class with our 3-hour Essential Breastfeeding Skills for Doulas & Birth Workers class. This class is currently only offered in-person at our school in Sacramento, but we’re happy to provide you with resources for online breastfeeding classes. The breastfeeding class is included in the curriculum of our postpartum doula training workshops. 

How much does it cost to become a certified Doula?

$650-$850, depending on the training workshop you choose.

Will I receive a certificate of completion after the doula workshop?

Yes. You’ll be emailed a certificate of attendance after attending the entire online doula workshop. If you attend our birth doula workshop, you’ll also receive a certificate of attendance for the childbirth education portion of your training. If you attend our postpartum doula workshop, you’ll also receive a certificate of attendance for the breastfeeding portion of your training.

What are the certification requirements and process to become a certified birth doula with DONA International?

After you finish your doula training workshop your trainer will have you register your workshop with DONA International. This is done in class at the end of the workshop, with the guidance of your trainer, and only takes a few minutes. Once you register your workshop, your certification packet will be emailed to you. There is no cost for this packet. Here are the requirements for certification, which can be completed in any order and at your own pace, but need to be completed and your application submitted to DONA within 3-years of attending your workshop: 

  • Attend a DONA-approved birth doula training workshop that’s at least 16-hours, like the one we offer at SCI. The workshop can be held in-person, online, or can be a hybrid workshop. 
  • Attend a childbirth education class. This must be as a doula student, not for education as a pregnant person. Our birth doula workshops at SCI include this in the curriculum—each training begins with this class. 
  • Attend a lactation class that’s specifically for perinatal professionals and at least 3-hours in length, like our Essential Breastfeeding Skills for Doulas & Birth Workers class at SCI. 
  • Complete reading assignments: 4 books + 2 Position Papers.
  • Complete a self-assessment questionnaire.
  • Create a resource list of providers and services in your community.
  • Attend and document 3 births as primary labor support (after you have attended your workshop.) 
  • Purchase a DONA membership and pay the certification application fee.
  • Fill out the application, compile your application paperwork, and submit to DONA for approval. You will receive a confirmation email when your application has been received and another email once it has been given to an application reviewer. Generally this process takes anywhere from 3-8 weeks.
  • Celebrate your certification!