Birth Doula Training and Certification

About Birth Doula Training

Congratulations on deciding to train as a Birth Doula. This exciting journey is life-changing for many and we hope it will be for you. Partner with us while learning the skills and knowledge to help families welcome their babies. Our support is wide-ranging, with our in-depth curriculum, worldwide trainer network, private student group, and flexible learning environment. CBI’s birth doula training program provides everything you need to become a certified birth doula.

Being a birth doula is rewarding in so many ways, from preparing parents for birth, labor itself, and helping clients navigate unexpected events. Your training will equip you with everything you need to feel confident and knowledgeable while learning at your own pace. CBI supports you with a personal trainer, expert evidence-based training materials, and a global network of other students who are on the same journey as you. 

If you are still wondering how to become a doula or which training organization to choose we can help you there too. We have done the hard work of comparing training organizations for you on our comparison pages. On our popular public Facebook group, you can learn more about the options for Birth Doula training and certification, and hear from other doulas who have chosen a variety of different programs: Becoming a Doula Facebook Group 

Your support as a birth doula will be invaluable to the families you work with and you’ll be part of the global movement in improving birth and honoring the rights of every pregnant and birthing individual. You’ll be making a real difference in people’s lives while making a living at something you are passionate about.

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Certified birth doula

Becoming a doula is rewarding in so many ways, from preparing parents for birth, labor itself, and helping clients navigate unexpected events

Compare Birth Doula Training Programs

Choosing a training provider can be confusing with each organization having different requirements and pricing, making it difficult to know which is the right birth doula training program for you. To make it easier for you to make a comparison, we’ve put together a helpful chart so you can compare CBI with other birth doula training programs.

Refund Policy

Deciding to join us on your journey to become a certified birth doula is virtually risk-free. We offer a full refund if you cancel within 48 hours of purchase (less a $50 administration fee). You can read our refund policy for full details.

Certification Requirements

To become a certified birth doula with Childbirth International, you’ll submit assignments and complete exams. Once the requirements are completed, you’ll be awarded a certificate showing you are a Certified Birth Doula. There are no additional costs for certification and your certification is for life. We want to make sure that the work you do for certification is relevant and useful to you. We won’t ask you to have medical caregivers evaluate you, or have you read extra books. Every requirement is designed to build on your knowledge and skills and give you a deeper understanding of your role as a birth doula. The requirements for becoming a certified birth doula with Childbirth International are:

  • Set personal goals for communicating with clients and caregivers
  • Critique two videos for bias and evidence
  • Analyze case studies on reflective practice and physiology
  • Complete online, open-book exams (between 10-20 multiple choice questions in each) on physiology
  • Survey the birthing options available to clients within your community
  • Support two clients for a total of 20 hours (in-person or virtually)
  • Reflect on your role and the skills you used when working with clients

Topics Covered in Your Birth Doula Training

We want to make sure you feel prepared and confident in your role as a certified birth doula. Every client you work with will have different needs but all of them will be looking to you for support in making the decisions that are right for them. To make sure you have the knowledge and skills to support your clients, you’ll have a comprehensive curriculum, together with a mentor and a global network of peers who’ll join you on your journey. The modules included in the Birth Doula Training program are:

You can read more about each of the modules covered in your birth doula training and find out about the topics included together with the competencies you’ll build in each lesson by clicking on any module in the above list.

Thank you so much for creating such an amazing course and know that CBI has changed my life in unimaginable ways. Best decision ever!

Evangeline, Singapore