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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. Childbirth International’s (CBI) birth doula training program provides everything you need to become a certified birth doula. Our support is wide-ranging, with our in-depth curriculum, worldwide trainer network, private student group, and flexible learning environment. Partner with us while learning the skills and knowledge to help families welcome their babies.

Your support as a birth doula will be invaluable to the families you work with as you help them prepare for their baby and navigate unexpected events. You’ll be part of the global movement to improve birth and honor 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’re passionate about.

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Becoming a Birth Doula Guide – Free!

If you’re just starting on your journey to becoming a birth doula or trying to work out the best doula training program to choose, we’ve put together this guide for you, completely free. There’s no obligation, no email or credit card required, and no heavy sales pitch. Just straight answers to all your questions about birth doula training.

Accredited Training Recognized Worldwide

Choosing CBI means choosing the highest standard of birth doula training. CBI is the only doula training organization worldwide to be accredited with distinction by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), recognizing the quality of CBI’s training programs. This accreditation recognizes the quality and robustness of CBI’s training programs and the professionalism of the curriculum. Unlike a workshop where you can only touch the surface of everything you need to know as a birth doula, your CBI training will let you dig deep into topics important to your work. And your trainer and fellow students will always be there to answer your questions and guide you through any challenges you face.

Comprehensive Support and Expertise

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. More than 10,000 students from 138 countries have trusted CBI to deliver the very best in birth doula training. Your training will equip you with everything you need to feel confident and knowledgeable while learning at your own pace.

Start Your Training Within Minutes

You’ll be able to start on your course today. Once you have registered for training, you’ll be able to log in to the student website and see your course materials immediately.

Go at Your Own Pace

If you’ve got kids or have a full-time job and need to take things a little slower, it’s not a problem. We won’t require you to finish your course by a particular date or attend specific training sessions. If you have time available and want to train and certify more quickly, that’s fine too. You can fit your training into your other commitments and complete your course as quickly or slowly as you want.

Compare Birth Doula Training Programs

If you are still wondering how to become a doula or where to train, we can help you there too. Choosing a training provider can be confusing, with each organization having different requirements and pricing, making it difficult to know which is the birth doula training program for you. We’ve done the hard work for you in our comparison charts so you can compare training programs

On our popular public Facebook group, you can learn more about the options for Birth Doula training and certification from other doulas who have chosen various programs: Becoming a Doula Facebook Group. 

Straight-Forward, Upfront Pricing

You won’t be asked to pay membership or certification fees, your certification is for life, and there won’t be any extra fees. You won’t have the additional costs for attending a workshop, like accommodation, travel, and childcare. To make the course more affordable, you can choose to pay it off over five months and still have full access to all your course materials from day one, or pay in one simple, single payment. If you buy more than one course at the same time, we’ll say thanks by giving you a 15-25% discount, and as a student with CBI, you will always have a 15% discount on any future courses you buy.

Risk-Free With a Full Refund Option

Deciding to join us on your journey to become a certified birth doula is risk-free. If you decide this course isn’t right for you, email us within 48 hours of registering, and we’ll give you a full refund, no questions asked. You can read our refund policy for details.



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

Easy to Understand Birth Doula Certification Requirements

To become a certified birth doula with Childbirth International, you’ll submit assignments and complete the online, open-book exams. Once the requirements are met, 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 valuable to you. We won’t ask you to have medical caregivers evaluate you or have you read extra books. Every requirement builds on your knowledge and skills and gives you a deeper understanding of your role as a birth doula. To become a certified Birth Doula with Childbirth International, you’ll:

  • 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

What’s Included in Your Birth Doula Training

We want to ensure 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 decisions that are right for them. To ensure you have the knowledge and skills to support your clients, you’ll have a comprehensive curriculum, a mentor, and a global network of peers who’ll join you on your journey. You can read more about each of the modules covered in your birth doula training and find out about the topics included in your Birth Doula training:

CBI has been the perfect blend of education, support, and flexibility. I am eager to take the skills I’ve learned here and help individuals in my community as I start my small business. As I expand, I plan to return for more courses!

Lauren, Mount Roal, New Jersey