About Doula Certification
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There are no national or state regulations that standardize doula certification or practice, therefore any doula (certified or not) can call themselves a professional doula and legally practice as such. Certification is optional, and there are many organizations that provide doula certifications. Just to name a few:
- Doulas of North America (DONA)
- Childbirth And Postpartum Professionals Association (CAPPA)
- Madriella Doula Network of the Somatic Arts and Sciences Institute
- Childbirth International
- Doula Trainings International
Doula Certifications require doulas to operate within a Scope of Practice and adhere to Professional Standards and a Code of Ethics. However each organization can establish these requirements however they choose. If using a Certified Doula is important to you, it may be advantageous to compare the different organization's requirements to be sure they fit with your expectations of a doula. Of course you can always interview different doulas and ask specifics about their certifying organization.
If you are a student doula, it can be daunting and confusing to compare and even identify all the options for certification. Here at Inspired Birth and Families, we offer a support group open to anyone who is interested in doula work. We come from a variety of backgrounds, certifying organizations and experience levels. We invite you to come check us out and get feedback about the different organizations. Read more on our Just For Doulas page.