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Doula Certification Requirements

Certification Requirements

All requirements except training births must be completed prior to attending the workshop.

  1. Apply for Birth Boot Camp Doula training. Please apply as soon as possible, to ensure that your application is approved before you continue on with the requirements.
  2. Watch the 10-week Birth Boot Camp childbirth education series including Breastfeeding: The Ultimate MRE DVD. (This requirement is waived for current Birth Boot Camp Instructors.) Complete the questions for each class. You will have a 5-week period to complete the classes and paperwork. This is to be turned in with your other paperwork two weeks before your workshop.
  3. Complete either the OSHA or Red Cross Pathogens class and include a copy of the email containing your certificate to the Doula Certification Coordinator with your other paperwork two weeks prior to your workshop.
  4. Attend two consecutive breastfeeding support groups sessions.  Write a short review, noting the growth you see in new mothers between the two sessions and experiences of others.
  5. Complete the pre-workshop study guide.
  6. Complete the reading and film list with required documentation.
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     Reading List:

  1. Fathers at Birth, Rose St. John
  2. The Labor Progress Handbook, Simkin and Ancheta
  3. Optimal Care in Childbirth, Henci Goer
  4. Healthy Pregnancy Book, William Sears
  5. Mothering the New Mother, Placksin
  6. When Survivors Give Birth, Simkin and Klaus
  7. Cut, Stapled and Mended, Roanna Rosewood
  8. Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth, Gaskin
  9. Birth Ambassadors, Christine H. Morton and Elayne Clift
  10. Lean In, Sheryl Sandberg
  11. The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding, Le Leche League, 8th edition
  12. Baby Catcher, Peggy Vincent

Movies:

  1. Born in the USA
  2. Orgasmic Birth: The Best-Kept Secret 
  3. Compile a list of community resources with 10-15 categories
  4. Attend all sessions of the Birth Boot Camp Doula Training Workshop.
  5. After passing the test at the workshop, provide birth doula services, including pre-natal and postpartum visits, for five clients. Of these five births, at least three must be unmedicated. Complete the Birth Boot Camp Doula Self Evaluation form for each birth.
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