Higher salary - A doula that has a certification commands a higher salary per birth than one who does not.
Job referrals - Some certification programs place your contact information in a directory for expectant mothers seeking a doula to browse.
Access to more resources - Doula certification programs have many resources for job finding, networking, and answers to any questions about the doula profession.
More experience - Doulas gain valuable real life experience through attending the workshops, seminars, and live births required from certification programs.
Credibility - Getting a certification lets your potential employer know that you have passed tests, attended workshops, and achieved a certain standard of education.
Is Doula Certification the Right Choice for Me?
Cost - Doula certification programs can be fairly expensive. Some programs cost $500 or more.
Time - Not everyone has time to attend workshops, classes, and take tests. Some programs can take several weeks to complete.
Experience - If you already have plenty of experience as a doula, then a doula certification program may not be as beneficial to you as someone that does not have much experience.