Doula Training in Virginia


Having a doula certification is optional in Virginia because there is no state requirement to become certified.  You can become certified to become more competitive for the job market, however, it is entirely voluntary.  In addition, Virginia does not require a high school degree or equivalent in order to work as birth doula in the state.

The following is a list of educational classes, workshops, or resources available in the Virginia area which can be used for your doula training. Please read the details carefully to determine if the classes are part of a certification curriculum. You do not have to be actively pursuing a certification in order to attend these classes, however, you are require to be at least 18 years old.


Doula Training in Richmond, VA


Organization Name:  Academy of Certified Birth Educators
Website: https://acbe.com/
Instructor:  Linda Herrick
Email:  office@acbe.com
Phone:  913-782-5116


Course and Workshop Details and Requirements

The training will consist of a 3 day Birth doula training workshop and a Childbirth for Doulas class. Both are required towards DONA certification and will be offered on April 27-29, 2017.

There is also an optional Breastfeeding for Doulas class offered on March 30, 2017 which will satisfy the DONA requirement for a breastfeeding course.


Prerequisites
  • Read training books from the reading list
    • The Birth Partner by Simkin
    • The Doula Book by Klaus, Klaus & Kennell
  • Complete the course evaluation

Costs and Fees

Birth doula workshop - $450
A non-refundable $100 deposit is required during your registration
A $25 discount is available if the fees are paid at least 21 days before the class
The Breastfeeding class is $40


Registration Details

Download registration forms at https://acbe.com/doula-training/




Doula Training in Virginia Beach, VA


Organization Name:  BirthJourneys
Website: http://birthjourneys.org/
Email:  jacqueline@birthjourneys.org


Course and Workshop Details and Requirements

The birth doula training workshop is DONA-approved and fulfills the requirement for workshop attendance for a DONA certification.  The workshop will run from September 23-25, 2016
(Friday 6-9pm; Saturday/Sunday 8am-5pm).


Course and Workshop Topics

As part of your doula training, these courses will cover the following:
  • Learn the scope of practice of a doula's job and how they provide emotional and physical support to the mother during her pregnancy, labor, and childbirth
  • Discuss the anatomy and physiology of pregnancy and labor
  • Demonstrate different labor positions
  • Develop your doula business by learning how to network, make contracts, and communicate with your client regarding their needs
  • Discuss ethics and how to get certified through DONA

Costs and Fees

The birth doula training workshop is $575.  The fee is reduced to $475 if you are registered and pay in full before 8 weeks of the class date.


Registration Details

You can register and pay for the workshop by clicking here.



Doula Training in Chantilly, VA


Organization Name:  Rosebud Doula
Website: www.rosebuddoula.com
Email:  abookwalter@msn.com
Phone:  703-597-4742


Course and Workshop Details and Requirements
  • 3 day birth doula training workshop (required for credit for DONA International certification)
  • 2 day childbirth education course (required before taking the birth doula workshop)

Course and Workshop Topics

As part of your doula training, these courses will cover the following:
  • Learn how to empower an expectant mother so that she can make her informed decisions
  • Discuss how to provide emotional and physical support to the mother
  • Learn the basic anatomy and physiology of birth and labor
  • Discuss the ways a doula can provide comfort measures for the mother
  • Meet with expectant families in order to network and build contacts for your business
  • Discuss the certification process

Prerequisites

If you take this for DONA certification, the DONA Childbirth Class Observation Form is required before attending the workshop.


Costs and Fees

Birth doula training workshop - $360.15
Childbirth education course - $115


Registration Details

Register online for the doula training workshop or for the childbirth education course by clicking here.