Doula Training in Washington


You are legally allowed to work in Washington as a birth doula without being certified.  You also do not need a bachelors or masters degree to operate within the state.  Pursuing a certification will add to your professional credentials, however, it is not a state requirement.

The following is a list of educational classes and workshops available in Washington state which can be used towards your doula training.

Certification programs have required courses which you have to take; please read the details carefully to determine whether the courses offered are a required part of the curriculum.


Doula Training in Seattle, WA


Organization Name:  Big Belly Services
Website:  http://bigbellyservices.com/
Instructor:  Carrie Kenner
Email:  carrie@bigbellyservices.com
Phone:  206-419-7447


Course and Workshop Details 

This is a 7 day birth doula training workshop which is required for DONA certification.  This workshop is offered on the following dates:

  • Every Wednesday from March 1 - April 26, 2017
  • Every Wednesday from May 3 - June 21, 2017
  • Every Wednesday from July 5 - August 23, 2017 
  • Every Wednesday from September 6 - October 25, 2017
  • Every Wednesday from November 8 - December 20, 2017


Costs and Fees

Birth doula training workshop - $650-800 (Sliding scale).  There is a $250 deposit.


Registration Details

To register, pay online, and learn about scholarships, click here.




Doula Training in Tacoma, WA


Organization Name:  Circle of Life Holistic Care
Website: www.circleoflifeholisticcare.com
Email:  kelli@circleoflifeholisticcare.com
Phone:  253-224-0509


Course and Workshop Details and Requirements

This 20 hour birth doula and labor support training workshop is ICEA approved and fulfills the workshop requirement if you are pursuing an ICEA certification.


Course and Workshop Topics

These classes will cover the following topics as a part of your doula training.
  • Understanding the certification process
  • Stages and Phases of Labor (including emotional aspects)
  • Handling stress in pregnancy
  • Listening skills
  • Pain in Labor
  • Hands on practice with comfort measures ,pain coping and position changes in labor
  • Medical pain relief
  • Interventions
  • Supporting partners
  • Family integration
  • How to run a doula business 

Costs and Fees

This birth doula and labor support training workshop is $525.  There is a discount of $50 for early registration if you register at least 3 weeks from the workshop date.  There are discounts for midwifery students and military families.  Payment plans are available.


Registration Details

Register online directly by clicking here.





Organization Name:  The Birthing Inn
Website: https://thebirthinginn.com
Email:  toallaboutbirth@gmail.com
Phone:  253-761-8939


Course and Workshop Details and Requirements
  • 3 day, 22 hour long birth doula training workshop (satisfies the workshop requirement for DONA certification)

Course and Workshop Topics

These classes will cover the following topics as a part of your doula training.
  • Explain the process of birth from start to finish
  • Learn practical suggestions in supporting the mother
  • Engage in hands on training
  • Identify the emotions that come with labor and birth
  • Understanding birth from the father's point of view
  • Discuss the certification process

Costs and Fees

2 day, birth doula training workshop - $575
A 25% deposit required


Registration Details

Register online and pay fees online by clicking here.