How to Become a Certified DONA Postpartum Doula

In order to receive a certification as a postpartum doula from DONA International, you must attend a DONA-approved postpartum doula workshop, take classes and webinars, provide postpartum support to mothers, read doula literature, and complete writing assignments.

According to DONA, you must finish all the requirements within 4 years of your attendance of the DONA-approved postpartum doula workshop.  You are also required to be registered as a member of DONA in order to receive the certification for your postpartum doula training.

DONA Postpartum Doula Certification Requirements:  

  • Be registered as a DONA International member
  • Attend a DONA-approved postpartum doula workshop
  • Enroll and attend a breastfeeding course
  • Read the position papers on The Postpartum Doula’s Role in Maternity Care and The Birth Doula's Contribution to Modern Maternity Care
  • Read 5 books from DONA-approved reading list
  • Watch required doula business webinar
  • Purchase a DONA postpartum doula certification packet
  • Provide postpartum support to 3 mothers after their childbirths and receive evaluations on your performance from them
  • Receive references from healthcare professionals
  • Research and compile a list of local resources available for new mothers
  • Perform a skills self-assessment
  • Sign and agree with the DONA International Standard of Practice and Code of Ethics
  • Write an essay on postpartum support

DONA Postpartum Doula Certification Costs and Fees:  

  • DONA-approved postpartum doula workshop: $400 or more
  • Basics of Breastfeeding class: $60
  • DONA webinar: $20
  • Membership Fee: $100 (1 year), $190 (2 years), $280 (3 years)
  • Postpartum doula certification packet: $40
  • Certification application fee: $110
  • Recertification Fee:  $80
  • Books from the required reading list: $50 - $100

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