Although there is no requirement for getting a doula certification in order to become a doula, there are many benefits for getting one.
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?
Not all doulas get a certification. In fact, there are many experienced, non-certified doulas. Here are a few factors to think about if you are considering getting a doula certification:
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.