To be certified as a doula for CAPPA, you must be registered as a member of CAPPA, take training courses, provide postpartum support for 3 mothers, view online training material, read doula literature, complete assignments, and take an exam.
According to CAPPA, you will have 2 years to complete all the postpartum doula training requirements from the time you enroll in order to receive your certification.
The courses are taught in-person, but there is an online/distance learning option.
CAPPA Postpartum Doula Certification Requirements:
- Be registered as a CAPPA member; members must be 18 years or older
- Enroll in the Postpartum Doula Course in the CAPPA Academy
- Attend a CAPPA-approved postpartum doula training class
- Read the training manual and books from the required reading list
- Watch required clips from the Mother and Baby Care Booklet
- Infant or child CPR certification required from the American Heart Association or the Red Cross
- Provide postpartum support to 3 mothers and receive evaluations on your performance
- Get 2 letters or recommendation from healthcare professionals
- Attend a breastfeeding class (2 hours minimum) taught by a by an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, Lactation Counselor, or Certified Lactation Educator
- Research and compile a list of local resources available in your area for new parents
- Pass a multiple choice exam
CAPPA Postpartum Doula Certification Costs and Fees:
- Training Program Cost: $350 and up depending on which classes you pick
- Traditional Class Cost: $175
- Mother and Baby Care Booklet: $16
- Hug Your Baby Program: $35
- Membership Fee: $65
- Recertification Fee: $75
- Books from the required reading list: varies
More information is available at http://www.cappa.net/