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.
Kyndal May is a certified doula with over 20 years of experience helping train doulas across the United States. She has received her certification from DONA (Doulas of North America) and has dedicated her career to supporting families during pregnancy, childbirth, and postpartum. With her extensive knowledge and experience, she is committed to providing compassionate and personalized care to every family she works with. In addition to her work as a doula, Kyndal is also a passionate advocate for women’s health and birth rights. She has spent many years educating and empowering families to make informed decisions about their birth experience. She also uses her experience to help train other doulas, passing on her knowledge and skills to the next generation of birth workers. With her dedication to her clients and her profession, Kyndal is a respected and valued member of the doula community.