Doula Training in Ohio

Ohio is a state which does not require you to be certified in order to operate.  There is also no requirement for a college diploma to work within the state.  Pursuing a certification will be viewed favorable by potential employers, however, it is not a state requirement.

The following is a list of educational classes available in Ohio which can be used towards your doula training.

Certification programs have required courses which are mandatory please read the details carefully to determine whether the offered courses or workshops are a required part of the curriculum.

Doula Training in Cleveland, OH

Organization Name:  Doula Experience
Instructor:  Sunday Tortelli
Phone:  440-572-2574

Course and Workshop Details 

This is a 2 day birth doula training workshop which is required for DONA certification. Offered with the workshop are the Introduction to Childbirth class (1 day) and Breastfeeding for Doulas class (3 hours), both of which are also required for DONA certification.  These classes are offered on the following dates and times.

  • Breastfeeding for Doulas class 
  • Introduction to Childbirth class 
  • Birth doula training workshop – March 4 and 5, 2017

Costs and Fees
Breastfeeding for Doulas class – $50
Introduction to Childbirth class – $100
Birth doula training workshop – $450.  There is a $100 discount for early registration.
Registration Details

To register, pay online, and download registration forms, click here.

Doula Training in Cleveland, Cincinnati, and Columbus OH

Organization Name:  Erica Manto-Konya, CLD, CCCE, HCHD; Nurture, LLC
Phone:  513-477-4697
CAPPA Certified Labor Doula Training Program
Want to be inspired and empowered to begin or enhance your perinatal career? Train with the Childbirth and Postpartum Professionals Association, an international certification organization for Doulas, Childbirth Educators, and Lactation Educators.  CAPPA trainings are designed to educate and equip the contemporary perinatal professional for a successful career in a fun, supportive, and collaborative environment.  Trainings are evidence based and comprehensive, and are designed to appeal to all learning styles.  Students will enjoy engaging and interactive instruction, with practical and real-world scenarios.

CAPPA instructors have in depth knowledge and follow standardized curriculums to ensure the highest quality training and most comprehensive perinatal education for CAPPA Certification programs.  As one of the first and most comprehensive perinatal organizations in the world, CAPPA is respected for its longevity, stability, and its commitment to excellence in both education and unsurpassed student and member support.

Course and Workshop Details and Requirements
Ready to become proficient when offering professional labor support? Take the first step towards becoming a Certified Labor Doula with CAPPA.  This eighteen hour workshop meets the first requirement of your CLD program and prepares you to work through the steps for certification. This course is designed to provide a foundational skill base, knowledge, and perspectives on professional labor support for perinatal professionals, as well as providing training for those seeking certification as certified labor doulas with CAPPA.

Offering 18 CAPPA Contact Hours. Nursing contact hours potentially available on request.

Trainer Information

Erica Manto-Konya, As a perinatal professional who has been working as a doula for the last 10 years, my philosophy is that giving birth is a normal physiologic event in a woman’s life. Research has proven the benefits of working with a doula, and I believe everyone should have access to a doula during their pregnancy, birth, and postpartum. As a doula, I am very committed to helping women achieve a positive, informed, and powerful birth and mothering experience. As a CAPPA doula trainer, I am committed to supporting trainees in accomplishing their goals and succeeding in their careers.

Course and Workshop Topics
The CAPPA Labor Doula Training Class includes the CAPPA Labor Doula Manual, and covers the following topics:

  • CAPPA certification and policies
  • Practical application of Scope of Practice, ethics, and integrity
  • Building bridges with medical/midwifery professionals
  • Modeling and teaching positive communication and self-advocacy
  • Support for every stage of labor and birth
  • Hands on practice of proven comfort measures and labor support techniques
  • Emotional support for labor and birth, as well as unexpected events
  • Hospital procedures – risk/benefit as well as alternatives and support
  • Cesarean and VBAC support
  • Prenatal and postpartum consultations and support
  • Breastfeeding initiation and support
  • Business development, marketing, and networking to create a successful career
  • And much more!

Costs and Fees

Early Bird Registration – $350 through 12/1/2016 Registration – $400 Refer your friends and get a “Buddy Pass” rebate of $50 for each one that registers! Partial scholarships available for military/dependents or midwifery students. Apply for a payment plan at

Location and Dates

Cincinnati:  January 28-29, 2017      8:30 AM – 6:30 PM
Cleveland: March 18-19, 2017          8:30 AM – 6:30 PM
Columbus:  July 29-30, 2017            8:30 AM – 6:30 PM


Time: 8:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. each day

Registration Details

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Refund policy: If the trainer cancels the class, the entire fee will be refunded. All other cancellations will be charged a $50.00 processing fee. If the cancellation is made within three weeks of the class, NO refund will be given. With express written approval of the trainer prior to the original training date, payment may be applied to a training class given by Nurture, LLC within 12 months. (If applicant does not attend a workshop within 12 months, all fees are forfeited.)

Doula Training in Dayton, OH

Organization Name:  ProDoula
Phone:  914-400-3494

Course and Workshop Details and Requirements

This is a 2 day (20 hour) labor doula training workshop from Aug 6-7, 2016.  Completion of this workshop will fulfill the ProDoula workshop requirement if you are pursuing a labor doula certification.

Costs and Fees

The 2 day labor doula training workshop is $595.  There is a membership fee of $75 for the first year and $50 for subsequent years if you get certified through ProDoula.

Registration Details

Register online by clicking here.

Doula Training in Cleveland, OH

Organization Name:  The Doula Experience
Phone:  440-572-2574
Course and Workshop Details and Requirements

  • 2 day, 21 hour birth doula training workshop (required as credit for DONA certification)
  • (Optional) 1 day, 9 hour Introduction to Childbirth class for Doulas
  • (Optional) 1 day Breastfeeding for Infants course

Course and Workshop Topics
These classes will cover the following topics as a part of your doula training.

  • Understand the significance of birth not only for the mother, but also for her family
  • Explain the roles of a birth doula
  • Learn about the health benefits of receiving support from a doula
  • Identify different birth outcomes
  • Demonstrate different methods of providing comfort
  • Demonstrate the best birth positions
  • Understanding how your roles are different during pregnancy, labor, and immediate postpartum periods
  • Discuss the ethics and the certification process


Before attending the classes, read the following DONA approved books:
The Birth Partner (2013) by Simkin

Costs and Fees

2 day, birth doula training workshop – $450 with a $100 discount for early registration
Optional 1 day Childbirth course for Doulas – $100
1 day Breastfeeding for Infants course – $50

Registration Details

Register online and pay through Paypal online by clicking here.

Alternatively, print out the registration form and mail it to:
The Doula Experience Perinatal Services
19006 Stony Point Drive
Strongsville, OH 44136