How to Become a Certified CAPPA Postpartum Doula

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

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