Birth Doula Certification

Special low price fee of only $375! (includes online lessons, live classroom training, resources and support, & lifetime certification)

Since a good portion of the training is self-paced, registration is always open to begin right away, and live class series are typically scheduled every two months, which are helpful to join after having completed some of the self-paced modules first. 

AWWS Doula Training is a personal, interactive experience where you will receive individual support in your professional training and grow with a community of other women who are on the same journey as you! Rather than just reading online materials on your own, you will experience the addition of interaction via live video classes where you will have the opportunity to ask questions and get to know other women! You will also have the opportunity to continue to interact and ask questions through your entire training process and as you start your new business. When you complete your certification process, you will carry a lifetime certification with no yearly renewal fees.  All of this is yours at a very affordable investment fee that is meant to make this education accessible to all women. We honor our traditional roots and meaning of the word doula by upholding the strength and dignity of women in their natural, God-given biological role as mothers.  

 To complete the certification process, you will be required to complete video modules and reading assignments, quizzes to check for comprehension of materials, attend 2 hour long small group, live online classes (6 hours total), write a self-reflection essay, purchase and read and report on the book "Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Newborn" (Simkin) and your choice of one other book off the suggested book list, and sign our standard of practice paper.*  You will then receive a signed certificate, logo that can be used on your marketing materials and website, and awarded the lettered credentials, CBD (AWWS), that  you may use after your name to represent yourself as a certified birth doula.

*As a certified AWWS doula, you are free to run your independent business as you choose. Our standard of practice is for the purpose of having a professional standard and consistency so that clients and other professionals can know the quality doula you are. Read statement here:  

A strong internet connection and device with video capability and a working Gmail email address is required.

        Class topics that will be covered:

  • Benefits of doula care

  • Doula scope of practice

  • Female anatomy & the pelvis in birth

  • Communication and listening skills

  • The stages of labor & birth of the baby 

  • Hands-on comfort techniques in labor

  • Breathing and relaxation coping techniques

  • Assisting the mother with movement to make more space in pelvis for baby

  • Emotional support techniques

  • Supporting the partner and family

  • How to work alongside medical staff

  • Supporting the five senses during labor

  • Cultural awareness, working with diversity

  • When unexpected loss happens

  • Special situations like premature labor and  NICU stays

  • Supporting teens and surrogacy/adoption moms

  • Trauma and emotional disorders

  • Understanding medical interventions (inductions, epidurals, medications, Cesarean surgery)

  • Evidence-based practice and informed consent

  • Virtual doula support

  • Hospital birth, birthing center, and home birth situations

  • Prenatal and postnatal visits with your client

  • Postpartum and newborn care

  • Breastfeeding basics

  • Business resources for advertising, making a contract, and networking 

Book List (you will choose 1 book from):

The Birth Partner--Penny Simkin

Ina May's Guide to Childbirth-- Ina May Gaskin

Preparing For A Gentle Birth-- Blandine Calais-Germain

Optimal Care in Childbirth--Henci Goer

The Female Pelvis--Blandine Calais-Germain

Natural Hospital Birth--Cynthia Gabriel

The Nurturing Touch at Birth-- Paulina Perez

When Survivors Give Birth-- Penny Simkin and Phyllis Klaus

The Natural Pregnancy Book--Aviva Romm

The Labor Progress Book--Simkin/Ancheta

Dr. Jack Newman's Guide to Breastfeeding

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