Birth Doula Certification Requirements

Certification Requirements must be completed and submitted within 2 years of your training.
1. Attendance Requirements
(A) Core Training of 26 hours
  • 1 session may be missed and attended (within 1 year) at a future training.
  • If you miss more than 1 session, you must enroll in a new training to receive a Certificate of Completion or Certification.
(B) Attend all 3 supplemental classes: Labor Massage, Mind/Body/Spirit, Doula from Within.
  • Submit a Class Observation Report for each class
2. Reading Requirements

(A) Core Reading (recommended for students to read before and during training) – all of these books are required:
  • Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth by Ina May Gaskin
  • The Thinking Woman’s Guide to a Better Birth by Henci Goer
  • The Birth Partner by Penny Simkin
  • The Doula Book by Klaus, Kennel and Klaus
  • Breastfeeding Made Simple by Nancy Mohrbacher
(B) Additional Reading Selections – choose 1 book from this list:
  • Pregnancy Birth and the Newborn by Penny Simkin
  • The Complete Book of Pregnancy and Childbirth by Sheila Kitzinger
  • The Pregnancy Book by Sears and Sears
  • The Natural Pregnancy Book by Aviva Jill Romm
  • Hearts and Hands by Elizabeth Davis
  • The VBAC Companion by Diane Korte
  • Active Birth by Janet Balaskas
  • Birthing from Within by Pam England
  • Hypnobirthing by Marie Mongan
  • When Survivors Give Birth by Klaus and Simkin
Submit a 1 page personal response each book. What is your reaction to the material? Do you agree/disagree? Why?


3. Proof of current Adult and Infant/Child CPR certification (Neonatal Resuscitation class is strongly recommended, though not required.)

4. View The Business of Being Born film produced by Ricki Lake and Abby Epstein.
Submit a 1 page personal response to the film. What is your reaction to the material? Do you agree/disagree? Why?

5. Attendance at 6 births (occurring during or after the training) At least 3 births must include at least 1 prenatal meeting, continuous labor support, and at least 1 postpartum meeting within two weeks of baby’s birth. For each birth attended, submit the following: 
  • Evaluation of Labor Support Services (completed by client)
  • 1-2 page summary of your experience with each family, including specific ways you provided guidance and any challenges you met.
6. Agree to Natural Resources Doula Code of Ethics/Standards of Practice

7. Certification Test To be taken at Natural Resources upon completion of all above requirements.

Submit complete packet of documentation electronically to birthdoulatraining@naturalresources-sf.com. Contact Natural Resources Class Admin or Manager (415) 550-2611 to schedule a time to take the test. Closed book. Unlimited time. Passing score of 80% required. A certification submission-processing fee of $75 is due at the time of the test payable to Natural Resources.