Postpartum Doula Certification Requirements

1. Attendance

(A) Core Training of 16 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 2 supplemental classes: Postpartum Nutrition and Newborn Sleep
    • Submit a Class Observation Report for each class.

2. Reading Requirements
Candidates must read one selection from each of the following 4 categories and submit a one page written response of each book (What is your reaction to the material? Do you agree/disagree? Why?):

Category 1: Postpartum Doulas

  • Nurturing the Family: The Guide for Postpartum Doulas by Jacqueline Kelleher

Category 2: Becoming a Mother

  • Mothering the New Mother by Sally Placksin
  • Natural Health after Birth by Aviva Jill Romm
  • Mother Nurture by Rick Hanson, Jan Hanson, Ricki Pollycove

Category 3: The Newborn

  • The Baby Book by Sears and Sears
  • Your Amazing Newborn by Klaus and Klaus
  • The Happiest Baby on the Block by Harvey Karp

Category 4: Breastfeeding

  • Nursing Mother’s Companion by Kathleen Huggins
  • Ultimate Breastfeeding Book of Answers by Dr. Jack Newman
  • The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding by La Leche League
  • Breastfeeding Made Simple by Nancy Mohrbacher
3. Proof of current Adult and Infant/Child CPR certification

4. Observe a Breastfeeding class or Breastfeeding support group

Submit a Class Observation Report

5. Support 6 families in the early postpartum period (first 6 weeks) (occurring during or after the training)

    • At least 2 shifts of 2 hours each. Submit a Postpartum Doula Support Form describing your experience with each family, including specific ways you provided guidance
    • Natural Resources Evaluation of Postpartum Support Questionnaire must be completed by the mother of each family supported.
6. Natural Resources Doula Code of Ethics/Standards of Practice
7. Certification Test 
To be taken at Natural Resources upon completion of all above requirements.
Please submit complete packet of documentation electronically to postpartumdoulatraining@naturalresources- Contact Bobbi at (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.


Certification Requirements must be completed and submitted within 2 years of your training.