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 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.