POSTPARTUM DOULA CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS
Certification Requirements must be completed and submitted within 2 years of your training at Natural Resources.
If you are an "Established Doula" (have worked for 25 families within the last five years) click here to learn more about becoming a certified doula via our International Established Doula Certification Program.
(A) Core Training of 16 hours
One session may be missed and attended (within 1 year) at a future training. If you miss more than one 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
2. Reading Requirements
Core Reading – Select 1 book from each Category listed below (readings may not be duplicated for multiple Doula Certifications).
Submit a 1 page personal response of each book. What is your reaction to the material? Do you agree/disagree? Why?
Category 1: Postpartum Doulas
1) Nurturing Beginnings: Guide to Postpartum Care for Doulas and Community Outreach Workers by Pascali-Bonaro, Arnold, Ringel
2) Nurturing the Family: A Doula's Guide to Supporting New Parents by Jacqueline Kelleher
Category 2: Postpartum
2) The First Forty Days: The Essential Art to Nourishing the New Mother by Ou, Greeven, and Belger
3) Mothering the New Mother by Sally Placksin
4) Mother Nurture by Rick Hanson, Jan Hanson, Ricki Pollycove
Category 3: Postpartum Mood Disorders
1) This Isn’t What I Expected: Overcoming Postpartum Depression by Kleiman and Raskin
2) Beyond the Blues by Bennett and Indman
3) Overcoming Postpartum Depression and Anxiety by Linda Sebastian
4) The Pregnancy and Postpartum Depression and Anxiety Workbook by Wiegartz and Gyoerkoe
Category 4: The Newborn
1) Your Amazing Newborn by Klaus and Klaus
2) The Happiest Baby on the Block by Harvey Karp
3) Your Baby is Speaking to You by Kevin Nugent
4) The Wonder Weeks by Plas-Plooij, Plooij, and van de Rijt
5) The No-Cry Sleep Solution by Elizabeth Pantley
6) Sweet Sleep by Wiessinger, West, Smith, and Pitman
7) Safe Infant Sleep by James McKenna
Category 5: Lactation
1) Nursing Mother’s Companion by Kathleen Huggins
2) The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding by Wiessenger, West and Pitman (2010 or newer)
3) Breastfeeding Made Simple by Nancy Mohrbacher
4) The Black Woman's Guide to Breastfeeding: The Definitive Guide to Nursing for African American Mothers by Katherine Barber
5) Latch: A Handbook for Breastfeeding with Confidence at Every Stage by Robin Kaplan
6) The Big Letdown: How Medicine, Big Business, and Feminism Undermine Breastfeeding by Kimberly Seals Allers
Category 6: Reproductive Justice & Cultural Competency
1) Killing the Black Body by Dorothy Roberts
2) Like a Mother: A Feminist Journey Through the Science and Culture of Pregnancy by Angela Garbes
3) Reproductive Injustice: Racism, Pregnancy, and Premature Birth by Dana-Ain Davis
4) Reproductive Justice: An Introduction by Ross & Solinger
5) Birth in Eight Cultures by Davis-Floyd & Cheyney
6) Where’s the Mother? Stories from a Transgender Dad by Trevor MacDonald
7) Journey to Same-Sex Parenthood by Eric Rosswood
8) Red Medicine: Traditional Indigenous Rites of Birth and Healing by Patrisia Gonzales
9) Battling Over Birth: Black Women and the Maternal Health Care Crisis by Oparah, Arega, Hudson, Jones, Oseguera
3. Proof of current Adult and Infant/Child CPR certification
4. Observe a Lactation Class or Lactation 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 completed by the birthing person of each family supported.
o TEMPORARY COVID-19 ADAPTATION** for all Doula trainees from 2018 –2020: ▪ 1 year extension to complete requirements (3 years from date of training)
▪ 2 out of 6 families may be supported virtually (trainees 2018-2019)
▪ 3 out of 6 families may be supported virtually (trainees 2020 until in-person support resumes)
6. Natural Resources Doula Code of Ethics/Standards of Practice
Please submit complete packet of documentation electronically to postpartumdoulatraining@naturalresources- sf.com. A certification submission-processing fee of $75 payable to Natural Resources.
• Certification Requirements must be completed and submitted within 2 years of your training (trainings prior to 2018)
• **COVID-19 ADAPTATION ENDS 12/31/2021 and is subject to change based on current health and safety conditions.