Postpartum Doula Certification Requirements

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

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. Must be at least 2 shifts of 2 hours each. Submit the following for each

  • 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

Please submit complete packet of documentation electronically to postpartumdoulatraining@naturalresources- sf.com. A certification submission-processing fee of $75 payable to Natural Resources.