Doula training in Pennsylvania

In Pennsylvania, there is no requirement for a certification to work.  Both certified and uncertified birth doulas are allowed to work in the state because becoming certified is strictly voluntary.

Listed below are educational classes available in Pennsylvania which can be integrated into your doula training.  If you are interested in applying for a certification-granting organization, please read the details to determine whether the classes are a required part of a program’s curriculum.

Doula Training in Camp Hill, PA

Organization Name:  Penny Doula
Instructor:  Penny Bussell Stansfield
Phone:  908-601-7403

Course and Workshop Details and Requirements

  • 1 day Introduction course to Childbirth for Doulas on June 23, 2017 (DONA requirement)
  • 2 day, Birth doula training workshop on June 24-25, 2017 (DONA requirement)
  • (Optional) 1 day Breastfeeding for Doulas course  June 22, 2017  (DONA requirement) 

Costs and Fees

Introduction to Childbirth course – $100 to $120
Birth Doula Workshop – $290 to $325
Optional Breastfeeding Introduction for Doulas course – $60 to $75
Registration Details

Register by clicking here.

Doula Training in Pittsburgh, PA

Organization Name:  Erica Manto-Konya, CLD, CCCE, HCHD; Nurture, LLC
Phone:  513-477-4697

CAPPA Certified Labor Doula Training Program

Want to be inspired and empowered to begin or enhance your perinatal career? Train with the Childbirth and Postpartum Professionals Association, an international certification organization for Doulas, Childbirth Educators, and Lactation Educators.  CAPPA trainings are designed to educate and equip the contemporary perinatal professional for a successful career in a fun, supportive, and collaborative environment.  Trainings are evidence based and comprehensive, and are designed to appeal to all learning styles.  Students will enjoy engaging and interactive instruction, with practical and real-world scenarios.

CAPPA instructors have in depth knowledge and follow standardized curriculums to ensure the highest quality training and most comprehensive perinatal education for CAPPA Certification programs.  As one of the first and most comprehensive perinatal organizations in the world, CAPPA is respected for its longevity, stability, and its commitment to excellence in both education and unsurpassed student and member support.

Course and Workshop Details and Requirements

Ready to become proficient when offering professional labor support? Take the first step towards becoming a Certified Labor Doula with CAPPA.  This eighteen hour workshop meets the first requirement of your CLD program and prepares you to work through the steps for certification. This course is designed to provide a foundational skill base, knowledge, and perspectives on professional labor support for perinatal professionals, as well as providing training for those seeking certification as certified labor doulas with CAPPA.

Offering 18 CAPPA Contact Hours. Nursing contact hours potentially available on request.

Trainer Information

Erica Manto-Konya, As a perinatal professional who has been working as a doula for the last 10 years, my philosophy is that giving birth is a normal physiologic event in a woman’s life. Research has proven the benefits of working with a doula, and I believe everyone should have access to a doula during their pregnancy, birth, and postpartum. As a doula, I am very committed to helping women achieve a positive, informed, and powerful birth and mothering experience. As a CAPPA doula trainer, I am committed to supporting trainees in accomplishing their goals and succeeding in their careers.

Course and Workshop Topics

The CAPPA Labor Doula Training Class includes the CAPPA Labor Doula Manual, and covers the following topics:

  • CAPPA certification and policies
  • Practical application of Scope of Practice, ethics, and integrity
  • Building bridges with medical/midwifery professionals
  • Modeling and teaching positive communication and self-advocacy
  • Support for every stage of labor and birth
  • Hands on practice of proven comfort measures and labor support techniques
  • Emotional support for labor and birth, as well as unexpected events
  • Hospital procedures – risk/benefit as well as alternatives and support
  • Cesarean and VBAC support
  • Prenatal and postpartum consultations and support
  • Breastfeeding initiation and support
  • Business development, marketing, and networking to create a successful career
  • And much more!

Costs and Fees

Early Bird Registration – $350 through 12/1/2016 Registration – $400 Refer your friends and get a “Buddy Pass” rebate of $50 for each one that registers! Partial scholarships available for military/dependents or midwifery students. Apply for a payment plan at

Location and Dates

Pittsburgh:  May 6-7, 2017        8:30 AM – 6:30 PM


Time: 8:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. each day

Registration Details

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Refund policy: If the trainer cancels the class, the entire fee will be refunded. All other cancellations will be charged a $50.00 processing fee. If the cancellation is made within three weeks of the class, NO refund will be given. With express written approval of the trainer prior to the original training date, payment may be applied to a training class given by Nurture, LLC within 12 months. (If applicant does not attend a workshop within 12 months, all fees are forfeited.)

Organization Name:  Hearts and Hands
Phone:  412-973-3521
Course and Workshop Details and Requirements

  • 2 day Birth doula training workshop (requirement for DONA certification)

Course and Workshop Topics
As part of your doula training, these courses will cover the following:

  • Learn the responsibilities of a doula
  • Identify different types of support
  • Recognize the unexpected outcomes during labor
  • Roleplaying birthing scenarios
  • Learn about newborns and breastfeeding during the postpartum period
  • Discuss the process of the certification


  • Begin to read DONA approved books
  • Compile a list of local resources for expectant parents
  • View birth videos or observe a birth 
  • Visit and tour a birth hospital

Costs and Fees

Birth Doula Workshop – $450
$50 late fee

Registration Details

Download registration forms by clicking here.

Mail the registration form and fee to:
Jan Mallak
2244 Manordale Drive
Export, PA 15632

Doula Training in Philadelphia, PA

Organization Name:  Believe in Birth
Phone:   215-906-5384
Course and Workshop Details and Requirements

  • 1 day, 7 hour Childbirth educator course
  • 2 day, 16 hour Birth doula training course (qualifies as credit for Birth Arts International certification)

Course and Workshop Topics
As part of your doula training, these courses will cover the following:

  • Learn how to be an advocate for the mother
  • Watch and discuss birth videos
  • Review the difference in birth environments between a home birth and hospital birth
  • Demonstrate various breathing and relaxation techniques
  • Learn about the optimal positions for labor
  • Discuss your development and growth as a doula
  • Discuss the certification process for Birth Arts


There are no required readings or prerequisites to take these trainings.

Costs and Fees

Fee for both the 1 day Childbirth Educator course and the 2 day Birth doula training course is $450
There is a non-refundable deposit of $100

Registration Details

Register online by emailing
You will receive a registration form after your email.