To be certified as a doula for CAPPA, you must be registered as a member of CAPPA, take training courses, provide postpartum support for 3 mothers, view online training material, read doula literature, complete assignments, and take an exam.
According to CAPPA, you will have 2 years to complete all the postpartum doula training requirements from the time you enroll in order to receive your certification.
The courses are taught in-person, but there is an online/distance learning option.
CAPPA Postpartum Doula Certification Requirements:
- Be registered as a CAPPA member; members must be 18 years or older
- Enroll in the Postpartum Doula Course in the CAPPA Academy
- Attend a CAPPA-approved postpartum doula training class
- Read the training manual and books from the required reading list
- Watch required clips from the Mother and Baby Care Booklet
- Infant or child CPR certification required from the American Heart Association or the Red Cross
- Provide postpartum support to 3 mothers and receive evaluations on your performance
- Get 2 letters or recommendation from healthcare professionals
- Attend a breastfeeding class (2 hours minimum) taught by a by an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, Lactation Counselor, or Certified Lactation Educator
- Research and compile a list of local resources available in your area for new parents
- Pass a multiple choice exam
CAPPA Postpartum Doula Certification Costs and Fees:
- Training Program Cost: $350 and up depending on which classes you pick
- Traditional Class Cost: $175
- Mother and Baby Care Booklet: $16
- Hug Your Baby Program: $35
- Membership Fee: $65
- Recertification Fee: $75
- Books from the required reading list: varies
More information is available at http://www.cappa.net/
Kyndal May is a certified doula with over 20 years of experience helping train doulas across the United States. She has received her certification from DONA (Doulas of North America) and has dedicated her career to supporting families during pregnancy, childbirth, and postpartum. With her extensive knowledge and experience, she is committed to providing compassionate and personalized care to every family she works with. In addition to her work as a doula, Kyndal is also a passionate advocate for women’s health and birth rights. She has spent many years educating and empowering families to make informed decisions about their birth experience. She also uses her experience to help train other doulas, passing on her knowledge and skills to the next generation of birth workers. With her dedication to her clients and her profession, Kyndal is a respected and valued member of the doula community.