How to Become a Certified DONA Doula

To be certified as a doula for Doulas of North American (DONA), you must attend a DONA approved workshop, take courses, support 3 mothers in their births, read doula literature, complete writing assignments, and take an online exam.

According to DONA International, you do not have to be a member to attend workshops.  However, you will receive a discount if you are a member. You have up to two years to complete your certification requirements as part of your doula training.

DONA Doula Certification Requirements:  

  • Attend a DONA approved workshop of 16 hours or more.  Your attendance is valid for 4 years if you apply for certification
  • Observe a childhood preparation series taught to pregnant mothers
  • Either attend a breastfeeding workshop or participate in independent study on breastfeeding or lactation
  • Read course manuals
  • Read 5 books from the required reading list 
  • Support 3 mothers by attending 3 births
    • These will only count after purchasing the certification package and attend a DONA approved workshop
    • At least 15 total hours of continuous support
    • You must provide immediate postpartum support for the newborn
    • Write an essay accounting each birth
    • Receive and evaluation from both the mother and the primary health care provider during your attendance
  • Create a list of local resources for expectant parents
  • Write an essay on the value of labor support by doulas
  • Purchase a certification packet
  • Observe a webinar

DONA Doula Certification Costs and Fees:

  • Training Program Cost: $400 and up depending on which classes you pick
  • Enrollment Fee: $50
  • Online Distance Learning Classes Cost :$600
  • Certification Processing Cost:  $110
  • Membership Fee: $100 per year
  • Recertification Fee:  $80

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