The path begins with your doula training but the professionalism evolves with certification!
Certified Elite Doula is the next level certification designation available for you to earn. This designation shows clients and other birth professionals your level of commitment to your craft and contributes to elevating your role. Prerequisites for becoming a Certified Elite Doula include:
Upon submission of your application to become a Certified Elite Doula, you will be directed to upload your client evaluation forms, personal references, routine protocol and resource list and a an updated copy of your CPR certification.
In-person doula training is a life experience that will stay with you forever. Yes, it is about learning to be a doula (It’s where you learn and practice actual labor and postpartum support!) but the takeaway is so much more.
Imagine submerging yourself in pregnancy, birth and babies for 20 whole hours over 2 days. Imagine the relationships that organically manifest when a group of peers with the same passion sit in an unbiased, nonjudgmental space together and allow vulnerability and education to coincide.
The topics of discussion enable you to feel things that you didn’t know existed within you. Your doula workshop is a safe place for exploring feelings and gaining perspective. Everyone seems to understand and when someone becomes overwhelmed and is brought to tears, you come together and become their immediate support system.
Over the course of your training the random group of seemingly different individuals actually merge before your very eyes. Ultimately, you evolve into a powerfully bonded unit, committed to supporting others through birth.
You deserve this experience!
Having a professional certification organization like ProDoula supporting you every step of the way will help to build your confidence and contribute to your success. ProDoula’s team will be available to support you in navigating your submission
Doula training and the doula certification process will enable you to help instill strength and reduce fear in the families you will serve and support through pregnancy, birth and the postpartum period.
As your training organization, ProDoula must retain you as a member in order to grant you certification and maintain the responsibility of holding that certification. For that reason, your certification is dependent on your consistent membership.
Your first year of membership includes the development of your ProDoula webpage. Be sure to return your web page questionnaire to the ProDoula office right after you take your training!
Your annual membership must be paid no later than 30 days past its expiration. A lapse in your membership will result in the termination of your certification. Certification cannot be reinstated once terminated.
Reduce the risk and stress of your membership lapsing and terminating your certification by choosing lifetime membership. With ProDoula lifetime membership, any certification you earn will remain valid for life!
Cross certification pertains to those who have previously attended an in-person doula training with a different certification organization but have a new preference for holding certification with ProDoula. These individuals will be mailed a ProDoula Training Manual, have a 20 minute video conference call with a member of the ProDoula Training & Development Team and then be invited to the Doula Learning Channel to begin taking the online comprehensive doula certification exam. Successful completion of the certification exam and a copy of your CPR certification will earn you the designation of ProDoula Certified Doula.