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ChildLight Doula Training Program

Being a doula can be an incredibly rewarding experience. Over the years, we have learned that the journey never ends. Birth stories are unique and each and every birth we have had the honor of attending brings new knowledge to add to our toolbox.

Our intention in designing this self-paced online training is to help our participants feel confident in their role as a physical, emotional, and educational support person for the families they choose to serve. We will teach you how to start working as a doula and share all of the essential skills you will need to be successful.

Every family deserves a doula. Take the leap and be part of an age-old movement that advocates for positive birth outcomes!

We look forward to going on this journey with you.

With Peace and Gratitude,

Sally & Megan

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WHO SHOULD ENROLL

Anyone can be a doula. Individuals of all ages and identifications are welcome in our training.

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

Our Virtual, Self-Paced Program Includes:

  • Lessons in various formats (videos, audio recordings, reading, reflection)
  • Assignments at the conclusion of each lesson
  • Mentorship support from your instructors and Certified Doulas, Sally & Megan
  • Optional certification process

Lesson Topics:

  • History, Scope of Practice, and the Role of a Doula
  • Stages of Pregnancy through Birth
  • Prenatal and Postnatal Nutrition
  • Birth preparation – Before, during and after
  • Decisions for Baby’s Arrival
  • The Business Side of Being a Doula

Successful Completion of this Course Requires You to:

  • View all videos and read all articles (within lessons)
  • Complete required reading list (Two books in Lesson 1, “Reading List”)
  • Submit all Lesson Assignments (links at the end of each lesson)
  • Attend a minimum of three births & submit support reflections + a minimum of two client testimonials
LEARNING OBJECTIVES

1. Understand the multitude of physical, mental, emotional, social, and educational support that doulas can provide.
2. Implement this support for pregnant people and their birth team from a lens of accurate, unbiased knowledge and compassionate care.
3. Create a safe and inclusive environment for all clients, regardless of their age, sex, race, identifications, and birth preferences.
4. Effectively utilize comfort measures and labor progression techniques to meet your client’s needs.
5. Become a practicing, Certified Birth Doula (CD).

TUITION

$249 for lifetime access to all training materials

Register with a purchase order here.

CERTIFICATION

Participants must complete all lessons, homework assignments, and a birth certification packet. Candidates who successfully complete the certification process will be listed as a ChildLight Certified Doula on our website. Recertification is required every three years and includes submitting proof of attending three births -OR- attending five hours of pre-approved continuing education courses through ChildLight’s list of CE offerings.

Once certified, don’t forget to sign up with DoulaMatch.net! We are listed on their site as a trusted doula certification program. Our certified doulas are connected with many of their clients through DoulaMatch!

FAQs

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is a Certified Birth Doula (CD)?
A certified birth doula has completed a training & certification program that prepares them to be present with a pregnant person in labor to provide emotional, physical, and educational support by way of massage, positioning, and other techniques for comfort. Doulas do NOT perform clinical tasks or speak directly to health care providers.

What are the steps to becoming a certified doula?
Take a training course (like this one!)
Complete the training’s certification requirements

How much money can doulas earn?
Income will vary greatly according to where you practice as a doula. A doula in New York City will make considerably more per month than a doula in a rural area. If you are planning to work as a full-time doula, we suggest looking at what other doulas charge for a basic birth package in your area and then multiply that number by 3-5 births per month.

Who can be a doula?
Anyone can be a doula. Individuals of all ages and identifications are welcome in our training. You do not have to be a nurse to be a doula.

How long does it take to become a doula?
All doula training programs are different. ChildLight’s Doula Training will take anywhere from 10-20 hours to complete depending on how much time you put into your personal research and homework assignments. Outside of completing the self-paced lessons and homework, we require that you work with three pregnant people as their doula for at least one prenatal meeting and attend their births. After you submit your certification packet, which includes feedback on the details of your experience at each birth, we have up to five weeks to grade it and send you your certificate.

What education is needed to be a doula?
At this time in the US, there are no educational requirements in place to become a doula. You do not need a high school diploma or college degree. The only education we strongly recommend is a well-rounded doula training program (like ours!).

Do I need to be a certified doula?
At this time, no state within the US requires practicing doulas to be certified. However, a doula training program is an important step in the journey for those who wish to support their clients successfully.

Do I need a license to work as a doula?
At this time, no state within the US requires practicing doulas to have a license.

Where can I work as a doula?
Anywhere people are giving birth! Hospitals are a great place to support clients since that is where people are most likely to be presented with interventions. Some doulas work exclusively in homebirth settings and/or birthing centers. Doulas with extra specialties like teaching prenatal yoga, lactation consultations, reflexology, chiropractors, PTs, etc., may also work within community organizations, doctor’s offices, studios, and more!

What is a typical doula’s schedule?
Doulas can schedule prenatal meetings and postpartum visits in advance, but otherwise, they live a life of being “on-call” for their clients. Typically, the on-call window is two weeks prior to a client’s estimated due date and two weeks after that EDD. Most doulas start off as independent contractors/entrepreneurs of their own doula business, but some are employed by hospitals, birth centers and places that specialize in pregnancy and postpartum services. Doulas can work together as a team of doulas for backup support while on call.

What is the difference between Birth Doulas & Postpartum Doulas?
A birth doula focuses on prenatal and birth support, whereas a postpartum doula supports families after a baby is born. Postpartum doulas may help their clients with breastfeeding, offer resources for recovery from birth, provide baby care tips, emotional support, and more. Birth doulas are “on-call” and postpartum doulas schedule their services in advance.

TESTIMONIALS

“My son was born about 33 hours after my water broke. I am so thankful that my partner and I worked with Megan as our doula. I can’t imagine having to go through those two days without her. She was an invaluable source of comfort, guidance and reassurance.” ~ Laini A.

“I am so blessed to have had Sally as my Doula. Initially, I was very hesitant, As I was never really aware of what a doula does and I didn’t use one for my first two children. Once I decided to do a VBAC after having two c-sections and being 40 I knew I couldn’t do it without a Doula. Sally really made it all happen with providing me with great education prior to delivery and continuing postpartum.” – Karen D.

“Megan’s knowledge, support, and guidance throughout my pregnancy and labor is solely responsible for my amazingly positive and meaningful birth experience. Her total investment in my pregnancy was evident from the moment we met to welcoming my daughter and beyond.” – Kelly P.

“If you’re looking for a calming presence to see you through the birth process, Sally is the perfect choice! Sally worked with me through my pregnancy, labor and delivery, and even offered postpartum support. She is honest, direct, and supportive.”  – Amber L.

“Megan was incredible. She worked with us before the birth to help us make all of the decisions (I had no idea there were so many!) and create our ideal birth plan. I felt very prepared and calm leading up to my birth because of this. My birth went amazingly well and I am so grateful to Megan for the role she played in that.” – Rachel A.

“Sally was a wonderful help with our first pregnancy and delivery. Highly recommend her. She’s responsive, research-driven, and genuinely cares for the people she works with.” – Lynn M.

Open Enrollment

Self-Paced Online
With Certified Birth Doulas,
Sally Delisle & Megan Morris
$249 for lifetime access to all training materials

* Please review our Terms & Conditions and FAQs before making your purchase.

TRAINING FEEDBACK

"I feel I was given the information, tips and practice to effectively teach to this age group."

Tyler W., Teacher
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2020-12-18T22:08:18-05:00
"I feel I was given the information, tips and practice to effectively teach to this age group." Tyler W., Teacher
"I took something away from it that I can implement into my classroom. I really enjoyed the Guided Meditations."

Justin L., Teacher
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2020-12-18T22:08:43-05:00
"I took something away from it that I can implement into my classroom. I really enjoyed the Guided Meditations." Justin L., Teacher
"I loved all the examples and stressing the importance of children crawling and bilateral integration. Thank you stressing happy movement of the spine with the five movements too."

Jenn P., Occupational Therapist
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2020-12-18T22:09:41-05:00
"I loved all the examples and stressing the importance of children crawling and bilateral integration. Thank you stressing happy movement of the spine with the five movements too." Jenn P., Occupational Therapist
"We are still talking about this training and the experience. I was able to try a little bit with my PE 10 fitness class. The kids loved the breathing. Not very often our kids can sit back and relax/reflect. Thank you again for taking the time."

Jamie Z., Teacher
ChildLight Education Company
2020-12-18T22:07:22-05:00
"We are still talking about this training and the experience. I was able to try a little bit with my PE 10 fitness class. The kids loved the breathing. Not very often our kids can sit back and relax/reflect. Thank you again for taking the time." Jamie Z., Teacher
"This training is relevant for anyone working with children an any capacity, parent, teacher, counselor, etc. Developing resiliency skills / healing trauma through a life long positive practice that includes all children is a no brainer! It's ALL GOOD!"

Valerie B.
ChildLight Education Company
2020-12-18T22:05:48-05:00
"This training is relevant for anyone working with children an any capacity, parent, teacher, counselor, etc. Developing resiliency skills / healing trauma through a life long positive practice that includes all children is a no brainer! It's ALL GOOD!" Valerie B.
"Keep doing what you are doing! This was a great training for the end of our school year. The activities you shared for calming and redirecting are things everyone can do. I am fully satisfied."

Diane E.
ChildLight Education Company
2020-12-18T21:18:42-05:00
"Keep doing what you are doing! This was a great training for the end of our school year. The activities you shared for calming and redirecting are things everyone can do. I am fully satisfied." Diane E.
"The training more than met my expectations, very useful. The manual is very user friendly with lots of information."

Curt H., Teacher
ChildLight Education Company
2020-12-18T22:07:54-05:00
"The training more than met my expectations, very useful. The manual is very user friendly with lots of information." Curt H., Teacher
"Great insight on mindfulness and being present. Our trainer had great energy and was very informative. We need a full day of this."

Katie L., Teacher
ChildLight Education Company
2020-12-18T22:06:51-05:00
"Great insight on mindfulness and being present. Our trainer had great energy and was very informative. We need a full day of this." Katie L., Teacher
"Above and beyond my expectations. I learned much more than I imagined coming into the training."

Edward S.
ChildLight Education Company
2020-12-18T22:09:03-05:00
"Above and beyond my expectations. I learned much more than I imagined coming into the training." Edward S.
"The Trauma-Informed Yoga and Mindfulness professional development workshop was extremely informative and engaging. The instructor did a wonderful job of balancing sharing content knowledge, discussion, and physical practice. The tools and trauma informed practices presented will be simple to bring back to my classroom and beneficial for the scholars. The workshop provides both specific strategies and a trauma-informed lens to view your current practices through. I highly recommend attending!

Stephanie T.
ChildLight Education Company
2020-12-18T22:06:21-05:00
"The Trauma-Informed Yoga and Mindfulness professional development workshop was extremely informative and engaging. The instructor did a wonderful job of balancing sharing content knowledge, discussion, and physical practice. The tools and trauma informed practices presented will be simple to bring back to my classroom and beneficial for the scholars. The workshop provides both specific strategies and a trauma-informed lens to view your current practices through. I highly recommend attending! Stephanie T.
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