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Become a Birth Doula Trainer

Share your expertise: become a DONA International approved trainer

DONA International sets high standards for trainers because of the direct impact that they have on the future of our profession. We reserve the right to select only those applicants who best represent DONA International to be recognized as DONA International trainers. DONA International trainers uphold and value DONA International’s Mission, Code of Ethics, Standards of Practice and Trainer Code of Conduct.

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Requirements
Steps to becoming a Trainer
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DONA International-Approved Birth Doula Trainer Requirements

Requirements to become a DONA International-approved Doula Trainer include:

1. Complete Application for DONA International Approval as a Birth Doula Trainer* to include:

  • Resume of experience, including education, employment and other relevant information
  • Current DONA International member
  • DONA International-certified doula, active status
  • Successful completion of a DONA International Birth Doula Trainer Workshop
  • Evidence of experience as a birth doula, having attended a minimum of 20 births
  • Evidence of training (having received formalized training in childbirth education and/or holding a certificate (preferred) from a recognized childbirth educator training program) and experience as a childbirth educator (having taught a minimum of 10 complete childbirth preparations series totaling at least 60 classes and 120 hours, to groups (minimum of 4 expectant women) of expectant parents.
    Preferred: Currently certified, active childbirth educator (defined as having taught at least 1 series within the last 1 year)
  • Evidence of completion of required reading
  • Three References
    – Character reference
    – Teaching reference
    – Caregiver reference

2. Complete Application for DONA International Approval of a Birth Doula Training Workshop Curriculum*:

  • Teaching agenda/schedule (including breaks) that verifies 16-60 minute (960 minutes) of instruction time;
  • Detailed course outline (see template for Doula Training Curriculum);
  • Titles, length and content of any videos or slide presentations to be used in course;
  • Description of how DONA International’s Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics will be conveyed to course participants;
  • A list of all training handout titles, submitting ONLY copies of non-DONA International training handouts;
  • Description of any prerequisites required of participants before taking the course and evidence that non-professionals will be allowed to take the course;
  • List of referral sources in area where trainer is located;
  • Signed verification that trainer has read policies regarding DONA International approval status.

3. $150.00 Application Fee.

DONA International reserves the right to select, in its best judgment, those applicants who best represent DONA International; uphold and value DONA International's Mission, Vision, Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice; and meet or exceed all other requirements.

Applications for Approval of a Birth Doula Curriculum and Approval as a Birth Doula International Trainer will be provided at the Doula Trainer Workshop.

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Become a DONA International Birth Doula Trainer
Follow this step-by-step process:

1. Review requirements to attend a Doula Trainer Workshop.

Requirements to attend a DONA International Doula Trainer Workshop (DTW) include:

  1. DONA International Certified Doula (active status) in good standing
  2. Trained* and experienced** childbirth educator
  3. Experienced doula, having attended a minimum of 12 births providing labor support and no clinical care.
  4. Current DONA International member

*trained – defined as having received formalized training in childbirth education and/or holding a certificate (preferred) from a recognized childbirth educator training program.

**experienced – defined as having taught minimum of 10 CBE series (or 120 hours/60 classes); to groups of expectant parents (minimum of 4 expectant women, with or without partners per class). Preferred: Certified, currently active, defined as having taught at least 1 series within the last 1 year.

2. Complete an Application to Attend a DONA International Birth Doula Trainer Workshop.

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Before registering for a scheduled Doula Trainer Workshop, your qualifications must be reviewed and accepted. You must meet all of the above requirements. To verify this you will be asked to submit :

  • Resume, indicating your educational and employment backgrounds
  • Evidence of experience as a childbirth educator (with dates and times of at least 10 class series, the number of participants, and a class/topic outline)
  • Number of births attended as a doula (not as a nurse or midwife)
  • Names and addresses of two references
  • Copy of a certificate, or equivalent, indicating attendance at a childbirth educator training, or certification as a childbirth educator
  • Copy of your certificate indicating DONA International doula certification; and
  • Proof of DONA International membership

You will be notified whether you have been accepted and can register to attend the teacher training.

DONA International reserves the right to select, in its best judgment, those applicants who best represent DONA International; uphold and value DONA International's Mission, Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice; and meet or exceed all other requirements.

Birth Doula Teacher Training is valid for 2 years from the completion date of the Birth Doula Teacher Training Workshop (BDTT). Application for approval as a birth doula trainer and approval of a birth doula curriculum must be made within that 2-year period.

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3. Attend and successfully complete a DONA International Birth Doula Trainer Workshop.

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4. Complete and submit Applications for Approval of a Birth Doula Curriculum and Approval as a Birth Doula Trainer, supporting paperwork, and application fee of $150.00.

Applications for Approval of a Birth Doula Curriculum and Approval as a Birth Doula Trainer will be provided at the Birth Doula Trainer Workshop.

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An Explanation of the DONA International Approval Process for Birth Doula Trainers and Workshop Curricula

The DONA International approval process consists of reviewing the qualifications of birth doula trainers and their workshop curricula to determine whether they meet specific curriculum requirements, provide high quality instruction, and promote DONA International’s Mission, Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics.

The Education Committee will review your application and inform you of its decision as soon as possible, but within two (or rarely three) months of the date the application is received. The committee may require additional information from you after reviewing your application if it did not meet all the requirements during the first review. Because there may be a need to submit additional materials and for the committee to review again, please do not schedule a doula workshop until you have been approved.

If DONA International approves your application, participants attending the entire workshop taught by you, using the approved curriculum, may count their attendance as one step toward DONA International Birth Doula Certification.

Approval is for three years, after which you may apply for re-approval. Three months before your approval’s expiration date you will be notified of the steps to take for re-approval. Reapproval is contingent upon your adherence to the DONA International Birth Doula Trainer requirements and policies, and receipt of satisfactory evaluations from your workshop participants.

If you have any questions, please contact the DONA International Education Committee at .

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F O R M S

Birth Doula Trainer Forms

Application to Attend a DONA International Birth Doula Trainer Workshop
(104Kb PDF)

Forms Not Available Online
Applications for Approval of a Birth Doula Curriculum and Approval as a Birth Doula Trainer will be provided at the Birth Doula Trainer Workshop.

Find a Birth or Postpartum Doula Trainer Workshop in your area
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