Birth Doula Training

Our birth doula training equips you to provide services to families and birthing individuals through childbirth.

No Pre-Requisites Required to Start!

After your cohort gathers for introductions on day one, you will be polled for the best available live call times. Your educator will then set the schedule. You will also work on completing your self-paced video course lessons. A new module is released every two weeks. You will gather live with your cohort to dive deeper into the content you’ve been working on; replays will be provided. More FAQs

**25% of every registration fee goes towards DTI’s scholarship program for BIPOC and/or trans, two spirited or gender non-conforming birth workers.

By registering for a DTI birth program, you agree to the Terms & Conditions.

Online Birth Doula Training — JANUARY 10, 2022


In this program, you’ll learn DTI’s core concepts, receive access to comprehensive birth training, and of course receive certification for life. Offered online, this training is flexible, affordable and geared toward building and cultivating community within your practice, as you learn at your own pace and train with seasoned educators and doulas.

What’s included: 

  • 1 year of membership with doula resources
  • Your 12 month program// your training starts with a top-quality course, curriculum formatted for virtual learning (DTI has been training online for years!)
  • DTI Digital Guide to guide you through your training and to use with clients
  • Learn live with your instructor during the first 3 months of intensive coursework, including Cultural Humility, our Slow Doula Method, and all the how-tos of managing a doula business
  • 12 months of community mentorship
  • Certification package
  • Certification for life once you are certified through DTI, you never have to re-certify!

Subject Matter Included in the Curriculum:

  • Childbirth Education (intro)
  • Body Feeding (intro)
  • DTI Foundation and Mission
  • DTI Compass of Care: what doulas do
  • Certification Requirements for 12-month Program
  • Doulas as Advocates
  • Power of Language & Active Listening
  • Slow Doula Method®
  • Cultural Humility
  • Reproductive Justice Introduction
  • Doula Support for Each Stage of Labor (part 1)
  • Doula Support for Each Stage of Labor (part 2)
  • Comfort Measures
  • Pain Management
  • Navigating Induction
  • Compassionate Cesarean Birth
  • Business 101 for the Labor Doula
  • Guide to Meeting Clients
  • The First Call
  • Working with Back-Ups
  • Intake Form
  • Self Care for the Doula
  • Your Birth Doula Business
  • Booking Clients
  • Networking
  • First Steps, Next Steps
  • Branding 101
  • Interviewing Skills
  • Community Work

Already a doula? You can start your program any time through our path2 track, no need to wait for a launch date! Simply register here

To certify:

1) Complete online training (required):

  • Complete entire online course curriculum, which takes most students about 3 months to finish. This time is supported by live calls once per month with a DTI educator/classmates.
  • These monthly calls are where you will learn and discuss the core elements of doula work so that you will be prepared to work in the field.
  • The call schedule will be set during the first week after your cohort launches.
2) Participate in mentorship (encouraged but not required):
  • Participate in virtual discussions throughout the remaining 9-month mentorship program, including our private Facebook group and live Q&A calls twice per month.
  • These calls are where many of the required elements for certifying listed below are discussed.
3) Start your work as a doula independently in your community (required):
  • Provide documentation of attendance at 3 events as the primary doula, which occur during the certification period only. Documentation may be done either by the forms filled out by the clients you work with, or alternatively by you, the doula.
  • Submit a journal entry from the doula’s perspective on each birth you attend for certification.
  • Write an essay describing your role as a birth doula as if you were talking to potential client and or a group of prospective doulas.
  • Write an essay on how you see yourself making an impact as a doula and in the larger community.
  • Complete the Required Reading List
  • Observe and document attendance at a childbirth education class or series.
  • Observe and document attendance at a lactation/infant feeding support group or an infant feeding class.
  • Attend and complete an Infant and Child CPR Certification.
  • Write a Business Strategy Outline to set you on the right path when leaving the program.
  • Create a local resource referral list, including as many resources as possible such as midwives, lactation specialists, chiropractic care, massage therapy, childbirth education, etc.