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 full-spectrum program, you agree to the Terms & Conditions.

12 Month Program Begins November 1

Online Birth Doula Training — NOVEMBER 1, 2021

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


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:

  • Complete the entire online course curriculum or attend an in-person 2-day workshop (offered on a limited basis).
  • Participate in virtual discussions through our mentorship program, including our private Facebook groups and live video calls.
  • 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 families you work with, or alternatively by you, the doula.
  • Submit a 600–1,000 word birth story from the doula’s perspective on each birth you attend for certification.
  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of all books by completing the Birth Reading Checklist
  • Observe and document attendance at a childbirth education class or series.
  • Write a Business Strategy Outline to set you on the right path when leaving the program.
  • Attend and complete an Infant and Child CPR Certification.
  • Create a local resource referral list.
  • Write a 500-word essay describing your role as a doula as if you were talking to potential client and or a group of prospective doulas.
  • Write a 500-word essay on how you see yourself making an impact as a doula and in the larger birth community.