DTI’s program is more than just a training, it’s 12 months of mentorship. You’re receiving more than education, you’ll be joining the DTI community and its purpose.
In DTI’s full-spectrum program, you’ll learn DTI’s core concepts, receive access to comprehensive reproductive health, birth and postpartum training, and at the end of the 12 months, submit documentation to receive lifetime certification.
You’ll never have to re-certify (if you’re working as a doula, you’re staying current), but you’ll continue to find support and resources through your annual membership renewal with DTI. One year of access is included with your registration.
This training is geared toward building and cultivating community within your practice as you learn in a way that suits you best alongside seasoned educators and doulas.
- 1 year of membership with doula resources
- Your 12 month community mentorship program // DTI’s online training starts with 3 months of intensive coursework, a top-quality curriculum formatted for virtual learning, including Cultural Humility, our Slow Doula Method, and all the how-tos of managing a doula business, supported by live video calls with a DTI educator (the call schedule will be set after the group convenes; and you can watch the recordings if you are unable to join live)
- DTI Digital Guide to guide you through your training and to use with clients
- 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
- Cycle Awareness Introduction
- Birth Control Options
- Support Through Loss
- Abortion Support Introduction
- Fertility Support 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
- Newborns Immediately Following Birth
- Guide for the Postpartum Doula
- Postpartum Changes in the Birthing Person
- Integrating the Birth Experience
- Postpartum Mood and Anxiety Disorders
- Newborn Behavior and Care
- Integrating the Baby into the Family
- Business 101
- Your Full Spectrum Business
- Booking Clients
- First Steps, Next Steps
- Branding 101
- Interviewing Skills
- Community Work
To certify, you must:
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.
- If you are completing full-spectrum certification, you may substitute one of these 3 required births for another type of reproductive health support: fertility support (before, during and after), abortion support, miscarriage and loss support.
- Provide documentation of postpartum care for at least two clients. Documentation may be done either by the forms filled out by the families you work with, or alternatively by you, the doula.
- Submit a journal entry from the doula’s perspective on each event (birth or reproductive health) you attend for certification.
- Write an essay describing your role as a full-spectrum 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 at least three reproductive health resources such as fertility specialists, bereavement support, etc.