Doula Certification Requirements

Certification Requirements

Register for a training workshop.

Complete all necessary requirements – Complete study guide, Blood Born Pathogens certification, watch all 10 Birth Boot Camp Online classes.  Turn on in study guide and all certification materials 2 weeks before your training workshop.

Required Reading:

    1. Cut, Stapled and Mended, Roanna Rosewood
    2. Birth Ambassadors, Christine H. Morton and Elayne Clift
    3. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Stephen R. Covey
    4. Baby Catcher, Peggy Vincent
    5. When Survivors Give Birth, Simkin and Klaus
    6. The Birth Book, Sears
    7. Mothering the New Mother, Placksin (chapters 1, 3, 5 and 9)


Orgasmic Birth

Born in the USA

Required Reference List:

  1. The Labor Progress Handbook, Simkin and Ancheta
  2. Optimal Care in Childbirth, Henci Goer
  3. Healthy Pregnancy Book, William Sears
  4. The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding, Le Leche League, 8th edition

Other books we recommend you have for reference.

  1. Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth, Gaskin
  2. Fathers at Birth, Rose St. John

Yearly Recertification

The Birth Boot Camp Doula Certification is valid for one year and recertification is required prior to expiration. Birth Boot Camp Doula values continuing education and current certification as part of the doula profession. Just as other professionals are expected to be current with the latest research and publications and hold current annual certification or licensing, so too are Birth Boot Camp Doulas. Knowing the latest in evidence based practice, being familiar with recent publications in our field and seeking to continuously better ourselves as professionals and business owners is imperative to success.This enables you to gain respect in your community and further your ability to build professional contacts and grow your business. Active Birth Boot Camp Doulas are listed on the website. Birth Boot Camp Doulas are expected to continually be seeking professional development and will complete 10 continuing education hours each year.

  1. Attend 2 different types of local community groups that support natural birth and/or attachment parenting (i.e. La Leche League, MEND, WIC, ICAN, Holistic Moms Network, cloth diapering group, a local birth network, a babywearing group, postpartum support group, etc.)
    • Submit a short paragraph for each group detailing how they support the community and your clients and how to become involved. This will comprise three continuing education hours/year.
  2. Read 1 book of your choice (making sure the topic is birth, pregnancy, breastfeeding, postpartum, business or parenting) and submit a brief three paragraph book review. Let us know how you liked the book and how you can use it with your clients and in your business. This will comprise 2 continuing education hours/year.
  3. The remaining five continuing education hours may be comprised of Birth Boot Camp webinars, Q&As, Evidence Based Birth Courses; and approved workshops, events and classes pertaining to the scope of practice of doulas and other business or marketing skills pertaining to running a successful doula business.
  4. Attend at least one birth.
  5. Update your list of community resources.  Include 10-15 categories (i.e. Birth Boot Camp Instructors, midwives, OBs, pediatricians, IBCLCs, chiropractors, holistic practitioners, etc)
  6. Doulas agree to submit a minimum of 80% of their clients’ anonymous Birth Reports for statistical purposes for Birth Boot Camp at large.
  7. Submit your completed paperwork and payment of $75* by March 31st annually.
    • All paperwork should be submitted by email to
    • Payment can be made via PayPal to
    • Payment can also be made by check, mailed to Birth Boot Camp PO BOX 1874  Mansfield, TX 76063

Allow up to 2 weeks for the processing of your completed recertification information.


  • A $50 late fee will be charged if forms and payment are not received on or before your recertification month is over.
  • If forms and/or payment are late, your name will be removed from the website until all requirements are complete.
  • If you are also a Birth Boot Camp Instructor, you will receive a $25 discount on both of your yearly recertifications.