So you want to become a doula? Here are some frequently asked questions to help you along your journey!
How long does it take to become a doula?
International Doula Institute is a go-at-your-own-pace program. This means you can take as long or as short as you’d like. Some doulas can finish up the training in as little as one month. Other students take their time and just work on the training at nap time, after bed time, after work or during breaks. This approach enables students from many different walks of life to be able to complete the training.
In the online learning portal, there are nine sections and each of the nine sections there between two and six modules in each of the modules there between 2-10 steps to complete.
Do I have to have a college degree to become a doula?
No! No college experience required. All you need is a passion for moms and babies!
How long do I have to complete the doula training?
You have one full year from the time you sign up the complete the training. The average time to complete the program is 6-12 weeks if you work about an hour a day. But you can work less than that per day and do it over a longer period of time. Or you can work more than an hour per day and get it done in a quicker amount of time.
Can I be certified with more than one organization?
Yes! Many experienced doulas want to continue their education and train with IDI as a way to grow and become better doulas. The access to the expert contributors at IDI draws doulas to want to gain better expertise from IDI and many become certified through International Doula Institute along with their other organizations.
Is there a discount if I am already certified with another organization?
Yes! If you are already certified or have been trained with another organization, there is a discount of $150! When you apply, please put a note in saying you are already certified with X organization. Then please email a scanned copy of the certification or official date of completion of training.
I have a learning disability / ADD / dyslexia / Aspergers, will I be able to complete this training?
Our curriculum is designed at a go-at-your-own-paced approach, so many people with disabilities are able to complete the curriculum. If you have specific questions, please contact admissions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Am I too young to become a doula?
If you are able to read this and complete the training, then you aren’t too young to become a doula! In fact, you could be a wonderful asset to a young mom who would prefer having a peer support her after the birth of her baby.
Do I have to have children to become a doula?
No, many doulas start their work without having children of their own.
I’m interested in becoming a doula, am I too old?
No! There are no age restrictions on becoming a doula. Many women decide to become a doula once their children start having children, as they want to be up to date on the best information to help doula their own children. Some woman decide to become a doula once their children leave the home. The possibilities are endless.
When can I start working with clients?
Most doulas start working with clients after they have completed the online training while they are finishing up the final exam.
After completion of the doula training and certification, as I am becoming a doula, will I be prepared to work as a doula soon?
Yes, we train our students in all the skills necessary to start working as a doula right away. Our training is very thorough and our students feel confident to jump doing what they love, supporting moms and babies.
When do I receive my official doula certification?
Becoming a doula is such an exciting event! You will receive your official certification which allows you to put the letters CD and/or CPD next to your name within 14-30 days of completion of all requirements.
When do I need to re-certify?
Recertification is every three years and costs $100 to process everything. You are required to complete 3 continuing education classes every 3 years and submit 3 survey’s from clients that you’ve provided service to.