Certified Doula

Birth Arts International - Certified Doula Education ProgramCertified Doula Education Program 

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Birth is a journey, being a doula,  is like being a path-keeper. On the road to birth the woman is taken from womanhood to motherhood. The woman is transformed through birth, her birth, her experience, this will effect her whole life. Honoring and preserving the birth experience is the role of the doula. Become a doula.

Birth Arts International Certified Doula trainers are both trained in the Wise Woman tradition which follows the midwifery model of care, these are also brought into the training program. Some of our trainers are midwives, artisans, authors and all are experts in the field of doula education. These diversity in skills assists us in offering our doula training an edge that is like no other. Birth Arts International (BAI) is the premier international doula training organization. We are training women all over the world, working with aboriginal and native health services, hospitals and birth centers to make birth better and safer for women. Birth Arts International has trained over 20,000, as of 2014, doulas world-wide while keeping the intimate one on one student experience we are known for.

As a Birth Arts International Certified Doula you have the exceptional privilege of sharing the unique birthing journey of each mother and her family. Sharing with the mother her path through pregnancy, birth and the postpartum period, offering guidance and professional support. As a Birth Arts International Certified Doula you know that you will also have the most ground-breaking, intensive education program available. Training to be a doula is a rewarding and amazing process. Doula certification can be a rewarding career.

We offer the most student support of any organization, we make that paramount to the educational experience. In additional we have offer extensive networking and mentor-ship for our students, that is student based, from the trainers and from the program director. We offer students online and email support groups, phone calls and Skype sessions are all ways we connect you with your education and student body.  Birth Arts International Certified Doula Training explores the physical, scientific and spiritual aspects of birth and being a doula. There have never been any hidden fees, certification fees, and no costs for membership or re-certification. Students have an open completion timeline and work at their own pace.

We are unique because when you are done training you will have attained:

  • Sustainable business skills and emerging marketing support to assist in professional doula development
  • Mentor-ship and student support and all aspects of being a doula
  • Information on running a successful practice and development as a doula in training
  • Support and client care skills
  • The most in depth and advanced doula training program
  • Skills used by and necessary to be a successful doula working to support her community
  • The most up to date doula education
  • Strong ethical and cultural education
  • International education and support
  • A variety of supportive skills and honor for your other skills you bring to your education
  • Leadership that listens and supports you on your path.
  • One-on-one support and education
  • Networking and community building skills
  • Professional development
  • Peer development and support
  • We treat our students as autonomous professionals
  • Students are encouraged to work in a variety of care settings

Certified Doula - Certification Requirements

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This can be a private childbirth education class or hospital based program. We require this so you know what women in your area are receiving as childbirth education. Hour requirement is 8 hours.
Read the required books from the book list. We require a few more books than most certifying bodies because we feel it is essential to view birth with an open mind and an educated mind. Reading two to three more books can assist in doing this but it also exposes students to different viewpoints and perceptions of the birth process.
You will find the Birth Arts International workbook like no other doula training workbook. You will do assignments that look into your heart and challenge you mind and perceptions of birth and labor support. We want students to fully process and achieve their maximum potential. Assignments will challenge your views of birth, yourself and the work you will be doing.
We require the documentation of attendance at 5 births. Optimally students will attend 3 hospital births, one home birth and one cesarean birth. Any combination though and all births are acceptable, but students are not allowed to submit certification evaluations from more than 2 cesarean births or 3 home births, we want students to view birth in as many settings as possible. Doulas are trained to be successful practitioners, and to work in a variety of environments and with a cross section of care providers.


  • Working Computer, this really useful no matter your enrollment option.
  • Working DVD Drive on computer, or ability to stream audio and media. We no longer send CDs but most childbirth videos are now on DVD or streaming.
  • Skype Account for student/teacher interactions. This is a free internet telephoney. If you cannot use Skype we can find an alternative, but it is preferred.
  • Audacity to record a lecture for teacher- this is a free download
  • Microphone headset- Around $25-50.00

How does Birth Arts International compare to other organizations:

 Birth Arts InternationalCBIBirthing From WithinBirth WorksDONAICEA
Total Cost$400-450.00$495.00$1250.00+$770$430$550+
Workshop RequiredNo, but is offered in both options.NoYes, 3 daysYes$430Yes
Number of births required5210233
Time limitOpen3 years2 years1 year2 years1 year
Assignments RequiredYes Extensive workbook business development and additional educational requirements.Yes, 1 essayYesYes, JournalYes, 1 essayNot Known
Full Distance learning optionYes & ELearningYesNoNoNoNo
Number of books required to read10 We also give credit for prior readings.32458
Training MaterialsYes Over 500 pages of material.Yes -Program textUnknownYes guidebookUnknownUnknown
Observe Childbirth classesYesYes, 1 classNoNoYes, 1 seriesYes, 1 series
Discussion List for StudentsYes, we also have Facebook and TwitterYesYesUnknownYesUnknown
Continuing Education availableYesYesYesNoYesUnknown
Other RequirementsYesYesYesYesYesYes
List your services on their websiteYes, students also receive listing resourcesYesYesYesYesYes
Credit for prior educationYesYesNot knownNot knownNoNo
Re-certification requiredNo, we do expect our students to continually expand their educational horizons.Yes, every 3 yearsNot KnownYes, 1 birth per yearYes, every 3 yearsYes, every 4 years
Student SupportYes, Online group, email, telephoneYesUnknownYes, telephoneYesYes

Birth Arts International offers three ways to become a certified Birth Arts International Certified Doula (BAICD):

Weekend Workshop

Local Training

Access to eLearning after your in person class

No Shipping costs

Professional Trainers

Connection to community

eLearning Education Program

On-line 24/7

Instant access to materials

No Shipping Costs

All of your educational materials are online and you can work wherever you have internet

Interactive classroom and student connections online

Mentored Training

Distance Learning

Course Books and On-line Access

Materials sent to you

Access to eLearning Classroom and other students

Mentored Training

Work with other students

Multiple Enrollment Options


Scholarship Options


Unlike other certification organizations, Birth Arts International has no additional fees. Your enrollment fee is the only fee we will charge you. We do not have certification, membership or examination fees that are due to become certified or to keep your membership current for our childbirth doulas or any other practitioners. All enrollments are final and non-transferable.