Doula Training FAQ's
What is a Doula?
A Doula is a professional birth coach, who is skilled and trained to provide labor
support which includes emotional, physical and educational support. Doulas can assist
in stress management, contraception education, breastfeeding support. Doulas are
responsible to contract with the woman that they will serve and create their own fee
schedules and what services they would like to provide.
How is a Doula different from a BBC PSP?
The Perinatal Support Professional is a certified birth professional paid by Birthing
Beautiful Communities to render services for clients. This contractor is highly trained
and skilled in various areas, including labor support, stress management, emotional
support, breastfeeding, contraception education, smoking cessation as well as case
management, peer to peer interaction and collectivism. This role requires an interview
process and has some additional training and requirements.
How do I become a certified doula?
All certification is done in-house by Birthing Beautiful Communities. The cost for training
and certification is $800.00 with intent to provide clients and contract with those who
complete certification. An interview is required before certification can begin.
Is there a payment plan?
The total cost of training is $800. A $100 deposit is due at the time of registration. $175 is due per week after that until the total amount has been paid. You may also choose to pay the entire amount at one time. Scholarships from community and church groups are up to the individual to secure. Payment must be completed before certification can be completed
Will I be able to see private clients
Absolutely! We want every contractor to be an entrepreneur and understand how to use birth work to build their own business in addition to working with our clients.
Will previous doula certification outside of BBC be accepted?
What we do at BBC is unique to our organization and includes 6 modules of training.
We are not able to verify that outside doula training adequately aligns with our mission.
Anyone who is certified as a doula can still train with BBC.
Who is best for this role/training?
The Doula will be a mostly self-directed and disciplined person with a passion for birth
equity, improving birth outcomes and supporting mothers during perinatal stages. The
purpose of this training is to ensure positive birth outcomes in the Akron and Cleveland
community’s identified hotspots. This role requires training with little to absences, some
travel, and organization to insure time management and modeling for your clients.
What are the general duties?
Able to serve clients with different backgrounds, family cultures, and needs
Aware of the community she serves and able to do some community outreach
Creates Birth Plan with Client
Provides Continuous Labor Support
Provides support during pregnancy, labor and/ or postpartum
What are the requirements?
Complete Doula training
Complete social emotional training certification
Knowledge of and experience working with pregnant women, women with small
Culturally aware and understanding of systemic racism and its effects
Proficient with Mac and PC, word processing systems such as Microsoft Office Suite, Google Docs and email
Strong organizational skills
Able to lift 20 pounds
Questions? Give us a call. 216-307-1538.