Do I offer certification?

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I get this question in various forms, so I thought I’d answer it here.

Short answer: yes, you will be certified through New Beginnings Doula Training.

Long Answer:

Because doulas are not medically trained personnel, certification is not required to work as a doula.  Anyone can work as a doula regardless of whether or not they have been certified to do so.  What a certification course such as New Beginnings Doula Training offers is the knowledge that you have received a good education for both you and your clients.

My course work, which is design to take approximately nine months to complete,  provides you with much more information than does better known organizations, such as DONA (which has been confirmed to me by DONA certified doulas). Because DONA is more well known, it may be more accepted in certain situations.  As far as working on your own, you will be prepared well through my course to act as a competent and professional doula. Such training and experience would be accepted anywhere.


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Rachel has worked as a register nurse (BSN from University of Utah) since 2004 with a work history in Labor and Delivery, NICU and Postpartum Care. She is also the founder of New Beginnings Doula Training which she organized in 2011. When she's not busy being a mother and grandmother, she can be found reading research papers related to some aspect of childbirth.

5 Responses

  1. marisa bass
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    I am very interested in your program but I am also very curious as to how you are able to offer it so cheap? I know other places charge $700-$1000? Do you have any recomondations on where to take a breastfeeding counselor cost at a similar price?

    Thanks for your time,
    Marisa Bass

  2. Amber Maringer
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    I live in Minnesota-so would the certificate through here be valid to being a doula in my state.

  3. Lyreene Te Whare
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    hi, im very interested in your course, just a few questions that i need to ask, do we receive a hard copy/original certificate posted to me in the mail? saying that im certified to work in Australia through new beginnings?
    does the certificate apply to Australians in Australia?

    • Rachel
      | Reply

      Hey Lyreene, We saw that you already signed up for our training program, but wanted to at lease post a reply to your questions. Yes, we will send you a hard copy of your certificate in the mail. (Though it will take a few weeks for it to arrive down in Australia.) We also send you a digital copy of the same certificate for your records and for use in promoting yourself online.

      As for your Australian-based locality and the application of our certificate to doulas practicing in Australia, I’m going to defer you to our FAQ page, questions #8 and #9 were you can read more about how things work with doula certification in Australia:

      • Lyreene Te Whare
        | Reply

        Hi again sorry, just another question, I can’t start the course without the books is that right, and when I do start the course can I ask for help if needing (like do you help us through the course if we get stuck)
        Thanks again

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