How Long Does It Take to Certify?

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A question we get a lot of goes something along the lines of “How long does it take to get certified?” New Beginnings Doula Training is a self-paced education experience. Thus, the answer to question is something like this: “Well, it depends.”

When speaking generally, we like to say that the average committed student can get the course done in approximately 9 to 12 months’ time frame. This is not a weekend doula training workshop, but rather, a comprehensive, research-based educational experience.The training features a significant amount of reading and instruction from those experienced in the art of childbirth, and also requires several real world application assignments — all of which require time to engage and immerse one’s self in the assignments.

Typically, we have seen that those students that come into the program with previous experience in the birthing community are able to progress through the course notably quicker than those that have had no prior experience. If you find yourself not have any previous experience, you should not be discourage by this. Rather, the program will then help you to get the experience that you will need to move forward as a trained and competent doula.

When Does the Next Training Course Start?

This is another question that we hear from time to time, and the answer is: right away.

New Beginnings Doula Training is designed to be studied independently at your own pace. We do have a Facebook support group and hope to soon have other tools to support our students in the online learning environment.  We understand that many of our students are also moms or have other full-time  commitments, we give you the flexibility to come and go as you please with the course. You do have up to two years to finish the required reading and assignments.

When Are Assignments Due?

Assignments for the course, which are found scattered throughout the course manuals, have no assigned due date. However, if you find yourself progressing quickly through the course materials, we look at the number of assignment that have been completed to determine access to additional materials. Some students have also requested to be placed on a schedule to help them manage their time better. We have attended to such request on a case by case basis only.

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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.

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