Become a Doula

Looking to become a doula? Want to become a member of the Association of Ontario Doulas? 

Become a Doula

Becoming a doula offers many exciting opportunities. Working with expectant and new families in your community provides a fulfilling foundation for spreading and developing strong support from pregnancy through postpartum. 

Whether you're interested in a new career, or adding further support to your existing business, becoming a doula has never been more exciting!

Role of the Doula

A doula provides professional support to new and expectant parents before, during and after birth, and in the early postpartum period. There are many different types of doula support.

Birth doulas work with clients to offer emotional, physical, informational support. This often includes visits leading up to the labour experience, throughout the birth and into the immediate postpartum period.

Postpartum doulas focus on assisting new families with the transition to parenthood, infant care, feeding information, recovery support and education.

Each doula's support is based on these principles of practice but is customized to each client's individual needs. We encourage you to meet with a variety of doulas to be sure to find the one who's the best fit for your family. 

Training Criteria

  • Must be in person trainings.  Online, web based learning will not be accepted
  • Be a minimum of 16 hours seated learning time in length

Covered Topics

  • Have the following topics 
    • Doula SOP that is limited to non-medical practices and support - i.e. no medical proceedures such as learning to preform vaginal exams, blood pressure assessment and   monitoring or interpreting fetal heart tones
    • A Doula Code of Ethics
    • A Social Media Code
    • History of Doulas
    • The Role of a Labour or Postpartum Doula
    • Interprofessional relations and the doula role in building bridges with all health care providers
    • Communication
    • Prenatal support and the doulas role
    • Comfort measures in labour with hands on learning
    • Emotional support during labour
    • Supporting second stage
    • Challenges and special circumstances in pregnancy, birth and postpartum and the doulas role in supporting them
    • Support Cesarean Sections and VBACS
    • Pain management theory.  Medicalized options and the doulas role
    • Intial breastfeeding support
    • Postpartum recovery for the new mum and infant
    • Minimum doula business support and getting started
  • Have a required reading list with a minimum of one book from each of the following categories
    • Birth and pregnancy
    • Doulas
    • Breastfeeding
    • Special circumstances - ie grief and loss, ppmd, vbacs

Certification

  • A required certification program that includes but is not limited to:
    • Attendance/audit of a childbirth education class - minimum 7 hours w/ proof of attendance taught by a nurse, certified childbirth educator or certified doula
    • Attendance /audit of a breastfeeding class - minimum two hours with proof of attendance taught by an IBCLC, CLC, CLE
    • Experiential work requirement with a minimum of three births with evaluations or equivalent by client and HCP
    • Evaluation of knowledge via an exam, essay or equivalent