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To be certified as a CDI Birth Doula you need to pass an open book certification examination that is based on the materials covered in your training/retreat.  All certification candidates must be over the age of 18 and must be physically able to perform the hands-on comfort measures demonstrated in the training.


Read the books from the required reading list and write a review for each:

  • HypnoBirthing - The Mongan Method   author:  Marie Mongan

  • Squaring the Circle: Normal Birth Research, Theory and Practice in a Technological Age authors:  Soo Downe and Sheena Byrom

  • The Doula’s Guide to Empowering your Birth  author: Lindsay Bliss

  • Cut It Out: The C-Section Epidemic in America author: Theresa Morris

  • Battling Over Birth: Black Women and the Maternal Health Care Crisis

       authors: Julia Chinyere Oparah , Helen Arega, Dantia Hudson, Linda Jones,Talita                   Oseguera

  • Breastfeeding Answers Made Simple A Pocket Guide for Helping Mothers

      author: Nancy Mohrbacher


Complete a blood borne pathogens course.


Obtain CPR certification


Attend the training!


Pass open book examination


Observe 2 births

Write summaries for each birth including what you learned, what you would do differently and how the experience influenced your work as a doula.

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