BIRTH DOULA CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS

Attend an NBDA Birth Doula Training

The first step in obtaining and NBDA Birth Doula Certification is attending an NBDA training. The training is valid for 18 months.

Attend 4 Births

After completing the Birth Doula Training support four births for certification. Births must be attended AFTER attending an NBDA training to count towards NBDA certification.  You MUST be the primary Doula.

*Virtual births may count towards births during COVID19 restrictions

Recommended Book List for Birth & PP Doulas

1. When Birth Calls by Sekesa Berry (check online)

2. Birthing Justice by Julia Oparah (check online)

3. Listen to me Good: The story of an Alabama Midwife by Margaret Smith (check online)

4. Why Not Me?- The Story of Gladys Milton by Wendy Bovard and Gladys Milton (check online)

5. Medical Apartheid - by Harriet A. Washington (check online)

6. The Big Let Down - How Medicine, Big Business, and Feminism Undermine Breastfeeding - by Kimberly Seals Allers

7. Killing the Black Body: Race, Reproduction, and the Meaning of Liberty - by Dorothy E. Roberts

Mentorship Requirements/Policy

Mentorship Policy

To adequately streamline new NBDA trainees in their certification process, it is required that you only work with NBDA Approved Mentors. Outside mentors will no longer be acceptable. 

The NBDA Mentors are not only vetted and approved by Tracie Collins, CEO & Founder of the NBDA. It is proven that they are pillars in their respective communities and have effectively embedded a successful business infrastructure to support that and others in their mentorship training program.

Trainees/Mentees are responsible for all fees associated with said mentorship, privately established and paid directly to their selected mentor. 

Mentorship should be established immediately after your NBDA Doula Training is completed. Be sure to submit your NBDA Training Verification to your mentor, provided at the end of every training within ten business days by your NBDA Instructor.

You are required to work with your NBDA Approved Mentors for a minimum of three months. Upon completion of meeting all certification requirements, when you submit all of your certification documents to the NBDA, your mentor will be contacted directly by us, providing a report of your time in their mentorship program. 

Once it has been established that mentorship has been successfully completed without lapse or malice and all Doula attended documents are completed and submitted to our office at hello@blackdoulas.org, NBDA Certification will be approved and issued within ten business days. Annual renewal required to maintain NBDA Doula Certification.

Certification Submission Policy: Birth/Postpartum Doula Certification Packet $299 for initial submission once all above requirements have been met. Annual NBDA Birth/Postpartum Doula Certification renewal $199. NO grievance filed against you.

POSTPARTUM DOULA

Attend an NBDA Postpartum Doula Training

The first step in obtaining and NBDA Postpartum Doula Certification is attending an NBDA training. The training is valid for 18 months. 

Support 4 Clients Postpartum

After completing the Postpartum Doula Training support four families postpartum. Postpartums must be completed AFTER attending an NBDA training to count towards NBDA certification. You MUST be the primary Doula.

Mentorship Requirements/Policy

Mentorship Policy

To adequately streamline new NBDA trainees in their certification process, it is required that you only work with NBDA Approved Mentors. Outside mentors will no longer be acceptable. 

The NBDA Mentors are not only vetted and approved by Tracie Collins, CEO & Founder of the NBDA. It is proven that they are pillars in their respective communities and have effectively embedded a successful business infrastructure to support that and others in their mentorship training program.

Trainees/Mentees are responsible for all fees associated with said mentorship, privately established and paid directly to their selected mentor. 

Mentorship should be established immediately after your NBDA Doula Training is completed. Be sure to submit your NBDA Training Verification to your mentor, provided at the end of every training within ten business days by your NBDA Instructor.

You are required to work with your NBDA Approved Mentors for a minimum of three months. Upon completion of meeting all certification requirements, when you submit all of your certification documents to the NBDA, your mentor will be contacted directly by us, providing a report of your time in their mentorship program. 

Once it has been established that mentorship has been successfully completed without lapse or malice and all Doula attended documents are completed and submitted to our office at hello@blackdoulas.org, NBDA Certification will be approved and issued within ten business days. Annual renewal required to maintain NBDA Doula Certification. 

Certification Submission Policy: Birth/Postpartum Doula Certification Packet $299 for initial submission once all above requirements have been met. Annual NBDA Birth/Postpartum Doula Certification renewal $199. NO grievance filed against you.