Our Statement on Certification
All aspiring doulas and birthkeeprs should know that at this time, it is not legally required to be certified to practice in the US.
Cornerstone Doula Trainings recognizes that certification is not for everyone and can, in fact create barriers to practice.
Further, Cornerstone Doula Trainings also recognizes the historical context of settler colonialism and white supremacy in certification, licensure, professionalism and legitimization of birthworkers - including midwives, doulas and birthkeepers. We do not require our doulas and birthkeepers to certify, but do offer certification for those who desire to have it. Because there is no accreditation for doula trainings in the US, all certifying bodies carry the same merit. If you do choose to be certified, in order to decide who to certify and train with, we recommend asking yourself a few questions.
Do I need certification?
Do you plan to be employed by an institution such as a hospital, clinic or jail? Find out if they require certification - most do.
Do you work in a state that requires certification for Medi-caid reimbursement?
Is certification important to me professionally?
This is a question that only you can answer. We believe that in order to be an excellent and impactful doula or birthkeeper, you don't need to be certified. Contextually, we do also believe that the requirements we have set forth for certification are the essential components all birth workers need to be successful and supported. We support your decision to certify and not to certify. You can also complete all required steps for certification with us and choose not to have a certificate at the end of your journey. You are autonomous, and we support you in building out your business however you desire.
What benefit will I gain from certification?
Not all doula and birthkeeper certifications are alike. Ask yourself if the certification is developed for your benefit or for the certifying organization's benefit. Are there hidden fees? Major hoops to jump through? Are there barriers to certification that you feel are unfair or biased? Will you receive post-certification support from the organization? What business tools will you gain from becoming certified? What community support does your certifying organization offer?
Cornerstone has no hidden fees, hoops to jump through or barriers. You have direct access to your trainers for post-training support, and are required to take a solid business course for birthworkers to be certified. We also engage in continuous community building post-training, through our Community Commitment Model. You will become a part of a huge network of birthworkers and community members through Cornerstone. We are here for you.