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.

Our Certification Requirements

  • Download our certification packet.

    Attend these three courses:

    • Labor & Birth Doula Training 

    • Postpartum Doula Training

    Complete all steps/assignments on your certification packet within two years of taking Labor & Birth Doula or Birthkeeper Training:​

    • Infant CPR and First Aid Certification (waived due to covid)

    • Hospital tour (waived due to covid)

    • Resource list

    • Required reading and 3 essays

    • Glossary assignment

    • Audit a CBE course of your choice. (can take online CBE course during covid)

  • The Full Spectrum Doula Training is a continuation of our Labor & Birth Doula Training.  We recommend taking our Labor & Birth Doula Training first. 

    Full Spectrum Doula certification will be awarded after Labor & Birth Doula certification requirements are met, along with completion of our Advanced Full Spectrum Doula Training.

    • Attend Postpartum Doula Training 

    • Infant CPR and First Aid Certification (show proof on last day of Postpartum Doula Training)

    • Required reading, to be completed on your own timeline.

  • Attend full CBE Teacher Training: Online and in-person classes.

    Complete these requirements within two years of taking CBE Teacher Training:

    • Required reading and essays

    • Hospital tour

    • Resource and referral list

    • Lead one CBE course in provisional certification status and provide evaluations to your trainers.

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