Become a Doula

I often receive inquiries about how to become a doula. One thing I love is mentoring new doulas, and helping people on their journey in getting training and certification. While certification isn’t necessary to practice as a doula, it is valuable and adds a level of professionalism to your doula practice. Making the investment toward certification shows that you have taken your job seriously and have made a commitment to your clients to learn all you can in order to provide the best support. Potential clients often ask me if I’m certified, so I see the money I’ve spent on keeping my certifications up to date as investments in growing my business.

Currently, I am certified as a birth doula with DONA and Mercy in Action. They are both wonderful organizations, and I plan keep those certifications. I am also certified as a childbirth educator through CAPPA. However, I am also working on a professional certification through Madriella. I really am impressed at the thoroughness of the lessons and the subject matter. It is an affordable course that can be done entirely online. Don’t let it’s reasonable cost fool you, though. There’s nothing cheap about it when it comes to the quality and thoroughness of the course!

Madriella is always updating their current courses and adding new ones, keeping the material current. Since I am always recommending the Madriella Professional Membership Course (includes several certifications) to people seeking to become doulas or other childbirth professionals, they recommended that I become an affiliate. If you join using my affiliate code, you will get a $50 discount on the fee. My affiliate code is AVILA116, and you will need to enter that code in the coupon field when enrolling at It is only good for the professional membership.

Active Duty Military: If you are active duty military (or an active duty dependent), you can sign up for the birth and postpartum doula program (level 1), or the professional doula program (level 2) for a 50% discount! You do not need my affiliate code for this, simply visit the military family tuition waver page and fill out the online form. Madriella will contact you to verify your military membership, and then send you the code. This is one of the biggest reasons I love Madriella. They make becoming a doula affordable and accessible to everyone, and especially appreciate our military service.

Please don’t hesitate to email me if you’d like some information or help in your journey to becoming a doula! I am always glad to help when I can. 🙂