FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What can I expect at the training workshop?
Small class sizes with an experienced doula and childbirth educator instructor.
Comfortable, open learning styles that promotes confidence and preparedness as a doula or childbirth educator.
Practical, hands on work lessons through in-class sessions or expert mentorship (online).
Results-oriented curriculum that has been professionally developed by experienced doulas and academics from Canada.
Confident business knowledge and mentorship to get you a growing client list.
An amazing peer support network from Vancouver to St, John's!
What are the steps towards certification?
Depending on the program you wish to train in, some or all of the following may be required:
Attend in class training or choose a Self Study option. We create choices for beginning your journey with Doula Canada!
Written exams - done online for all programs
Practical exams (for CBE program only)
Educational units expectations (across all programs)
Certification in First Aid/CPR Level C
Practical support to families with supported evaluations
Required readings with report
Projects and assignments
How long do I have to complete certification?
We allow each student 2 years to complete all the components for their certification. This is plenty of time and many students are able to complete it within six months to a year. However, everyone’s life is their own and sometimes people need longer than the 2 years. We assess this on a case by case basis and may grant an extension to those who require it. In these cases a small fee may apply, and a student may be asked to sit in on another training workshop as a refresher.
What if I need help through the process of becoming a doula?
One of the benefits of training with our organization is the on-going support you will receive. We are here to help you succeed! Not only through your certification process, but after you graduate as well.
The Expert Trainers and administrative staff at Doula Canada are very accessible and easy to talk to. After all, we are working the doula world too!
As a smaller organization, we view our students like a family. Family comes first, always.
We are always here to help you through the process if you need us, just a phone call or email away.
What is an approved “Educational Unit” at Doula Training Canada?
An Educational Unit is a "point" you will obtain by attending other trainings that will help grow your business. One Educational Unit is granted for every two hours of additional learning you participate in. (The total number of educational units required for certification can be found in the details section of each training outline. A student can use a maximum of 6 educational units per topic to count toward certification). For the nitty-gritty on EUs please click HERE!
Are there any membership or exam fees?
No way! At Doula Training Canada, what you see is what you get! We do not charge an exam fee or a renewal fee. We would rather see you put those hard earned doula and CBE dollars back into your business! The only payment you make to us covers your Doula Canada course materials, admin costs, exam fee, and any postage that applies.
That being said, your one-time certification fee to Doula Canada does not include money you might spend on your books for the required readings or educational units. Those costs are variable and can often be made very affordable. Canada is a big kickass country, and as such opportunities are often different region to region. We have lots of ideas (many free) on how to gather those readings and those EU hours.
I have heard of other training organizations. Why should I choose yours?
Doula Canada is one of the leading Canadian doula training organizations in Canada.
We offer a supportive environment and instructional team that helps you connect with your passion and purpose of supporting your community. We are here to help when needed. We love to help!
When you choose our Doula training programs you are choosing a program that is 100% Canadian, a program that is passionate and personal, with results-driven strategies.... and full of confidence!
You will build a relationship with your instructor and with your peers across this great nation and across the doula related field.
Your requests and needs are important to us, and we always have time to listen.
Your input is valuable and helps us to continue to shape the program. We love to work with you to develop new programs and options for continuous learning a la doula style!
Our support does not end after your training workshop or even upon certification. Our students become family, our alumni become friends. One big beautiful Canadian group hug!
We are continuously supporting and encouraging our Doulas to take the next step, to be courageous, and to step into a life and career that is exciting, rewarding and filled with passion.
*Being a Doula in North America is an unregulated profession. No one organization or group regulates Doula work, and in Canada this means that we have the honour and privilege of being a leading voice in our industry.
This also means you can take your training through whichever organization you feel most meets your need.
When the time comes that Doula work becomes a regulated field, rest assured that Doula Canada certification is familiar with the process of complying with these kinds of requirements. We will be 100% committed to ensuring you as a student of our organization is recognized. Until that time, we will work hard to ensure we offer quality, professional training that is current, highly professional and enjoyable.
Are you DONA or CAPPA Affiliated?
In short, no we are not. Doula Canada is an independent organization whose Director and team members have trained with a number of organizations, sometimes not just one! We think this is what makes our organization special. Our dedicated team, students and alumni have often taken trainings with other organizations and have then chosen to train with Doula Training Canada, for a variety of reasons - thanks for that!
Being a Doula or Childbirth Educator in Canada is currently an unregulated profession, and as such our organization aims to offer collegiate level certification by qualified and accredited instructors who are working to ensure Doula Canada is at the forefront of insurance and policy-makers minds in OUR country. Oh Canada, we are proud to call you our doula home.
Like the more known American companies we also offer up-to-date evidence based approaches to learning; ours are developed and designed for the Canadian Doula and CBE. We also offer cross-certification streams for Doulas from other organizations who are looking for a smaller, more intimate learning environment that helps you engage with your instructors and mentors on a daily basis.
We may not be one of the "big" organizations, but we are full of heart and passion!
Are our Doulas covered by insurance companies like some of the larger organizations?
Indeed we are! Our doulas are able to access liability insurance for their businesses, and are increasingly recognized by third party payer's who cover doula services (see Extended Benefits under your clients insurance).
Do I need to re-certify after a number of years in the business?
We do not require our students to maintain a membership status or to re-certify after being a business professional for a period of time. Once you graduate you will always be a member of Doula Canada's alumni - yay!
*Please note that Doula Canada does reserve the right to adjust these policies at any given time to meet legislative expectation. This may apply to all students and alumni, regardless of date of training or certification. Notification will be sent to all DTC students and alumni should a change in company policy be amended.
What if I have not given birth or have had a medical birth or cesarean? What if I didn't breastfeed?
Our Doula students and graduates come from different experiences. Many of our students have never given birth, many have had natural births, many have had surgical births or a variety of birth experiences. Having given birth or given birth naturally is definitely not a prerequisite to becoming a Doula nor does it make one a better Doula.
Through our training workshops, our required readings, your educational unit courses and our ongoing support you will become a confident and competent support person regardless of your prior experiences.
I am on a strict budget, how can I estimate the complete cost of my training so I know if this is something I can afford to do?
Make no mistake, the cost to be a Doula is an investment in your future and the money you put into the business will help you determine what you will get out of it in return. That doesn’t mean you need to break the bank in order to be trained. The picture will look different for every individual. We offer flexible payment plans and payment options. We are open to discussing what works best for you and to help you make steps towards managing and reaching your doula or CBE goals.
What are the chances of obtaining a job after I complete my training?
Being a Doula, at this time, often means running your own business. Exciting, right?!
The people who hire you are the general public and your success will depend on YOU and the commitment you put forward to yourself and your business. Like any new business, it may take time - but we are always here to share ideas and help move you forward.
Rest assured that during your training you will learn about marketing your new business, connecting with community stakeholders, and building confidence as a Doula. We are all about collaboration and confidence at Doula Canada!
Here's the thing: Doula Canada's team is made up of a group of professionals who were once in your shoes wondering if they could do it. Cool right?! They have been where you are now and are living proof that you can obtain success as a Doula.
There is no better time to start a Doula career.