Full Spectrum Doula Training
Full Spectrum Doula Training
The full expression of DTI! Offered online or in person, you can receive 3 certifications–birth doula, postpartum doula, and reproductive health doula–in 12 months. If choosing online, the course will provide a reproductive health knowledge base, as well as training to provide support before, during, and after any reproductive health event, including birth, postpartum, abortion, fertility, etc. You'll learn the same at our 4-day workshops! With all our courses, you'll also become a member of DTI's learning community.
By registering for a DTI full-spectrum program, you agree to the Terms & Conditions.
What You'll Learn
We'll prioritize the importance of cultural humility in our work as doulas. Discussing health disparities, naming implicit bias, and beyond.
Core Concepts for DTI Doulas
This coursework includes the Slow Doula Method, The Power of Language, and addresses how Doulas act as advocates.
How to Support Reproductive Health
We'll cover cycle awareness, supporting through infertility, miscarriage & loss, ways to support before or after termination, and more.
Birth Anatomy and Physiology
In this section, you'll learn the basics of fetal positions, hormones, the cervix, the pelvis, signs and stages of the labor process, as well as some essentials on pain medication and other interventions.
Life as a Doula
We'll talk about the role of a doula, having back-up, and self care.
Students and teachers will discuss how doulas can help with breastfeeding, chest feeding, and other forms of infant feeding.
Our team will break down branding, networking, interviewing, and more to help you build a thriving business.
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Common Questions About Our Full Spectrum Training
- 1 year of membership with doula resources
- Your comprehensive online course
- Your 12 month community mentorship program
- DTI Digital Guide to help you through your training and to use later with clients
- DTI Certification Guide
- Certification for life once you are certified through DTI, you never have to recertify!
Will I need to re-certify?
You’ll never have to recertify (if you’re working as a doula, you’re staying current), but you’ll continue to find support and resources through DTI’s annual membership renewal. One year of access to this membership is included with your registration.
How long is the training?
DTI’s online training starts with 3 months of guided support and intensive coursework. Your online course includes a top-quality curriculum formatted for virtual learning, including Cultural Humility, our Slow Doula Method,™ DTI’s core concepts and all the how-tos of managing a doula business, supported by live video calls with a DTI educator. You'll have access to this content for a full 12 months. As you complete studies, get out and work in the field to begin gaining the experience required for full certification.
At the end of the 12 months, submit documentation to receive lifetime certification.
What are the certification requirements?
If choosing to train online, you must complete the entire training which includes engaging with the content and support provided. This can include either live participation in monthly calls or watching the replays. You will also complete the learn-at-your-own pace modules and discuss them with your cohort. If training in person, attendance at all 4 days of the workshop (see dates in the dropdown above) is required.
--For online students, the training call schedule will be set during the first week after your cohort launches.
--All students are encouraged but not required to participate in mentorship 3x per month virtually on Zoom after their training.
--You must start your work as a doula independently in your community. You'll need to provide documentation of work with at least 2 clients postpartum. You also must provide documentation of attendance as the primary doula at 2-3 births. If 3, this is complete. If 2, you can add 1 additional reproductive health event such as infertility support. This support must occur during the 12-month certification period only. Documentation may be done either by the forms filled out by the clients you work with, or alternatively by you, the doula.
--You will also submit a journal entry from the doula's perspective on each event you attend for certification.
--In addition, you must complete the Full-Spectrum reading checklist and create a resource referral list to share with your clients, to include a broad range of reproductive health support (practitioners, providers, or other supportive resources).
--You will need to sign up to observe and document attendance at a childbirth education class or series in your community and attend and complete an Infant and Child CPR Certification.
--You will also sign up to observe a class for expectant or new parents. This could be a new parent support group, a breastfeeding class, or a newborn care class in your community.
--These classes can be completed online. However, live with a teacher and pregnant/postpartum people is strongly preferred.
--With our guidance, you will write a simple Business Strategy Outline to set you on the right path when leaving the program.
--You will also write 2 brief essays: one describing the role of the doula and another sharing how you wish to make an impact in your community as a doula.