Finding a certified doula is an important aspect to your birth. Being certified means your doula has had to meet scrupulous guidelines set before the candidate. Not everyone that enters into a doula program finishes. Some meet some requirements, but don’t do what it takes to finish. It isn’t a matter of using an organization to advertise, but rather an honor to place the certifying organizations acronyms saying the doula has met all requirements set before her.
There are about 6 recognized certifying organizations. There may be more popping up, but these are the more well known certifying groups. I will do my best to break down each organization’s requirements, comparing and contrasting them to the best of my ability.
Doulas of North America (DONA) 1-206-324-5440 will put you in contact with members in your area. AskDONA@aol.com is the e-mail address. snail mail address: DONA 1100-23rd Ave. East Seattle, WA 98112