Childbirth And Postpartum Professional Association CD(CAPPA)
You must be at least 18 years old to certify with CAPPA. Be a member of CAPPA. Membership fee: $55.00
Enter certification program by purchasing the labor doula certification packet Certification packet: $35.00
Read five books from the required reading list. §CAPPA labor doula manual (included at training) * §The Nurturing Touch at Birth (Paulina Perez) §The Doula Advantage (Rachel Gurevich) §Special Women (Paulina Perez) §Mothering the Mother (Klaus, Klaus, Kennell) §The Doula Book (Klaus, Klaus, Kennell) §The Birth Partner (Penny Simkin) §The Labor Progress Handbook (Penny Simkin) §Obstetric Myths vs. Research Realities (Henci Goer) §The Thinking Woman's Guide to a Better Birth (Henci Goer) §Active Birth (Janet Balaskas) §Mind Over Labor (Carl Jones) §Easing Labor Pain (Adrienne Lieberman) §A Good Birth, A Safe Birth (Diana Korte & Roberta Scaer) §Gentle Birth Choices (Barbara Harper) §Pregnancy, Childbirth & the Newborn (Simkin, Whalley, Kepler) §The Birth Book (Sears & Sears) §The VBAC Companion (Diana Korte) §The Complete Book of Pregnancy and Childbirth (Sheila Kitzinger) §Birth as an American Rite of Passage (Robbie Davis-Floyd) §When Hello Means Goodbye (Kirk & Schweibert) §The Ultimate Breastfeeding Book of Answers (Dr. Jack Newman & Teresa Pitman) (for the USA) §The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding (La Leche League International) Attend a local breastfeeding class. Proof of attendance is required. Include a detailed outline of what was taught and a summary of what you learned.
Attend a CAPPA-approved labor doula training.
Training registration fee: $350.00 - $400.00
Complete the pre-workshop study guide and bring it to the training.
Pass a test on basic labor doula skills and knowledge. The test is an open book test and the answer sheet must be submitted with your final certification. An 85% passing grade is required.
Attend a childbirth education class. The class must be taught by a certified childbirth educator (proof required), and you must write a short synopsis of what you learned.
Attend three labors/births as a doula. Submit copies of good evaluations from the parents, from a doctor or midwife, and from a nurse from each birth. (There should be a total of 3 evaluations for each birth.) These births must be attended after the CAPPA labor doula training.
Total cost: $515.00 - $560.00 plus cost of books · Time limit: 2 years after materials are purchased