Certified Labor Doula (CLD)

Introduction
CAPPA is an international certification organization for Doulas, Childbirth Educators and Lactation Educators. Since our foundation in 1998, we have certified thousands of perinatal professionals. As one of the first and most comprehensive perinatal organizations in the world, CAPPA is respected for its longevity and its commitment to excellence in both education and unsurpassed student and member support. Choosing an organization for your education is an important decision. CAPPA offers stability that you can be confident in as you invest in your education and career.

LABOR DOULA SCOPE OF PRACTICE


CAPPA Academy

CAPPA Academy is the state-of-the-art online portion of your Traditional or Dual/Transfer Course. You will be personally guided by the Course Director as you complete each element within CAPPA Academy.


Labor Doula Scope of Practice

The labor doula assists the woman and her family before, during, and after birth by providing emotional, physical, and informational support. It is not within the labor doula’s scope of practice to offer medical advice or perform any medical or clinical procedure.


During pregnancy, the labor doula’s role is to assist families in preparing a birth plan, to provide information about birth options and resources, and to provide emotional support. The labor doula supports the birthing woman as she understands her values and needs surrounding birth, and encourages her to seek care and a place of birth that most closely mirrors these values and needs. While CAPPA respects parental decisions, it is important to note that it is outside the scope of practice for the CAPPA Labor Doula to attend births that are intentionally unassisted.


During labor and birth, the labor doula provides the mother and her partner with physical, emotional, and informational support. She facilitates and promotes self-advocacy, informed choice, and effective communication between the family and care providers. She seeks to foster a cooperative, respectful, and positive atmosphere with all members of the birth team so that the mother can birth with confidence.


During the postpartum period, the doula assists the mother in processing her birth experience, answering questions about newborn care and breastfeeding within her scope of practice, and referring the family to appropriate resources as needed.


TRADITIONAL (IN-PERSON) COURSE


TRADITIONAL (IN-PERSON) COURSEfindtraining


This course is designed for students who choose to take the in-person training class.



Course Requirements



  • 2 years to complete your course once you enroll.

  • CAPPA certification candidates must be at least 18 years of age. No person under 18 years of age may attend CAPPA training classes.

  • Be a member of CAPPA.

  • Enroll in the Labor Doula Traditional Course in CAPPA Academy.

  • Attend a CAPPA Labor Doula training class.

  • Read the CAPPA Labor Doula training manual and the required books from the CAPPA required reading list.

  • Complete Part I of the HUG Your Baby Training.

  • Observe a breastfeeding class designed for parents instructed by an IBCLC, CLC, or CLE with proof of attendance. This breastfeeding class must be a minimum of 2 hours. Details/forms are provided within CAPPA Academy. If you are unable to attend a class that qualifies, you may do the online option.

  • Observe a childbirth education class designed for parents at least 10 hours in length. The class must be taught by a childbirth educator currently certified by CAPPA, Lamaze, or ICEA. If you are unable to attend a class that qualifies, you may do the online option.

  • Attend a minimum of three labors/births as a doula. You’ll be required to obtain evaluations from parents and healthcare providers. Details/forms are provided within CAPPA Academy.

  • Create a resource list with information on local support for parents. A guide for creating this list is included within CAPPA Academy.

  • In order for candidates to be eligible for CAPPA certification they must sign and agree to the following forms: Code of Conduct and Social Media Policy, Grievance Policy, Mission Statement, CAPPA Approach / Philosophy Statement, Vision Statement, and Scope of Practice.

  • Pass the multiple choice exam and essays in CAPPA Academy. An 85% passing grade is required.

  • Please view all of CAPPA’s Policies and Procedures.


 

ONLINE DISTANCE LEARNING COURSE


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This course is designed for students who are unable to take the in-person training class.



Course Requirements



  • 2 years to complete your course once you enroll.

  • CAPPA certification candidates must be at least 18 years of age.

  • Be a member of CAPPA.

  • Enroll in the Online Distance Learning Course.

  • Read the CAPPA Labor Doula training manual and the required books from the CAPPA required reading list.

  • Complete Part I of the HUG Your Baby Training.

  • Purchase and watch these additional DVDs: Secrets Shared, Special Women, and Gentle Birth Choices.

  • Attend a minimum of three labors/births as a doula. You’ll be required to obtain evaluations from parents and healthcare providers.

  • Complete one essay and one research paper.

  • Observe a breastfeeding class designed for parents instructed by an IBCLC, CLC, or CLE with proof of attendance. This breastfeeding class must be a minimum of 2 hours. If you are unable to attend a class that qualifies, you may do the online option.

  • Observe a childbirth education class designed for parents at least 10 hours in length. The class must be taught by a childbirth educator currently certified by CAPPA, Lamaze, or ICEA. If you are unable to attend a class that qualifies, you may do the online option.

  • Create a resource list with information on local support for parents.

  • In order for candidates to be eligible for CAPPA certification they must sign and agree to the following forms: Code of Conduct and Social Media Policy, Grievance Policy, Mission Statement, CAPPA Approach / Philosophy Statement, Vision Statement, and Scope of Practice.

  • Pass the multiple choice exam and essays. An 85% passing grade is required.

  • Pay the processing fee of $75.00.

  • Please view all of CAPPA’s Policies and Procedures.


 

DUAL/TRANSFER COURSE



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This course is designed for students who have already been certified or have trained with DONA. (Documentation required.)


Consists of two tracks. Track 1 is for doulas already certified with DONA. Track 2 is for doulas who have been trained by DONA but have not yet certified.



Track 1 and Track 2 Course Requirements



  • 1 year to complete your course once you enroll.

  • CAPPA certification candidates must be at least 18 years of age.

  • Be a member of CAPPA.

  • Enroll in Labor Doula Dual/Transfer Course in CAPPA Academy.

  • Read the CAPPA Postpartum Doula training manual and the required books from the CAPPA required reading list.

  • Complete Part I of the HUG Your Baby Training.

  • Submit a 300-500 word essay on CAPPA’s Labor Doula Scope of Practice.

  • In order for candidates to be eligible for CAPPA certification they must sign and agree to the following forms: Code of Conduct and Social Media Policy, Grievance Policy, Mission Statement, CAPPA Approach / Philosophy Statement, Vision Statement, and Scope of Practice.

  • Pass the multiple choice exam and essays. An 85% passing grade is required.

  • Please view all of CAPPA’s Policies and Procedures.


Track 1 – Certified with DONA



  • Submit proof of certification.

  • Submit three letters of recommendation from previous labor doula clients.


Track 2 – Certified with DONA



  • Submit proof of training within the last 2 years.

  • Submit three parent evaluations and six caregiver evaluations (prior organization forms accepted) from births within the last two years.

  • Observe a breastfeeding class designed for parents instructed by an IBCLC, CLC, or CLE with proof of attendance. This breastfeeding class must be a minimum of 2 hours. Details/forms are provided within CAPPA Academy. If you are unable to attend a class that qualifies, you may do the online option.

  • Observe a childbirth education class designed for parents at least 10 hours in length. The class must be taught by a childbirth educator currently certified by CAPPA, Lamaze, or ICEA. If you cannot locate a class that qualifies, you may do the online option.


 


The Executive Director for the Labor Doula Program is Ana Hill (clddirector@cappa.net).
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PHONE: 770-965-9777
EMAIL: INFO@CAPPA.NET

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