ABP Doula Training



Our Mission:

To provide evidence based, comprehensive, high quality doula trainings

The Antepartum Doula provides the mother and her family with much needed physical and emotional help during pregnancy if complications require the mother to be on bedrest. Many tasks like household organization, care of older siblings, run errands and companionship would be performed. The Birth Doula provides physical and emotional support to mother and her partner before, during and after birth. She provides companionship, using comfort measures, and helps the mom gather needed in order to make informed decisions. The Postpartum Doula will help the new mom and partner transition into parenthood. Her duties are similar to the antepartum doula. She also helps with infant feeding and care, household organization, meal preparation, care of older sibling(s), run errands, and provide companionship.

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Antepartum Doula Training

For certification, this 16 hour doula training will provide the doula with skills to support the mother and family during complications of pregnancy. After completing the classroom training, the doula will support two families for 8 hours each, read five books related to antepartum care, compile a resource list, write an essay and have each family complete evaluations. The doula will send completed requirements to ABP Doula Training Center. Once reviewed, ABP Doula Training Center will award the certification.

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Birth Doula Certification

This doula training is approved by DONA International and once completing all requirements, all certification paperwork will be mailed to them. This training consist of 16 hours of doula classroom training, 7 hours of childbirth education, 3 hours of breastfeeding education, one hour of business webinar, 6 books from reading list, a written essay, and practicum is providing labor support to three mothers, get 6 evaluations completed - two for each birth, one from health care provider(midwife, dr. or nurse) and one for mother.

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Postpartum Doula Training

This doula training is approved DONA International. All requirements are set forth by DONA and are listed on dona.org, under becoming a doula. This doula training consist of 27 hours of classroom training, attend 3 hours of breastfeeding education, provide three families - 12 hours each of in-home care during the first 90 days of baby’s life, read 11 books for reading list, write an essay and complete an online business webinar.


Getting Started:

Choose with training you wish to apply:

  1. Antepartum

  2. Birth

  3. Postpartum

Becoming A Doula

Numerous studies have documented the benefits of having a doula present during labor. A recent Cochrane Review, Continuous Support for Women During Childbirth, showed a very high number of positive birth outcomes when a doula was present. With the support of a doula, women were less likely to have pain-relief medications administered and less likely to have a cesarean birth. Women also reported having a more positive childbirth experience.

Other studies have shown that having a doula as a member of the birth team decreases the overall cesarean rate by 50%, the length of labor by 25%, the use of synthetic oxytocin by 40%, and requests for an epidural by 60%.

Doulas often use the power of touch and movement to reduce stress and anxiety during labor.

What about the father’s role when using a doula?

Today, more husbands play an active role in the birth process. However, some partners prefer to enjoy the delivery without having to stand in as the labor coach.

By having a doula as a part of the birth team, a father is free to do whatever he chooses. Doulas can encourage the father to use comfort techniques and can step in if he wants a break. Having a doula allows the father to support his partner emotionally during labor and birth and to also enjoy the experience without the added pressure of trying to remember everything he learned in childbirth class!

The role of the doula is never to take the place of husbands or partners in labor, but rather to complement and enhance their experience.