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Labor Doula Training and CAPPA Certification

A doula provides emotional support from home to hospital and eases the transition into the hospital environment. They serve as a labor coach, information source and additional support throughout the entire labor. A doula encourages and promotes self-advocacy, informed choice and communication between the mother and care providers.

photo of doula and mother

What is the job outlook?
Doulas most commonly work independently and charge their clients flat fees for their services. These fees generally cover support before, during and after labor, including prenatal visits, 24-hour-a-day on-call service when the due date approaches, continuous support throughout labor, birth and the postpartum period, and a postpartum follow-up visit. Some doulas even include child care in their services. Standard rates can range between $350 to $1,000 per birth, depending on the geographic area.

As more mothers request doula support for their births, many hospitals and health care centers are starting to employ staff doulas to work with mothers during labor. These doulas generally work for a salary at the hospital and their services are limited to support while the parents are checked in.

What is the training?
Offered in partnership with Rocky Mountain Doula and Childbirth and Postpartum Professional Association (CAPPA), this course provides complete training and certification as a labor doula including hands-on techniques, communication skills, scope of practice and business and marketing skills. Students will learn critical thinking skills, techniques for working in challenging situations, and effective non-clinical skills for reducing birth risks and improving outcomes. Total Hours: 18

Please Visit: CAPPA Labor Doula Certification Requirements for more information

Included in Program

  • Be a member of CAPPA
  • Attend a CAPPA-approved labor doula training
  • Pre-workshop study guide
  • Enrollment in CAPPA Academy

Additional Requirements

  • Read five books from the required reading list
  • Complete Part I of the HUG Your Baby Training ($35)
  • Attend a childbirth education class at least 10 hours in length
  • Attend a local breastfeeding class of at least 2 hours in length.
  • Create a resource list with information on local support.
  • Pass the multiple choice test on labor doula topics in CAPPA Academy.
  • Pass the essay exam in CAPPA Academy.
  • 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.
  • Attend a minimum of three labors/births as a doula.

What courses will I take?
WEL 500 - Labor Doula Training and CAPPA Certification

What will it cost?
$675 for Anne Arundel County residents, including tuition and fee.

What are the requirements?
Students must be at least 18 years old.

How do I enroll?
Register online, in person, by faxmail or touch-tone phone. Visit for details.

Related Studies
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For more information contact Megan Stakolosa at 410-777-7387 or