Choosing the Right Online Birth Worker/Doula Training: What Matters Most


Becoming a doula is a rewarding and impactful career choice, allowing you to support expectant parents during one of the most transformative experiences of their lives. If you're considering a career as a doula/birth worker, finding the right online training program is a critical first step. With the proliferation of online options, it's essential to know what to look for when choosing a program that will provide you with the knowledge and skills necessary to excel in this vital role. In this blog post, we'll discuss what's important when selecting an online doula/birth worker training program.

  1. Credentials & Competencies

The first factor to consider when choosing an online doula/birth worker training program is credentials and competencies. Credentials in the doula industry refer to the formal qualifications and certifications that a doula holds, demonstrating their competence and expertise in providing childbirth support and care. These credentials are essential in the doula industry for several reasons they signify professionalism, quality assurance, and ethical standards. Credentials can create more opportunities to be hired because parents can trust your skills and abilities to support them. Look for programs that will help you attain areas of competency and prepare you for all the ways a doula/birth worker needs to show up for families and in their burgeoning businesses.  

  1. Comprehensive Curriculum

The quality of the curriculum offered by the online doula training program is a vital determinant of your success as a doula/birth worker. A comprehensive curriculum should cover a wide range of topics, including:

  • Understanding the history of birth and the challenges of the healthcare system
  • Anatomy and physiology of pregnancy and childbirth
  • Stages of labor and delivery
  • Comfort measures and pain management techniques
  • Postpartum care and breastfeeding support
  • Cultural competence and ethics in doula practice
  • Health equity and DEI in birth work and existing systems
  • Business and marketing skills for doulas

Ensure the program you choose provides in-depth coverage of these essential topics to give you a well-rounded education.

  1. Experienced Instructors

The knowledge and experience of your instructors play a significant role in the quality of your training. Look for programs that employ experienced doulas, certified nurse-midwives, or obstetricians as instructors. Instructors with hands-on experience in the field can provide valuable insights, practical tips, and real-world scenarios that will prepare you for the challenges you may face as a doula.

  1. Flexibility

Online doula/birth worker training should offer flexibility to accommodate your schedule and learning preferences. Look for programs that allow you to access materials at your own pace, so you can balance your training with other commitments. Additionally, consider whether the program offers live webinars or interactive sessions to facilitate real-time discussions and Q&A sessions with instructors and fellow students.

  1. Support and Community

Being a doula/birth worker often involves working closely with a community of expectant parents and fellow birth professionals. When choosing an online doula/birth worker training program, consider the level of support and community it offers. Look for programs that provide access to discussion forums, peer support, and opportunities to connect with your instructors and mentors. Building a supportive network can be invaluable as you start your doula career.

  1. Practical Experience

While online training can provide a solid foundation of knowledge, practical experience is equally important. Ensure the program includes opportunities for hands-on experience, such as attending births, providing labor support, and interacting with clients. Practical experience will help you apply your knowledge and build your confidence as a doula.


Choosing the right online doula/birth worker training program is a significant decision in your journey to becoming a doula/birth worker. By prioritizing factors such as credentials, competencies, a comprehensive curriculum, experienced instructors, flexibility, support, and practical experience, you can set yourself up for success in this fulfilling and meaningful profession. Make an informed choice, and you'll be well-prepared to provide invaluable support to expectant parents during their childbirth journey.

National Birth & Postpartum Professionals (NBPP) has a comprehensive 12-week online birth worker training and a business for birth workers training in January 2024 (both).  NBPP offers a program of support and connection that will give you a successful start on your journey and will help you along the way.



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