Interested in becoming a Carriage House doula?
Find answers to our most commonly asked questions here!
What are the Carriage House Foundation Doula trainings?
For birth doulas, our Foundation Birth Doula Training approach is meant to be a combination of self-led learning, hands-on training, and continuing education to be completed over two years with a lifetime birth doula certification from Carriage House Birth.
Completion of prerequisite learning will allow all students attending the in-person three-day training or 5 week online with the same baseline information. Core topics taught in class will reinforce the materials from the prerequisites and give students a deep understanding of basic childbirth education concepts, labor support models, immediate postpartum support, and the fundamentals of self-started independent doula businesses and marketing.
For postpartum doulas, ours is a three-day in person or 5 week virtual Foundation Postpartum Doula Training for those looking to serve families beyond birth in the energy of non-judgment. The sister training to CHB’s Foundation Birth Training, in partnership with Birdsong, is an immersive program teaching participants everything from newborn care to understanding and supporting the psycho spiritual shifts that occur as both babies and parents are born. From bone broth and belly binding to multiples care and overnight work, we dive into the practical tools you need while underpinning everything with the essential soft skills of holding space, deep listening, and maintaining your own self care.
Continuing Education and Workshops, both virtual and in-person, fosters the student's community and deepens knowledge in areas of birth support each student feels drawn toward. Our virtual workshops are available to anyone, anywhere!
Can anyone enroll?
Yes, we welcome anyone interested in providing support to birthing people in their communities. We have trained experienced doulas looking to enrich or expand their existing work, new doulas just entering the field, and those not seeking to become a doula but looking to enhance their kindred service or practice. People under 20 years of age will be admitted on a case-by-case basis.
Do I need to be a birth doula already to enroll in the postpartum training?
You do not need to be a birth doula. Some doulas choose to only provide postpartum support. Other doulas provide both birth and postpartum support. You can take this training even if you have no experience in birthwork at all. If you’re interested in becoming a birth doula as well, sign up for one of our birth doula trainings here.
What do I need to complete before the training dates I’ve enrolled in?
For both birth and postpartum doula trainees, there is a required reading list that you will need to complete. A short essay on each book is required as well as a personal essay.
Are there follow up requirements after my training?
You will also be required to independently attend additional workshops and classes (not included in the cost of this training). You can complete all your pre-and-post training requirements in the comfort of your home and within your own local community. Some of the requirements can be taken with Carriage House Birth and we offer discounted rates for our students.
What are the hours of the course each day?
We try to meet each day from 10am-5pm (birth doula) or 9am - 6pm (postpartum). You'll be notified of your specific class schedule once you register. Class times are subject to change pending on location.
What's the average class size?
Class sizes vary widely. But never more than 30 students to a in person training.
What do I need to do after the training to become certified?
You will receive an email after your have completed your three-day training outlining all the steps you need to take to become certified. See follow up requirements above.
How long does the certification with Carriage House Birth last?
Carriage House Birth’s Certification is a lifetime certification.
Is this training recognized by DONA, CAPPA, BAI or another certifying organization?
Each of those organizations have their own trainings. As doula work is still an emerging field and is not regulated, each certifying body design it’s own parameters for what constitutes a certified doula. After the training if you complete all certifying requirements you will be certified as a Carriage House Doula through immersion in our in-house approach to birth work formulated by the combined experiences of the three Carriage House directors, Domino Kirke, Samantha Huggins, and Lindsey Bliss.
How long does it take to certify?
This depends on you. Most of our doulas certify within six months to one year after the completion of their training.
Will I be able to make a living as a doula?
This varies wildly from location and personal circumstances but we believe, yes, if you want to. We cover this and discuss it further in the training and in supplemental continuing education workshops. With Carriage House Birth you will be connected to a network - our village - of support to guide you from trainee to strong, confident doula. The trainings will also provide you with all the tools to go into your local communities and market yourself.
How much is the tuition?
The cost of the Foundation Birth Doula and Postpartum Training programs are $900.00 each. This includes a $300.00 non-transferable/non-refundable deposit to secure your spot and additional tuition of $600.00. Prices are subject to change and does not include costs for additional classes, materials and books.
How do I make my deposit to secure my spot?
All deposits can be made online through your training date and location of choice here. Payment plans and invoices for ACH/bank transfers of payment (to avoid fees) are also available.