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how to choose a doula training

Are you thinking of attending a doula training? We thinking being a doula the best job and we think doulas change the world. Who wouldn't want to have career that is both awesome and world changing?!

If you are shopping around for a doula training, we encourage you to ask lots of questions so you can be an informed decision maker. We have picked a few questions that we hear a lot and answered them. 

Do you offer in-person or online doula training?

Our training has two parts: an online portion and an in-person workshop. An online study guide is completed before attending the in-person workshop (read about the requirements). Doula mentorship starts during this time leading up to the workshop. At the workshop, doulas receive around 30 hours of in person training. It is interactive and fun! After the workshop our doulas leave certified. We do not require certification births..

Do you cover anything beyond basic doula skills?

BEST Doula provides a lot more! Each trainee receives lactation support training with an IBCLC, advanced doula skills taught by highly experienced doulas, and also marketing skills by proven experts in the field of promoting birth businesses. Every BEST trainee is provided with a childbirth class to view as part of the online portion of the training.

Do I have to sign a Non-Compete to certify with your organization?


Does your certification include lactation training?

Yes, it does. A fair amount of it too!

Does doula training included advanced business training?

Yes. We prepare our doulas to be successful business owners.  We include intake forms, client contracts and other business tools to all BEST Doulas. We also teach interview, basic SEO, branding and marketing skills. New doulas can walk out of the workshop ready to sign a client immediately! 

What is the total cost to be certified?  Are there other fees besides training?

The current fee is $500 which includes the childbirth class, study materials, in person workshop, on going mentorship and a year of membership with BEST. It is all inclusive.

Can I get in touch with a person in your organization? Will someone respond quickly?

Please contact us! We will reply quickly to email or phone calls. Our email is and you may call 844-752-2682 during normal business hours.

How does your organization see itself advocating for the doula profession as whole?

BEST is an acronym for the four 4 things we believe define a great doula - Business skills, strong EthicsSustainability and actively working Together with other professionals and in their communities at large. Doulas are professionals and they provide valuable services to expecting families.  We believe that doula training should allow each doula to build a sustainable practice based on the doula's goals. It is our job as a certifying body to come along side doulas and help them meet these goals. When doulas build sustainable practices that last the course of a long career, doulas wins, expecting families win and maternity care wins. This is why we believe that doulas change the world!

Where will my training be and who will do the training? 

BEST trains everywhere! Maria Pokluda (founder of Great Expectations in Dallas, TX) and Amanda Devereux (founder of Nola Nesting in New Orleans, LA) lead all the workshops. With over 20 years experience running successful doula practices, Maria and Amanda insure that each BEST Doula receives the same info and expertise. If you are interested in bringing a BEST Doula Training to your town, let's do it.

Will I need to attend certification births?

No. Best Doula does not require doulas to attend certification births. Our doulas leave training certified.

Still considering becoming a doula?  BEST owns a Facebook group for new and experienced doulas to chat about doula-ing. We would love to have you join so we can continue the conversation! Love What You DOULA