Welcome! Here is your pre-certification work.  

  1. Watch Prepared Feeding and listen to the podcasts of Preparing for Birth.

  2. Read the books from the required reading list (listed below).

  3. Complete a blood borne pathogens course.

  4. View The Business of Being Born.

  5. Complete your study guide one week prior to attending training  (you may request an extenstion if needed) .

  6. ATTEND TRAINING...and be a certified BEST Doula. 



Happy Studying Besties!

Preparing for Birth Course


Prepared Feeding




Birth Videos


The books that are required for training are:

Baby Catcher, Peggy Vincent

Lean In, Sheryl Sandberg

Mothering the New Mother, Placksin (chapters 1, 3, 5 and 9)

When Survivors Give Birth, Simkin and Klaus

Worth Every Penny, Erin Verbeck and Sarah Petty

REFERENCE BOOKS -You will want to stash these books in your doula bag or library to help answer questions from future clients. They are not required for certification and you do not need to read them cover to cover.

The Labor Progress Handbook, Simkin and Ancheta

Optimal Care in Childbirth, Henci Goer

Breastfeeding Made Simple, Kathleen Kendall-Tackett and Nancy Mohrbacher