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Birth Doula Online Diploma

Birth Doula Diploma

Elearn College


£29 inc VAT
Study method
6 months · Self-paced
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5 years
No formal qualification
  • Certificate of completion - Free

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Doulas support women and families in all kinds of situations, who have different kinds of births and make a wide range of parenting choices. The services offered by a doula vary greatly according to the needs of the women, couple or family that she is working with.

Doulas do not take a clinical role and work alongside midwives and doctors. They do not advise but can support a woman to find balanced information to make informed decisions about her maternity care.

Birth doulas provide continuous support, for women and couples, through pregnancy, labor and birth and immediate postnatal time. Postnatal doulas provide flexible practical and emotional support postnatally for new mothers and families in their own homes. Some doulas work as both birth and postnatal doulas, while others work only as birth doulas or postnatal doulas.

a birth doula will:

  • meet the woman when she is pregnant and spend time getting to know her

  • provide one-to-one support during labor, working on her behalf if she needs something and reassuring her all the way.

A postnatal doula will:

  • care for the mother after the birth

  • help the new parents look after the baby (rather than looking after the baby for them herself).


Certificate of completion

Digital certificate - Included

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The Birth Doula Diploma Course opens with the history of the doula and explains what a doula does and does not do, the benefits a doula can provide during childbirth, and the importance of communication when working in the role. Reflection is a process through which we look not only at what happened in a situation but also why. Studying the course, you'll gain an understanding of why, as a doula, it is important to reflect and what can be gained from following this process. Youll be provided with a structured framework of reflection to follow.

As birth professionals, doulas are likely to find themselves working with clients and colleagues who have different belief systems and lifestyles than themselves. The Birth Doula Diploma Course covers how to work effectively with people who are different from us and how to respect the beliefs of others. One of the most challenging areas that a doula will work in is helping a family through grief and loss. The course guides you through theories on the grieving process and specific forms of loss, including miscarriage, stillbirth, illness, or infertility. Working with clients prenatally is an important part of the doula role. It is during this period that you help them to identify their goals, their expectations of you, and determine the choices that will help them to have the birth they desire.

Pregnancy and the postpartum period bring about great change to the physical and emotional wellbeing of a woman, with nutrition, in particular, having an impact on the health of the baby. The Birth Doula Diploma Course explains the principles of nutrition and physical activity, so you can support women who may lack this knowledge.

Essential knowledge for childbirth doulas includes the physiology of labor and birth. Youll learns about the stages of, responses to, and varying patterns of labor. The course covers pain during labor why pain is experienced, the pain management options available and the benefits and disadvantages of each. Youll explores the concepts of active labor management and how it differs from the expectant approach. Youll learns the practical skills needed to aid a woman during labor and birth, including positioning, massage techniques, breathing and relaxation methods, and how to create an optimal environment for birth. The Birth Doula Diploma Course also covers the more common causes of challenging labor and how you, as a birth doula, can help.

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for anyone having an interest in being Birth Professionals.


There are no entry requirements. No background training or qualifications are required. Anyone can enroll at any time, beginners, intermediates and experienced all year round.

Career path

Doula profession works great for those seeking part-time, seasonal, or temporary work. The Doula profession is a great fit for those seeking a career that would allow them to earn a living wage, and also stay at home with their children, or homeschool their children while working.

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