The Madriella Birth Doula Certification is our primary non-medical birth assistant course. It is designed to teach women how to provide comfort and support measures to other women during pregnancy and childbirth. This course covers […]
Madriella is both a Doula certification program and a network of Doulas dedicated to supporting each other as well as the women they serve.
To become a certified Doula through Madriella you need to pass an online examination based on our curriculum, which covers the basics of non-medical birth support and postpartum assistance as well as the Madriella philosophy.
Hands-on training is available for those that are not comfortable learning the material through an online distance study program. This training is given by our approved workshop providers, experienced doulas that want to pass on their knowledge to other women (which is the heart of the Madriella philosophy).
If you are a woman that has a heart for serving women during the most challenging and rewarding time of their life you are welcome here.
Doulas are not licensed medical professionals, and many are simply volunteers that want to help other women. Certification means that you have completed a formal training program, and are awarded a certificate of completion by that organization. There are many organizations that certify Doulas, but they are not licensed or regulated by the state.
Traditionally a Doula is an experienced mother, a woman that has gone through birth herself and is willing to help a younger, or more inexperienced woman. When a woman’s mother is with her in the delivery room providing emotional support she is perfoming as a Doula. Many women no longer have that critical support figure of an experienced mother, which is why there is a market for Doulas today.
The Role of the Doula
A Doula offers emotional, physical and informational support for women and their partners during pregnancy, labor and the postpartum period. A Doula nurtures and supports a woman and her partner and affirms the couple’s choices. Her job is to help parents learn about all of the choices and options they have in pregnancy and childbirth, but not to choose for them.
A Doula’s role during a woman’s labor is very unique. She provides continuous labor support and has knowledge of normal labor and childbirth and an understanding of possible medical interventions. She can help translate medical language and procedures into understandable language and she will remind and encourage couples to ask questions and have an open line of communication with their care providers.
In this way, a Doula essentially ensures that moms and dads can truly engage in informed consent as they labor and birth in a hospital.
Where can you find Doulas?
Today Doulas can be found assisting women in hospitals, birthing centers, holistic health clinics and of course in private practice. Many Doulas are self-employed and operate their businesses out of their homes. Members of the Madriella Doula Network that are self employed can take advantage of our “Find a Doula” database which allows mothers in their state to find their business website easily.
Massage Therapists can earn 6 CE hours with Madriella
Thanks to our partnership with the Somatic Arts and Sciences Institute all of our Doulas gain free access to the Massage With the Laboring Woman online continuing education course which is worth 6 CEUs for massage therapists. The Somatic Arts and Sciences Institute is approved by the National Certification Board of Therapuetic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) for offering continuing education for massage therapists.