The Birth Doula Certification course
The Birth Doula course requires you to have five books total. Three of the titles are required (listed below) and the remaining two are elective (you can pick any from the list below).
Our Doula candidates must complete a 1,000-word essay on value of labor support, and 5 essays (of the same length) about books they have read from the reading list below. Three of these are mandatory, the other two are elective, meaning she can choose any two of the books listed.
Required reading for the Birth Doula Certification (must read all three)
1. Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering : A Doctor’s Guide to Natural Childbirth and Gentle Early Parenting Choices (Paperback)–by M.D. Sarah J. Buckley
Elective book list (select two from list)
1. A Doula’s Journey: Into the World of Birth by Sarah Goldstein (2014-08-28)
2. A Guide to Effective Care in Pregnancy and Childbirth (Oxford Medical Publications)
3. Appraising Research into Childbirth: An Interactive Workbook, 1e by Sara Wickham RM MA BA(Hons) PGCE(A) (2006-05-15)
4. Trim Healthy Mama Plan: The Easy-Does-It Approach to Vibrant Health and a Slim Waistline
5. Birth as an American Rite of Passage
6. Birthing from Within: An Extra-Ordinary Guide to Childbirth Preparation
7. Breastfeeding Management For The Clinician: Using the Evidence
8. Cultural Competency For The Health Professional
9. The Thinking Woman’s Guide to a Better Birth
10. Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Newborn: The Complete Guide
11. Expecting Trouble: What Expectant Parents Should Know About Prenatal Care in America
12. What Every Pregnant Woman Should Know
13. Get Me Out: A History of Childbirth from the Garden of Eden to the Sperm Bank
14. Grieving Parents: Surviving Loss as a Couple by Nathalie Himmelrich (2014-09-30)
15. The Happiest Baby on the Block; Fully Revised and Updated Second Edition: The New Way to Calm Crying and Help Your Newborn Baby Sleep Longer
16. Healing Breastfeeding Grief: How mothers feel and heal when breastfeeding does not go as hoped by Hilary Jacobson (2016-02-10)
17. The Essential Homebirth Guide: For Families Planning or Considering Birthing at Home
18. Let’s Have Healthy Children.
19. The Doula Book: How A Trained Labor Companion Can Help You Have A Shorter, Easier, And Healthier Birth
20. Metabolic Toxemia of Late Pregnancy by Thomas H. Brewer (2004-12-01)
21. Safer Childbirth? a Critical History of Maternity Care
22. Normal Childbirth: Evidence and Debate, 1e
23. Obstetric Myths Versus Research Realities: A Guide to the Medical Literature
24. Optimal Care in Childbirth: The Case for a Physiologic Approach
25. Parenting for Peace: Raising the Next Generation of Peacemakers
The Postpartum Doula Certification course
The Postpartum Doula Certification course requires the purchase of one book, Nurturing New Families: A Guide to Supporting Parents and Their Newborn Babies by Naomi Kemeny (2014-09-07) While this book is very UK centric for resources, the advice given for nurturing a new mother are universal.
Elective Reading for Postpartum Certification
• Mothering the New Mother: Women’s Feelings & Needs After Childbirth: A Support and Resource Guide by Sally Placksin (April 20 2000)
• The Mommy Plan, Restoring Your Post-Pregnancy Body Naturally, Using Women’s Traditional Wisdom
• The First Forty Days: The Essential Art of Nourishing the New Mother
Professional Development Course
The Professional Development Course requires the purchase of one book, The Doula Business Guide and The Doula Business Guide Workbook: Tools to Create a Thriving Business.
The Madriella Child Birth Educator Course
Our Child Birth Educator Course requires the Plumtree Baby Childbirth Curriculum (2nd edition).
The Madriella Lactation Educator Course
The Madriella Lactation Lactation Educator Course requires the Plumtree Baby Breastfeeding Curriculum.
The Madriella Loss and Bereavement Certification Course
There is one required book for this course and three electives. The required book is Roe, Gary. Please Be Patient, I’m Grieving: How to Care For and Support the Grieving Heart (Good Grief Series Book 3)
The three elective books can be any of the following:
Sunshine After the Storm: A Survival Guide for Grieving Mothers
Miscarriage Mom: The Unspoken Realities of Miscarriage and How to Cope
You Are Not Alone: Love Letters From Loss Mom to Loss Mom
Not Broken: An Approachable Guide to Miscarriage and Recurrent Pregnancy Loss
Coping With Infertility, Miscarriage, and Neonatal Loss: Finding Perspective and Creating Meaning
Silent Grief: Hope For Surviving Early Miscarriage
Comfort for Grieving Hearts: Hope and Encouragement for Times of Loss
The Madriella Placenta Specialist Course
Placenta Wit, Mothers Stories, Rituals and Research” edited by Nane Jordan.
Placenta: The Gift of Life