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

2. The Birth Partner – Revised 4th Edition: A Complete Guide to Childbirth for Dads. Doulas. and All Other Labor Companions by Simkin. Penny ( 2013 ) Paperback

3. The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding: Eighth Revised Edition (La Leche League International Book)

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. Baby Dust – Usable ONLY for Loss and Bereavement
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. Death and Bereavement Across Cultures: Second edition – Loss Course ONLY
10. Empty Arms: Coping With Miscarriage, Stillbirth and Infant Death Loss Course ONLY
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. Inner healing after abortion: Love and support for women who have terminated a pregnancy Loss Course ONLY
18. Let’s Have Healthy Children.
19. Life Touches Life: A Mother’s Story of Stillbirth and Healing Loss Course ONLY
20. Metabolic Toxemia of Late Pregnancy by Thomas H. Brewer (2004-12-01)
21. Removed from list.
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
26. Please Be Patient, I’m Grieving: How to Care For and Support the Grieving Heart (Good Grief Series) (Volume 3)
27. Safer Childbirth? a Critical History of Maternity Care
28. Spiritual Midwifery by Ina-May Gaskin
29. Testing Women, Testing the Fetus: The Social Impact of Amniocentesis in America (The Anthropology of Everyday Life) by Rayna Rapp (2000-07-27)
30.  What your Pediatrician Doesn’t Know, Can hurt your child: A more Natural Approach to Parenting by Markel, Susan
31. The Doula Book: How A Trained Labor Companion Can Help You Have A Shorter, Easier, And Healthier Birth
32. The Essential Homebirth Guide: For Families Planning or Considering Birthing at Home
33. Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Newborn: The Complete Guide
34. The Tentative Pregnancy: How Amniocentesis Changes the Experience of Motherhood
35. The Thinking Woman’s Guide to a Better Birth
36. The Vaccine Book: Making the Right Decision for Your Child (Sears Parenting Library)
37. What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About(TM) Children’s Vaccinations
38. Three Minus One: Stories of Parents’ Love and Loss
39. Trim Healthy Mama Plan: The Easy-Does-It Approach to Vibrant Health and a Slim Waistline
40. Unspeakable Losses: Healing From Miscarriage, Abortion, And Other Pregnancy Loss Loss Course ONLY

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, not presently required, but will be in 2020.
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 Placenta Specialist Course (Currently Closed) 
This course requires “The Placenta: a Guide to Examination” by Patricia Edmonds
This manual is available to order upon enrollment in the course.
“The Placenta: a Guide to Examination” may be purchased by directly sending $27.00 ($30 if outside the US) to via This is self-published by Patricia and she requests it is sent as a gift/friend in order to keep her costs down and avoid fees which would be wrapped up in the cost of the manual otherwise.  This will not come to you digitally but is a softbound manual – on paper.  Please remember to include your shipping address.

Placenta Wit, Mothers Stories, Rituals and Research” edited by Nane Jordan.

Placenta: The Gift of Life

 To order