• A network of doula peers across the province and informative meetings with doulas in your area
  • A listing in the Association of Ontario Doulas  Directory and Association of Ontario Doulas Referral Program
  • Access to continuing education opportunities, Association of Ontario Doulas newsletters and updates
  • Participation in the Association of Ontario Doulas Annual General Meeting, which often includes valuable workshop sessions
  • $1 million each of commercial general and professional liability insurance, with options to purchase up to $5 million in coverage
  • Packages start at $70*!





1) Must be in person trainings.  Online, web based learning will not be accepted

2) Be a minimum of 16 hours seated learning time in length

3) Have the following topics ( Minimum – additional topics maybe included provided they fall within the scope of practice of the AOD
– Doula SOP that is limited to non-medical practices and support – i.e. no medical proceedures such as learning to preform vaginal exams, blood pressure assessment and   monitoring or interpreting fetal heart tones
– A Doula Code of Ethics
– A Social Media Code
– History of Doulas
– The Role of a Labour or Postpartum Doula
– Interprofessional relations and the doula role in building bridges with all health care providers
– Communication
– Prenatal support and the doulas role
– Comfort measures in labour with hands on learning
– Emotional support during labour
– Supporting second stage
– Challenges and special circumstances in pregnancy, birth and postpartum and the doulas role in supporting them
– Support Cesarean Sections and VBACS
– Pain management theory.  Medicalized options and the doulas role
– Intial breastfeeding support
– Postpartum recovery for the new mum and infant
– Minimum doula business support and getting started

4) Have a required reading list with a minimum of one book from each of the following categories
– Birth and pregnancy
– Doulas
– Breastfeeding
– Special circumstances – ie grief and loss, ppmd, vbacs

5) A required certification program that includes but is not limited to:
– Attendance/audit of a childbirth education class – minimum 7 hours w/ proof of attendance taught by a nurse, certified childbirth educator or certified doula
– Attendance /audit of a breastfeeding class – minimum two hours with proof of attendance taught by an IBCLC, CLC, CLE
– Experiential work requirement with a minimum of three births with evaluations or equivalent by client and HCP
– Evaluation of knowledge via an exam, essay or equivalent