What makes the DTI2 doula training different from other doula trainings?
Good question! The doula profession is small but growing, which leaves us with a lot of opportunity to stand out. Here’s some ways that we do:
- A DTI doula certification covers both birth AND postpartum because we believe the two experiences are intrinsically linked and thus should be taught together.
- Once you’re certified, you’re certified for life.
- We’re flexible – we’ll meet each doula where they are, professionally and personally. We want to hear about the personal things. We’re interested in our doulas as people, not just trainees.
- We’re business-oriented in the sense that we want to empower our doulas to be able to sustain themselves while doing what they love.
- We’re a community-based network. Think of DTI as the umbrella that collects all of the raindrops (groups in different cities) across the nation and provides the space for them to mingle with one another. If rain drops could talk.
- We offer two ways of taking the DTI2 training. An in-person 4 day workshop that launches the 9 month program OR a fully online DTI2 training for those of you that prefer to learn online, need more flexibility, are new parents, or are across the globe.
What is the cost?
Another important question! For new doulas interested in DTI’s full certification and life-time certification, Path1 is $1,597. For doulas already working in the field looking to certify with DTI, Path2 is $1,197.
Both online and in-person trainings offer certification and are priced the same.
Is there a payment plan option?
There is! If you’re going the DTI2 online route, you have two payment options: pay in full or choose a payment plan. Paying in full will save you money! (There’s a pesky processing fee of $25/month for the payment plan).
If you’re planning on attending an in-person training, we need the payment in full before the first day of training (unfortunately, that means there’s no payment plan option). If you absolutely need a payment plan set up to take our in-person training, please contact us and we will work with you.
Are there recertification fees and requirements?
Nope! We’re not going to make you jump through recertification hoops. Once certified, you’re a DTI doula for life no red tape/strings attached, and we’re excited to see you grow in your business.
Are there membership fees?
Yes. We have a annual membership fee of $157. This is a payment that processes automatically each year, on the date you originally paid. That way you never miss a beat! Once you have paid, you will receive a confirmation email with all your training details. To learn more, head over here.
Are there scholarships available?
Yes, for our in-person trainings. We know that race, gender and identity directly impact birth culture, and we’re working on combating those barriers by opening doors for doulas of color and trans doulas through our scholarship initiatives.
One of our main priorities is making the doula profession accessible to all. We’re not interested in expanding a doula movement that represents a commodity to the wealthy – we see doulas as a necessity, not a luxury, for all families.
What happens during the 4-day In-Person training?
Fun things! And a whole lot of learning. A whole lot of fun learning. Our training days run like a typical “office day” from 9 am to 5 pm. They’re small (~ 10 – 15 people) and collaborative, so think more of an intimate, talkative classroom than a lecture hall where you get talked at and occasionally fall asleep. You’ll be taking notes, asking questions, collaborating! Laptops and devices are welcome because we have gone green with training manuals (we promise you’ll be engaged enough to not be tempted to check social media 24/7).
We provide snacks and tea, but feel free to bring your own lunch – we have a kitchen available – or go out to eat during lunch break.
All of the content presented in the In-Person training has been molded into the Online DTI2 training. There is even plenty of chances for virtual conversations and community building!
Can I bring my kids to the training?
DTI loves babies and children! Generally, babies in arms (not crawling or walking yet) are welcome at our trainings. We fully welcome breast pumps, so #freethenipple and pump as necessary in our training room (or on break, if you’d prefer). For older babies and toddlers that are still nursing and will be nearby, we hope you can use the daily lunch break to nurse and reconnect. We fully recognize the significance of this question, as many of our certifying doulas are mothers of young children. We feel that this compromise allows everyone to get the most of the rigorous training!
If you are a new parent or don’t feel that being away for 4-day training will be feasible, consider looking into our Online DTI2 Training!
I don’t have children of my own. Can I be a doula?
Absolutely. Yes. 100% you betcha. Parenthood is not a prerequisite for caring about maternal health and reproductive justice – don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.
Before doulas have children, if they decide to have children, they have the time to focus on their passion, gain experience with many clients per month, and delve deeper into education.
Want more inspiration about being a childless doula-read our blog with the same title, written by one of rock star childless DTI doulas.
What happens after the training is over?
CONGRATS! Right after, probably a nap.
But then… you’re immediately qualified to begin providing doula support in the field!
After the In-Person 4-day training, you’ll embark on nine months (the irony is not lost on us) of certification requirements, which include:
- Support to at least three families as a birth doula
- At least 16 hours of postpartum support to at least two families
- Creation of a resource referral list for future clients/families
- A childbirth education course
- A breastfeeding class
- CPR certification
- Business workshop/plan
Similarly, after you complete the modules as part of the Online Training you will be supported through completing your certification requirements.
Don’t worry, you’re not on your own through all of this. You’ll still be connected to DTI throughout the program – use our resources, seek out moral support, anything you need. We’ll be here providing video classes with field experts and monthly Q&A sessions for guidance.
Once you’ve completed the requirements, you’re the real deal! You’ll get an official certificate, a seal for your website and the credentials CD (DTI) to proudly place after your name.
What is a Expert Affiliate Video?
These pre-recorded interviews with field experts will give you a chance to learn more about important topics for today’s doulas. Since DTI is an ever-evolving organization, the classes you’ll participate in will be unique, tailored to those topics most relevant to your certifying group. Some of the experts we feature include Kathi Valeii, a birth justice activist; Rachel Yellin, a childbirth educator and businesswoman extraordinaire; and Dr. Tara May, a specialist in infant loss and grief counseling. Each class features an online conversation with your fellow certifying doulas to hear their insights and share your own.
These are incorporated into the Online Training modules for Online students and are posted for In-Person students after the training.
What is a Mentorship Group Call?
In-Person Training: Mentorship group calls are monthly hour-long FAQs facilitated by DTI educators. You’ll get to discuss struggles and successes with your fellow doulas, so come to these calls ready to dish out your deepest insecurities and your proudest moments. If you feel so inclined. No judgement or pressure, just support! We’re here to listen to one another. This is also an opportunity to discuss the month’s Expert Affiliate Video (video class).
Online Training: Mentorship Check In (MCI) calls are held throughout the nine months of your program. The first 3 are focused on the topics in you online modules with time for additional discussion. These calls take place with other doulas that began at the same time you did. The additional 5 calls are held with all Online students and are open for questions and sharing.
How are mentorship calls scheduled? Is it flexible?
For the in-person training, The calls happen at the same time every month, and you have 2 opportunities to attend.
- The second Tuesday of every month at 9:30am PT/11:30am CT/12:30pm ET
- The third Thursday of every month at 6pm PT/8pm CT/9pm ET
For the online training, the first 3 calls are scheduled based on the students in the group. We put out a poll for times and do our best to make sure they work for as many people possible. The Mentorship Check In (MCI) calls are generally held Sunday nights at 5pm pacific, but there are exceptions. All calls are recorded so people in far away time zones or what not can still watch and ask follow up questions on Facebook.
If I need help finding an in-person mentor or a doula to shadow, can you help me?
Once you finish our training, you’re fully qualified to serve as the primary doula at a birth! There’s no shadowing necessary under the certification requirements.
However, we strongly believe that building community with other birth workers benefits us all and strengths the doula profession as a whole. If you’re interested in shadowing and additional mentorship, take initiative in your community by building relationships with our DTI ambassadors! They’re all over the nation and they regularly host in-person IgniteDoula events to unite birth workers under the same roof.
I’m coming from out of town. Where should I stay?
If the training location’s space allows it, we can get you hooked up with reasonably-priced retreat-style accommodation. Otherwise, we’ll help you find a nearby hotel or Airbnb. We are here to help make the travel as seamless as possible – just drop us a note. ☺
I’m ready to sign up! What’s the process?
Does DTI Offer a certification for Childbirth Education?
Yup! Here what it looks like at a glance: A 3-month program that includes eight hours of workshop-style online learning in a group environment, where we’ll explore different options for teaching so that each teacher can find what works for them. We’ll provide you with a complete childbirth class curriculum so you don’t have to materialize anything from scratch (but of course, your direction and input is highly recommended).