CAPPA Certified Postpartum Doula FAQ

Get Certified as a Postpartum Doula

CAPPA offers the most professional and comprehensive trainings and certification available for doulas worldwide. CAPPA members receive unsurpassed education, support and networking opportunities. CAPPA has been training, certifying, and supporting doulas for well over a decade and is recognized and respected worldwide..

CAPPA Academy and Certification

CAPPA is proud to offer our one of a kind, state of the art virtual classroom experience, CAPPA Academy. CAPPA Academy provides the opportunity for students to obtain the highest level of training and education of any perinatal certification organization. As leaders in the perinatal education field, we pride ourselves in offering our members the latest technology. By combining excellent, in-person, evidenced based, standardized trainings with the convenience of the virtual classroom setting, CAPPA now offers unparalleled education for perinatal professionals. As part of our mission to foster and encourage relevant information, support, and training, we are proud to offer CAPPA Academy, which further demonstrates our commitment to the highest possible standards for all CAPPA members.

In addition to your in-person training, CAPPA members will now be able to enjoy the convenience of a virtual classroom, with features such as:

  • Downloadable forms (please note that some forms will still need to be mailed to the CAPPA office)
  • Online exams, with immediate results on the multiple choice portion of the exam
  • Video instruction from the program directors
  • Step by step instructions on completing the course
  • Hot links to important online resources
  • CAPPA USA and CAPPA Canada members will enroll in CAPPA Academy to pursue certification. The current enrollment fee is $175.* Instructions for beginning the certification process in CAPPA Academy can be found at www.cappa.net. Please be advised that all sales are final and policies may be changed or adjusted during the course of your certification process. By enrolling in CAPPA Academy, you agree to abide by these changes and policies. For more information on CAPPA Academy, please visit this link.

    We are very excited to offer even more new and continuing education opportunities via the CAPPA Academy virtual classroom in the near future.

    Overview

    In order for candidates to be eligible for CAPPA certification they must sign and agree to the following forms- Code of Conduct and Social Media Policy, Grievance Policy, Mission Statement, CAPPA Approach / Philosophy Statement, Vision Statement, and Scope of Practice. We reserve the right to withhold certification to those candidates that do not meet the requirements set forth. We also reserve the right to withhold certification based on all contact with candidates for certification, including, but not limited to phone calls, e-mails, and certification materials. An understanding of CAPPA standards of professionalism, our scope of practice, and code of conduct must be demonstrated by candidates at all times and in all communications. Failure to demonstrate an understanding of the aforementioned may result in CAPPA withholding certification. This is rare. While 92% of candidates do obtain certification, CAPPA cannot guarantee certification will be obtained by entering our program. In the event a candidate fails to pass certification requirements, the candidate will be contacted by the Director of the program with further instructions. Please be advised that policies and prices may be changed or adjusted during the course of your certification process.  


    Please allow approximately six weeks for CAPPA to grade and process your certification materials* once we receive them. CAPPA receives a high volume of certification requests, and each certification request is given individual attention. Upon successful completion of any of the CAPPA certification programs, you will receive a CAPPA certificate. CAPPA certified postpartum doulas may use the letters "CPD" after their names.

  • When submitting your certification materials, please do not send originals. Please do not send your certification materials to CAPPA in a way that requires us to sign for them. CAPPA staff retrieves the CAPPA mail after Post Office hours. We cannot sign for mail!
  • Review each of the programs for becoming a CAPPA Certified Postpartum Doula carefully to be sure you are enrolling in the proper program. If you need to change programs after enrolling in CAPPA Academy, you may incur a Change Program Fee.
  • You must be at least 18 years old to certify with CAPPA.
  • When submitting your certification materials, please do not send originals. Please do not send your certification materials to CAPPA in a way that requires us to sign for them. CAPPA staff retrieves the CAPPA mail after Post Office hours. We cannot sign for mail!
  • Review each of the programs for becoming a CAPPA Certified Postpartum Doula carefully to be sure you are enrolling in the proper program. If you need to change programs after enrolling in CAPPA Academy, you may incur a Change Program Fee.
  • While you should use the certification checklist provided in CAPPA Academy to ensure that you've completed all the steps, you are certainly welcome to request an updated checklist from your program director if you wish to complete the more up-to-date certification steps. Please remember that you have two years from your date of training (one year for the childbirth educator accelerated program) in which to certify, after which your training is expired. Your access to CAPPA Academy will coincide with your CAPPA training workshop date. Once CAPPA Academy is purchased, you will have access until your certification timeframe expires. If you need additional time after this expiration, CAPPA offers extensions which will apply to your certification and your access to CAPPA Academy. Please note that continuous CAPPA membership is required for access to CAPPA Academy. A lapse in your CAPPA membership will result in your Academy account being disabled and a re-enrollment fee will be applied. Please be advised that policies may be changed or adjusted during the course of your certification process. Please be advised that policies may be changed or adjusted during the course of your certification process.

    * All fees listed are in USD.

    What is a Postpartum Doula?

    The Postpartum Doula is a trained professional that offers physical, emotional, and spiritual, support to a new mother and the rest of the family.   Postpartum Doulas also offer breastfeeding support, light household maintenance, family nurturing and instruction to mom and/or other family members in the care of a newborn.  The Postpartum Doula’s job is to make the transition to parenthood easier for new parents, to help mom during her recovery period and to ascertain what the family needs help with and provide the instruction.  The main objective of the Postpartum Doula’s role is not to take over complete care of the newborn, but to educate and support the family so that they will feel empowered to care for their newborn themselves.  Postpartum Doulas do NOT offer any medical advice or perform any medical or clinical procedures, but instead can offer parents referrals to appropriate studies and published books. Postpartum doulas should be good with children, patient, non-judgmental, and knowledgeable about newborn care and breastfeeding.
    The postpartum doula may offer the following:

    Traditional Certification

    Distance Certification

  • This program was designed for the many women who are unable to attend a Postpartum Doula training. The program offers in-home training with the use of a professionally produced DVD series version of a CAPPA Postpartum doula training workshop. Each participant will also receive the postpartum doula training manual and the certification packet.
  • Transfer/Dual Certification

  • This CAPPA Program was designed for doulas that have been certified with an approved* organization and wish to become a part of the CAPPA family and earn your CAPPA certification as a Postpartum Doula (CPD).
    *for a list of pre-approved certifying organizations, please contact the Executive Director of Postpartum Doula Programs at cpddirector@cappa.net