Certification Packet 2021

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PALS Doulas Professional Certification Guide. You will find everything you need to complete the process with PALS and have the opportunity to connect with other PALS certified doulas in mentoring.
Our unique competency-based approach is working to shift certification from a measure of experience to one that values the heart of the work we do as doulas. All certifications are completed using a user-selected peer reviewer.


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In this guide, you will find everything you need to complete your application:

Application for Certification
Competency Guide and Assessment
Prompt for
– A letter of recommendation (from a community perinatal professional or family you have supported through birth)
– Attendance at  1 (one) PALS event/meeting
– Attendance at one birth
Completion of a certification interview

You have 3 months to complete this guide for certification with PALS Doulas. Certification is effective for 12 months from the point of completion. Provisional certification can be issued in cases where a certificate is a required element of a hospital/facility entrance. You may download the packet up to 3 times, and your link is good for 90 days. PALS IS committed to making certification accessible and a portion of this packet fee funds partial and full scholarships. For more information email scholarship@palsdoulas.org or apply here: Scholarship Form

Benefits of certification with PALS includes becoming part of our member community, 6 hours of CEU included per year (5 are required for recertification), referrals from our inquiry line, listing in our website directory, and many more.

Other feedback:

“I liked the fact that the certification required list is simple and to the point. Love the definition of the core competencies. Love the option given for the interview (i.e. in person, prerecorded etc.). Love the cultural humility and gender inclusion. Faisa Farole, LM (midwife, doula trainer, and founder of Global Perinatal Services)

“Detailed, transformative, professional. Ground breaking ahead of other organizations in its attention to detail, reduction of white centered structural systems and barriers. It seems to elevate the importance and repetitively mentions self care and protection of ones self in this works. I’m thoroughly impressed so far. Tiffany Guenther, CD(PALS) and past PALS president

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