END-OF-LIFE DOULA CERTIFICATION Professionalize your services with Lifespan Doulas.

The end-of-life doula certification process offered by Lifespan Doulas has been modeled after the process established by DONA International for birth and postpartum doulas. As the oldest, largest and most prestigious professional doula training and certification organization in the world, DONA has set the standard for doula scope of practice and evidence-based training. Lifespan Doulas' scope of practice has been adapted by the National End-of-Life Doula Alliance (NEDA).

What does it mean to be a certified doula?

Certification simply indicates that one has completed the requirements of one particular training program. Doulas are an unregulated profession. There is no local, regional or federal authority or over-arching regulatory body that oversees doula training and certification programs. Certification is a voluntary process and is not required to practice as an end-of-life doula.

Lifespan Doulas offers a meaningful certification process that ensures that the person calling herself/himself a “doula” has:

  • Completed a professional training program, including reading requirements
  • Obtained hands-on experience in the field resulting in positive client evaluations
  • Demonstrated competency regarding core knowledge and skills
  • Agreed to abide by a defined Scope of Practice
  • Met continuing education requirements in order to stay current in the field
  • Renewed their certification periodically

A less meaningful credential might be referred to as "certification for life" or a “certificate of attendance” received after completing an online course or simply attending a weekend workshop.

Lifespan Doula's Certification Process

CREDENTIAL EARNED: Certified End-of-Life Doula (CEOLD)

LENGTH OF CERTIFICATON: Three years. To maintain certification status, doulas must re-certify every three-year period. See the Re-certification Requirements [PDF download].

COST: The Certification Application Packet comes as a PDF download and contains the forms and instructions needed to certify. The packet expires two years from date of purchase and is best purchased after completion of doula training when you are ready to start providing services to families.

The Certification Application Fee must be paid upon submission of the completed certification packet.

Certification Packet


Professionalize your end-of-life doula services. The certification packet provides the required forms and instructions for completing requirements.


Certification Fees


Is it time to send in your completed packet to become certified as Lifespan Doulas end-of-life doula? Pay the packet review fee now.


All certified Lifespan Doulas are required to maintain an active annual membership. Anyone is welcome to become a member at any time and take advantage of our Member Benefits.

Lifespan End-of-Life-Doula Membership


Purchase an annual membership and become part of a supportive community of end-of-life doulas and others interested in ensuring holistic quality of care for the dying and their loved ones.