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

What does it mean to be a certified end-of-life 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. Generally, certification guarantees that the person calling him/herself a "doula" has:

  • Completed a professional training program
  • Obtained hands-on experience in the field with positive client evaluations
  • Demonstrated competency regarding core knowledge and skills
  • Agreed to abide by a defined Scope of Practice
  • Met continuing education requirements to stay current in the field

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

LENGTH OF CERTIFICATON: 3 years. To maintain certification status, doulas must provide services to at least three families and complete continuing education requirements every three-year period.

HOW IT WORKS: The Certification Packet comes as a PDF download and contains the forms and instructions needed to certify. Once you have completed all the requirements, simply submit your packet.

FEES: There are no longer any additional fees involved (beyond your investment in training and maintaining an annual membership).

become a lifespan doula member

Certified EOLDs are required to maintain an active annual membership in Lifespan Doulas ($75). Anyone is welcome to become a member at any time and take advantage of our Member Benefits.