Postpartum Doula Certification

Welcome to the ICEA Postpartum Doula Certification program.  Regardless of your background, you will find that each part of the ICEA Postpartum Doula Certification program will expand your current level of knowledge and skills to be the best postpartum doula you can be.  You will see that the ICEA Certified Postpartum Doula requirements are a means of documenting the journey every postpartum doula should achieve to maintain and update family support skills following a birth.  An ICEA Certified Postpartum Doula (ICPD) is internationally recognized as a professional doula in every sense of the word.  You can proudly use the ICPD credentials anywhere.

Getting Started:

  1. Enroll in the program and become a member if you have not already done so.
  2. Begin accomplishing each of the steps to certification as described below.
  3. Upon completion, submit your final application, all required forms, and include your application fee to the ICEA Main Office 

    Candidates will choose their own date and location to take the exam. Applications should be submitted no less than 30 days before the selected exam date. The candidate will find a proctor to administer the exam.  The proctor can be any professional (another educator, administrator, librarian…etc…no friends or family members).  There is a place on the exam application to where you will specify this information.  Once the main office receives the completed application packet and fee, they will hold the file until about two weeks prior to the specified exam date and then mail your exam directly to the proctor.

Administrative Costs/Fees

Steps To Certification

  1. Be at least 18 years old
  2. Maintain ICEA membership
  3. Proof of attendance at an approved ICEA Postpartum Doula Workshop or completion of the approved online Postpartum Doula Workshop
  4. Proof of Infant/Child/Adult CPR training
  5. Completion of the Lactation Management Self-Study Modules-Level 1 from Wellstart International or ICEA Early Lactation Workshop
  6. Completion of H.U.G. Your Baby Program Part I: Helping Parents Understand Their Newborn
  7. 3 good client evaluations for a total of 12 hours of postpartum doula care
  8. Signed Scope of Practice
  9. Birth and Postpartum Community Resource List enclosed (at least 15 resources)
  10. Must be completed within 2 years of the original date of enrollment.

Recommended Reading List:

  • The Doula Business Guide: Creating a Successful Motherbaby Business, Brennan, P. (2010)
  • What To Do When You're Having Two: The Twins Survival Guide From Pregnancy Through the First Year, Diaz, N. (2013)
  • I'm Listening: A Guide To Supporting Postpartum Families, Honikman, J. (2014)
  • This Isn’t What I Expected Overcoming Postpartum Depression, Kleiman, MSW, LCSW, K., & Davis Raskin, MD, V. (2013)
  • Breastfeeding Solutions: Quick Tips for the Most Common Nursing Challenges, Mohrbacher, N. (2013)
  • Nurturing Beginnings Guide to Postpartum Care for Doulas and Community Outreach Workers, Pascali-Bonero, D., & Arnold, J. (2014)
  • The Baby Book, Sears, MD, W., Sears, RN, M., Sears, MD, R., & Sears, MD, J. (2013)
  • Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Newborn: The Complete Guide, Simkin, P. (2010)
  • The Gentle Art of Newborn Family Care: A Guide for Doulas and Caregivers, Webber, S., & Simkin, P. (2012)



Recertification is every four (4) years at a cost of $100.00 in addition to maintaining your yearly ICEA membership at $95 per year.  In addition, evaluations from 3 clients and 16.0 contact hours related to the field of childbirth within that 4 year period are required for successful recertification.

Required Verification Forms For Program Completion:

ICEA Postpartum Doula Scope Of Practice421.61 KB
PPD Documents Verification201.29 KB
PPD Final Application382.43 KB
PPD Mother's Evaluation226.64 KB
PPD Recertification Requirements367.6 KB
PPD Requirement Checklist217.53 KB
PPD Verification For Breastfeeding Class218.45 KB
PPD Verification For Infant Child Adult CPR Class218.16 KB