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

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 (Family & Friends CPR Anytime)
  5. Read the InJoy See What You Read: Understanding Mother & Baby Care: A Guide to the First Two Weeks
  6. Proof of attendance at a Breastfeeding Class taught, (at least 4 hours) taught by a CLC or IBCLC or Certificate of Completion of the Lactation Management Self-Study Modules-Level 1 from Wellstart International
  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:

  • Mothering the New Mother:  Placksin
  • Father’s First Steps: 25 Things Every New Dad Should Know:  Sears and Sears
  • Breastfeeding Made Simple:  Morbacher and Kendall-Tackett
  • The Baby Book:  Sears
  • The Happiest Baby on the Block:  Karp


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