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Postpartum Doula

Poatpartum Doula

In order for candidates to be eligible for CAPPA certification they must sign and agree to the CAPPA philosophy, code of conduct, scope of practice, and grievance policy. We reserve the right to withhold certification to those candidates that do not meet the requirements set forth. We also reserve the right to withhold certification based on all contact with candidates for certification, including, but not limited to phone calls, e-mails, and certification materials. An understanding of CAPPA standards of professionalism, our scope of practice, and code of conduct must be demonstrated by candidates at all times and in all communications. Failure to demonstrate an understanding of the aforementioned may result in CAPPA withholding certification. This is rare.

While 92% of candidates do obtain certification, CAPPA cannot guarantee certification will be obtained by entering our program. In the event a candidate fails to pass certification requirements, the candidate has up to one year to complete the failed portions of the certification requirements. There will be no further processing fees. The candidate who exceeds one year to complete the aforementioned portions of certification may be asked to re-enter the certification program and may incur additional fees.

Please allow approximately six weeks for CAPPA to grade and process your certification materials* once we receive them. CAPPA receives a high volume of certification requests, and each certification request is given individual attention. Upon successful completion of any of the CAPPA certification programs, you will receive a CAPPA name tag and a certificate. CAPPA certified postpartum doulas may use the letters "CPD" after their names.

You must be at least 18 years old to certify with CAPPA.

* When submitting your certification materials, please do not send originals.

What is a Postpartum Doula?

A postpartum doula is a woman who assists the new mother, baby, and the rest of her family within the first few weeks after the birth of the baby. Postpartum doulas should be good with children, patient, non-judgmental, and knowledgeable about newborn care and breastfeeding. The postpartum doula may offer the following:

  • § Breastfeeding tips
  • § Baby care and advice
  • § Household help
  • § Sibling care
  • § Meal preparation
  • § Errand running

They do not offer any form of medical advice regarding either the mother or the baby, nor do they perform any clinical tasks such as blood pressure checks or vaginal exams.

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