Understanding the importance of a doula’s work and its sizeable impact on people’s lives, the Doula Association of Ireland (DAI) requires all members to have completed an approved training course.
The DAI does not currently offer its own professional Doula Training, but if you are interested in becoming a doula, listed below are a few trainings that fulfil our criteria for membership. Whether or not you plan on joining the Association upon completing a training, here you will find advice on choosing a training body and an overview of curriculum content to look for.
If you would like to complete a training that is not currently part of our list, and believe it should be considered for eligibility, please get in touch with our membership secretary to ensure it qualifies you to become a member of the Doula Association of Ireland.
It is important to find a training that resonates with you, but when considering training as a doula, we advise you look for an in-person training that is at least two days long, whether you are undertaking birth or postpartum training.
We have preference for a combination of formal learning, hands-on practice, and group dynamics. Importance is also placed on develping technical as well as non-technical skills, such as a doula’s self-awareness and enthusiasm.
Doula trainings/certifying bodies often require additional self-study projects, a required reading list, and written dissertations to be completed. The DAI considers those to be important aspects of becoming a professional doula, as both research and effective communication are an essential part of a doula’s work.
We recommend that you look for a training that will equip you well to work here in Ireland, so the more culturally relevant the better. It is ideal to have an instructor who knows the medical system you will be helping clients navigate and who understands the local customs and challenges.
In addition, the DAI firmly believes in a doula’s commitment to a lifelong of learning. So we encourage our members to further their knowledge and skills by attending at least two CPD events per year and making use of our mentorship programme, where more experienced doulas share their learned experiences with newer members.
Curriculum Content Overview