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Birth Doula Diploma Course

14 Modules

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  • Online study
  • Tutor support
  • No time limit for completing your course
  • 150 hours of study
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Birth Doula Diploma Course

What Will You Learn?

With incredibly in-depth study materials, the Birth Doula Diploma Course explains the role and responsibilities of a doula and the skills and knowledge needed to follow this highly-rewarding career path.

The Birth Doula Diploma Course opens with the history of the doula and explains what a doula does and does not do, the benefits a doula can provide during childbirth, and the importance of communication when working in the role.

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Course Syllabus

What will I learn on the course?

Module 1 – The Role of the Doula
  • Introduction
  • Part 1: History of Birth Support
  • Part 2: Benefits of Birth Doulas
  • Part 3: Roles and Responsibilities
  • Part 4: Identifying Your Communication Skills
  • Part 5: Barriers to Communication
  • Part 6: Barriers to Effective Listening
  • Part 7: The Language of Birth
  • Module 1 Assessment
Module 2 – Reflective Practice
  • Part 1: What is Reflective Practice?
  • Part 2: Reflective Framework
  • Part 3: Writing a Reflective Journal
  • Module 2 Assessment
Module 3 – Diversity, Culture, Morals and Ethics
  • Part 1: Ethics and Morals
  • Part 2: Health Disparities
  • Part 3: Maternal Health
  • Module 3 Assessment
Module 4 – Grief and Loss
  • Part 1: Dealing with Grief
  • Part 2: Miscarriage
  • Part 3: Stillbirth and Neonatal Death
  • Part 4: Caring for Others
  • Part 5: Supporting Grieving Families
  • Module 4 Assessment
Module 5 – Labour and Birth
  • Part 1: Initiation of Labour
  • Part 2: Premature Rupture of Membranes
  • Part 3: What Happens During Labour?
  • Part 4: Indicators of Progress
  • Module 5 Assessment
Module 6 – Postpartum Physiology
  • Part 1: Physiological Changes in the Mother
  • Part 2: Physiological Changes in the Baby
  • Part 3: Assessing Baby Wellbeing at Birth
  • Part 4: Routine Screening Tests
  • Module 6 Assessment
Module 7 – Health and Nutrition
  • Part 1: The Importance of a Balanced Diet
  • Part 2: Nutrients
  • Part 3: Vitamins
  • Part 4: Minerals
  • Part 5: Tips for Healthier Eating
  • Part 6: Exercise in Pregnancy
  • Module 7 Assessment
Module 8 – Pain in Labour
  • Part 1: Physiology of Labour Pain
  • Part 2: Attitudes to Pain
  • Part 3: Alternative and Holistic Pain Relief
  • Part 4: Epidural and Inhaled Pain Relief
  • Module 8 Assessment
Module 9 – Management of Labour
  • Part 1: Active Management vs. Expectant Management
  • Part 2: Induction of Labour
  • Part 3: Augmentation of Labour
  • Part 4: Electronic Foetal Monitoring
  • Part 5: Episiotomy
  • Part 6: Time Limits During Labour
  • Module 9 Assessment
Module 10 – Getting Started as a Birth Doula
  • Part 1: Support in the Childbearing Years
  • Part 2: Support from Health Professionals
  • Part 3: Doula Business Models
  • Part 4: First Contact with a Client
  • Part 5: Putting Together Your Doula Bag
  • Module 10 Assessment
Module 11 – Working With Clients Prenatally
  • Part 1: First Client Contact
  • Part 2: Client Meetings
  • Part 3: Writing a Birth Plan
  • Part 4: Setting Boundaries
  • Module 11 Assessment
Module 12 – Working with Clients During Labour
  • Part 1: Positions for Labour
  • Part 2: Massage During Labour
  • Part 3: Breathing and Relaxation
  • Part 4: Other Relaxation Ideas
  • Part 5: Complementary Therapies
  • Part 6: Being on Call
  • Part 7: Realities of Doula Work
  • Part 8: Ideal Environment for Your Client
  • Part 9: The Role of a Doula During a Home Birth
  • Module 12 Assessment
Module 13 – Adapting to Difficult Births
  • Part 1: Long Labours
  • Part 2: When Labour is Swift
  • Part 3: Malpositioning and a Longer Labour
  • Part 4: Posterior Labour
  • Part 5: Epidural Support and Induced and Augmented Births
  • Part 6: Caesarean Births
  • Part 7: Unplanned Homebirth and Coping with an Emergency
  • Part 8: Managing Conflict
  • Part 9: Managing Disappointment
  • Module 13 Assessment
Module 14 – Postpartum Work
  • Part 1: Writing a Birth Story
  • Part 2: Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders (PMADs)
  • Module 14 Assessment
Birth Doula Diploma Course

Who Would Benefit from This Course?

Primarily aimed at those who wish to become a doula, this comprehensive course will guide you through the theoretical and practical knowledge required to proficiently embody the role.

Those planning to have a child, and their friends and family, may also find the course to be of interest. You’ll discover more about the process of having a baby and the support that can be offered to the expectant mother.


The Birth Doula Diploma Course will take you up to 150 hours to complete, working from home. There is no time limit for completing this course, it can be studied in your own time at your own pace. This is a Level 3 course and will give you 150 CPD (Continued Professional Development) points.

This course is registered with the CMA (Complementary Medical Association), which is internationally recognised as the elite force in professional, ethical complementary medicine by professional practitioners, doctors and, increasingly, by the general public. Upon completion of the course you can gain membership to the CMA, which in addition to supplying a professional accreditation, offers a number of benefits, all of which can be found here.

Upon completion of your course assessments, you receive 2 certificates. A certified Diploma certificate from the Centre of Excellence and a CPD certificate displaying the number of CPD points earned from the course.

Upon successful completion of this course, learners can also receive a certificate of achievement from ABC Awards and a Learner Unit Summary, which lists the details of all the units the learner has completed as part of the course. (This certificate is optional and costs an additional £15).

ABC Awards is a leading national Awarding Organisation, regulated by Ofqual, and the Welsh Government. It has a long-established reputation for developing and awarding high-quality vocational qualifications across a wide range of industries.

This course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards and Certa Awards Quality Licence Scheme.

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