• Certification Requirements

    Certification Requirements:

    • Current NAPS member
    • Current hands-on infant CPR
    • Current professional liability insurance (recommended in the first year of certification and required for all subsequent years)
    • Signed liability waiver
    • Valid photo ID (if you are unable to provide this, please contact membership@napsdoulas.com)
    • Background check (through Washington State Patrol)
    • Professional letter of reference (or participation in NAPS Mentorship Program)
    • Personal letter of reference
    • Proof of attendance of an approved postpartum doula training
    • Statement of your goals as a postpartum doula
    • Reading and writing a short summary of three books from the NAPS reading list, or 8 hours of continuing education
    • 3 evaluations – 1 each from 3 different clients with whom the doula has spent at least 8 hours each
    • Face to face meeting with current board
    • Signed Code of Ethics
    • Signed Standards of Practice
    • Signed Grievance Policy

    Certification Packet Review Fee is $35 and can be paid by check enclosed with packet or online.

    In order to maintain certification, NAPS certified doulas:

    • Must attend one NAPS event yearly:
      • Annual Meeting
      • Board Meeting
      • Round Table Meetings
      • NW Doula Conference
      • Volunteer to help at a NAPS sponsored event, such as: Jack n Jill, March for Babies, PEPSapalooza
    • Must attend two Continuing Ed events yearly that broaden your postpartum doula skills and knowledge:
      • NAPS Continuing Education events will be immediately added to your online record
      • If you attend a continuing education event that is not hosted by NAPS, you must submit verification of your attendance to continuinged@napsdoulas.com
      • If you read a postpartum related book, you may submit a report on the material to continuinged@napsdoulas.com

    To find a Postpartum Doula, fill out our referral form, call the NAPS recorded referral line at (206)956-1955 or email referrals@napsdoulas.com