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Specialty Doula Training

What CAPPA Certified Hospital Labor Doulas do:

  • Provide emotional, physical, and informational support during labor and the birth process.

  • Models and teaches effective communication

  • Encourages informed decision making

  • Provides information on birth options and resources

  • Provides the woman with non-medical comfort techniques for labor, such as positions and movement, comforting touch, visualization, breathing techniques, and affirmation.

  • Seeks to foster a cooperative, respectful, and positive atmosphere with the birth team.

  • Provides support to the birthing woman’s partner or family

  • Supports and assists initial breastfeeding

How to Register

Certified Hospital Labor Doula Trainings are for hospitals, clinics, and birth center staff.

Schedule a virtual meeting to create a Hospital Labor Doula Training at your clinic, hospital, or birth center.


About this training

Description of the Certified Hospital Labor Doula (CHLD):

CAPPA Hospital Labor Doulas provide emotional, physical, and informational support to the birthing woman and her family during the birth process.

How CAPPA Labor Doulas work within the healthcare system


Labor Doulas are skilled support persons who act as consultants and resources, not clinicians. They therefore work with the healthcare system by encouraging and promoting excellent communication between the birthing client and the health care team, encouraging informed decision making and self-advocacy, supporting the choices of the birthing client, providing non-clinical comfort techniques, and offering appropriate referrals when their observance or counseling uncovers situations that require healthcare attention or support.

Clinical Limitations of CAPPA Labor Doulas


CAPPA Labor Doulas are non-clinical professionals. CAPPA Labor Doula courses do not qualify a professional to act as a midwife or midwifery assistant, as any alternative medicine provider, or as any medical care provider. Labor Doulas do not diagnose medical conditions, perform clinical procedures, prescribe or administer treatment for medical conditions, make medical decisions for the birthing client, or direct families to act against medical advice.

CAPPA does not train its certified professionals to prescribe, perform, or provide complementary/alternative therapies including, but not limited to, essential oils, placenta medicine, herbal treatments, etc. CAPPA professionals do not prescribe, perform, or provide alternative/complementary therapies as part of their role as a CAPPA certified professional. Those who are trained, certified, licensed, or a recipient of a degree in these therapies are required to present these services as separate from their role as a CAPPA certified professional.

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