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About the Doula School

The Doula School provides CAPPA Labor Doula Trainings and advanced educational opportunities for doulas, nurses, and professionals in the field.

Who should take this training

Doula trainings are for:

  • Labor and Delivery and Postpartum Nurses

  • NICU Nurses

  • Volunteer Organizations

  • Crisis Pregnancy Counselors

  • Childbirth Educators

  • Church Outreach Ministries

  • Public Health Staff

  • Chiropractors

  • Social Workers

  • Childlife Specialists

  • Massage Therapists

  • Lactation Counselors

About this training

2-day, 18 Hour Training Course with nursing CEUs

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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