3018 West Overland Road
Boise, ID, 83705

(208) 258-9251

Mercy in Action is a non-profit organization that focuses on the crisis in Maternal/Newborn/Child health care worldwide. A Midwifery School, as well as seminars and training retreats are held each year to prepare midwives, doctors, and nurses to meet the global shortage of skilled birth attendants, and to help primary health care workers prevent unnecessary child deaths. 


Doula Certification

Doula Certification

Train to become a doula

This Doula training was birthed by the midwives of Mercy In Action in acknowledgement that all women deserve loving and compassionate labor support regardless of their chosen location for giving birth.  As midwives, we understand the value of labor support, and believe that training more doulas is an integral step in improving Birth outcomes for mothers and infants. Instructors for our workshop are midwives themselves, with experience working in hospital birth and community birth (home and birth centers.)

Note: If you are an applicant for the Mercy In Action College of Midwifery, you must complete Phase I before enrolling in the college.


Registration fee: $100
Doula Workshop: $499
Cultural Competency: $99
Certification fee: $100

After three years: 
Re-Certification fee: $150

Discount: There is a $100 discount on the workshop for paying 60 days in advance, and a $50 discount for paying 30 days in advance. 

Price includes healthy snacks, and coffee and tea!

There are no refunds for any reason except a birth on the day of the seminar. If you cannot attend, we will gladly transfer your fees to another course we teach, or convert them into a donation.


February 8-9, 2018 in Austin, TX



Certification Requirements

Phase I

I. Submit your Registration Fee 

II. Read the Required Books for Phase I  (click here for Reading List)

Write a 500-800 word book report on each book, outlining what you learned about birth and the role of a doula.

III. Complete Mercy In Action's Cultural Competency and Respect in the Provision of Maternity Care (online course)

IV. When you have submitted everything for Phase I, send us your photo and we will make you an ID badge.

When you complete Phase I, you can call yourself a Doula in training and begin to attend births while finishing Phase II.


Phase II

V. Attend a Mercy In Action Doula Training Workshop (see dates below) or send us proof of having attended another equivalent Doula training Workshop.  (may also occur in Phase I)

VI. Read  Required Books for Phase II   (click here for Reading List)

a. Write a 500-800 word book report on these two books, explaining how you will use what you learned in these books to better assist your doula clients.

VII. Attend 5 (Five) births in any setting (only one of these five can be a cesarean)

a. submit the 5 births on the NARM Births as an Observer Form 110a -  , or the form your college uses, if you are a student midwife working toward a CPM or CNM.
     (if you are not a CPM student, submit the 5 births by telling us date, place of birth, type of birth, and your role)
b. Write a short "birth story" on each birth, describing what you learned.
c. Ask the mother to write you a brief recommendation, describing in one or two paragraphs  how you were a help to her or her family during the birth.

VIII. Complete a Breastfeeding series with a group like La Leche League, or take an online or live Lactation training course, and submit a proof of attendance and session notes ( there are online trainings if you don't have one available in your area) OR Read "The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding", 8th edition, and submit a  500-800 word book report outlining what you learned about breastfeeding and the role of a doula in assisting a lactating mother.

IX. Submit a list of Pregnancy, Birth, and Breastfeeding Resources in your community (such as WIC, LLL, Childbirth classes, Pregnancy Yoga or Dance for Birth, Postpartum groups, Parenting groups, etc)

X. Submit Certification Fee and you will be sent a  Certificate as a Certified Doula!


Certification is good for three years, and is renewable by proving 15 hours of continuing education credits (can be Mercy In Action's courses or others) and attendance at 3 births within the 3 year timeframe. Cost for recertification is $150.

OPTIONAL Resources:

Doula Client Business forms: 



Free Online Childbirth Class

This may be very helpful if you are not a midwife student and have never had a baby yourself