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Help women during pregnancy and childbirth…
by becoming a professional Doula


  • Would you like to support women during the challenging experience of pregnancy and childbirth?
  • Are you a caring, attentive and practical person?
  • Have you always dreamed of running your own business?

…if so, becoming a practising doula might be the perfect career for you.

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Why doulas are so important

Pregnancy, giving birth and becoming a parent is likely to be the biggest, most difficult change a person goes through in their life. The physical and emotional upheaval can be overwhelming.

More and more people are looking for additional support during pregnancy and childbirth.

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If you’ve had a baby yourself, or helped someone who has, you’ll know that there’s a lot more to the process than the actual birth. You’ll also know that doctors and midwives have only limited time and resources to dedicate to individual patients. 

In the past, communities had strong networks of women who passed down knowledge and assisted each other during pregnancy and childbirth. In our more global society, most of those networks no longer exist - that’s why doulas are playing an important role.

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How doulas help

Where doctors and midwives deal with the physical and medical practicalities of the birth process, doulas help with everything else. They provide continuous, personal support during labour and birth, which can encompass everything from giving back rubs to acting as a go-between and advocating on the mother’s behalf.

Many doulas are also hired to provide advice during the pregnancy and after the birth, helping with the transition into parenting.

The evidence is strong that continuous support from professional doulas leads to better outcomes in all sorts of ways. A more positive pregnancy and birth experience are obvious benefits. In addition, continuous support has also been shown to shorten the average time spent in labour and even reduce the likelihood of emergency caesarean sections.

There are also doulas who provide end of life support, during a time which can be highly emotional and even traumatic for loved ones.

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How can you become a doula?

If you’re interested in becoming a doula, you’re probably someone who is naturally caring, empathetic and unflappably practical.

You find the experience of pregnancy and birth life-affirming and fascinating, whether you’ve been through it yourself or not.

Perhaps you already work in a caring profession, or as a counsellor - you’re someone who is keen to extend your knowledge to others?

You’ve probably read about doulas and thought, “I could do this!”

You know it would be an amazing career move, but you don’t know what to do to get started, or how to run your own business.

That’s where the Professional Doula Diploma course comes in. We can teach you everything you need to know to become a doula and run your own small business.

How this course will help you

As well as covering how to be a practising doula, our course also focuses on the reality of setting up your business and finding clients.

It’s a vocational and business course in one, giving you the knowledge and tools to get started on your new career.

Imagine how it would feel to run your own, successful business helping people cope with the most emotionally and physically challenging moments of their lives.

Think of the sense of achievement you would have in fulfilling your career goals while making a huge difference to the lives of others.

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What You’ll Learn

Our comprehensive modules cover:

  • Becoming a Doula - the history and benefits of birth support
  • Labour and Birth - what happens and what to expect
  • Helping During Labour - techniques to make it a positive experience
  • Helping During Pregnancy and After Birth - practical support for new parents
  • Physical Health and Nutrition - helping mothers keep themselves healthy and understand the changes in their bodies
  • Getting Started - creating a business plan and setting goals
  • Launching Your Business - marketing and finding clients
  • Working As A Doula - interaction with clients and health professionals
  • Managing Money - setting rates, invoicing, accounting and taxes
  • The Legal Side - formally setting up a doula practice

We provide bonus materials such as sample affirmations, advice sheets for your clients, calming audio files, and birth and baby infographics for you to use in your practice.

You’ll also benefit from an array of useful documents, including leaflets that will convert enquirers into paying clients, as well as checklists and business forms.

Once you complete the course, you’ll be equipped with the knowledge and skills to become an accredited, practising doula.

You’ll be ready to start your fulfilling new career, helping parents and families every day!

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Why learn with The Blackford Centre?

The Blackford Centre has been providing life-changing, distance learning since 1994.

When you take our course, you’ll benefit from:

  • A comprehensive programme - detailed information delivered over video presentations, thousands of words of content and self-assessment exercises to track your progress.
  • Total flexibility - study at your own pace, whenever and wherever you like, and take as long as you want to complete the course.
  • Easy accessibility - the course will be permanently available online, plus you have the option of having a printed version delivered to your door.
  • Expert assessment - you’ll get your own, friendly, personal tutor to mark your assignments. Your tutor will be a successful, practising entrepreneur, providing expert feedback and detailed email support.
  • Real support - You can contact our fast response student support during all working hours, via phone, chat and email.
  • Reputable credentials - an independently, recognised course from a long-established, respected organisation. The Blackford Centre is registered with the UK Register of Learning Providers.
  • Qualifications - you’ll get a logo to add to your website and CV, and a printed diploma certificate for the wall of your home office.

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Any questions?

If you have any questions, call us on 0800 781 17 15 (or +44 1373 470 270 if you're outside the UK), or any of the phone numbers at the bottom of the page, and we'll answer any queries you have.

We look forward to helping you succeed.

With best wishes

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Kit Sadgrove
Course Director