Certified Professional Doula Certification Details

Terms of Certification

Once certificates have been awarded, candidates can practice as a Certified Professional Doula (CPD). They are expected to maintain Allotribe Training Academy’s high standards of professionalism and excellence of services, and to remain within their scope of practice as defined in training. This section sets forth the guidelines and requirements for how a certified person must interact with the AlloTribe Training Academy and the Certification Board. CPD Doulas will be required to sign a document detailing the terms and conditions of their certification and commitment to upholding the standards of professional conduct and scope of practice. (see student handbook for further details)


Designation & Credentials

All candidates who pass the CPD Certification exam and are issued a certificate are granted the CPD credential and will be listed in the AlloTribe Training Academy certified doula directory. All certified persons may use Certified Professional Doula (CPD) as a personal credential on all marketing materials, stationary, website, business cards, bios, social media, logos and any other materials.

Certified persons are not licensed or registered, and may not imply or use any such designation, title, or term.

The following is the appropriate and acceptable way to designate such credential:

         First name, Last name, Certified Professional Doula

         First name, Last name, CPD

The CPD designation does not grant the certified person use of AlloTribe or AlloTribe Training Academy logos, slogans, photos, content, assets, marketing materials, or any course materials and documents.


Certified Professional Doula – Scope of Practice

Doulas are care professionals, not medical providers. CPD’s provide emotional, physical and educational support. Care is tailored to meet specific requests but does not include medical advice or performing medical procedures nor is it to act in place of a medical provider.

CPD’s are trained in the following topics:

  • The anatomy and physiology of birth and recovery
  • Common interventions 
  • Comfort measures and advanced comfort measures for birth and postpartum
  • Feeding support
  • Appropriate communication with medical care providers and staff 
  • Appropriate communication with clients
  • Newborn care
  • Postpartum mood disorders
  • The postpartum family
  • Healing for the postpartum mother
  • Infant Sleep Guidance
  • Sibling support and transitions
  • Whole family care 
  • Bereavement and end-of-life support
  • Professionalism
  • Professional business practices

CPD Doulas Do: 

  • Provide hands-on support
  • Provide evidence-based educational resources
  • Provide emotional support
  • Respect all medical professionals
  • Help the care team when appropriate

CPD Doulas Don’t:

  • Perform medical procedures
  • Give medical advice
  • Take the place of medical personnel
  • Diagnose, Treat, or Intervene


Recertification Requirements

In order to maintain active certification and use of the CPD credential all certified persons must complete the recertification process prior to the expiration of three years of initial certification. The recertification application will be available no sooner than 6 months prior to the expiration. 

The following list is required for recertification:

  • Current CPD certification

Application for recertification 

  • Validation of 8 hours of continuing educational courses completed within the three-year timeframe 
  • Completion of AlloTribe Training Academy’s “Keeping Current” Course (additional fee)
  • A nonrefundable recertification fee of $200.00
  • Proof of current certification of First Aid/CPR
  • Proof of current professional liability insurance

Recertification extensions may be granted (upon special request) for up to 6 months past the expiration date and will be considered on a case by case basis. If recertification is not completed within the extension window, the certification will expire, and the person is no longer eligible for recertification.

Find Your Doula

Use the directory to find a Certified Professional Doula or AlloTribe Training Academy trained doula. 

You’ll also be able to see the current status of their certification and how to get in contact with them.

Grievance Policy

A complaint must be submitted in writing to the Allotribe Training Academy within 30 days of the occurrence of an incident via email info@allotribeacademy.com (ATTN: DIRECTOR) with the word “Complaint” and the complainant’s name in the subject line of the email. The submission must include sufficient objective evidence to substantiate the claim(s) and what action the complainant deems appropriate as a response. Dissatisfaction based on hearsay shall not be considered. The complainant must have experienced it firsthand. Anonymous complaints will not be considered. Complaints will be handled in an unbiased and timely manner. A receipt of the complaint will be acknowledged and ATA will provide progress reports as applicable. 

File a Comment, Complaint, or Grievance Against a Certified Doula