State-Certified Doula (SCD)

Any person seeking to be a Virginia state-certified doula under 12VAC5-403 Certification of Doulas shall be a community-based doula and (i) meet the qualifications and education requirements established in 12VAC5-403 Certification of Doulas and (ii) hold a certification as a certified doula from a certifying body approved by the Virginia Board of Health. The Virginia Certification Board (VCB) is the certifying body approved by the Virginia Board of Health.


Looking for a State-Certified Doula? Visit the Registry here.




For more in depth information on the requirements please review the downloadable application above.


Education/Training Pathways



REQUIRED: 60 total hours specific to the knowledge areas within the last three years.  All 60 hours must be from a VCB accredited training provider. 


  • 2 hours must be in Maternal and Infant Health Concepts and Approaches
  • 10 hours must be in Lactation anticipatory guidance and support
  • 20 hours must be in Service Coordination and System Navigation
  • 8 hours must be in Health Promotion and Prevention
  • 5 hours must be in Advocacy, Outreach and Engagement
  • 2 hours must be in Communication
  • 8 hours must be in Cultural Humility and Responsiveness
  • 5 hours must be in Ethical Responsibilities and Professionalism



REQUIRED: Documentation of initial level of certification from an approved certification body within three years prior to January 6, 2022. Applicants must also document any unmet training and education requirements from Pathway 1 within one year of application.


Approved Certification Bodies

  • Association of Labor Assistants and Childbirth Educators (ToLABOR)
  • Birth in Color RVA
  • Birthworks International
  • Childbirth and Postpartum Professional Association (CAPPA)
  • Commonsense Childbirth, Inc.
  • Doulas of North America (DONA)
  • HealthConnect One Affiliates
  • International Childbirth Education Association
  • Mother Health International
  • SMC Full Circle Doula
  • Urban Baby Beginnings