Midwifery and Doula Training


To teach the brightest students at the highest level.  To give Midwifery Preparatory and Advanced Doula students a high level of skills to empower them to both help and safeguard  women and newborns during and after birth.

Midwifery Preparatory Program

The ACHI Midwifery Assistant Program consists of a comprehensive 12 week Academic program to teach the basic science of obstetrics, as it relates to the midwifery model. Focus is on birth and the care of the newborn.  This new program go step-by-step to teach the basic skills needed to assist with childbirth and help the new mother and infant. The academic program is followed by a six-month hands on internship.

The student attends an all-day class every Saturday (with an alternative day on Thursdays) for 12 weeks. This structured academic course will contain homework, assigned reading and research projects. Vince will be required to keep records of their work with each birth attended. Students will have 20 hours per week on called time and one day (not Saturday or Thursday) of clinic work per week. Supervising midwives will sign off on skills as they are learned.

Each student will be paid for assisting in births after the 12 week course is completed and passed.  After evaluation of the assistance skills students will be given a final exam and awarded the midwifery assistant certificate.  Tuition is due before the course begins and there are no course refunds.

You will learn:

  • Physiology as it relates to pregnancy, birth and the newborn.
  • Basic science
  • Sterile technique
  • Basic midwifery skills
  • Use of equipment
  • Assessment skills for labor
  • How to assist with birth
  • Comprehensive charting
  • Basic CPR skills
  • Basic labor monitoring
  • Basic postpartum skills
  • Care of the newborn
  • Introduction to breast-feeding and advanced breast-feeding
  • Introduction to assisting with complex procedures
  • Advanced Doula component


  • Students must be healthy and have negative TB and HIV Tests and passed a current physical
  • Students will be required to take and pass CPR Courses (Midwifery Assistant Course will prepare student)
  • Fetal Monitoring Course
  • Blood Drawing Certification (not required before start of program)
  • ACHI Childbirth Education Classes
  • Students must have HS Diploma (college preferred)

Doula Training

Have you ever had a burning desire to help other women in labor or after birth? Was your experience one in which you did really well and you would like to help others do the same? Or did you feel like you could have used some extra help and didn’t get it? Well now is your chance to do something about it!

The Natural Birth & Women’s Center gets dozens of requests for doulas every week. Many women and their husbands and families feel they need extra support. While the Birth Center offers these services, we have more a demand than we have doulas. To meet this need the NBWC is offering Doula Training! The requirements for training as a Doula will be presented in a one-day seminar sponsored by the Association for Childbirth at Home, International (ACHI).

Doulas are only as good as their training, and ACHI has a twenty-eight year history of training very successful Childbirth Educators. ACHI’s research program and approach has successfully gotten thousands of parents through childbirth in and out of the hospital.

Moreover, doulas can make an excellent income.

This One-Day Seminar will help you see if doula training is for you. The seminar fee will be applied to your application fee.

Call (818) 887-7723 for more information.

What is a Doula?

The word “Doula” comes from the Greek word for the most important female slave or servant in an ancient Greek household, the woman who probably helped the lady of the house through her childbearing. The word has come to refer to “a woman experienced in childbirth who provides continuous physical, emotional, and informational support to the mother before, during, and just after childbirth.”
(Klaus, Kennell, and Klaus, Mothering the Mother)

A Doula…

  • Recognizes birth as a key life experience that the mother will remember all her life.
  • Understands the physiology of birth and the emotional needs of a woman in labor.
  • Assists the woman and her partner in preparing for and carrying out their plans for the birth.
  • Stays by the side of the laboring woman throughout her entire labor.
  • Provides emotional support, physical comfort measures, an objective viewpoint, and assistance to the woman in getting the information she needs to make good decisions.
  • Facilitates communication between the laboring woman, her partner, and clinical careproviders.
  • Perceives her role as one who nurtures and protects the woman’s memory of her birth experience.

The acceptance of doulas in maternity care is growing rapidly with the recognition of their important contribution to the improved physical outcomes and emotional well-being of mothers and infants.

How to Become a Professional Doula with ACHI

  • Submit an application to the ACHI Department of Training.
  • Your application will be reviews for potential of success, philosophy, and readiness for the program.
  • Your application is accepted into the Doula Program.
  • The doula trainee is now given the ACHI Professional Training Program, which she may do at her own pace at home.
  • As each section of the program is completed, the doula trainee makes a copy of her academic work.
  • During her academic program, the doula trainee will attend:
    • ACHI Childbirth Education Classes
    • La Leche League Series
    • A “Level C” CPR Class
  • The doula trainee now attends the ACHI Professional Doula Seminar
  • At the ACHI Professional Seminar, the ACHI Doula will take the certification exam. Upon passing the exam, the trainee will be given a provisional certification.
  • The doula trainee may begin attending births toward final accreditation.
  • Upon completion of 10 positive birth evaluations, the ACHI Doula is fully accredited and given her certification.

The $50.00 application fee is non-refundable.


The doula will be certified by the ACHI Department of Training and be a fully accredited doula.

ACHI is recognized by a number of government and educational agencies including the World Health Organization and the State.

ACHI is a non-profit educational organization which has trained thousands of childbirth educators since 1972 and midwives since 1975.


ACHI believes that childbirth and parenting are among the most important and spiritual of human experiences, and that humane, safe, and loving birth experiences and adequate support for mother and baby are essential to safeguarding our future generations.

ACHI’s true purpose is to protect our children through the identification and implementation of correct obstetric and pediatric technology the world over. To empower all mothers with this knowledge.

The ACHI Doula forwards this great purpose.

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