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What are the hours of your basic doula training?

Our trainings are 22 hours in length. They typically begin on a Friday, 3PM – 9PM, Saturday 9AM – 5PM and Sunday 9AM – 5PM.

Is the cost of hotel and meals included?

No, you are free to choose any accommodations in the area. We will break for dinner on Friday night, and lunch on Saturday and Sunday.

What if I don’t see a training near me?

Unfortunately, we plan our schedule one year in advance. Many of our students travel to the closest training site available.

Are there any prerequisites before I take the training?

No, just come with an open heart and an open mind to learn!

What materials will I receive before the training?

You will get an email after registration detailing the dates and times of training. You will receive a training manual the first day of the course.

Can I share the training manual/materials with my local hospice or on my own website?

No, our training material is copyrighted and cannot be shared.

Can I receive CEU’s?

We are working on getting our course approved, but at this time we cannot offer CEU’s.

Do you reserve hotel rooms for your training?

Sometimes a block of rooms is available, on a first come, first serve basis. If there are rooms at the training site, it will be clearly listed on our website with the training.

What will I learn in the training?

The training will cover our three phase model:

Phase I: Summing up and planning- active listening, signs and symptoms of death, exploring meaning, creating a legacy, planning for the vigil, visualization techniques.

Phase II: Active dying, guided imagery, practicing visualization use of rituals, self care.

Phase III: Reprocessing and grief work

Do I have to be a healthcare worker, social worker or chaplain to take this course?

No. Anyone can learn to be an end of life doula. There are no prerequisites and there is no prior clinical training necessary.

How do I find a hospice/hospital to volunteer as a doula?

We recommend you sign up as a volunteer at a local hospital or hospice. You can then ask the volunteer coordinator to specifically place you with people who are dying.

Can I do this as a business and get paid?

Yes. Many of our trainees have started a doula business. We recommend you have the necessary experience before starting as a business and practicing as a doula. As this is a new field, it may take a bit of marketing and advertising to help people understand the services you are offering.

What if I had a recent death? Is this program appropriate for me at this time?

We recommend you wait at least a year to process your own grief before you take this class. We cover many sensitive subjects and until you have processed your own losses, it may be difficult.

Refund / Scholarship / Payment Plan

What is your refund policy?

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Do you offer scholarships?

At this time, we are not offering scholarships. However, we hope to do so in the near future.

Do you accept payment plans?

Payment is due in full at time of registration.


How much is membership?

Membership is $100

If I become a member, do I get a discount on my next training?

Yes. If you are a member, you will receive 10% off the next training you take within one year of your membership date. Your membership code will be linked to your registration and the discount will be applied.

How frequent are your member only webinars?

Our member only webinars are every other month.


Is there a regulatory body who certifies end of life doulas?

Currently there is no state or federal regulatory body that certifies end of life doulas.

Why does INELDA offer certification?

INELDA believes that our doulas should meet the highest standards of practice. Certification is an additional credential to ensure that our ethics and standards of practice are met.

What are the requirements for certification?

The requirements are listed on our website.

What’s the first step to get certified?

The first step is to take our initial doula training class. After the class, you if wish to go on for certification, you can get the certification packet online.

Do I have to be certified to be an end of life doula?

No. Certification is optional, but ensures that you have met our higher standards and denotes that you have been through our examination and rigorous process.

How long do I have to complete my certification requirements?

You have 3 years from the time the packet is requested to complete the process.

Do I have to recertify?

Yes, recertification is necessary every 3 years.

I have sat vigil before. Can these previous vigils count towards my hours for certification?

No. Since all of our doulas come with different qualifications, we prefer your certification hours to begin after our 22-hour training. That way we can ensure that all of our doulas are trained within our parameters.

Where can I get my vigil hours?

We recommend that you start out volunteering at a local hospital or hospice. Ask the volunteer coordinator to match you with a patient who is terminal. Most volunteer coordinators are happy to do this. You can also work with family and friends if appropriate.


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