What is an Educational Unit?

In many professions a person is asked to submit proof of continuing education in order to maintain their status in that profession.  Take, for example, your registered massage therapist, local nursing staff, and chiropractors!

Doula Canada values the need for continuing education.

The goal of ensuring our students are the top professional birth workers and support persons led us to incorporate continuous learning into our certification streams – also know as an Educational Unit (EU).

An Educational Unit is a “point” you obtain by attending other trainings that will help you to grow your business.

One Educational Unit is granted for every two (2) hours of additional learning you participate in.  Example:  8 hour workshop is weighted as 4 EU credits.

The total number of educational units required for certification can be found on the specific program pages.

A student can use a maximum of 6 educational units per a course toward certification.

Don’t have previous business experience?  Haven’t experienced breastfeeding a child yourself?  The Educational Unit requirement is an opporunity to take courses that will customize your training to your unique learning needs, but also build your skills to become a more confident support person!

We encourage our students to search their community to see what may be available.   However we also recognize a variety of online webinars, workshops and courses that make Educational Unit learning accessible to all.  (Example: City of Toronto breastfeeding modules).

Taking Educational Unit credits is an opportunity to develop your skills in areas you feel you need more knowledge, and also a way to possibly add additional income streams that compliment your birth or postpartum related business.

Doula Canada requests that every three (3) years students submit a form with supporting documentation showing that they have completed 12 EU credits in that three year period (4 per a year, or 8 hours of learning per a year).  There is no fee to submit this form or “recertify,” but it is required to remain in good-standing with Doula Canada.

Interested in having a course or program added to our pre-approved Educational Units list?  Please email info@doulatraining.ca to request an application form from our administrative team.

Note: applications must be submitted by the developer or instructor of the course.

Prefer to get certified online? We have you covered with our self-study options!

What our Students Say
  • I wanted to write to you tonight to thank you for all of your hard work to make the doula retreat (and this program) happen. It hasn't hit me until tonight what that retreat was really for. I was really excited to meet an entire web of women who think like me and have a passion for women's journeys. But the lessons in managing our time and boundaries have really been what I've needed. My mother in law has been very sick for the past nine weeks, which has included a heart transplant. ( a fucking heart transplant) and many near death moments. I realize now how much I can handle in a day and I'm really excited to be a doula. My studies have taken a back seat right now, and that's ok. I'm already a doula anyway ;). I don't normally write these kinds of letters, but I felt compelled to let you know that I really enjoyed the retreat and I'm thankful for you and Sondra and Doula Canada. You are an inspiration to a very busy mom.

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