Become a NCT Birth doula and support women, and their partners, to give birth at home, in a hospital or at a birth centre.
Continuing a practice set over countless generations, doulas provide a presence which so many parents find invaluable.
Our doulas help parents have the kind of birth they want, making an often vital contribution to the experience and the beginning of parenthood.
Becoming a birth doula
Our Foundation Degree Birth and Beyond, in collaboration with the University of Worcester, is the only university-accredited qualification which allows you to become a birth doula.
Once you’ve completed your training you’ll be a key member of our specialist of birth doula team, expertly supporting parents, together or alone, through pregnancy, labour, birth and the early days of parenthood.
Your training will prepare you to support every one of the parents you meet in the very best way for them. An NCT birth doula:
- Works as an independent practitioner. Although she’ll be part of the NCT family and featured on our website, she has the freedom to book her own clients and set her own fees.
- Meets with parents before the birth to build a relationship, understand their hopes for the birth and work together to identify their support needs.
- Stays with parents throughout labour and birth, supporting them emotionally and physically, working alongside the healthcare professionals to advocate for the parents if needed.
- Meets with parents again after the birth to talk through the birth and help identify any further support needed and signpost to other services and facilities.
Once qualified you will hold the highly-respected NCT Licence-to-Practise. Plus, you’ll be insured by us and also receive on-going training and supervision to help keep your knowledge and skills up to date.
What will I earn?
Before you start your new life as a birth doula we want you to be confident it’s the right choice for you – personally, professionally and financially.
So it's important to understand that exactly how much you earn will depend on the size of the area you choose to work across, plus the number of clients you take on. Many birth doulas also work as antenatal teachers or perinatal support specialists.
What will I study?
You will need to be accepted into our Foundation Degree Birth and Beyond and have successfully completed the level 4 modules of the foundation degree course.
You can choose to undertake the necessary modules at level 5 which will enable you to become a birth doula. They are:
- Dimensions of the role of the birth doula.
- Realising the role of the birth doula.
However, if you only want to work as a Birth doula you can replace the level 4 modules of the foundation degree (which you would need to complete if you wanted to work in other specialist roles besides birth doula) with our shorter Access to Training course.
Contact us for more details or call our friendly admissions team on 020 8752 2453.
How to apply
For further information, including how to apply, see Foundation Degree Birth and Beyond.