ToLabor (formerly ALACE)


Mission Statement:

The intention of toLabor is to educate and certify professional birth doulas so that they may help their clients become active participants in their birth. To learn how to support their clients so that they may feel a sense of confidence and power that can be carried forward into their parenting as well as into their daily lives. Pregnancy, labor, and birth serve a purpose ~ to help prepare the way to raise a child.

toLabor believes that all people benefit from support and resources that will help them be aware of, and educated about, the options and choices that are available so that they may make informed decisions concerning their birth experience. We embrace the evidence that a person who actively participates in their birth will have a healthier birth for their baby, their-self and their family; physically and emotionally. We believe that in every birth, there is room for compassion and respect for the process. We believe this a civil right, a human right. We believe in creating and fostering a community of change.

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Type of doulas certified: Birth doulas
Certification requirement highlights: Workshop and learning assignments, birth attendance, evaluations, exam
Continuing education requirement? Yes
Recertification term: Annually
Recertification requirements Community involvement, continuing education, birth reports
Experienced doula path? No
Scope of practice and Ethical Standards of Practice
Founded in: 1983
Number of doulas certified: 7000+

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