REAL Doula is an international doula certification organization. A doula is a trained professional who provides judgement free support by way of offering research based emotional, physical, and educational encouragement without bias. Certifications are available for Labor Doulas, Postpartum Doulas, Postpartum & Newborn Doulas, Small Business Professionals, and Childbirth Educators. Lactation Support will be coming soon.
REAL Doula offers online training courses paired with hands-on workshops. Customers are able to choose learning modules a la carte style, making their educational experience unique and cost effective. Once the required learning modules and/or hands-on training are completed, certification for that course is earned. Certifications are valid for two years, upon which a re-certification course will be required or attendance to the REAL Doula annual business conference, DoulaCON will keep certifications in good standing.
REAL Doula conducts their training across the globe, allowing customers to request their specific city. REAL Doula strives to honor diversity and is proud to use inclusive language in all their materials. Along with providing certifications for the doula profession, REAL Doula offers various business tools, contracts and merch on their website.
Denise Foreman, CEO
Denise began as a labor and postpartum doula in California in 2011. She trained with multiple organizations before earning her certifications. She ran a successful full-service doula agency in the Seattle area before selling her business and moving her family to the East Coast. A lot of her time was spent as the Traveling Doula Trainer, training over 100 doulas in a span of a year. Discovering that the standards of doula certifying organizations could be raised, she partnered with Samantha, and together they created REAL Doula. They also co-own Charlotte Doulas, a doula agency supporting families throughout the Queen City. Currently living with her husband and their three sons in Charlotte, North Carolina, they are fondly known as the Foreman Five.
Samantha Thomas, M.Ed, CLO
Samantha is an instructional designer and facilitator with more than 15 years of experience developing and implementing training/education solutions for learners in corporate settings, elementary education, museums, professional theater, and informal training settings. She is the senior director of learning and design for REAL Doula as well as an ID Consultant with NASWA. Samantha is the founder and co-owner of Charlotte Doulas; a full-service doula agency providing families support throughout the Charlotte-Metro area. Married to her best friend, Samantha and her husband are over the moon for their beautiful daughter. The three of them reside in Indian Trail, a suburb of Charlotte, North Carolina.
REAL Doula is proud to announce they will be hosting the inaugural event for all doulas around the world, doulaCON. This will be the ultimate doula convention and it will be held in Orlando, Florida in the summer of 2018.