Final Tasks Explained

Community Project

A detailed investigative and assessment project is required for participants seeking the SBD credentialing. Investigate your local community and collect data to submit to stillbirthday, including the support services in place in local hospitals, birth centers, and by midwives, ultrasound technicians, nurses, obstetricians, funeral homes, crematoriums, and any other prenatal or bereavement personnel, organizations or businesses.

At its simplest, this is a collection of resources you might present to the clients you serve. You’ll arrange these resources in the way that is best for you and your clients.

Some of our SBD doulas intend to serve primarily live birth outcomes being prepared for any outcome, while other SBD doulas intend to market their professional services primarily to families enduring a known or anticipated infant demise. We discuss the differences and similarities of these approaches in our training, so you’ll be equipped to have an idea of how to shape your Community Project at the completion of the online training. Students have compiled their Community Project into a brochure, as one or more pages on their website, and have created entire social media groups to hold their expanding resources.

Here is an example of a bereavement resources listing from a graduated SBD doula.

Here is an example of related psychological wellness resources listing from a graduated SBD doula.

Here is an example of a local resources listing from The M0M Center.

Each participant has 6 months from the start of the class to submit their Community Project.


Two Book Reviews

Two book reviews must be submitted no later than 6 months following entrance into the class, to obtain SBD certification. You’ll select two books from our reading list, and will compose your Reflection Guide on each book, including a general thesis of the book’s principles, coupled with any personal, reflecting thoughts you have on the value of the book. There’s no requisite structure for your book reviews, aside that each should be 1-2 pages in length. You aren’t judged by your interpretation of the book. Students often select one book with a primary birth emphasis and the other with a primary bereavement emphasis. Each participant has 6 months from the start of the class to submit their 2 Reflection Guides. It is strongly encouraged that you submit these 3 assignments together, to Although each is recorded in the student records as you submit them, due to volume I am generally unable to respond to your emails when items are submitted individually.

Optional Template

  • Book Title
  • What drew me to the title
  • Who the intended audience for the book is
  • What was valuable in the book for the intended audience
  • What was valuable in the book for you
  • Overall any decisions you came to from the book: if/who you might recommend it to


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  1. Samantha Ross says:

    I am so excited to have completed this beautiful training. Its has been a rewarding experience.

  2. Gail Faler says:

    This was an incredible journey into some facts that were unknown to me.

    Thank you so much. I loved everything about this training.

  3. I feel so blessed to have this doula training in my tool belt. Thank you!

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