Why become certified by us?
With the initials BLFA or BLD after you name, you show that you have been through a rigorous, intense course of training and preparation to help families who are newly bereaved or who have other needs.
Our program includes an intensive, gold standard in-person-training component. While this means more time and some travel, it also means we take our students to a high level of competence and confidence that includes practice and critique. Just ask our students how prepared they feel after attending our course, reading the 30+ books and booklets along with the rest of the certification requirements. There is no better program.
We screen our applicants, require references, and expect active involvement in their learning.
Parents who have a loss deserve the best care and support possible. We take that seriously, providing the highest standards and expecting the best from each student.
Once you are certified, you may all yourself any title you prefer, since you are an independent care provider. Some call themselves Care Companions, others Loss Doulas (though they are not necessarily Doulas), some Mentors and some Family Loss Advisors™ You may also choose how you give service to others whether as a hospital/clinic subcontractor, volunteer, through Hospice or own your own business. Some our our independent caregivers connect up with Doulas to provide the loss care.
"I found the prework of watching the videos prior to attending the in-person training greatly enriched the experience and helped me increase my learning (prior to and during the 2 day training)." Ruth Sherman, BLFA student
What are the steps?
*To improve your chances of being certified, it is wise to fill out the application and secure letters of reference as soon as possible. Just because you attend the classes and do the pre-training does not mean you will be 'ready' to serve others. It is our intention to do our best to certify those who seem ready and able to reach out to help others in need. There are times when candidates have been asked to do more work and/or wait until they are in a better place.
What Certifications are offered?
1. Baby Loss Family Advisor™ for well-healed parents and family members, and Birth Professionals, counselors ,and others who care for bereaved familes. The Loss Doula® certification is specifically for Doulas who wish to be certified in the area of loss.
2. Postpartum Loss Family Advisor™/Loss Doula® Completetd and ready to accept students (online or in person)
3. Rainbow Baby Advisor™r/Rainbow Doula® Completed and ready to accept students (online or in person)
We are open to other certifications. If you have an idea and/or a passion to create another related certification, we invite you to contact us.
Where and when are the courses?
Upcoming Courses for
Baby Loss Family Advisor™/Loss Doula®
San Diego - May 20-21, 2017 DONE
Calgary - Sept. 15-16, 2017 DONE
Calgary - November 11-12, 2017
Tucson - ONE day 7 CE hours Oct. 7, 2017 and Nov.4, 2017
Orlando - tentatively planned for Friday-Sat. Jan 19-20, 2017
OR help us plan one in your community...
In discussion - Northern CA, Cincinnati, Winnipeg, Vancouver, Nashville, Texas TBA, and Phoenix/Tucson, New Jersey
Your organization can be a sponsor for these courses or help us organize one in your community.
Workshop Fee + Manual + Certification Materials:
Workshop Fee + Manual + All Cert. Materials + 16 Library/Required Books/booklets/eZines
Audit the course only (Excludes manual and Certification materials. You will be able to borrow a manual for the training)
Add $50 for 17.9 CEU contact hours
Membership of $50 is not included in any of the above options.