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Alternate Pathway

Alternative Routes to Membership

The Irish Trade and Professional Association for Doulas CLG strives to be an inclusive and open organisation. The alternative pathway to membership is open to birth professionals, experienced doulas or those who have completed comprehensive doula training elsewhere. There is a requirement that you attend additional ITPAD Alternative Pathway training modules and that you commit to ITPAD CLG mentoring. 

If you would like to apply for ITPAD Alternative Pathway membership you can contact us.

ITPAD Alternative Pathway workshops take place online and there are two modules.  When the modules have been completed individuals can then apply to join ITPAD and will be mentored by a ITPAD Mentor for a minimum of 4 Births or 4 Pospartum clients or other doula  service clients as appropriate.

Alternative Pathway is suitable for:


  • Experienced Doulas – for experienced doulas with or without formal training (15 or more births and/or 300 postnatal hours)

  • Birth Professionals – for experienced birth professionals – suitable for antenatal teachers, midwives etc, people who understand the anatomy and physiology of pregnancy, birth, newborns

  • New Doulas – for newer doulas who have completed comprehensive training with non ITPAD approved doula preparation courses.


Workshop 1:


  • Scope of a doula

  • Boundaries and self care

  • Mentoring

  • Doula community

  • Contracts and managing your business

  • The ITPAD Code of Conduct, Policies and Procedures

Workshop 2:


  • Birth preferences, medical interventions

  • Supporting birth as a Doula

  • Debriefing birth

  • Infant feeding

  • Postpartum mood disorders

Each workshop is 3 hours duration

10 places per workshop

Cost is €150 for attendance at both workshops


Two places per workshop will be offered free of charge to people from under represented groups, please email  to apply.

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