Frequently Asked Questions
Are you affiliated with DONA, ALACE, CAPPA, ICEA, or any other doula certifying organization?
We are not. Those agencies certify for doula labor support only, and do not include prenatal, postpartum, and infant massage, nor do you need to be a massage therapist to take their training. Our course was designed specifically for massage therapists who wish to incorporate prenatal massage, labor support, and infant massage into their services.
How do home study courses compare to live seminars?
The advantage with home study, it is available 24/7 at your convenience, without having to travel or cancel clients. While an instructor won't be standing over you, we are available by phone or email to answer any questions that you have. The convenience and ability to review the material, in the long run, is at least equal to, and can actually increase your overall level of learning. When all of this information comes at you during a short time, studies indicate that the retention rate is as low as 50%. With home study, you can review over and over again, which, with enough repetition, can increase your retention rate as high as 100%. That would more than compensate for any real or perceived disadvantage of not having the instructor stand over you as you practice.
How do home study courses work?
You receive the course materials, along with instructions on how to complete the practice sessions. You can take the written test online, and immediately print your certificate for CEUs upon completion. Once you have completed the practice sessions, return them to us to earn your certification title.
Do I get a certificate for my office?
Yes - Upon completion of the online exam, you will be able to instantly print a certificate to show evidence of your CEUs. When you return the documentation of the practice sessions, you will also receive a gold-sealed certificate suitable for framing.
How soon will I receive my course materials?
We try to ship the same day, or within 24 hours, although if the enrollment is received over a weekend or holiday there will be a slight delay.
Can I enroll and my friend also take the test for credit?
Yes. We offer an enrollment option to receive the entire course materials, or, if your friend already has the course materials, you can take the "test only" option without purchasing another set of course materials.
Do I need a special table to give pregnancy massage?
This course teaches a side-lying and modified supine positioning. We do not recommend specialty tables or equipment designed for allowing the woman to lay on her stomach for several reasons: Unless it is perfectly molded to her body, it will cause strain on her uterine ligaments, it is difficult to get in and out of in the final trimester, and makes no provision for a modified supine position (necessary to keep the weight of the uterus off of the vena cava).