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Minnesota Doula Registry

A doula provides emotional and physical support during pregnancy, labor, birth, and postpartum. The Doula Registry is an informational resource and its purpose is to help Minnesotans find doula services.

Agency contact information:

Health (MDH), Minnesota Department of
625 Robert St. N.
P.O. Box 64975
St. Paul, MN 55164-0975
(651) 201-5000 | (888) 345-0823 (MN toll free)
Division of Compliance Monitoring
Health Occupations Program - Doula Registry
| 85 East Seventh Place, Suite 220 | St. Paul, MN 55164-0882 or Health Occupations Program | P.O. Box 64882 | St. Paul, MN 55164-0882 | (651) 201-3731
(651) 201-3839 (fax)
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Minnesota Doula Registry

Health Occupations Program

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) operates programs for disease prevention and control, health promotion, family and community health, environmental health, health care policy, and regulation of health care providers and facilities.


Minn. Stats. 148.995


Doula Registry Application

Doula Verification of Credential

Application form, information and Verification of Credential are available on the Minnesota Department of Health website, Doula Registry section at Application Form and Fee Information and Doula Verification of Credential.


The Minnesota legislature enacted a law effective July 1, 2007, creating the Doula Registry within the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH). The department verifies that an applicant is a certified doula by one of six private certifying organizations and identifies if the doula has a criminal history as shown on the website of the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.

The Minnesota Department of Health does not evaluate the training. The Doula Registry is an informational resource and its purpose is to help Minnesotans find doula services.

Listing on the registry means the doula has at least met the minimum qualifications of training and experience of one of the private certifying organizations.

The law does not require that a doula providing services in Minnesota be listed on the registry. Listing on the registry is voluntary. The use of the title "doula" is not prohibited or restricted under the law.

Persons interested in the certification process must contact the certifying organization to determine what standards or competencies a doula certified by the organization must possess.

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has no statutory authority to investigate complaints. MDH will refer complainants to the appropriate doula certifying organization and any other appropriate authority.

MDH will send a notification letter that the doula's name has been added to the Doula Registry after having received the completed application and fee payment.

The doula's name will be listed on the Doula Registry for three years from the date the name was first added to the registry if the certification with an approved certifying organization is maintained.

Refer to the Minnesota Dept. of Health, Health Occupations Program Minnesota Doula Registry Resources.



Period of Issuance:

Three years.

Length of Determination Process:

Contact the Department.

Other Pertinent Information:

See also Minn. Stat. § 144.651, subd. 10.