How Do I Become A Doula?

How Do I Become A Doula?

How do I become a doula?   This is a question we hear often! So often, I decided it was worthy of a blog post. There is a huge commitment involved when becoming a doula, and lots of research to be done when deciding what organization to certify through, and how to practice. Here are 5 tips that help answer the question, “Where do I start”? Are you ready for the commitment? Birth doula work involves a serious commitment of time and energy.  You must understand what it’s like to be on call, all the time.  If you only take a few births here and there, your on call time may be less, but you must understand–you WILL miss birthdays, holidays, first days of schools, parties, special events, anniversaries.  You MUST be ready to drop what you are doing, where ever you are, and head to your client’s side.  This often means taking a separate car out to dinner or the movies, having your doula bag prepped and ready at all times, and be prepared to have your cell phone glued to your hip!  When you leave your home to attend a birth, you might be back in 8 hours or you might be back in two days.  It’s imperative that your family be able to keep running on their own without you during this time.  Support at home is a must!  If you have children, you will need to have strong child care in place.  And a back up for that childcare.  And another back up for that childcare.  And one more back up for that childcare.  (And...