How To Become A Doula

Happy baby laying on bellyWelcome to How to Become A Doula!
We hope this site can provide you with valuable information on becoming a doula and living the doula lifestyle.
If you’re here, you are most likely investigating what a doula really does, as well as options for doula training and certification. You might be looking into how to become a doula yourself, or maybe you’ve just heard about doulas and wondered What is a doula, anyway?  No matter what brings you here, we hope you find the information and resources that you’re looking for! (If you’re looking for something and don’t see it, we’d love to hear from you. Visit our Contact page and let us know!)


How to Become A Doula

Becoming a doula is a choice to dedicate your time and energy to assist women and families in one of the most beautiful and important events in life: birth. The options for how to become a doula are varied and very accessible.
  • Determine what type of doula you want to be. There are many different options for a doula, from assisting before the birth as an antepartum doula, to being a labor and postpartum doula, and even an adoption doula.
  • Doulas vs. Midwives. A doula and a midwife are not the same thing, though they can often work well together. Midwives are medically trained and focus on delivering a healthy baby during labor, whereas doulas offer mental, physical, and emotional support to the mother and family before, during and after labor but do not have medical training or experience
  •  Take time research the lifestyle of a doula and to ask yourself some important questions to help you determine if becoming a doula is right for you.


Doula Training and Certification

Certification isn’t necessary to become a doula but it has benefits. With or without doula certification, you may want to look into mentors or apprenticeships as you train to become a doula. If you decide to pursue certification, there are many programs available, so you’ll want to look into the philosophy, time requirements, and content to find which is right for you.


Doula Careers

A career as a doula isn’t always going to be a high-paying job. The average salary of a doula is between $15,000-$30,000 a year. But if you have a passion for birth, women, and babies, it can be a very rewarding profession! Once you have decided on a path to become a doula, start assisting women and families in the miracle of birth. Each birth is a beautiful experience that changes everyone involved forever and adds depth to your support as a doula. As you build your career, look into “extra” services you can provide. Services like photography, belly casting, or placenta encapsulation can add value to your assistance as a doula.

Take time to look around our site for more information on how to become a doula!