How To Become A Doula
How to Become A Doula
- 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.
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.
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