What is a Birth Philosophy?
Determining Your Own Birth Philosophy:
- Why do I want to become a doula?
- Were my own birth experiences positive or negative?
- Have I completely dealt with and healed from any negative experiences in my past?
- What do I believe about birth and families in general?
- What do I hope to help other women see and experience as a doula?
- How are my personal faith and convictions going to affect my service as a doula?
- What are my feelings and goals about natural birth and medical interventions?
It is important for a new doula to have answers to these questions, not only for her own philosophy and conviction, but also to be readily able to share these with potential clients and ensure compatibility for the birth journey.
Finding the Training That Works For You: If you have worked through your own feelings about birth and are interested in taking the next step toward becoming a doula, be sure to investigate the birth philosophies of any training program you consider. Each training and certification program for doulas will have its own philosophies and core values. Throughout training, your thoughts and feelings on birth may change or deepen, but it is important to consider the basic core values of each program and find one which aligns with your own core convictions and philosophy.