How To Become A Doula

Becoming a Doula: A Guide for Supporting Families during Childbirth

As the role of birth support continues to evolve, doulas own emerged as an integral part of many families’ birthing experiences. A doula is a trained professional who provides emotional, physical, and informational support to expectant mothers (and their partners) before, during, and after childbirth. This article will guide you through the process of becoming a doula, covering topics such as education, training, certification requirements, business building strategies for doulas.

Step 1: Education and Training

To become a well-rounded doula candidate requires significant investment in your knowledge base. While there’s no single “right” way to learn about being a doula, this is the most critical step:

  1. Attend workshops or online courses: Look for reputable training programs that offer comprehensive curricula covering birth physiology, psychology of childbirth, breastfeeding support, and other related topics.

  2. Read extensively: Engage in self-study by reading books on doulas’ roles within birthing environments, understanding the importance of continuous labor support.

  3. Join online communities or forums for doulas-in-training: These networks provide invaluable resources for new doula trainees, allowing you to connect with peers going through similar experiences and ask questions.

Step 2: Certification

To increase your credibility as a doula candidate, pursuing certification can make the difference between being percieved as just an enthusiastic individual versus a well-trained professional:

  1. Choose from accredited certification programs: Organizations like DONA (Doulas of North America), CAPPA (Certified Association of Professional Childbirth Educators and Practitioners in Australia), and The Doula Agency are reputable options for doulas-in-training to get certified.

  2. Meet the minimum requirements: Each program has specific prerequisites, such as taking a training course or having a certain number of births attended under guidance from an experienced doula. These milestones signify your level of understanding on what it means being an excellent birth support worker (doula).