This is going to be a new adventure for me, but I thought this would be beneficial for more than just myself. I am going to try blogging! I am going to start with my journey to become a Doula. I know I have been asked a few different times how to do it and things like that.
Lets start with What a Doula Does? That is a big question I get. A Doula is a Labor support person. Now what exactly I do is going to be different per client. Some people just need someone to hold their hand and make sure they have what they need. Other people need to have someone rubbing their shoulders and talking to them the whole time. It really depends on the person. Everyone is different and that is my favorite thing. Every woman needs a different type of support. I know personally I needed different support for each of my births. The goal is to help a woman have the birth that she wants.
Now there are many different ways to get trained as a doula. There is online, in person, and book learning. There is not a set place you have to go through to get trained. I would recommend doing your research and finding which organization fits best with you and your beliefs. Currently I am going through DONA international. I loved my inperson training. It was a weekend long and the week prior I did a childbirth class as well. ALL WORTH MY TIME AND MONEY!!! I cannot say it enough. My training was phenomenal. I felt like I could go to a birth the next day and be prepared. I highly recommend it!
After training a lot of the rest to get Certified is attending births. You do not have to be cerified to attend births. There is a lot of reading to do.
Personally I cannot say enough about "The Birth Partner" By Penny Simkin. There was so much information in there. So much that confirmed things I already knew from working and others from stories from other moms.
Currently I am working towards certification. I am attending births and working on experience. I love the work that I do and getting to help families. This is definitely not for the faint of heart. I feel like I held back so many tears during my first birth, not only because it was my first but because it was so wonderful to be apart of. I could go on and on all day about how amazing it all was. Please reach out to me if you want to learn about becoming a doula or if you want to discuss having me as a doula for you. I would love to chat with you!