"You know you should be a doula if..." ..see if these 10 statements apply to you!
Are you the go-to person family, friends, and co-workers go to to ask all their pregnancy and birth questions?
Would you describe working with pregnant and birthing women as something you feel called to do or something you have wanted to do for as long as you can remember?
Do you find yourself researching perinatal topics and best practices for maternal-infant health even when it's not for you?
Are you able to put your own opinions and views aside and support a family in achieving their own desired birth experience?
Do you believe that emotional and informational support during the childbearing year is as important as clinical support?
Would you enjoy working as part of a team with other professionals to create the best possible experience for families, even when that experience requires boundaries and staying within your scope of practice?
Are you committed to abiding by the professional standards of a certifying organization?
Do you enjoy a level of autonomy and independence in your professional life? Would you like to own your own business and work for yourself?
Are you compassionate, caring, and responsive to women during labor/birth and could you offer the support that doulas give without much notice?
Do you have a supportive partner/family who wants to see you succeed and achieve your dreams, even if it means a lot of hard work to get to where you're going?
If you found yourself saying "yes!" to any of the above, then you should consider saying YES to becoming a doula!
Doula work is challenging, rewarding, and one of the fastest growing careers in the perinatal field. After almost 15 years of working in this field, I can attest to the fact that it just keeps getting better. From the time I became certified as a doula until now, I have seen great change in the birthing options and information accessible to childbearing women and I know that growth is largely due to doula accessibility and awareness of what having a doula as part of a birthing team can offer a family.
Even ACOG agrees that doulas should be recommended to childbearing women. Check out their statement on how to improve birthing outcomes here.
Ready to take the next step towards certification? Take one of our CAPPA Labor Doula training workshops! Hope to see you there.