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re: The Doula Thread
By NadiaLadidamember has saluted, click to view salute photosPremium member Comments: 4229, member since Sun Dec 19, 2004
On Sat Mar 24, 2007 07:10 PM
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Well, most people decide to get certified by one of the organizations I listed on the original post. I chose DONA because they are the most well-known. I have to read a bunch of books and DONA papers, attend X amount of births - which are evaluated by hospital staff, attend a childbirth class, and attend a certification workshop, and write a paper. The specifications are listed here: www.dona.org . . . . Every organization will have different criteria to meet.

But you don't have to be certified. I think it's a good idea, though. Really, I could go and charge for doula services right now if I wanted to, but I think that there's a good reason to go through the cert. process, and valuable to have a governing organization to back you up.
re: The Doula Thread
By adridancer Comments: 688, member since Sun Sep 07, 2003
On Tue Mar 27, 2007 09:42 AM
Wow, thanks for all the great info and links, Nadia. I've been thinking about looking in to training to be a doula - the links were super helpful. My question is, can you be a doula "on the side"? I'm very happy with my current job(s), and I'm not really looking into being a doula for supplementary income, moreso because I think it'd be great to provide extra support and comfort to labouring mamas. Is this an option (or even a reasonable question)?

Adri
re: The Doula Thread
By NadiaLadidamember has saluted, click to view salute photosPremium member Comments: 4229, member since Sun Dec 19, 2004
On Tue Mar 27, 2007 09:59 AM
From what I have heard, doula-ing takes up alot more time than it would seem, and that 2 or 3 births a month is usually plenty. As far as doing it a supplemental, do you mean in addition to another job? The problem with that is, you may be called to a birth at any time, and may be at the birth for a day or two depending on the labor. I have already put my notice in at the studio I work at (for various reasons besided doula stuff) and plan to sub myself out to area studios, because doula work can really interfere with other commitments.

A good place to learn about what other doulas have to say would be at alldoulas.com

It's an online doula community, and I find reading the posts very informative, though I do not have an account yet.
re: The Doula Thread
By adridancer Comments: 688, member since Sun Sep 07, 2003
On Tue Mar 27, 2007 12:50 PM
Thanks. That's sort of what I thought (that doula-ing would not be compatible with my career/lifestyle right now). Disappointing, but not unexpected. Maybe it's something to look into (much) further down the road. Good point about some labours lasting days...it's easy to forget that not everyone has a birth experience like mine.

Adri
re: The Doula Thread
By crunchyPremium member Comments: 4810, member since Wed Nov 05, 2003
On Wed Mar 28, 2007 05:21 PM
Edited by alyrie (77200) on 2007-03-28 17:25:46 added disclaimer. not trying to start a religious debate around the babies!
I have another question.

I've just been browsing through doulas in Arkansas, and most of them are affiliated with some church or God or something, and claim to offer christian childbirth classes and services.

I honestly haven't had the chance to speak with my doula about this, as I feel it is every woman's personal preference, but I do not want religion anywhere in my birth experience. As a doula, if you were a devout christian/jewish woman/catholic/whatever, and an athiest/agnostic/whatever asked that you refrain from bringing up religion (and this could be flipped the other way just as easily), would you/could you do it?

As most of the doulas in my area believe birth is a god-given blessing, I know I would not be comfortable with that being brought up at the birth of my child. On the other hand, it's going to be extremely difficult for me to find someone willing to put religion aside here in the bible belt, and I don't want a hospital birth without a doula.

Any thoughts?

Disclaimer: I am posting this here, because it is "The Doula Thread". However, it does have religion in it, so mods...if you feel this is inappropriate for this board, I can mosey it on over to the religion board.
re: The Doula Thread
By NadiaLadidamember has saluted, click to view salute photosPremium member Comments: 4229, member since Sun Dec 19, 2004
On Wed Mar 28, 2007 05:49 PM
I think that a good professional doula would leave religion out of it unless the client made it known that they are of the same faith, and would like that added element. Be up-front with a doula while interviewing her or when talking with the doula you already have. Tell her that you appreciate people's personal relationships with religion and spirituality, but you are not comfortable with that aspect being integrated into your birth. I would expect that anyone whose aim is truly to respect the feelings an experiences of all women would respect this.
re: The Doula Thread
By dancing_dreams6 Comments: 234, member since Wed Aug 16, 2006
On Fri Mar 30, 2007 04:47 PM
I am going to nursing school now and I was thinking of becoming a doula! What are the requirements for this position or what do you need to do or what classes do you need to take? Or is it a different position all together?
re: The Doula Thread
By NadiaLadidamember has saluted, click to view salute photosPremium member Comments: 4229, member since Sun Dec 19, 2004
On Sat Mar 31, 2007 02:15 PM
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Becoming a doula does not require nursing experience or education, because it is a non-medical position. However, many doulas do have nursing experience, and decide to become doulas after working in labor and delivery - often because they couldn't provide the kind of care and attention that they wanted to give while working as a nurse.

To find out more abour requirements, revisit my original post and check out the websites for the Doula organizations I listed. Each has different training specifications.
re: The Doula Thread
By Amandamember has saluted, click to view salute photosPremium member Comments: 1309, member since Sun Apr 17, 2005
On Sat May 12, 2007 10:15 PM
For the Aussies, there are lots of doulas around - i am now on call to mind the 3 children of a doula here on the GC. She calls me, when she gets called to go to a birth etc.. When i looked up her details (after she contacted me and said she was a doula) I discovered a whole network of doulas all over the place.. So if you really want one, you will be able to find one.. I have links if anyone wants them.

I am finding it quite exciting to be 'on call' for births - even though i have nothing to do with them! he he.. There is a baby due this week!!
re: The Doula Thread
By crunchyPremium member Comments: 4810, member since Wed Nov 05, 2003
On Tue May 29, 2007 06:23 PM
I just wanted to chime in again. The doula I had found for free backed out, but I managed to find one that also teaches Bradley classes! We've been talking on the phone, and we begin our meetings tomorrow. I'm so excited! :D
re: The Doula Thread
By NadiaLadidamember has saluted, click to view salute photosPremium member Comments: 4229, member since Sun Dec 19, 2004
On Tue May 29, 2007 07:24 PM
Backed out? :O

What's the deal with that? PM me!
re: The Doula Thread
By oz_helenmember has saluted, click to view salute photosPremium member Comments: 11196, member since Sat Aug 10, 2002
On Wed May 30, 2007 05:28 AM
Misscampbell, can you post or PM your links?

Helen
re: The Doula Thread
By Amandamember has saluted, click to view salute photosPremium member Comments: 1309, member since Sun Apr 17, 2005
On Sat Jun 09, 2007 05:14 PM
re: The Doula Thread
By oz_helenmember has saluted, click to view salute photosPremium member Comments: 11196, member since Sat Aug 10, 2002
On Sun Jul 29, 2007 07:10 AM
We had a story about doulas in our local newspaper the other day. I thought it was good that doulas are getting a bit more "mainstream" attention, as here, they seem to be considered to be very "alternative". Just thought I'd share.

Helen
re: The Doula Thread
By lolasmum Comments: 39, member since Sun Jul 22, 2007
On Fri Nov 02, 2007 07:31 PM
Where I live in the UK doula's are really not common, i have never even heard of anyone who had one, but I think that i'd love having a doula to support me through my pregnancy and labour. It's just a pity that I cannot find one. I'm pregnant with my thrid baby and I've been told that because my last baby was a casearaen I won't be able to have a natural birth this time, even though I know it IS possible to have a vaginal birth after a C-section...oh well, i guess I'll just have to try and find a REALLY understanding midwife and try and get her to listen.

Hollie xxx
re: The Doula Thread
By Heathermom Comments: 36, member since Sun Jun 28, 2009
On Tue Jul 14, 2009 07:55 PM
Hope you do not mind, but I thought I would add my experiences to the thread. For my first child, I had a doula present (she was sick for my second child and thus unfortunately could not be present). I do not know what I would have done without her, during the labour and even after the birth ... she was so wonderful. I really would recommend a doula to everyone - the cost sure is worth it. There were complications during the birth, and my doula always made sure that the doctors listened to me. She was also there to support me after the birth (which I really needed). I know my husband was also comforted to know that someone else was there (e.g. it took the pressure off of him!). Doulas truly do whatever the patient wants, if they want interventions, they are there to support you. They just want to make sure you have an awesome birth.
re: The Doula Thread
By LlamaLlamaDuckmember has saluted, click to view salute photosPremium member Comments: 7765, member since Sun Nov 21, 2004
On Sun Oct 18, 2009 06:12 PM
I actually was debating taking a massage therapist as labor support class (it was also labelled doula in the description, but I think that there is a wee bit of a difference).

I wanted to become a midwife at one point in my life, but due to financial constraints (and the fact that it's 7 years long if I do the course part time), I was considering becomming a doula.

Here is the BUT... I haven't had kids yet, never been through a pregnancy... I've treated lots of pregnant women... but thats as close as I've come.

I've started looking into some other doula training...

Would it be odd to become a doula if I've never been through pregnancy/childbirth?
re: The Doula Thread
By Theresamember has saluted, click to view salute photosPremium member Comments: 34891, member since Wed May 22, 2002
On Mon Oct 19, 2009 10:06 AM
^My sister is a L&D nurse, and is the one on her team responsible for teaching breast feeding to the new moms, and she's never had a baby. I don't think it's weird, but I think it makes reading that much more important, since you don't have additional personal experience to draw on.
re: The Doula Thread
By Kekoamember has saluted, click to view salute photos Comments: 8949, member since Sat Jul 19, 2003
On Mon Oct 19, 2009 11:24 AM
LLD, I'm only 20 and I'm in the process of becoming a doula. I'm childless, and will likely be for several more years. The point of being a doula isn't to sit there and say "I have kids, I did this, so can you!" It's to be a support person. Will you know what labor feels like? No, but that doesn't mean you can't cheer on your client for getting through another contraction. You might not have nursed a child, but you can learn how to teach the mom, and how to look for problems. I'm sure there are couples out there who prefer doulas who have had children. I'm also sure that there are many out there who just want a knowledgeable woman to be there for them, to advocate for them. You don't need to have kids to do that ;)
re: The Doula Thread
By LlamaLlamaDuckmember has saluted, click to view salute photosPremium member Comments: 7765, member since Sun Nov 21, 2004
On Mon Oct 19, 2009 02:04 PM
Thanks... I'm starting to look into it a bit more serious, and I might have a career opportunity where this would be something that I could definately add.
re: The Doula Thread
By hylndlasmember has saluted, click to view salute photosPremium member Comments: 7170, member since Wed Sep 22, 2004
On Sat Oct 24, 2009 01:17 AM
^ My Doula is not a mother and she did JUST fine supporting me. In fact we still are good friends to this day.
re: The Doula Thread
By starlet_debz Comments: 1723, member since Tue Oct 10, 2006
On Sat Jan 29, 2011 05:17 PM
hi

do they have doulas in the uk?

I live in scotland and have never heard of us having doulas over here in britian :(
if any one could give me info on that matter i'd be really greatful as i'm just about to start trying for a baby

love debbie xxx
re: The Doula Thread
By Triskitmember has saluted, click to view salute photos Comments: 5126, member since Mon Jul 22, 2002
On Fri Apr 29, 2011 02:48 PM
pelerroja wrote:

Thanks for the great advice guys :)

Hoping I wont 'have to' have a c-section and shall be looking for a good team of specialists in NJ once I relocate...or at least a team who wont automatically intervene with every diabetic. But I'll also be looking up a doula for some extra support, regardless.

Just out of curiousity, what does one to to qualify as a Doula?


I'm type 1 and currently expecting, I've been working with a specialist and so far things are perfect, he says there's no reason I should have any complications or a difficult birth due to my diabetes.

It's a lot of work and planning, but it's possible to have a very healthy pregnancy and be a diabetic.

I've been keeping a blog about my pregnancy if you're interested pm me and I'll send you the link.
re: The Doula Thread
By PinUpGirlmember has saluted, click to view salute photosPremium member Comments: 25878, member since Tue Jul 16, 2002
On Tue May 03, 2011 04:50 PM
This thread actually planted a seed in me. I'm back in school for nursing and ultimately want to become a nurse midwife. I thought maybe I could become a doula to see if that's even something I enjoy. A friend of mine happens to be a doula and runs her own business. I sent her an email to see if she'd allow me to shadow her, so maybe she will. That would be super exciting. I look up to her in so many ways, it would just be extra awesome to get to work with her. Hopefully she'll say yes!
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