Is anyone here a Doula?

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Registered: 01-16-2009
Is anyone here a Doula?
Wed, 12-07-2011 - 6:04pm
Re-posted from my EC.

I need some advice.. Pretty please? :-)

I just re-enrolled in nursing school to finish my BSN (with hopes to go on to get my masters in midwifery).

But I want to follow a more traditional CPM feel. And ultimately work alongside CPMs, yet offer the insurance break (for the families) that comes with being a CNM.
I would like to get the ball rolling on my doula certification prior to March, but I am not sure which organization to obtain my certification through.

The majority of the Doulas in my area are DONA. (It seems to be the more popular organization here.)

Should I stick to what's more prevalent in the area?
Any thoughts on other organizations?
Which did you choose, and how do you like it?

Thanks in advance!,
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Community Leader
Registered: 04-18-2003
Tue, 12-13-2011 - 4:21pm

I have mixed feelings about DONA.


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Registered: 07-21-1998
Thu, 12-15-2011 - 9:45am

"Not possible?" The only thing that has teeth would be if they said they wouldn't certify you if you did that. Is that the situation? A possible long-term solution would be to get credentials, get a track record and clients willing to be references, and then quit (possibly en-mass with other doulas who feel the same way as you.

Note -- I'm an engineer, and not looking to change careers. It just helps to lay out all the options (but only tell the boss the ones that are acceptable to you).

Cthulu Crochet

Community Leader
Registered: 04-18-2003
Thu, 12-15-2011 - 10:32am

No I`m not a Doula but I think I`m going to save up to become one.