So, you want to be a doula.
We’re so glad to hear that! Birth Beautifully exists to train doulas. We are passionate about our profession and excited to help you get started in this career.
If you’re ready to become a doula or want to learn more about the process, you’ve come to the right place. Before committing to a certification program with Birth Beautifully, let’s talk about what is included in our professional scope.
Professional Scope – Do’s and Don’ts
Birth Doulas DO:
…provide physical, emotional, and educational support for birthing people and their families during pregnancy, labor and birth, and postpartum
…provide information and education on various topics related to pregnancy, birth, and postpartum
…love helping people better understand their options
…care for our clients, and want them to feel satisfied with their birth experiences
…stay with our clients throughout the entire labor and birth
…reassure our clients as labor progresses
…provide comfort measures during labor
…support clients who birth:
- without pain medication
- with pain medication
- via cesarean
…help our clients feel confident in their choices regarding labor and birth
…work with doctors, midwives, and nurses as part of a care team to support our clients in the ways that will help them most
…help our clients feel confident with breast/chest feeding or bottle-feeding
This is a general list of how doulas help clients, but obviously there is so much more! Going through training and certification with Birth Beautifully gives you so much in-depth information and knowledge that you will be ready to support clients as soon as you’re done training.
…provide clinical assessment of any kind – it is NOT in our scope as doulas to do cervical checks, blood pressure checks, monitor the baby’s heartbeat, etc.
…speak for our clients – we empower our clients to speak for themselves
…communicate medical decisions to our clients’ providers – we offer unbiased information on procedures and methods, but it is not within our scope to speak in place of our client
Ready to take the plunge? Let’s make it happen!
Birth Beautifully Birth Doula Training and Certification
Birth Beautifully has three options for training and certification as a birth doula: in-person, online (self-paced), and a pathway for those who may have originally trained through another organization. Our thorough and professional instructors are doulas themselves, have experience to share, and want to see you succeed.
For detailed information on becoming a doula, including course outline and requirements for certification, go to www.birthbeautifully.com or contact us today. Let Birth Beautifully help you turn your passion into your profession!
Christine Herrera helps people become amazing birth professionals.