Are you interested in becoming a doula but aren’t sure where to start? We’ve compiled the most common questions that people have before they’ve sought doula training. Read below to find out more.
1. How much do you get paid?
The answer depends on you. Doulas don’t get paid a set rate. Instead, a variety of factors impact their rate. Here’s how you can determine how much you’ll get paid.
- How much are you putting yourself out there and advertising your services?
- How many births do you want to participate in each month?
After answering these questions, we recommend checking your immediate area to see what other doulas are charging. This can give you a base rate to start with and adjust as needed.
2. Do I have to quit my day job?
Doulas can work either full-time or part-time depending on preference. You do not need to quit your day job if you don’t want to. Doulas have accommodated their existing work schedule by working with a doula team and sharing an on-call schedule. Additionally, they may structure their doula duties around their existing, flexible, full-time position.
3. Am I right for this?
If you’re passionate about working as a doula, don’t let your preconceived notions stop you. The most common are that you must be a certain age or gender or have kids. None of this is true. The only commonality among doulas is that they’re committed to selflessly supporting pregnant, laboring, and postpartum birthing persons. If you have that goal, then you’re right for this role. Don’t doubt yourself.
4. How do I get started?
If you’re feeling motivated about getting started in the field, there are a few ways you can jumpstart your career as a doula.
- Sign up for online birth doula training
Work with Birth Beautifully to learn how to work as a doula. Using our online training, you can get certified. You’ll learn everything from general birth knowledge and medical procedures to the role of a doula and how to support a birthing person. We also help you learn the business basics that come with running your own business.
- Pick a business name
This ties into the self-promotion that can get you jobs. Selecting a catchy business name will allow you to become known in the community. That said, before you settle on it, make sure you run it past any doula friends and do a Google search. This way, you can see if it already exists in your area.
- Create a website or a Facebook page
A website or Facebook page are inexpensive ways you can interact with potential clients. Post your business information, blogs, updates, photos, and more! Just make sure to only include photos you’ve taken yourself and get permission before using the photos.
- Connect with other doulas, midwives, OBs, birth centers
Even after you’ve had doula training, you’ll want mentors and contacts in the field who can share their wisdom. A huge benefit to having contact with midwives, OBs, and birth centers is that they can refer clients to you if they know someone is seeking a doula.
Invest in your passion and become a double with our online doula training. Visit here to learn more.
Christine Herrera helps people become amazing birth professionals.