I'm Becoming A Doula!















I am very excited to finally announce that I am in the midst of my training to become a Certified Labor Doula. I have been planning, researching, and spending many sleepless nights deciding on this new venture. As many of you know, I have my B.A. in English and I was teaching at the local high school before I got pregnant. Since having my son and making the ultimate decision to be a SAHM, I have been mulling over the idea of finally becoming a doula. I have always had an overwhelming urge to become a Labor and Delivery RN, but going for my RN with a 7mo old baby in tow proved to be be a little difficult.

I had always loved the idea of a doula, even though I never used one. I had an amazing midwife, who acted as my OB/GYN and doula all wrapped into one gentle, nurturing, compassionate, comforting woman. After my birth I said to myself I want to be her. No, I do not want to be a Midwife, because that would mean many years of schooling, but I wanted to be that woman who supported mothers and fathers during labor. I think that is what I wanted most out of being a Labor and Delivery nurse. 

As the urge to become a doula grew stronger and stronger I did what I do best. I researched. I made checklists. I compared certifying organizations. Out of the three big organizations (CAPPA, DONA, and CBI) I finally decided on Childbirth International (CBI) to be certified through. I love their holistic approach and how they place more emphasis on communication with the mother, building trust, and a more natural approach to child birth. It has proven to be a perfect fit!

I am starting to build a website now and have ordered my business cards. And I already have a potential expectant mother lined up! I can not put into words how excited I am!

My New Business Card
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7 comments:

  1. That's really exciting! I'm glad you found a way to move forward, in a realistic way, with something you feel passionate about! It's always great to hear folks tell their stories of their "callings". Congratulations!!

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    1. Thank you so much! I think that was what I needed to do. I needed to be realistic in what i was able to do and what I was comfortable doing (meaning how much time I was realistically willing to spend apart from my son...which isn't much!)

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  2. This post is very inspiring to me! I found it after Googling "thinking about becoming a doula.' I have been drawn to being a doula for the better part of 20 years. It's so difficult for me to articulate, but it's ALWAYS been what I have wanted to do, even though I ultimately chose a different career path (teaching.) Very recently I have been wondering if being a doula really is the right decision for me. Were you able to talk to any doulas before making your decision? I want to reach out to doulas to find out the more intimate details for their experience (and get advice) but I don't know where to start. I wish you all the luck in the world on your new journey. I completely understand the passion you feel in your heart as you embark on this new journey. Keep us posted!

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  3. That is so exciting! I'm going to start my postpartum Doula services in May! I am considering acquiring the labor certification through CBI as well. Congrats!

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