"Interested in becoming a doula? Check out these resources!"

Posted On: 2014-07-04 21:15:05 UTC

How do I become a doula?

As a doula, I hear this question quite often! While the training portion of becoming a doula is fairly easy and accessible, it's worth doing some research to see if it is a fit for you and your lifestyle before taking training.

Mother Touch, a full perinatal/doula organization in Victoria, offers this excellent description of what it takes to become a doula.
http://www.motheringtouch.ca/classes/doula-training/

Also, our own Linda Baril (see our Contact a Doula page!)offers not only classes but many years of wisdom and insights on what is involved. She has offered DONA certified training in the Comox Valley a few times a year.

DONA's website also has a lot of information and of course, their full application package can be found online as well.
http://www.dona.org/develop/birth_cert.php

There are other certifying institutes out there - so do shop around. The Comox Valley Doulas are mostly DONA based doulas but we are open minded about where you get your certification and education.

If you're still not sure you want to do this amazing line of work, it's best to talk to a few of us! Many of us are happy to meet for coffee or tea and share our experiences - both the highs and the lows - of working as a doula.

Finally, we often get asked if there are enough doulas in the valley. The answer is "WE NEED MORE!" for although there are a few of us, we all mostly have families or other jobs and the birth rates are on the increase. Doulas work at home births and hospital births and during some months, it may be hard to find a doula available.

The good news is that Moms and partners everywhere are catching on to the many evidence-based benefits of having a doula so we are getting busier over time. We welcome your inquiries!

Happy researching!

Leah Taylor

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