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Old Apr 25, '12, 8:55 am
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Well, it's official....I'm a trained doula!

I'm working on completing my certification, which obviously requires attending births. Do any of you -- those who are doulas, or any of you who have had doulas for your labors and births -- have any suggestions for me?

I'm so excited to be able to help people and I'm itching to get going!
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Well, it's official....I'm a trained doula!

I'm working on completing my certification, which obviously requires attending births. Do any of you -- those who are doulas, or any of you who have had doulas for your labors and births -- have any suggestions for me?

I'm so excited to be able to help people and I'm itching to get going!
How did you do it? Do you have to be an LNA or an RN to do this?
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Old Apr 25, '12, 6:23 pm
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Wonderful! I had two homebirths and doula's are such a blessing. I hope you enjoy your training.
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How did you do it? Do you have to be an LNA or an RN to do this?
No, a doula does not need to be a nurse (RN or LPN/LVN) nor does she even need to have nurse's aide training, although many L/D nurses and techs opt to go through doula training and certification since the natural approach to birth and providing support isn't a big part of OB nursing clinicals in college and definitely not included in surgical tech training. A doula doesn't do anything medical (okay, they aren't supposed to...). Here's a link for doula training/certification from one of more recognized organizations for doulas (the hospital system I worked in for years had "staff doulas" that were available for a patient if she didn't have the funds to hire one of her own and this is the organization that the staff doulas needed to have certification through:

http://www.dona.org/develop/certification.php

There are other agencies out there, but this is the one I'm familiar with (and am a past member)
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Nice! I'm actually working at a client in upstate NY, so IF next year this time I happen to be pregnant and IF this time next year I am almost due and IF this time next year I am still on the same client ... (that's a lot of IF's) I'll be sure to look you up.
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Well, it's official....I'm a trained doula!

I'm working on completing my certification, which obviously requires attending births. Do any of you -- those who are doulas, or any of you who have had doulas for your labors and births -- have any suggestions for me?

I'm so excited to be able to help people and I'm itching to get going!
Congrats and best wishes! Find the hospitals that are friendliest towards doulas when you are looking for births to attend. Generally the clients you will be attending to (in your training and otherwise) will be choosing facilities and practitioners that are open to doulas. The Childbirth Educators at your local hospitals may be able to put you in touch with clients that want a doula, but can't pay for one, so that will give you an opportunity to get some births in while you are working on certification requirements.
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No, a doula does not need to be a nurse (RN or LPN/LVN) nor does she even need to have nurse's aide training, although many L/D nurses and techs opt to go through doula training and certification since the natural approach to birth and providing support isn't a big part of OB nursing clinicals in college and definitely not included in surgical tech training. A doula doesn't do anything medical (okay, they aren't supposed to...). Here's a link for doula training/certification from one of more recognized organizations for doulas (the hospital system I worked in for years had "staff doulas" that were available for a patient if she didn't have the funds to hire one of her own and this is the organization that the staff doulas needed to have certification through:

http://www.dona.org/develop/certification.php

There are other agencies out there, but this is the one I'm familiar with (and am a past member)
Thanks! Congratulations to you and best of luck with your first deliveries!

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Congratulations! I bet you can't wait to get to work!
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Congrats!!!
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How did you do it? Do you have to be an LNA or an RN to do this?
No, as one of the other posters explained, it's a separate, non-medical training. I'm doing my certification through DONA International.


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Nice! I'm actually working at a client in upstate NY, so IF next year this time I happen to be pregnant and IF this time next year I am almost due and IF this time next year I am still on the same client ... (that's a lot of IF's) I'll be sure to look you up.
I'm not sure I understand -- you're a doula working with a client in upstate NY? Or you're moving to upstate NY? Either way I appreciate that you'll keep me in mind!

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Congrats and best wishes! Find the hospitals that are friendliest towards doulas when you are looking for births to attend. Generally the clients you will be attending to (in your training and otherwise) will be choosing facilities and practitioners that are open to doulas. The Childbirth Educators at your local hospitals may be able to put you in touch with clients that want a doula, but can't pay for one, so that will give you an opportunity to get some births in while you are working on certification requirements.
Thanks for the suggestion. I'm also thinking I'll go to some crisis pregnancy centers and give them my name. If I can help someone who needs it maybe it'll help them not have an abortion and that would be great!

There are two organizations of doulas in my area. They are all independent doulas, but the groups help market everyone even though they do not employ anyone. I've heard good and bad, so I'm not sure if I want to join, though it would help me get going. Lots to think about. I also have a good friend who is an L&D nurse, so she's been helpful too.
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No, as one of the other posters explained, it's a separate, non-medical training. I'm doing my certification through DONA International.




I'm not sure I understand -- you're a doula working with a client in upstate NY? Or you're moving to upstate NY? Either way I appreciate that you'll keep me in mind!



Thanks for the suggestion. I'm also thinking I'll go to some crisis pregnancy centers and give them my name. If I can help someone who needs it maybe it'll help them not have an abortion and that would be great!

There are two organizations of doulas in my area. They are all independent doulas, but the groups help market everyone even though they do not employ anyone. I've heard good and bad, so I'm not sure if I want to join, though it would help me get going. Lots to think about. I also have a good friend who is an L&D nurse, so she's been helpful too.
Do you get a license from your state when you complete the course? I'm curious because I know doulas were all the rage just a few years after my sons were born. I had natural births but not at home - the first was in a "birth suite" that included a bathtub and freedom to do whatever I wanted to do until the baby started to come. I didn't have any time to doodle around when #2 came! 20 minutes after we got to the hospital, it was "Good Morning Sunshine!" LOL
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I hired a doula and it was an amazing experience. congratulations!

get ready for working lots of night shifts
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@Belle10 - what I meant was, simply, "I'm in the area."
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Do you get a license from your state when you complete the course? I'm curious because I know doulas were all the rage just a few years after my sons were born. I had natural births but not at home - the first was in a "birth suite" that included a bathtub and freedom to do whatever I wanted to do until the baby started to come. I didn't have any time to doodle around when #2 came! 20 minutes after we got to the hospital, it was "Good Morning Sunshine!" LOL
Sounds like my third -- one push and there she was!

No, the state doesn't license doulas. I'll have certification through DONA International. Since it's a non-medical position, the state doesn't get involved.

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I hired a doula and it was an amazing experience. congratulations!

get ready for working lots of night shifts
Yeah I don't think I'll mind that, it's figuring out what to do with my kids when my DH is away for work that's going to be tough.

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@Belle10 - what I meant was, simply, "I'm in the area."
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