Hi everyone! I'm kind of new around here...not yet a nurse or even a nursing student, but I've finished my pre-reqs and will be starting nursing school
I'm considering taking a training course at a midwifery school to become a doula. My question for you is two-fold...I've never had a child myself, so I'm wondering that would be a problem when trying to help laboring women, like if they wouldn't trust me enough since I'd never been through it myself? And also, is it unrealistic to think that I could be a doula occasionally while going to full-time nursing school? Should I take the course anyway? (The class costs $450 so it's a big decision!!) Any advice at all would be really helpful!
Aug 15, '02
their should be no problem with you not having given birth to be a doula. there are lots of nurses and doulas out their that have not experienced it. I for one have not personally experienced it, and am a L&D nurse and doula working on becoming a certified nurse midwife. I have never had a problem with patients not respecting me or doubting my abilities to help them or my knowledge. and i have been told by many of my patients that i am the best nurse they ever had. i hate to have to agree with them
if it is what you really want to do than do it. you can fit it in with school i did so can you.good luck let me know if i can be of any help
Last edit by mark_LD_RN on Aug 15, '02