L&D RN wants to get certified as a Doula

  1. Hello to all!


    I was wondering if there is anyone on this message board that is an RN and a Doula? I am very interested in becoming a certified Doula, in order to better support my laboring patients. I have found many individuals that are either a L&D RN or a Doula, but never both. I am interested in finding out about liability issues related to an RN working as a Doula.


    Respectfully
    Denise
    :kiss
    Last edit by DeniseLDRN on Jan 2, '03
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  2. 9 Comments

  3. by   SmilingBluEyes
    GET WITH: www.dona.com (Doulas Of North America website) for info about becoming a certified doula.

    And check w/your State BON to discover issues (if any) related to increased liability. From where I sit, there are no INCREASED liability issues; you assume a LOT of these (if not all), under the auspices of your licensure and in the nature of your speciality. Good luck in your pursuit. I think it's great you wish to do this! And believe, me there are more RN's who are also certified doulas than you may think!:kiss
  4. by   mark_LD_RN
    I am an L&D RN and Doula. and do not find any increased liability issues. only problem i have is when i am with a patient as their doula, especially if it is at one of the hospitals i work at,they tend to expect me to act as their nurse. i kindly remind them i am just the patients doula for the day.
  5. by   SmilingBluEyes
    Originally posted by mark_LD_RN
    I am an L&D RN and Doula. and do not find any increased liability issues. only problem i have is when i am with a patient as their doula, especially if it is at one of the hospitals i work at,they tend to expect me to act as their nurse. i kindly remind them i am just the patients doula for the day.
    Excellent point, Mark. That you are a doula does not surprise me at all! I am sure in either role, you are wonderful.:kiss
  6. by   imenid37
    mark, how did you go about becoming certified as a doula. plmk if you see this. thankyou
  7. by   Cheerio
    I agree with Deb, DONA (www.dona.com) is the way to go. It's not a terribly long process to get certified, and with your experience, you'd be certified fast
  8. by   mark_LD_RN
    Originally posted by SmilingBluEyes
    Excellent point, Mark. That you are a doula does not surprise me at all! I am sure in either role, you are wonderful.:kiss
    THANKS SMILINGBLUEYES

    imened37- i was certified through DONA visit their web site it gives all the info. I just got all the listed references, completed the requirements meet with a local doula and paid my fees.
  9. by   imenid37
    thanks a lot to you both for the info.
  10. by   KELLYGIRL
    GOOD QUESTION DENISE.... I WAS WONDERING THE SAME THING... I AM AN RN STUDENT INTERESTED IN OB/GYN, NEONATAL, OR MIDWIFERY NURSING. THANKS FOR THE INFO EVERYBODY.
  11. by   DeniseLDRN
    :kiss :


    I just wanted to thank everyone for all the great information. I have done quite a lot of investigation into the Doula training, and I have ordered my training pack, and all the books on the reading list plus a few additional books that were recommended by a CNM that I work with. I am going to my training seminar in March 2003, I am in hopes of going to a free conference in Denver Colorado in May, 2003. I have decided to go with the CAPPA certification ( I am also going to become a member of DONA). I am including some links I found to be very helpful.


    http://www.cappa.net/labordo.asp

    http://www.dona.org/discus/

    http://www.greenspun.com/bboard/q-an...l%20Discussion

    http://www.proudpregnancies.com/products.htm

    Thanks

    Denise:roll :roll :roll

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